Notice from the Metroplitan PoliceMet Police logo




Tuesday 9th August 2011

Last night was the worst the Metropolitan Police Service has seen in current memory for unacceptable levels of widespread looting, fires and disorder across London.

In addition, the borough of RBKC experienced localised small scale disorder within the Chelsea and Notting Hill areas. This resulted in a small number of assaults and shops broken into. A number of arrests have been made.

We are aware of the impact this is having on businesses and the local community and are making every effort to deter any further criminal activity by increasing the levels of high visibility patrols within the borough of RBKC. In particular there will be an increased presence with extra officers on patrols during the hours of darkness.

The MPS has extra resources on duty across the capital. We are carefully monitoring any intelligence and ensuring we have our resources in the right places to support the ongoing policing plan. We are working with the Local Authority and other partners to maintain public safety and will continue to respond to the needs of London’s communities and deal with any incidents of criminality.

There is no specific intelligence relating to the targeting of business premises or of future planned disorder within the borough of RBKC.

  • Businesses may, however, wish to take the following precautionary measures.
  • Where possible retail premises should be suitably staffed with security guards
  • Ensure staff report any suspicious activity to security and/or police
  • Consider regular checks of the building and surrounding area
  • Identify areas that are vulnerable to forced entry
  • Make sure service doors are kept locked and secure when not in use
  • Ensure your CCTV system is fully operational, make sure the date/time is correct.
  • In case of an emergency is there a record of the names of key holders who can be contacted
  • Consider removing high value goods from display windows overnight
  • Consider keeping as little cash as possible on the premises
  • Ensure that your premises are secure and if fitted your alarm systems are fully operational
  • In the event of a non emergency, call the police on a non emergency number 101
  • In the event of any emergency, call the emergency number 999

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