Physical Security

We offer free advice to businesses when planning and reviewing their security requirements via seminars, workshops and in-house training designed for specific business sectors.

Public safety is a priority at London Victoria Station

Deterrents help keep your business safe

Physical security is the most effective way to reduce criminal interest in a business or premises. The range of deterrents includes uniformed security staff, maintaining digital CCTV recording systems and installation of grilles, shutters and barriers.

Community Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS)

CSAS is a Home Office registered voluntary scheme that accredits private Security and Safety patrols with basic policing powers. In the Victoria BID the scheme covers Security Guards working for Land Securities in the area around Cardinal Place. CSAS-accredited personnel wear the uniform of their employer’s organisation, with an identification badge endorsed by the local police force. Westminster’s first CSAS team was introduced and sponsored by the Victoria Business Improvement District.

Crime Prevention Design Advisor (CPDA)

Victoria BID has access to a CPDA who conducts free building penetration testing to ensure your business is not vulnerable to crime.

Overt patrols

The Victoria BID sponsors high visibility uniformed patrols and multi-agency operations using specialist police and council units to combat crime trends and travelling criminal gangs.

Rough-sleeping warden

The Victoria BID provides security to patrol the Westminster Cathedral Piazza and local area that is a designated rough-sleeping hotspot. We work with homelessness centre, The Passage and other partners.

Employer Supported Policing (ESP) Specials Constables

The Victoria BID supports the ESP partnership between London’s major employers and the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS). This provides police training for staff and contributes to the security of staff and business premises.  Staff volunteer for selection as a uniformed Special Constable.

Met Volunteer Programme (MPV)

Victoria BID supports this unique volunteer programme that seeks  participants with business skills to support the local police service with back office functions.

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Physical Security contact

Chris Tsikolis
Policy & Security Manager

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