The MPS is aware of the impact the disturbances are having on the business community and is making every effort to combat further criminal activity by increasing the levels of high visibility patrols across London.
There is also an increase in the number of police officers on the streets.
However there are many way in which businesses can help the Police to prevent and investigate criminal activity.
How businesses can assist the investigation
In order to assist with the reactive investigation the Police ask that businesses consider the following points:
Victims of looting can expect police to seize CCTV footage. Businesses should please ensure these are not erased and are kept out of sight should looters gain access to premises and take the opportunity to destroy the recording equipment
Additionally, businesses should keep a stock of tapes to replace those taken by police
Businesses should do all they can to ensure that the premises are as secure as possible
It would be helpful if any property stolen is as identifiable as possible, eg make, model, serial numbers and colour
Reliance on stock records will be higher than normal. Checks should be made to ensure they are up to date.
Contact the police with information
If you have any information that may help the Police, please get in touch with the Investigation Team on 020 8345 4142.