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We make the Angel a SAFER place by protecting our businesses from crime. Keeping our workers and visitors secure. Bringing partners together to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour. 

Our SAFER priorities are:

Uniformed security presence

Our Business Crime Officers, introduced in 2020, have already proved invaluable to retailers and other customer facing businesses, being on-hand to help staff handle shoplifters and those creating anti-social behaviour.

Over the next BID term we will continue to deliver and expand our dedicated uniformed security presence at the Angel, ensuring businesses have a rapid-response service.

Comprehensive CCTV coverage

Over the last decade we have secured funding for new CCTV cameras that cover the main thoroughfares in the Angel including Upper Street, Islington High Street, Liverpool Road and Chapel Market. 

Over the next BID term we will continue to seek funding for additional CCTV provision to improve safety at the Angel.

Co-ordinated approach to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour

This year we established the Angel Crime Reduction Partnership, bringing together businesses covering all sectors, the Met Police and other strategic bodies. We are also part of the Angel Community Safety Zone and work closely with Islington Council’s Street Populations Team.

Over the next BID term we will continue to deliver this co-ordinated approach to ensure the concerns of businesses are heard and matters that most affect them are tackled.

Over 90% of our businesses told us that improving the safety of roads, pavements and crossings was important or very important to them.

Safer pavements, roads and crossings

Our safer work goes beyond tackling crime and anti-social behaviour. We consider that the very fabric of the town centre, from pavements to roads and crossings, is essential, ensuring safety for all.

Over the next BID term we will work with TfL and Islington Council to deliver a package of changes which focuses on remodelling the City Road / Pentonville Road junction and also the Liverpool Road  junction with Upper Street.

Technology to reduce crime

Our PubWatch and ShopWatch WhatsApp groups have provided a way for businesses to communicate with each other and for our Business Crime Officers to raise alerts of suspicious behaviour and well known shoplifters.

Over the next BID term we will continue to invest in new technologies to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour and provide businesses and workers with free mechanisms to keep their belongings secure. 

Training to keep businesses and employees safe and secure

From acid-attack scenarios to how to deal with disruptive customers, since 2007 we have facilitated bespoke training for businesses to aid their security and safety of staff. 

Over the next BID term we will continue to deliver training that will equip workers with the knowledge and tools to keep them and their property safe.

I just wanted to say that having daily visits from Gerry and other (Business Crime) Officers, and knowing that they are always nearby, has been a real support for us.


Phil Chapman
Oliver Bonas 

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