Police advise city businesses

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Thames Valley Police has issued the following precautionary advice to businesses in the area amid rumours of riots in the city.

Ensure staff report any suspicious activity to security officials and police and consider regular checks of the building and surrounding areas. Identify any areas that are vulnerable and remove loose objects that could be used as missiles.

Make sure all service doors are kept locked and secure when not in use and 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 and where possible, retail premises should be suitably staffed with security guards.

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.

they are also asking businesses to question whether their alarm company have the latest keyholder information or if businesses have an emergency business plan?

Petrol stations should avoid selling petrol in small containers.

In the event of an emergency, call 999.