SecuriGroup has taken a contract with Marble Arch Business Improvement District to strengthen the safety and security of visitors and the local community in London’s Marble Arch area.
The Marble Arch Street Team was established by Marble Arch London BID in August 2016 to help its member businesses concerned about the high levels of antisocial behaviour in the area. Since then, the Street Team has become a resource to businesses in the area by providing a reassuring presence on the street, and offering practical support to local businesses and visitors, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The new Street Team has been active across the district from 1 July, continuing patrols stretching from Park Lane in the south, along Edgware Road, to Paddington Green in the north, taking in Connaught Village to the west and Marylebone to the east.
Working with the Metropolitan Police, Westminster City Council, Transport for London and homeless agencies, the BID and SecuriGroup will support all members – shops, late-night venues, restaurants, office occupiers, pubs and schools – by tackling antisocial behaviour, reporting and removing environmental risks, referring vulnerable people to relevant agencies, dealing with pedicabs, moving on organised beggars, responding to members’ requests for assistance, and directing visitors around the area.
Allan Burnett QPM, senior operations director at SecuriGroup, a former assistant chief constable and coordinator for counter-terrorism, said: "The Street Team is such an important resource dealing with a big range of issues and providing visible reassurance. SecuriGroup looks forward to working with all stakeholders. We intend to be effective partners adding our expertise and enthusiasm to the benefit of all."
Kay Buxton, CEO of Marble Arch London BID, added: “As part of our renewal commitment to continue to create a safe and welcoming environment for all, we have now appointed one of the best-in-class security companies with an excellent track record to bring us an enhanced service as we continue to support our members during the reopening of Central London and beyond. Tackling new and emerging crime trends like mobile phone and distraction thefts, SecuriGroup will support the BID’s dedicated Business Crime Group to target training and build capacity among members, to protect all users of the district’s many assets.”
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