If the area feels safe and secure, we will attract more people and business, assist with staff retention and cut business costs.


Protecting businesses, customers and staff is of the utmost importance for a thriving city centre. The success of our innovative partnerships can be seen in the results from the Edinburgh Visitor Survey, conducted by STR, with 90% of respondents feeling safer in the BID than elsewhere in the city.

BID Area Cop

Since July 2017 we have been part of a ground-breaking project with Police Scotland, funding a dedicated police officer for the BID.

Building strong relationships with our businesses and developing a unique understanding of the area, our ‘BID Cop’ PC Leo Baker provides a single point of contact with law enforcement, readily available support and access to advice and training for a more secure and resilient city centre.

Whilst working closely alongside our Homelessness Case Workers, PC Baker also coordinates Police Scotland’s involvement and continued support for the city wide Community Improvement Partnership for begging and homelessness.


Homlessness Case Workers – Cyrenians Navigator Project

During our 2018 renewal ballot consultations our businesses expressed concern about homelessness and begging in the city centre, realising that protecting our area means working to help those most vulnerable.

Such complex issues don’t need a short term fix; they require a considered and sensitive strategy for real and lasting change. We have engaged with local government, law enforcement and expert third sector partners to discern the best strategy moving forward.

Based on their recommendations, we are providing funds alongside Comic Relief and Social Bite to support the employment of specialist Homelessness Case Workers.

Through our partnership funding, Cyrenians will create two posts dedicated to our area.

Communicating with local businesses and responding to alerts raised by members of the public, their on-hand expertise will help those individuals who need support most and give them access to vital services. With this initiative, we can offer hope and real solutions to help people move away from a street-based lifestyle.



Established in November 2009, Check Out is designed to clamp down on thefts and other crimes at city centre stores. Launched and managed by Essential Edinburgh, in partnership with Police Scotland, Check Out utilises modern communications technology to allow city centre retailers to share real time information and to act quickly against criminals and those intending to commit a crime.

If you are a retailer and want to join the scheme, please email us by clicking here and providing us with your business name, address and contact details.


Our investment in city centre CCTV closed a key gap in coverage, improving safety within the BID and assisting with investigations and prosecutions.