What is Facewatch?

Is Facewatch For Me?

Facewatch enables your business to report incidents quickly and share information with other businesses in your local community and with your local police.

Anyone can become a victim of crime therefore everyone benefits from a system that helps make communities safer and protects business profits.

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Local businesses benefit from digital technology in fight against crime

A revolutionary, hi-tech system to help businesses report crime has been extended today by Birmingham Community Safety Partnership with the support of a range of partners to help businesses reduce crime and report incidents on-line. 11 of the city’s Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) are set to receive the system which will then be made accessible ...


Facewatch covered by Sky News

Facewatch has been featured on Sky News alongside West Midlands Police. As police forces struggle under the weight of budget cuts, victims are encouraged to use an online app to help fight crime. Nearly a quarter of cash-strapped British police forces have signed up to an online crime reporting system that encourages victims to become detectives. ...


Crime-fighting ‘app’ leads to 100-plus arrests

Since West Midlands Police adopted the technology two years ago around 6,000 suspects’ images have been uploaded to the site. It’s prompted a mass of new information leads being submitted anonymously by web browsers, while more than 100 people have been arrested having been identified by eagle-eyed members of the public. Businesses can also use Face...



“Excellent technology for fighting crime, reducing bureaucracy and saving time.”

Commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan Howe, Metropolitan Police Service


“We were greatly impressed with how Facewatch achieves the capture and provision of CCTV evidence to the police. It is apparent how this has had an impact on the prevention of crime and has great potential in further tackling offending. Facewatch really involves harnessing the technology's potential, for the benefit of the victims of crime, and for the effective investigation and prosecution of offences on their behalf.”

Alison Saunders, Chief Crown Prosecutor, CPS London


“I am hugely impressed. Facewatch is hardly rocket science: it’s basically a web-based crime report form. Yet it’s so clever it represents a big advance in policing, in recruiting public involvement, and in crime deterrence, detection and prevention.”

Nick Ross, Crimewatch and Jill Dando Institute


Facewatch enables you to report crimes online, with moving and still CCTV images, directly to the police in a format that is approved and actionable by the receiving force.

Facewatch is now available through selected Monitoring Stations. Simply call your chosen provider who will report the crime, with all available CCTV evidence, to the police and you will be kept fully informed through the system. This service saves your staff time, enabling them to concentrate on your customers.

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Facewatch can be used by local and Corporate Groups to reduce crime through effective collaboration. Locally administered groups such as Business Crime Reduction Partnerships and Business Improvement Districts can use Facewatch to share images and intelligence instantly.

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Facewatch is an on-line crime-reporting tool that saves police time and effort in collecting evidence.

Facewatch enables you to access low-level crime reports instantly from businesses in your force area. You can view the CCTV evidence online, print MG11 witness statements and collaborate online with members of the business community to reduce crime and the impact of crime.

Facewatch empowers businesses to prevent crime by the efficient sharing of images and information.

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