A second business warden is to be hired for Bognor Regis town centre in the run-up to Christmas.
The additional security person will be appointed by the town’s Business Improvement District (BID) group to help to re-assure festive shoppers.
Paul Wells, the BID’s former chairman, told Arun District Council members:
“We have had a business warden in place and that has been very effective in terms of bringing down shoplifting and being able to help where problems have arisen in the town centre.
“There has been a considerable drop off in the past six to eight months in terms of problems we have been experiencing in the town centre.
“It has driven some of the issues out of the town.”
Building up the town’s business crime reduction partnership had been a key goal once the BID was set up in April 2018, he said at Arun District Council’s Bognor Regis regeneration sub-committee on Monday.
Its members praised his work in getting the BID established.
Cllr Elaine Stainton (C, Felpham W) said:
“What Paul has done in Bognor Regis is just amazing. He has taken the BID under his wing and helped it up.”