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GAS BOARD has now fixed leak knights bridge junction with Scotch Corner, SW7. All roads are now clear and all cordons down.

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National Day of Protest UK Uncut - 17.12.11

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National Day of Protest

‘UK Uncut Christmas Special’

Information for Businesses

 

UK Uncut has recently announced an event entitled ‘Christmas Special’, which is being promoted to take
place on Saturday, 17 December 2011 between 1300 hours and 1700 hours. The stated aims of this protest
are to highlight the government austerity measures and non payment of tax. It is their intention to target
high street retail business premises. Recent events have shown that this has predominately taken place in
Central London. We would advise all retail sectors within Greater London to consider the following
guidance, which is by no means exhaustive.

The Metropolitan Police Service is fully aware of the potential impact of any major event on the local
business community and is well equipped to deal with events like this. We have an appropriate and
proportionate policing plan in place and are working closely with our strategic business partners to ensure
that any disruption is kept to a minimum whilst at the same time aiming to police and facilitate peaceful
protest.

The following guidance has been produced to help businesses to prepare for any incidents which may arise
as a result of this activity in the Metropolitan Police Area.

 

Keep up to date with latest information

For live updates on the progress of this event you can also subscribe to the official free police community
messaging system at
www.neighbourhoodlink.met.police.uk

Follow the MPS updates on the day on Twitter @CO11metpolice

 

Contact numbers

In the event of an emergency call the emergency number 999.

In the event of a situation that does not require an emergency response, please call 101 (calls to 101 from
landlines and mobiles cost 15 pence per call, no matter what time of day you call or how long your call
lasts).

If you have information about crime, you can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

 

Security Advice

Ensure that all staff are fully briefed.

Security officers, where possible, should have a visible presence at premises.

It would be advisable that a senior manager make himself/herself identifiable to police in the event of an
incursion into your business premises.

Ensure that your exit/entry points are monitored and that you are able to lock and secure any points of entry
if required to do so.

Be alert to large groups forming outside of business points of entry and ensure staff remain vigilant and
report any suspicious activity to security and/or police.

Check that your emergency equipment supplies and radio communications systems are stocked and fully
operational at all times.

 

Crime

If you identify any unusual markings on your building please report immediately to police.

If crime is committed or an incursion takes place in your premises consider the preservation of evidence,
where possible, on the advice of police.

Ensure CCTV coverage is fully operational and can provide the highest possible recorded resolution.

 

What you can expect to see

You may notice officers outside some premises this is because during recent protests some buildings have
been targeted and damaged.

The officers are there to protect these buildings and to assist those inside to go about their daily business
and to deal with any incidents of crime and disorder.

All officer will be uniquely identifiable by a series of numbers, letters or both which will be visible on their
outer clothing.

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Historically demonstrators have been known to identify and discreetly highlight business premises of interest.

There have been reports of buildings being marked with posters and stickers in the City this morning. Can your security periodically check the exterior of your premises and report anything unusual or suspicious to police immediately. Please email the information to Communities Together at Communities.Together@met.pnn.police.uk and where possible attach a photograph or provide as much detail as possible.

Photograph the markings in situ and where possible remove from the building and consider the preservation of evidence by placing in an envelope. Handle the evidence as little as possible in order to preserve the integrity of the exhibit

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A recent number of events have led to land or empty buildings being occupied.

The MPS and CoLP would advise as a precaution that any empty buildings in your control are secured.

A recent occupation has identified a risk from asbestos within the building to be renovated. It may be advisable to ensure such buildings are clearly marked with hazard warnings.

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Demonstration in Central London

Wednesday 9 November 2011

Information for Businesses

A number of groups have announced that they are holding a National Student Demonstration on

Wednesday 9 November 2011. Participants are expected to assemble from 12 noon on Malet Street to

march to London Wall along the following route: Malet Street, Gower Street, Bloomsbury Street, Shaftesbury

Avenue, Charing Cross Road Dungannon Street, The Strand, Fetter Lane, New Fetter Lane, Holborn

Viaduct, Newgate Street, King Edward Street and London Wall. The march is scheduled to end at 6 pm.

The Metropolitan Police Service and City of London Police are fully aware of the potential impact of any

demonstrations on the local business community and are well equipped to deal with events like this. We

have an appropriate and proportionate policing plan in place and are working closely with the organisers to

ensure that the protest moves through London peacefully and that any disruption is kept to a minimum.

You may notice an increase in the number of police officers in your area. This is part of the preparation for

this event and should not be cause for alarm. Please contact your local Safer Neighbourhoods Team if you

have any concerns.

Whilst a robust policing plan is in place you can help to protect your business by taking a few sensible

precautions. The following points are a list of considerations but are by no means exhaustive.

1. Retail premises should be suitably staffed with a prominent management presence.

2. Security officers, where possible, should have a visible presence at premises.

3. It would be advisable that a senior manager make himself/herself identifiable to police in the event

of an incursion into your premises.

4. Ensure that your exit doors are properly secured and that you are able to lock and secure your front

door if required to do so.

5. Consider minimising the number of entry points to your building as there is potential for your

business premises to be used as access routes in the event of road closures.

6. If crime is committed in your premises consider the preservation of evidence where possible, for

example CCTV.

7. Ensure that building perimeters are clear of dustbins, ladders or loose tools and equipment, which

could be used to gain access or be used as weapons or to cause damage. Where possible,

consider removing scaffolding from building premises and/ or ensure that security staff be made

aware of the potential for unauthorised access. Where possible, remove completely or secure

equipment such as ladders and ropes.

8. Check that your emergency equipment / grab bags / first aid supplies and radio communication

systems are stocked and fully operational.

9. Ensure that all members of staff are fully aware of any emergency/evacuation procedures.

10. Ensure CCTV coverage is fully operational and can provide the highest recording resolution as

possible.

11. During the day leading up to 9th of November, make sure that your staff are fully briefed, remain

vigilant and report any suspicious activity to security and/or police.

12. In the event of a situation that does not require an emergency police response, please call 101

(calls to 101 landlines and mobiles cost 15 pence per call, no matter what time of day you call or

how long your call lasts).

13. In the event of an emergency, call the emergency number 999.

For live updates on the progress of the demonstration you can also subscribe to the official free police

community messaging system ‘Neighbourhood Link’. This service provides instant information on travel

restrictions and security issues. To subscribe to this free service please visit:

www.neighbourhoodlink.met.police.uk

Alternatively you can text “police” to 83123 to receive all of the latest MPS updates straight to your phone

The Metropolitan Police Service is committed to ensuring that this is a peaceful demonstration for all who

are living in, working in, or visiting London and that it causes the minimum amount of disruption to residents,

businesses and the wider public.

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Student protests expected in London on Wednesday 9 November 2011

 

The MPS has a responsibility to facilitate peaceful protest. However young people at school should continue their education on the day of the protest and go to school as usual. They should not try to travel in to central London or become involved in any protest during school hours.

 

Their unauthorised absence from school will make them subject to truancy laws and the police and education authorities may take appropriate action.

 

There will be a proportionate and strong presence of Police and Community Support Officers across London on the day of the protest, including at transport hubs and the areas surrounding schools. Officers will continue to provide the people of London a visible, accessible and familiar presence in their local communities in order to cut crime.

 

Protest 9th November 2011

October 27, 2011 13:38
 

Representatives from student organisations have contacted police to notify their wishes to demonstrate within Central London on Wednesday 9th November 2011. This includes a march from Malet Street and a rally at a location yet to be agreed.

Police are currently working with event organisers and further updates will be provided as planning progresses.

Further updates will be sent out as and when appropriate.

Westminster/Lambeth Bridges-Demonstrators have dispersed from area peacefully. Now compete. Will update if there are any significant updates

Westminster Bridge now open to traffic. Small pockets of protesters remain in vicinity and on Lambeth Bridge but no significant disorder.

There are about 1000 taking part in the protest on Westminster Bridge organised by UK UNCUT.

All peaceful at present and a proportionate policing operation is in place.

PROTEST ON WESTMINSTER BRIDGE - SUNDAY 09/10/2011 13:00 HOURS TO 18:00 HOURS

A protest is being held on WESTMINSTER BRIDGE this afternoon from 1300 hours to approximately 1800 hours. The event is being policed. Delays in that area are to be anticipated.

Further updates will follow during the protest.

Central London Demonstrations                    Saturday 8 October 2011                           Information for Businesses

A number of organisations have announced that they are holding a march and a rally within the Whitehall area on Saturday 8 October 2011. These events will take place between 11.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m.

These events are likely to attract significant numbers and lead to some traffic andtravel disruption, which could impact on business interests including your own organisation. There are no planned road closures although businesses are advised that short term temporary road closures will take effect.

The Metropolitan Police Service is fully aware of the potential impact of any marches on the local business community. We have an appropriate and proportionate policing plan in place and are working closely with the organiser’s to ensure that these demonstrations take place peacefully and that any disruption is kept to a minimum.

Whilst a policing plan is in place you can help your business by taking a few sensible precautions. The following points are a list of considerations and are by no means exhaustive.

1. Where possible retail premises should be suitably staffed with security guards

2. Ensure staff report any suspicious activity to security and / or police

3. Consider regular checks of the building and surrounding area

4. Ensure that all members of staff are fully aware of any emergency/evacuation procedures

5. Ensure CCTV coverage is fully operational

6. Ensure that your exit doors are properly secured and that you are able to lock and secure your front door if required to do so

7. During the days leading up to the 8 October, make sure that your staff are fully briefed, remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to security and/or police

8. If you wish to contact your local police dial 101

9. In the event of an emergency, call the emergency number 999

10. If you have any information you wish to provide to police anonymously you can contact the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111

The Metropolitan Police Service is committed to ensuring that these demonstrations proceed lawfully and peacefully for all who are living in, working in, or visiting London and that disruption to residents, businesses and the wider public is kept to a minimum.

You may also wish to consider subscribing to the official police messaging system‘Neighbourhood Link’. To subscribe to this service please visit:

 

www.neighbourhoodlink.met.police.uk

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News MPS Disorder Update for Businesses Friday 19th August 2011

 

Latest Information - Update

 

Policing in the London has been very much business as usual throughout the week aside from the continued engagement and reassurance activity being carried out by police and partners.

There will continue to be a substantial number of pubic order units on duty in London. These dedicated public order units will be supported by an enhanced response across all London Boroughs from officers and staff, Metropolitan Special Constabulary, Police Community Support Officers, and specialist investigative units.

The MPS response to the incidents of disorder continue to centre around:

 

Reassuring the local communities across London;

Sensitively securing the affected areas;

Pursuing those responsible for the disorder through our criminal investigations; and

Co-ordinating sufficient resources to ensure we are able to deal with any situations as they arise.

 

Arrests - Update

 

The Metropolitan Police Service has now arrested a total of 1802 people in connection with violence, disorder and looting. Of those arrested, a total of 1032 have been charged to date.

We continue to work closely with the Crown Prosecution Service to ensure that cases are processed as quickly as possible. A large number of people have appeared in court and while some have already been convicted and received prison sentences, many cases have been remanded to Crown Court.

 

Investigation - Update

 

Detectives from Operation Withern are today releasing a further 39 images of people we would like to speak with in relation to the recent disorder in London.

Operation Withern's priority is to bring to justice those who have committed violent and criminal acts. As the detailed and thorough investigation progresses we will be issuing photographs of people who were in the vicinity of the disorder and who may be able to help officers with their enquiries. The images released today relate to the looting and violent disorder in Lewisham, Wandsworth, Croydon, Haringey, Lambeth, Waltham Forest, Greenwich and Tower Hamlets on Saturday 6th and Monday 8th August.

Flickr is hosting the photos so that the public can help the Metropolitan Police Service identify those who committed violent and criminal acts on London's streets.

Please visit the website address below to see if you are able to help identify anyone:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/metropolitanpolice/

You can also view the images at: http://www.met.police.uk/disordersuspects/

  

We continue to appeal for witnesses and information in relation to the disorder across London. Anyone with information relating to any aspect of the incident is asked to contact the Operation Withern incident room on 020 8345 4142.

Alternatively, if you feel unable to speak to the police direct, you can report a crime and provide information anonymously to the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

 

This newsletter is being produced for the benefit of the whole of the business community. If there are any areas of advice or subject matter that you would like to see included in future issues please contact us via:

CommunitiesTogether@met.police.uk

 

Supporting businesses and the community - Update

 

There have been some excellent examples of good partnership activity on boroughs to support businesses and the wider communities that have been affected by the recent disorder. One again, we would like to thank members of the business community for their continue support of the MPS.

 

An example of some of the partnership activity taking place across London includes:

 

Camden: Volunteer Police Cadets patrolling the Camden High Street / Chalk Farm Road area that was subject to incidents of disorder last week. They received funding from B&Q DIY stores and are looking to buy and plant flowers, plants etc, to make the area look nice again, whilst shops are still boarded up.

 

Southwark: There have been additional reassurance patrols by police for local shops to provide one-to-one support and advice on how concerns can be resolved. Some shop owners have expressed concerns about shoplifters following the disorder and officers have helped by making referrals to Southwark's anti social behaviour unit for added support.                                                                           

 

Newham: Many of the businesses, who donated food, drink and rest areas for officers during the disorder have received a personal visit from the Borough Commander Sean Vickers to convey his gratitude. Visits by local Safer Neighbourhoods teams and/or the investigating officer have also been taking place to provide additional support and reassurance. Special local ward panel meetings have also been arranged for local businesses and residents, with plans being made to host a youth group meeting.     

 

Lewisham: Acting borough commander Lisa Crook has thanked local businesses for their generosity during the disorder at Lewisham. During a week of unprecedented criminality many businesses including Sainsburys, Nandos, Halal butchers, the Turkish Food Centre and the XLP Centre - an urban youth charity - donated food, drink and places of rest for officers.                                                

 

Croydon: Project YOU, which brings together uniformed youth organisations in London, including the Met’s Volunteer Police cadets, met at the Croydon Voluntary Action HQ in London Road (scene of some of the greatest damage) to paint boarded premises with inspirational words and scenes, assist with sorting and delivering items donated by members of the community to displaced residents, hand out leaflets to advertise an open community meeting in the evening and generally offer their services to small businesses in London Road.

 

There have also been daily update briefings at 11:30am for Croydon businesses in the Town Centre. These have been hosted by one of the larger landowners and led by John Rouse, Chief Executive of Croydon Council. The meetings have enabled key messages to be delivered in person both from the police and the local authority.

The daily briefings, which were welcomed by the Community Watch for Businesses, also provided an opportunity for Croydon businesses to be updated on the latest developments in the police investigation, and to discuss any learning’s that can be taken forward.

 

Haringey: Volunteer Police Cadets helped paint and decorate boarded up shop fronts on Tottenham High Road, creating a ‘Peace Wall’ as has been done in Peckham and Manchester, to help unite the community, with the help of donations from B&Q and Waitrose.

 

Lambeth: In Lambeth members of the Met’s Volunteer Police cadets distributed plants and planters donated by the local B&Q, to the worst affected and most vulnerable residents and business owners.

An investigation is currently underway following a fire reported on Tuesday in the basement of the Footlocker store, Brixton Road/ Atlantic Road, Brixton. This same building was subject to a fire during last week’s disorder. Whist the cause has not yet been determined, it is believed to be a fire that has been smouldering since last week’s disorder incidents.

 

Government Support Scheme for small and medium sized businesses - Update

 

Small and medium sized businesses (SMEs

fire that has been smouldering since last week’s disorder incidents.

 

Government Support Scheme for small and medium sized businesses - Update

 

Small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) affected by the recent public disorders can now benefit from a new £20 million High Street Support Scheme.

The Government is making the funding available through local authorities to help SMEs and high streets get back on their feet following the disturbances.

The scheme will support businesses facing cash flow problems whilst they wait for insurance or other claims to be met. It will also help companies with non-refundable exceptional business expenses, and aims to help rebuild business confidence in affected areas.

 

To qualify for this support, businesses must:

 

·          be small or medium sized enterprises i.e. independents with less than 250   

      employees worldwide and an annual turnover of less than £11.2 million    

                    

·         have been based in an area affected by recent disorder between 6-11 August, and

 

·         have suffered losses as a direct result.

 

Businesses should contact their local authority to make a claim. More detailed information about the High Street Support Scheme and

other help for businesses is available at http://www.businesslink.gov.uk/

 

The Communities and Local Government website also has details of the support packages being made available for businesses:

 

http://www.communities.gov.uk/news/newsroom/1964311

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MPS Disorder Update for Businesses

Tuesday 16th August 2011

Future of daily newsletter - Update

As a result of our feedback from you, and as London returns to normal we have considered the frequency of our updates. We plan to publish on Friday to review the week and Monday to review events and issues over the weekend. We will of course keep this under review.

Latest Information - Update

Large numbers of police officers continue to be on duty in London to robustly deal with any disorder and provide reassurance.

The general picture across the Metropolitan Police Service at present is one of ‘business as usual’. There have been no significant issues overnight, and no reports of any disorder.

A similar number of officers will be available in the days ahead, and this continues to be reviewed on a daily basis.

Operation Kirkin, the Metropolitan Police Service’s response to the recent incidents of disorder, continues to support the arrests of outstanding suspects.

Arrests - Update

The Metropolitan Police Service has now arrested a total of 1685 people in connection with violence, disorder and looting. Of those arrested, a total of 985 have been charged to date.

They include:

  1. A 16-year-old boy of Hounslow, who today appears at Croydon Youth Court accused of the murder of Richard Bowes (22.10.42 - 68 years) in Springbridge Road, Ealing on 8th August; four counts of burglary and one count of violent disorder.
  2. A 31-year-old woman of Hounslow, also appears at Croydon Magistrates’ Court today charged with perverting the course of justice in connection with the above case.

We continue to work closely with the Crown Prosecution Service to ensure that suspects are processed as quickly as possible.

Investigation - Update

Yesterday, Detectives from Operation Withern - the Metropolitan Police Services investigation into those involved in the disorder - released a further 46 images of people police would like to speak to in relation to the recent disorder affecting parts of London.

Operation Withern's priority is to bring to justice those who have committed violent and criminal acts. As the detailed and thorough investigation

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progresses they will be issuing photographs of people who were in the vicinity of the disorder and who may be able to help officers with their enquiries.

The images released yesterday relate to the looting and violent disorder in Tottenham, Croydon, Hackney, Wandsworth and Haringey on 7th and 8th August.

Flickr

is hosting the photos so that the public can help the Metropolitan Police Service identify those who committed violent and criminal acts on London's streets.

Visit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/metropolitanpolice/

If anyone recognises individuals in the photographs, has any information about the violence and disorder that has occurred, or has their own images or footage that they would like to pass the Operation Withern officers, you should contact the Investigation Team on

 

 

020 8345 4142

.

Alternatively, if you feel unable to speak to the police direct, you can report a crime and provide information anonymously to the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

The Operation Withern team includes officers from the Homicide and Serious Crime Command, specialist investigators from the Public Order Branch, as well as many police support staff.

The Investigation Team has begun, and will continue, securing the often large crime scenes, retrieving forensics and going through thousands of hours of CCTV.

Whilst this will be a long-term operation, work is already underway to identify those individuals responsible.

A dedicated webpage has also gone live displaying the images of people the Metropolitan Police Service wants to speak to in connection with the serious disorder and violence that has been affecting parts of London.

http://www.met.police.uk/disordersuspects/

The same images are hosted on both Flickr and the MPS website to ensure that the public have as many opportunities as possible to help us identify those who committed violent and criminal acts on London's streets.

This newsletter is being produced for the benefit of the whole of the business community. If there are any areas of advice or subject matter that you would like to see included in future issues please contact us via:

CommunitiesTogether@met.police.uk

Supporting businesses and the community

Local boroughs continue to engage with communities across London, ensuring that

information is passed to us about suspected looters and those involved in violence. Members of the public remain supportive of the ongoing work of the Metropolitan Police Service.

Officers will continue to provide support to businesses and local communities by:

  1. Visiting shopping centres to give advice and reassure retailers.
  2. Working with Victim Support to assist with shop staff who have been traumatised as a result of looting.
  3. Conducting reassurance patrols and joint patrols with youth workers as well as a strong police presence.
  4. Giving information about how police and councils are working together, such as council provision of street cleaning and repair services to affected traders and housing estates.
  5. Visiting places of worship to provide information and to reassure communities.
  6. Attending community stakeholder meetings.

Government support for business following recent public disorder

You can view information from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills by visiting their website www.bis.gov.uk, or alternatively by following them on twitter: @bisgovuk

Work is ongoing to promote the Government’s support package, with a claims form available

to download via the

 

 

Directgov

website:

www.direct.gov.uk/en/Nl1/Newsroom/DG_198958

The following information has been taken from their website:

Making a claim for compensation

If your business has suffered loss or damage as a result of the disorder, you may be able to claim compensation.

If you have insurance, check that your policy covers riot damage. If it does, contact your insurer directly to claim.

If your insurance doesn’t cover riot damage, or you don’t have insurance at all, you may be able to claim compensation from your local police authority.

To claim, complete a claim form and send it to your local police authority. You can download this form, and find your local police authority, by

following the links on the DirectGov website: www.direct.gov.uk

You have 42 days to make a claim for compensation. These 42 days are counted from the first 'clear day' after the disorder.

Transport Concerns

For those of you in the business community who may be concerned about travel

arrangements for your staff, the latest travel advice can be found on the Transport for London website www.tfl.gov.uk

How can you and your business assist the investigation?

We would once again like to thank the many members of our business community who have been providing information to us about suspected looters and those involved in the violence. We continue to receive exceptionally positive feedback from members of the public.

We would urge you to continue helping us, including giving us any information on the identities of those wanted in connection with the disorder. As a result of the information we have received to date, including CCTV images, we have been able to make a significant number of arrests.

Anyone with information is reminded to call our incident room on

 

 

020 8345 4142.

You can continue to help us by sending information to the MPS Communities Together Strategic Engagement Team at:

CommunitiesTogether@met.police.uk

This email address is staffed 24/7 but they will not routinely respond to emails unless additional information is required.

In order to assist with the reactive investigation we ask that you continue to consider the following points:

  1. Businesses should do all they can to ensure that their premises are as secure as can be.
  2. Victims of looting can expect police to seize CCTV footage. Businesses should ensure that footage is not erased and should be kept out of sight should looters gain access to premises and take the opportunity to destroy the recording equipment.

How can your business receive more information?

In response to a request made to Commander Rodhouse, the Metropolitan Police Services (MPS) engagement lead for Businesses, the MPS introduced a 24/7 capability to receive, and where feasible, to disseminate information to businesses.

Neighbourhood Link is a community messaging service from the MPS that provides news and information about policing activity or initiatives, crime prevention advice as well as major incidents affecting your area.

You may wish to consider subscribing to the official police messaging system 'Neighbourhood Link'.

To subscribe to this service please visit: www.neighbourhoodlink.met.police.uk

Those who wish to make a comment about the policing of the disorder can do so online at www.met.police.uk/contacts/

You can also follow live updates from the Metropolitan Police via Twitter on www.twitter.com/metpoliceuk

Regular updates will also be published on the MPS website www.met.police.uk

In the event of an emergency, call the police on 999. If you do not require an emergency police response, please call 101.

Should your business remain open?

Unless a business premises is declared a crime scene, it will remain the trader’s decision as to whether they remain open or not.

When to contact the Investigation Team

Please be reminded that you should only contact the Operation Withern Investigation Team number

 

 

(020 8345 4142)

if you have specific information about those individuals who have been involved in the violence and disorder that has occurred across London over the past few days.

How can my business help protect itself?

Helpful ‘Crime Prevention’ advice has already been shared. This can be found on our website

at www.met.police.uk. You may wish to take the following precautionary measures:

1. Where possible retail premises should be suitably staffed with security guards.

2. Ensure staff report any suspicious activity to security and/or police.

3. Consider regular checks of the building and surrounding area.

4. Identify areas that are vulnerable to forced entry.

5. Make sure all service doors are kept locked and secure when not in use

6. Ensure your CCTV system is fully operational.

7. In case of an emergency is there a record of the names of keyholders who can be contacted.

8. Consider removing high value goods from display windows overnight.

9. Consider keeping as little cash as possible on the premises.

10. Ensure that your premises are secure and if fitted your alarm systems are fully operational.

11. In the event of a situation that does not require an emergency police response, call 101.

12. In the event of an emergency, call the emergency number 999.

In addition we would ask all businesses to consider their local environment. Where rubble, builders skips, flammable liquids, gas canisters are visible these should be locked away or removed completely from the area. It would also aid some investigations if lighting in the area is well maintained and working, with

brightness levels set to higher levels than normal.

Fire Risk

Fires can be used as a tactic to provide a focal point for protesters seeking to attract extensive media attention. They can also be used to destroy evidence of criminality and distract emergency services, drawing them into confrontational situations.

Fire risk assessment and arson prevention arrangements should be reviewed accordingly. Simple good housekeeping measures such as the removal of any flammable and combustible materials stored adjacent to the premises, for example, stacks of pallets or waste materials, can reduce risk as these items can be easily ignited and any fires started in them can quickly spread to your building.

Ensure that first aid fire fighting equipment and extinguishers are maintained and available to deal with any small fires. Staff should be properly trained to use any equipment provided and instructed to avoid unnecessary risk. If there is any doubt, evacuate all persons from the building immediately.

Reduce the storage of flammable materials and stock near to windows and entrance.

Particular attention should be given to arrangements to secure the safety of staff and customers from fire. Fires started using accelerants such as petrol bombs can spread very quickly, cutting off escape routes.

Accelerants can cause very rapid fire spread and increase the risk that the entire building will

become involved in fire, especially where there is a delay in any fire service response due to the securit y situation.

Past experience suggests that in these situations some people consider remaining on their property to protect it from looting and damage. However, due to the risk of rapid fire spread, this can be extremely hazardous and has led to fatalities in previous events.

Refuge in the upper floors of a building that has been targeted should be avoided as it is easy to become trapped.

For information surrounding fire safety and prevention, as well as the response from the London Fire Brigade to the disorder, businesses are advised to visit the website

www.london-fire.gov.uk

or follow their tweets on Twitter @Londonfire

How can businesses report a crime?

In an emergency always call 999, otherwise you can contact us by:

  1. Calling 101 to report a crime that has already happened, seek crime prevention advice or make us aware of any policing issues in your local area;
  2. Via our website at www.met.police.uk;
  3. Via your local police station; or
  4. By speaking to your local Safer Neighbourhoods team.

If you find that your Business has been damaged by disorder then you must ensure the police are called at the earliest opportunity. It is vital that you preserve the premises, and don’t touch or move anything if possible so we can consider any forensic opportunities.

If the matter is urgent then you should ring 999 or otherwise the new 101 number. A police officer will attend and discuss with you the best course of action for us to secure evidence to afford us the best chance to catch the criminals and the timescales to get your business back up and running at the earliest opportunity.

If your Business is behind police cordons or otherwise secured by us then you should contact the investigation team on

 

 

020 8345 4142.

sent on behalf of Commander Steve Rodhouse, the Metropolitan Police Service's engagement lead for Businesses, for your information and onward dissemination.