Empty shops and bars ‘targeted’ by thieves

David MacCrimmon has been seconded to SBRC from Police Scotland.

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Empty shops, bars, offices and restaurants are being seen as easy targets for thieves, according to a group which supports Scottish businesses.

The Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC) issued the warning after a spate of attacks on commercial premises across the country.

A lack of potential witnesses on the streets during the lockdown restrictions, could see criminals trying to take advantage and make closed properties more vulnerable to a break-in or vandalism, it said.

Representatives from police, fire and rescue and the security sector are now coming together this week to advise businesses in a free webinar.

It will take place on Thursday, April 16, at 10am and businesses can register at https://bit.ly/3efzHkJ

The session will cover tips on what to remove from premises, what to leave in windows, as well as how and when to safely visit.

David MacCrimmon is seconded to SBRC from Police Scotland.

He said: ‘With most of us stranded in our homes, the clear and obvious place that burglars, arsonists and vandals will sadly be looking to will be our empty offices, clubs, bars and shops.

‘This could range from a one-off break in to steal alcohol from a bar, to an organised effort to steal valuable assets.

‘But businesses can limit their exposure to the risk – and there are reasonable steps they can still be taking to protect their premises while sticking to lockdown advice. This webinar will give us a chance to fully explain some of those options and for those that sign up to ask questions.’

Employers can also reach SBRC by emailing enquiries@sbrcentre.co.uk.