The York Business Against Crime (YBAC) scheme has now rebranded as Safer York Business Partnership, marking a new era in collaboratively tackling retail crime across the city. Central to its operations is the SentrySIS crime intelligence platform, which allows real-time information sharing between retailers, police and other partners.

By providing SentrySIS data to local businesses they gain valuable insights into shoplifting, fraud and anti-social behaviour affecting their premises and the local area. Alerts and analytics on crime trends generated from SentrySIS enable stores to better protect themselves and help reduce stock loss as they highlight new and repeat offenders.


The new scheme builds on the last decade’s foundational work where coordinated initiatives with North Yorkshire Police, Safer York Partnership, York BID and other local stakeholders have ultimately made York city centre and surrounding areas much safer place in their fight against retail crime.

To mark the rebrand, the scheme has launched a new website detailing changes to the scheme and its new strategic direction that encompasses a wide variety of retail crime advice, initiatives and wider city partners.



Colin Moreton, the SYBP Crime Manager commented on the new initiative and said "At the forefront of combating crime in York's Retail and Night Time Economy, Safer York Business Partnership utilises powerful tools such as the digital radio system and SentrySIS crime intelligence platform. By providing real-time information sharing, we enable local businesses to defend themselves, diminishing crime and minimising stock loss. Through our collaborative approach and ongoing dedication, we endeavour to create a safer environment for everyone in York, establishing SYBP as the preferred communications network for businesses in the city."


Businesses who were already part of the old York Business Against Crime scheme don’t need to do anything as their SentrySIS accounts and radio devices will automatically be transferred to the new Safer York Business Partnership scheme.


With the transition complete, the focus now returns to working closely with retailers, council departments and the police to continue developing collaborative solutions that put businesses at the heart of fighting retail crime across the city.



Chris Nriapia from SentrySIS commented and said “The reduction of retail crime and anti-social behaviour has always been at the forefront of York’s strategy to make the city a safer place to live, work and visit. We are really pleased to see the introduction of Safer York Business Partnership and humbled that SentrySIS can continue to provide the organisation and its local partners with the technology they need to help them reach their business objectives”.


As Safer York Business Partnership enters a new era of crime reduction, its mission remains to bring together stakeholders to tackle retail crime innovatively. With police coordination and SentrySIS data integration still at its core, the scheme is well placed to further drive down shoplifting and anti-social behaviour in the city.


New businesses who wish to join Safer York Business Partnership can visit the new website at and click on Join the Scheme for more details.


Cover Image thanks to Karl Moran