York BID launches the street rangers programmes

York Business Improvement District (BID) introduces Rangers programme;  New service supports the BID’s initiative to increase safety and security in York city centre ­

The York Business Improvement District ( BID) is rolling out its new Rangers programme to the York city centre. York BID is partnering with Eboracum Security who will fill the Ranger roles with their professionally trained staff who have experience of working in similar capacities within the city centre. Rangers will be easy to spot in their highly visible uniforms and will be positioned throughout the BID area, which includes the city centre streets, Fossgate, Gillygate, Walmgate and Micklegate.

They will work with city partners and take a friendly approach to deter anti­social behaviour or disorderly conduct and act as a reassuring presence to curtail potential crime. Rangers will also serve as a welcoming presence, available to give information and assistance to residents and visitors to the city. They will be the eyes and ears on the street, logging locations requiring improvements, such as littering or drunkenness, and work with relevant bodies to address any detected issues. It supports 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.

Andrew Lowson, Executive Director of York BID, “Following the success of other Ranger programmes in the UK, York BID has introduced a similar plan that we believe will positively impact the city’s businesses, locals and visitors alike. We want to specifically identify what needs improvement and in the long term, work with businesses and respond accordingly. This will benefit York’s welcoming spirit; we want shoppers and families to feel comfortable in the city centre, especially on evenings and weekends.”

Marc Allison, owner of the Artful Dodger on Micklegate, “As a landlord, I see that the pubs have really stepped up to the mark in order to prevent the anti­social behaviour, however our authority stops at our door. It will be very welcome to have the Rangers to provide a visible deterrent to help stop the behaviour on the streets that we do not allow in our venues.”

This programme follows the success of the BID’s Greeters programme launched in August where greeters are positioned around the City Centre during the day and available to answer questions about directions and attractions, or provide suggestions such as what to visit or where to dine.