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As South Bank is such a high footfall area, this creates a need for greater investment in security measures across our neighbourhood. The BID funds several schemes which ensure that a level of service and protection is provided for businesses, residents and visitors alike, which sufficiently meets the requirements of one of the busiest areas in London. 

South Bank Patrol 

What are your concerns for security in South Bank? Is it unlicensed street trading, or anti-social behaviour? What will happen as budgets are further reduced? South Bank BID businesses can have a big impact on how crime and security are tackled by telling us what they see and experience and putting measures in place that protect their property and their employees. The aim of South Bank Patrol Service is to listen and respond.

South Bank Patrol works to deter crime, reduce and eliminate unlicensed street trading, the threat of terrorism, petty crime and anti-social behaviour, and engage with private security teams, police and other agencies throughout the area. The Patrol represents the interests of local businesses by working in partnership on crime reduction schemes and projects, using contacts at all levels of government including the Metropolitan Police and Transport for London, and by engaging with local businesses to address the security issues important to their organisation and employees. 

The Patrol Service, working in partnership with statutory agencies, also addresses issues arising from street drinking, aggressive begging and rough sleeping. The Patrol Service is at the centre of a network of security information sharing and coordination to make South Bank a safer and more welcoming place to work in and visit.

South Bank BID businesses can find out more about the security services available to them by contacting the Public Realm Team at bid@southbanklondon.com

If you witness a crime in progress call 999 or 101 for immediate assistance.

Partnership Plus

The Metropolitan Police Service’s (MPS) current local policing model does not currently provide the degree of police visibility in our neighbourhood that is expected by stakeholders. To combat this, the BID for its second term has again invested to ensure that we retain 4 Metropolitan Police Officers, who serve our area on a dedicated basis. We do this because our levy payers continue to say that seeing and getting to know a dedicated uniformed presence on South Bank is a strong deterrent for crime and provides an increased feeling of safety for their customers and workers. 

The officers blend problem solving and direct enforcement activity to address the priorities of the South Bank. This includes unlicensed street trading, aggressive begging, street drinking, anti-social behaviour and the theft of personal property from people at venues.

The police officers also work closely with the area’s private security teams, through undertaking joint patrols and working with the South Bank Patrol. Their work undertaking effective security problem solving for our community is completed in partnership with a number of statutory and non statutory organisations that have a responsibility for tackling crime and anti social behaviour in the area.

Both the Patrol Service and Partnership Plus officers have been vital in providing reassurance to the local and visiting population, and they continue to be an essential investment for South Bank BID in such a high footfall area.

Waterloo Station

To enhance our Security team further, South Bank BID is also now working alongside British Transport Police in our second term to provide a dedicated British Transport Police Community Special Officer, to be based permanently in and around Waterloo Station and Leake Street Arches. The officer is a crucial support for retailers within the station to tackle issues such as theft and petty crime, and to provide additional reassurance to the millions that use the station.

Strategic engagement with BID businesses in both Waterloo Station and Leake Street has allowed the BID to determine which issues within the station would benefit most from increased policing and which working hours would businesses gain the most from the additional uniform patrols. This investment has also allowed our initial four Metropolitan Police Officers to provide greater coverage of the remaining BID area.

Business Crime Reduction Partnership

South Bank BID works with Lambeth Council, Southwark Council and neighbouring BIDs to deliver a successful Business Crime Reduction Partnership in the area. This is a network of Police and security professionals dedicated to targeting specific crimes that are a concern for businesses and that are prominent on South Bank. 

Training for businesses is also provided, across a range of security issues, including counter terrorism and dealing with acid attacks in public spaces.

Rough-sleeping / Homelessness

South Bank Business Improvement District (BID) works closely with its members to have an effective and caring approach to those people who engage in street-based life-styles. This includes homeless people, those engaged in street drinking and begging.

For information on the BID’s complete approach towards rough-sleeping, alongside the initiatives and options that are being put in place in South Bank, please see here.