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News - 16 May 2012
Enterprising business park cuts crime rate to zero
A one million pound investment in security and a local community partnership has paid dividends for Onward Holdings, after Langthwaite Business Park in South Kirby, was officially recognised by West Yorkshire Police as crime free.
Onward Holdings, which operates a number of industrial warehousing and retail parks in the North of England, built two substantial warehouses on the site a few years ago. However, concerns about security in the area resulted in reluctance by companies to take a long term let. Enterprising Onward Holdings decided to challenge the crime issue head on and working with other community partners including the Langthwaite Business Association, Wakefield District Development Agency, English Partnerships, Wakefield Council and adjoining businesses, the group pooled their resources.
This resulted in just over £1million being invested on CCTV cameras, security lighting, new fencing, roaming security guards and also the establishment of an estate management committee. Subsequent confidence in the site dramatically increased, so much so that it now has only one warehouse to let.
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