As a result of the new lockdown restrictions the occupancy of larger buildings is likely drop to below 10 per cent, according to the managing director of a security company.
Theo Nicolaou, managing director of SmartSec Solutions, has said this will put the onus on security officers to protect such buildings.
Nicolaou said: "The level of footfall coming through our London-based corporate buildings has been significantly low for several months as remote working becomes commonplace. Many of our larger buildings have been operating at approximately 10-15 per cent of maximum occupancy. With these new restrictions, don’t be surprised to see this drop even further."
He said that this will mean that “security officers will continue heading out whilst others stay in to protect properties and businesses" and it showed "they are not just managing and protecting near-empty buildings, they are putting their health and wellbeing on the line to do so. They are displaying immense resilience: traveling on public transport to manage low occupied buildings can be a lonely existence and requires a positive and strong mindset. The impact this can have on their wellbeing should not and nor will it be ignored".
He called for the industry to "collectively offer the support that security officers need to talk and address any concerns".
Figures released in June by the Office for National Statistics showed that security officers were most at risk of dying with Covid-19. There were more security officer deaths than in any other profession at 74.0 per 100,000 or 104 deaths.