Cheshire Constabulary to trial new online portal for shops and businesses Date published: 19th August 2019 1.29pm

Cheshire Constabulary is set to trial a new scheme which allows shops and businesses, which have been victims of crime, to easily upload evidence straight the police website.

The pilot launches on Wednesday 21 August and businesses in Crewe and Widnes benefit from the scheme – and if successful, will see a county-wide roll out.

The new system will allow shops and businesses to upload CCTV and witness statements straight to an online portal via the police website. It will make the process of retrieving this information simpler and more efficient, providing cost savings for both businesses and the Constabulary.

The Initial Investigation Team within the Constabulary’s public contact will use the portal to assess the quality of CCTV and progress the investigation accordingly - ensuring businesses are updated throughout.

Inspector Alex Cairns said: “Previously when a business has reported a crime to police where there was CCTV or other footage of the incident, we would have to send someone to physically collect the material and take a witness statement. The new online portal really will make a significant difference to the efficiency of investigating these crimes.

“The evidence can be uploaded and viewed at a convenient time for both the business and the police – freeing up officers time to spend more time in their communities making Cheshire even safer.”

When a crime is reported, businesses will be sent a link to the online portal where they can then submit their evidence, they will also be sent a guide on how to complete their submission.