Canadian Retailer - Fall 2012 - (Page 30)

RCC ROUNDTABLE CREATING COMMUNITIES TO DEFLECT CRIME HOW BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICTS ENSURE RETAIL SAFETY BY ROSALIND STEFANAC THE PANELISTS T GRAZIELLA WILLIAM MURRAY DAVISON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR GRBAC INCOMING EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MILLS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OLD STRATHCONA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION STREET DARTMOUTH AND AREA BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION STEFANO DAVE SUZANNE GRANDE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JONES SECURITY CONSULTANT (AND FORMER POLICE OFFICER FOR 29 YEARS) VALIQUET EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR WINNIPEG BIZ DOWNTOWN VANCOUVER BIA VANIER BIA (OTTAWA) he reality is, crime is bad for business—and it’s an ongoing problem. Not only do Canadian retailers lose billions of dollars in inventory loss and property damage every year, consumer anxiety around potential violence can keep customers from frequenting retail areas altogether. The good news is that more and more metropolitan centres across the country—once considered among the most undesirable, high-crime locales—are being revitalized through the help of Business Improvement Districts (BID). These BIDs are helping transform formerly problematic retail and residential space by creating communities where residents and business owners take pride in their surroundings. A recent example is the “Celebrate Yonge” festival in Toronto this past summer—a month-long experiment by the Downtown Yonge BID. Two of four lanes on a portion of one of the city’s busiest streets were transformed into a pedestrian zone, complete with Muskoka chairs, picnic tables and restaurant patios. As a result, pedestrian traffic went up and restaurants reported a bump in business. We asked representatives from BIDs across Canada to weigh in on why the growth of “communities” may help businesses thrive while pushing crime rates steadily down. Here’s what they shared with Canadian Retailer: 30 | canadian retailer | fall 2012 | www.retailcouncil.org/cdnretailer http://www.retailcouncil.org/cdnretailer

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Retailer - Fall 2012

PUBLISHER’S DESK
SHOP TALK
FIVE LAST MINUTE ECOMMERCE HOLIDAY PREPARATION TIPS
SEARS CANADA: REDISCOVERING THE RETAIL RHYTHM
PROTECTING TODAY'S BUSINESS AND BRAND
RETAILER’S GUIDE
CREATING COMMUNITIES TO DEFLECT CRIME
FUN FOR SALE
CRIMINAL BEHAVIOUR IS WHAT YOU DON’T SEE
ADVERTISERS’ INDEX
RETAIL BY THE NUMBERS

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