Street Rangers

The York BID Street Rangers are the eyes and ears of the city centre. They work with city partners, and take a friendly approach to deter anti-social behaviour or disorderly conduct and act as a reassuring presence to curtail potential crime. The Rangers are here to help business and are often the first to respond to reports of anti-social behaviour and low level crime.

If you would like assistance from one of our Street Rangers or would just like to have a chat about the services they provide, please contact them during their operating hours on the hotline number below, or by email at anytime.

Normal Operating Hours: 9am-6pm Monday to Thursday, 10am-10pm Friday & Saturday, 11am-5pm Sunday

Rangers Hotline Number: 07809 900794

The Street Ranger programme was launched in September 2016 and operates all year round, supporting the BID’s initiative to boost safety and security in York city centre and is part of the BID’s overall commitment to enhancing the city’s inviting atmosphere for all who visit, work, study and live in York.

The York BID Street Rangers are:

  • The first private scheme in North Yorkshire to acheive Community Safety Accredited status
  • Trained in First Aid
  • Dementia Friends
  • Part of the York Rough Sleeper Initiative
  • Safe Talk trained
  • Throw-Line and Water Safety trained
  • Trained and authorised by the chief constable to control traffic

During the first 5 year term of BID operations the Rangers recovered or deterred £112,973 worth of stolen stock for local businesses, prevented or detained 4,552 cases of crime and 3,378 of anti-social behaviour in York city centre. 

Rangers also serve as a welcoming presence, they are easy to spot in their highly visible uniforms and are positioned throughout the BID area and are available to give information and assistance to residents and visitors to the city. They also log locations requiring improvements and work with relevant bodies to address any detected issues.


Anti-Social Loitering Scheme

Deterring anti-social activity right on the doorstep of BID businesses

The Anti-Loitering Scheme is a programme aimed to serve as a deterrent to anti-social activity that occurs on businesses' private premises and doorways. Businesses who sign on to the scheme give the Rangers permission to ask those who engage in this activity on their BID business property to leave. It also allows the Rangers to provide information and support advice to those who need it. The Rangers maintain reports on such activity and work with partner agencies to ensure that the scheme is effective and reviewed regularly.

Reported activity can include:

  • Begging including hat/cap out in front of them
  • Unauthorised busking on business property
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Causing ASB or likely to cause ASB
  • Causing or likely to cause damage, litter or other rubbish that result in daily morning clean-ups by businesses

A sticker on the shopfront will indicate that the business participates in this scheme and has given consent for action to be taken. Interested in learning more? Contact

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