The Hop Poles in King Street kindly hosted this month’s Hammersmith PubWatch meeting. The supporting structures in place for the pubs & night economy was clearly evident by the numerous partners in attendance from the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, the Met Police and HammersmithLondon BID.
Due to a gap of seven months since the last meeting and changes in personnel, November’s PubWatch was very much about solidifying the current model and exploring more efficient and advantageous ways for the group to progress.
All banning orders will now be administered via the secure and data protection compliant, software platform ‘DISC Litoralis’. The DISC website and App is funded and managed by the BID.
The website is also kept updated with the latest counter terrorism and crime prevention news, advice and initiatives as well as acting as a one stop shop for all licensing related material designed to support the Hammersmith pub community.
Met Police Licensing
The Met Police licensing officer, Tom Stewart endorsed the use of DISC and praised its quality of content. He also promoted the #ASKFORANGELA campaign. This initiative is targeted at the evening economy and supports vulnerable persons who may feel threatened by a date or from unwanted attention. Find out more.
BID funded officer
In addition to the support from the licensing officer, the pubs can also reach out on a daily basis to their local BID funded police officer, PC Matt Holland. He gave some good advice on making the pubs safer by the smarter use of in-house CCTV systems and the benefits of joining the SafetyNet Radio scheme. He also provided crime prevention advice relating to the spike in bicycle thefts. Read more.
Grant Lumsden from the Met Police Counter Terrorism Command was a welcome addition to the meeting. He stressed that although no direct intelligence is held from a counter terrorism and public safety perspective - the night economy remains a soft target for potential attacks. The threat level is not anticipated to change and is unfortunately a sign of the times we are living in. Publicans were urged to raise the level of security vigilance within their workplace and embrace all the latest updates and advice on the website. They were also encouraged to engage with initiatives such as Project Argus and Project Griffin via the BID Operations Manager, Gordon Brockie.email@example.com
The London PROTECT – Counter Terrorism Protective Security Newsletter can be accessed online.
Although no banning orders were administered on this occasion, it is anticipated that this will improve in 2018 through a higher level of engagement between the pubs and police licensing.
The BID remains focused on making the meetings a productive use of the members time and supporting the evening economy in establishing Hammersmith as an attractive and vibrant location in which to visit, socialise and invest in.
We are currently exploring further ways to enhance the community by improving the levels of security vigilance through the funding of search wands and earpieces for door staff. UV lamps to check for counterfeit bank notes are also being provided and we are increasing the usage of the SafetyNet radio scheme across the wider town centre.