Coronavirus: how to protect licensed premises during ‘lockdown’

OPERATORS are being urged to step up security at bars and during the coronavirus ‘lockdown’ period.

Best Bar None Scotland, the trade safety accreditation scheme, outlined a number of security measures for licensed premises, including boarding up rear doors, fire exits and outside/pavement cellar access doors; removing alcohol and displaying signage that states no alcohol, food or money is stored on-site; directing CCTV cameras to the entrance and exits of venues; and conducting a full check of security alarms.

Robert Hogg, national co-ordinator of Best Bar None Scotland, said: “Unfortunately, thieves are looking at the COVID-19 enforced shut-down as an opportunity to cash in as they know the majority of bars and restaurants are now lying empty. Therefore, we are urging all licensed premises to ensure they have the necessary security measures in place to protect themselves.”

David MacCrimmon, serious organised crime and counter-terrorism lead at the Scottish Business Resilience Centre and Best Bar None Scotland, said: “This is a very tough time for everyone involved in the licensed trade, but thieves do not care about this and are looking to exploit the shut-down. There are examples of empty bars and restaurants being targeted all over the UK, with the likes of alcohol and cash being stolen.”