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 Cathedral 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.
WeAreWaterloo can advise and support businesses around their security - whether through business continuity resilience or the cyber-crime threat. In addition we recognise the importance of counter-terrorism and encourage all businesses to attend Project Griffin. Project Griffin - the national counter terrorism awareness initiative for business.
Licencing 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 meetings are on 25/04/18, and 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.