- Crime Prevention advice for empty commercial premises
- Briefing for 26th March - attached as pdf
Crime Prevention advice for empty commercial premises
The Coronavirus has necessitated businesses close across London leaving many empty buildings:
this will likely be the first time your building is going to be empty for an extended period of time.
There is a concern that your property could be at risk of being targeted: this could potentially come
in the form of an illegal occupation, the theft of stock or criminal damage.
The risk factor to your premises will naturally be dependent on a number of factors: area, local
criminality, size, stock, security and this is an aide memoire for assisting you in your decision-
The Metropolitan Police Service are maintaining a visible presence across the capital and are
committed to preventing any crime. However, we need your help to ensure that your buildings are
as secure as they can be.
As a rule, it is important that you focus on the risks to your premises and regularly review your
security. Work in partnership online to reduce the risk by sharing information with your local
business community, crime reduction partnership and local police.
The restrictions on your movement will be prohibitive. Only travel where absolutely necessary.
Please consider your health, and that of your colleagues, friends, families, and wider population.
The following information will help you protect your property:
1. Review your property portfolio
Conduct a detailed security review of all occupied and unoccupied property and land that you have
responsibility for: use a systematic approach of reviewing your premises layer by layer, starting with
the boundary and working your way inwards. Look for vulnerabilities in the space between the
perimeter, any outbuildings and the main building. Out of sight, out of mind: Lock away any items
that could be stolen, used as a climbing aide or targeted for arson.
2. Access and boundary treatments
Invest in a recognised security standard gate and locking mechanism, which is securely fixed to the
ground and in alignment with the boundary fence. We recommended reviewing the Secured By
Design website for further details. www.securedbydesign.com
Ensure your boundary is security rated and high enough to deter someone from climbing over it. We
recommend a minimum height of 2.1 metres. Contact your local planning office for details of what
height they will allow as a matter of course. There are a wide range of perimeter fences available
with additional security features which will be sufficient to deter a physical attack. Some fencing
options have a protruding topping that is difficult to climb, whilst allowing natural surveillance
through the barrier. Some fencing can also incorporate lighting
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Please find below today’s Covid19 briefing note from BCU Commander C/Supt Colin Wingrove. Also attached are 3 documents; the first two relate to advice for business owners and the third is a letter around possible Covid19 scams.
This weekend will see extra officers on patrol across Southwark to engage with the public and enforce the lockdown where appropriate. We will be focusing on parks and open spaces as we’ve had a number of reports of anti-social behaviour and gatherings in these areas. We’re also working closely with the local authority to identify and close any businesses that should not be open.