Safer

Safety is the number one priority for angel.london. We work with a range of partner organisations, including the Met Police, Transport for London, London Fire Brigade and Islington Council to ensure the Angel is a safe place for all who work, live, study or visit.

OUR CRIME FIGHTING INITIATIVES

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ANGEL PUBWATCH

Face-to-face and online working by the licensed community

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1. ANGEL PUBWATCH

Representing the 38 licensed premises in the BID, our PubWatch was formed out of licensees' determination to work together with Police and other agencies so the Angel stays a safe and enjoyable night out. Licensees and partners meet once a month to review crime levels and discuss activities that are beneficial for all.

Part of PubWatch is a secure 'PubWatch WhatsApp' group that enables licensed premises to share information in 'real-time' about problem customers and potential threats, thus helping diffuse issues before they arise.

The work of Angel PubWatch has again helped Angel to be awarded the prestigious 'Purple Flag' signifying a well-managed and safe night time economy. The annual Purple Flag assessment - supported by the Home Office - scrutinises all aspects of the evening economy; the level of policing and cleansing, the mix of night time activities, transport, public lighting, facilities and even the level of partnership working between the statutory authorities responsible for the area.

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ANGEL SHOPWATCH

Using technology to help retailers look out for each other

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2. ANGEL SHOPWATCH

Angel ShopWatch is a closed WhatsApp group that enables retailers in Angel town centre to share information about suspicious activities and offenders in 'real-time'. The WhatsApp group allows retailers to quickly spread warnings to each other about known shoplifters heading their way or incidents in their area.

Shopwatch has led to arrests and prosecutions for retail crime, but more importantly it has prevented many offences being committed in the first place, through effective and timely information sharing.

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COMMUNITY SECURITY ZONE

The business community working together to promote safety

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3. COMMUNITY SECURITY ZONE

angel.london works with the Angel’s key business stakeholders such as the Business Design Centre, RBS, Angel Central, 02 Academy, Hilton Hotels, Derwent, Cancer Research and large high street retailers & licensed premises to develop and drive emergency planning and security because the Angel is a busy, thriving place.

This means:
• showing every single BID business how to be vigilant and keep an eye out for anything unusual
• preparing the working community to manage the consequences of a major incident, keeping staff and customers safe.

angel.london hosts regular free events, in conjunction with security agencies and partners, for all businesses within the BID area encompassing a range of topics including counter terrorism, acid attacks and fraud awareness.

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SAFETY & SECURITY TRAINING

Training hundreds of local employees in safety each year

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4. SAFETY & SECURITY TRAINING

Dedicated to the needs of businesses, our safety and security training sessions cover personal security, how to protect premises within the law, avoiding cyberfraud and how to manage business practices to reduce the threat of crime.

Session are run for a minimum of ten people and can be from a single organisation or a collection of businesses.

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BUSINESS CRIME PARTNERSHIP

Joining up businesses to combat crime

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5. BUSINESS CRIME PARTNERSHIP

Our Business Crime Partnership has a comprehensive view of initiatives to reduce crime and has developed links between all the key agencies delivering them - Met Police Counter-Terrorism Officers, Islington Council's Emergency Planners and stakeholder businesses.

Chaired by Matthew Crawford (owner of successful independent Angel retailer 'After Noah'), the Business Crime Partnership meets regularly to direct and develop cohesive policy and initiatives.

POLICE CHANNELS OF COMMUNICATION

In an emergency, dial 999 – if a crime is occurring now, someone is in immediate danger / or there is risk of serious damage to property, a suspect for a serious crime is nearby or if there is a traffic collision involving injury or danger to other road users.

For non-emergency calls, dial 101.

 

The Met Police has a range of  communication channels for the Angel’s businesses and residents to interact with the force:

Email

St Mary’s Neighbourhood Police Team – StMarys.SNT@met.police.uk

St Peter’s Neighbourhood Police Team – StPeters.SNT@met.police.uk

Twitter

@Metpoliceuk – Metropolitan Police

@LondonProtect – Met Police / City of London / British Transport Police anti-terror

@MPSIslington – Islington Police

 

Thank you so much angel.london for running the Forged ID workshop. It was THE most interesting session. Everyone enjoyed it and walked away much the wiser than when we arrived - Joanna Theoklitou, CoffeeWorks Project

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I thought the (acid attack simulation training) event was really good and very Informative. Definitely feel like I know what to do now if it ever happens. All in all a very good event - Manager, Radicals & Victuallers

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Makes me feel grateful to be part of the Angel BID - Habib El Dabs, Owner, Ladybird Bar

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