FIGHTING crime and increasing security cost Chichester businesses £40,000 in the last financial year.
The figure was released as part of an annual budget for the city centre partnership which contracts Chichester Business Against Crime (ChiBAC) to deliver safety measures.
It equates to nearly double the amount spent on advertising (£22,000) and £10,000 less than the Christmas lights’ bill.
The budget also revealed BID was in deficit, having received £270,000 and spent £326,000.
Trevor James presented the finances and insisted ‘we are not facing bankruptcy’.
Instead the difference was attributed to council grants and ‘timing differences’ with delayed contracts.
An investment in CCTV over Christmas saw the cost rise from the £35,000 per annum usually spent by BID in this area.
Home Office figures show reported crimes went up in 2014, with 843 compared to 827 the year before – due to increases in drug, public order and shoplifting offences. However this is substantially lower than 2011-2012.
The work by ChiBAC includes providing body-worn cameras for door staff and radio links.
Regular drug dog operations are also run at the request of evening establishments.
Patrols are put on during Goodwood events, due to the higher number of people in the city, to act as a deterrent.