SHOPS in Solihull town centre are set to benefit from a trio of security guards on patrol.
Jason Scott and Amy Morris, the new street wardens, have been hired by the Solihull Business Improvement District to be the ‘eyes and ears’ of retailers.
Recuirment for a third warden is underway.
They have first aid and security certificates and the BID hopes they will deter petty crime and anti-social behaviour.
After town centre businesses voted to keep the BID. it appointed three ‘business hosts’ Julie Fox, Rachael Miller and Alice Stanley to welcome visitors and promote events.
They will point out offers and events to to shoppers during working hours Monday to Saturday.
Melanie Palmer, CEO Solihull BID, said: “Our new team reflects the needs of our businesses. The original Town Host role needed to be separated out to ensure the crime deterrent aspect is strengthened reinforcing the message that Solihull has zero tolerance for crime and anti-social behaviour.
“We also recognised that the business engagement aspect of the original town host role should have a more focused approach and our new Business Hosts have already been hailed a success with superb feedback from our businesses.”
The BID said part of its renewal process in 2019 it asked members what it should prioritise for its new term with enhanced street security and ambassadorial roles a key request.