Under the guidance of Business North Harbour's (BNH's) crime prevention programme, our Business Improvement District (BID) enjoys one of the country's lowest crime rates. The programme is a combination of education, and practical tools and resources, applied with an understanding of how changes in the area can affect crime.
BNH members (business owners and property owners) reap the benefits of this through reduced insurance premiums, shared security initiatives,
and being able to call upon the services of Dave Loader, our dedicated crime prevention specialist.
Mental Health and Wellbeing
To support the security efforts of individual businesses and property owners, Armourguard Security conduct night patrols, 365 days a year.
On behalf of our members, Dave works with Armourguard to identify potential high-risk areas, based on daily reports. He also offers direct support to members who do unfortunately experience criminal activity.
Incidents of vehicle theft and security have increased across Auckland, and North Harbour is no exception. BNH has invested in a specific programme aimed at reducing stolen number plates and theft ex cars (when items are stolen from inside the vehicle). Practical resources such as multi-lingual signage and security number plate screws are available to protect employers, employees and visitors. Dave is happy to visit your workplace and secure your number plates.
We also have Vehicle Safety window stickers in Mandarin and Korean for restaurants who wish to notify their customers of the potential risk of leaving valuables on view inside their vehicle.
When you request a free risk assessment, BNH’s crime prevention specialist will come and inspect your property (outside and inside), looking for factors that could leave you vulnerable to crime. Using this information, Dave can provide relevant advice about how to better protect your property.
Often, with just a few simple steps, business owners and property owners can make their premises significantly safer and more secure.
If BNH members are to maximise their growth opportunities within a global marketplace, they must have access to effective cybersecurity. Protecting business data, customer information, and intellectual property is central to any organisation’s integrity and ongoing viability.
Through its relationship with key industry experts Netsafe and Microsoft, and stakeholders such as the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) and Unitec, BNH shares best practice guidelines via e-newsletters, online and in print (FYI magazine).
This is a formalised stakeholder partnership between BNH, NZ Police, and Auckland Council. Regular meetings enable us to collaborate and manage regional crime trends and projects, and escalate local initiatives through our combined resources.
mental health and wellbeing
BNH is committed to helping members take care of their and their team’s mental and physical health. This goes beyond ensuring that your business complies with the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA).
Employee wellbeing could be adversely affected by bullying or violence outside the workplace (neither of which are included in HSWA). It’s important that managers keep an eye out for tell-tale signs, and that everyone within a business is encouraged to check in with each other. Asking “Are you OK?” could make a huge difference.
Through our partnership with the likes of Harbour Sport’s WellnessWorks, we can offer members straightforward advice about workplace wellness programmes – that needn’t be costly or arduous.
Taking care of mental health and wellbeing in the workplace is not only the moral thing to do, it makes good economic sense too. Businesses should enjoy reduced absenteeism, greater employee engagement, and increased productivity.
You can read more in FYI, November 2019.