Wandsworth Chamber Big Breakfast: Business Security Tips & News
On Wednesday 29th March, we hosted the Wandsworth Chamber Big Breakfast networking event with the theme: ‘Designing out crime and the impact of theft and shoplifting’. We were pleased to see so many local business owners make it bright and early to attend the event in order to discover how they could enhance effectively and efficiently the security of their premises.
To this end, we have compiled a list of interesting facts and actionable business security tips for all those who couldn’t make it:
Our first speaker was Roger Lyddon from Wandsworth Crime Prevention who talked us through the alarming statistics regarding the impact shoplifting has on Wandsworth and London. These are some of the shocking numbers:
- Businesses in London lose up to 1.6 billion pounds in stolen goods annually.
- In the last year, 9,611 business-related crimes were REPORTED, however, the Home Office predicts the true figure to be closer to 12,814
- There are 8,000 registered businesses in the Wandsworth Borough—the top three biggest losses for companies in 2016 were: £1.3bill, £435k, and £100k respectively.
Roger also stated that many businesses will not report a robbery to the Police unless the loss is of a high value or if the premises have been targeted multiple times in the past. The Crime Prevention Team strongly advises that every incident is reported no matter how big or small. This will help further deterring thieves from the Wandsworth area as local businesses become a stronger, more aware unit.
Another important tip to remember is that if you or a staff member witness a crime taking place, call the Police as soon as it is safe to do so by dialling 999. If you discover the crime after the event took place, call the non-emergency line 101 or you can report the crime to the Met Police website.
Our next speaker was Barry from Project Griffin, Counter Terrorism Act, Earlsfield division.
He stated that, unfortunately, the threat from international terrorism is currently set to ‘SEVERE’ (an attack is highly likely). Sadly, a terrorist incident did occur earlier this month and it is vital that businesses become aware of the relevant safety procedures involved to effectively protect their staff and their property. Barry mentioned another possible scenario; sometimes staff members are known to be shoplifting but they could also be undercover members of crime gangs who are interested in acquiring inside information in order to later plan an attack in or around your property.
It is extremely important to log the full details of all employees including Identification documents such as passports. They will come in handy if the Police want to conduct investigations and interrogations. It is also imperative that staff members and managers are kept up to date with Identification policies for Driving licences, Passports, etc. and know exactly how to identify fraudulent copies.
“You may feel it’s probably nothing, but unless you trust your instincts and report it, we won’t be able to judge if the information you have is important or not – if you suspect it, report it”-
Following Barry’s speech, our Banham CCTV specialists showcased how CCTV security systems have evolved over the last few years and how they can be effectively and efficiently utilised to help against attacks but also provide valuable customer behaviour analytics such as the foot traffic that enters your premises. For more information, you can check our dedicated Banham CCTV section.
If you would like to contact our Banham Security Specialists department, you can find the relevant details below:
Banham: Security@banham.com – 020 622 5151