Dear Business Colleague
The National Business Crime Centre represents police forces to work in partnership with the business community to tackle crimes against businesses. Our focus is on preventing violence and tackling organised crime whilst developing and sharing good practice between forces and private sector industries.
The Coronavirus has had a significant impact on the commercial sector-fiscally and the risk of increased anti-social behaviour in our stores.
Commissioner Ian Dyson QPM, NPCC lead for business crime stated, “We are seeing unprecedented times and the full impact of Covid-19 has yet to be seen but policing is well prepared with a range of plans in place which will see people and resources moved to meet demand. I am being up kept updated with challenges faced by business through the National Business Crime Centre and we will continue to protect people and prevent crime. I would encourage businesses to continue to report crimes although as the impact increases policing will have to make some difficult decisions so as to maintain a level of service to the public.”
The impact on stores will vary and will naturally be defined by its location, size, criminality, customers, produce and its security.
Metropolitan Police Business Crime Hub has produced the following crime prevention tips that may assist your organisations.
If your staff fall victim to an assault or witness violence in your premises
Closed Premises/Venues that have been temporarily shut
Physical Protective Measures
Reassurance to customers, some of whom may be anxious, is key to reduce anti-social behaviour.
Should there be an incursion onto your premises that is not disorderly and no offences have occurred, if police are requested to attend it should be stressed that the officers attending will expect a representative of the premises to request those trespassing to leave, whilst in the presence and hearing of the officer.
If the police are asked to assist in the ejection of trespassers, then they are acting as an agent of the company or premises and have no more powers and privileges than that of an ordinary member of the public. They would look to stand by to prevent a breach of the peace whilst the persons are encouraged to leave and escorted onto public land by shop/security staff.
If there are criminal offences apparent then officers will deal with these as they would in any normal situation.
If we can assist further or you require more bespoke advice, please contact us
Chief Inspector Patrick Holdaway
National Business Crime Centre