A CRIME-FIGHTING radio system linking businesses across Torbay has been given a £10,000 funding boost.
The Torbay Town Centres Company wants to take over the running of the radio warning system which links 120 businesses in Torquay, and Paignton to each other and to the police.
When there is anti-social behaviour or crime in a town centre the link allows businesses to send out a warning over the radio.
The system is currently run by a private firm, MRS Communications, which is based in Cardiff, but thanks to the grant from the Big Lottery Fund the system could now be controlled locally.
The Town Centres Company has promised to make the system better and more cheaply available than the current one.
It will also have the benefit of funds being channelled into the local economy rather than going to a company outside the area.
Rachael Weaver, Torquay Town Centres manager, said: "There is currently a radio system in place for the day and night time economies which we would like to take over and make better for businesses.
"It is currently run by a company which is not based locally and can be quite expensive.
"We'll make it cheaper and provide a better all round package for businesses."
The Town Centres Company recently announced it was working in partnership with the police and Torbay Council as part of Torbay Action Against Crime.
This allows them to see police crime data and share information with officers, the council, and businesses.
Improvements to the current system could include making images of known troublemakers or wanted people available to businesses.
The system already has links to the council-run CCTV operation which allows suspects to be followed in real time.
The radio system is funded from money paid in by businesses.
The £10,000 grant will allow equipment to be purchased. The Town Centres company says it may buy some of the radios.
Another project to benefit from the lottery funding will be Soundart Radio in Totnes, which will use its grant of almost £10,000 to buy equipment and training to improve the community station.