Black Friday falls on November 24th this year.
It has become one of the biggest shopping days of the year, when retailers reduce prices across their stock to kick-start the Christmas gift-buying season.
The Metropolitan Police Service are advising retail stores to review their security and ensure that adequate resources are in place to respond to the increased demand.
Retailers are expected to provide their own security arrangements during the sales, and consider police assistance only as a ‘last resort’.
To plan and prepare for Black Friday sales this year, the Metropolitan Police suggest some actions for retailers.
Things you can do:
- Have sufficient staff to cope with the increased demand
- Security officers should have a visible presence, clearly display ID badges and be briefed, crowded places can lead to more opportunities for pickpockets
- Ensure staff are fully briefed to positively engage with customers
- Remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to security or police
- Review and communicate any emergency/evacuation procedures to staff, ensure all necessary equipment, including first aid supplies, are readily available
- Have the ability to control access points in to your premises
- If you have access to a ‘ShopWatch’ radio, ensure it is utilised
- Check CCTV is fully operational and that you have available staff members who are trained to operate it
Contact your local police or the Bath BID if you have specific events which you feel they should be aware of
In the event of an emergency, always call 999.