Everyone is pulling together - police, partners, residents and businesses alike - to do what they can to prevent the sad scenes witnessed elsewhere in the country, which have seen ordinary, decent people blighted by criminality.
Shops and businesses are advised to keep a look out for any suspicious activity and report anything of concern to security staff and police. They should also bear in mind the following safety advice:
- Do your staff know what to do in the case of an emergency? Make sure they do.
- Make sure all service doors are kept locked and secure when not in use.
- Ensure your CCTV system is fully operational.
- Consider removing high-value goods from display windows overnight.
- Keep as little cash as possible in the building overnight.
- Landlords need to ensure that residents living above commercial premises are aware of risks and ensure that all fire alarms, smoke alarms and fire escapes are fully functional.
- Does your alarm company have the latest keyholder information? If not, call them now.
- If you are worried, check your building and any surrounding areas that might be vulnerable. Remove loose objects that could be used as missiles.
- Petrol stations should avoid selling petrol in small containers.
- In the event of an emergency, call 999.