Crime and security
WeAreWaterloo is focused on creating a safer and welcoming trading environment for businesses and customers to those businesses. We know that crime has a negative impact on the area and accept we are located in the capital city but do not believe we can do nothing about crime. We intend to identify and monitor crime and proactively report anti-social behaviour to the authorities.
We therefore run two Crime and Security meetings per year, of which all members are invited. The next such meeting is on 25/07/18, and all businesses will receive an invitation to attend. We would encourage all our members get in touch to find out more about these meetings.
The BID represents members at two quarterly Safer Neighbourhood meetings for Bishops and St George’s wards and works closely with the Police and other local partners to identify priority issues for the area. Additionally, represent members on London Business Against Crime (LBAC) meetings and we are members of the Cross-Sector Safety and Security Communications (CSSC) Network.
Major Incident Planning, Management and Recovery
In 2017, the SE1 area was subject to two terror related events. The current threat level is ‘severe’, meaning an attack is highly likely, and this threat level expected to remain for the next ten years. WeAreWaterloo ran a major incident exercise to inform businesses how to better prepare for a major incident, management of the event, and how to recover and return to normal after the event.
From this exercise, we have produced a document which outlines measures all businesses should have in place to prepare, manage and enable recovery from a major incident. The advice in the document is not exhaustive but provides a comprehensive guide of some important actions which can help businesses improve existing measures. WeAreWaterloo encourages all businesses to utilise this information.
Licensing and Safety
We actively promote Waterloo as an area that attracts visitors, whilst maintaining its individuality and unique character. We work to improve the streetscape to provide a clean, safe and secure environment for visitors to enjoy all the cafes; bars; restaurants and nightlife that Waterloo has to offer.
On behalf of the businesses that trade in Waterloo we convened the first Licensing Forum between the Police, the Councils and landlords of local pubs and bars. The Forum gives opportunities for licensed premises to meet to discuss any issues that they are facing and to work with the other stakeholders to try to resolve them. The next meeting is on 24/10/18. Get in touch to join the forum.
WeAreWaterloo businesses can join the Business Crime Reduction Partnership (BCRP). The BCRP allows businesses to link with others in the South Bank and Waterloo area, including Police and security teams, via a radio and intranet scheme. Click here to find out more.