**Update on 27/03/20**
Find below the latest updates from local and Met police forces on their continued work as well as security advice for businesses with vacant premises.
Neighbourhood policing and proactive work in your community is continuing as normal with the exception of postponing non-essential public meetings. Your local teams are out on patrol dealing with anti-social behavior and criminality in their wards.
If you have any concerns, please contact your local team. If a crime needs reporting or you need police to deal with an issue then and there, please call 101 or report online at www.met.police.uk. In an emergency always call 999.
According to the Met Police: 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.
If you are concerned for the security of your office or premises, the Met Police have released a document of crime prevention advice, including:
- Reviewing your property portfolio
- Access and boundary treatments
- Prevent vehicular access on to the site
- Forensic marking
- Removing the utility supply
- Protecting buildings within your site
Further information see the attached document.
Please find advice and guidance documents provided by the NCSC to the left of this page for cyber security, specifically on:
- Malware and ransomeware
- Cyber security for teams working from home
Fire Safety and Prevention:
London Fire Brigade are advising businesses to review their Fire Risk assessment and Emergency Plan in light of the impact of COVID-19 on your staffing levels, operating times, business processes and evacuation arrangements. The main areas to consider are:
- Appropriately fire risk assess and supervise maintenance operations and building works.
- Review the impact of CoVid 19 on maintenance provision on essential fixed installations for fire-fighters and potential ignition sources.
- Prohibit all hot works.
- For unoccupied buildings, ensure all electrical appliances are switched off and the plugs are removed from sockets
- Securely close all fire doors
- Ensure all security staff and any new or inexperienced security staff are familiar with the emergency plan and procedure for contacting the fire brigade
- Home Fire Safety (working from home)
- Ensure employees working from home take the time to fit, test and check smoke alarms in their homes
- Ensure all family members know what to do if you have a fire, particularly elderly people and children.
- At night, close doors, unplug appliances and chargers, check heaters are off and candles and cigarettes are properly extinguished.
Further information on all the above fire safety and prevention advice can be found here.
Any premises specific enquiries can be directed to: fsr-adminsupport [at] london-fire.gov.uk
If you have any further questions, get in touch with Tom Harris on th [at] betterbankside.co.uk