Police forces across the UK are having to carry out extra night patrols in empty city and town centres, as burglars target pubs, shops and other commercial premises during the coronavirus lockdown.
According to research from property security specialists, VPS UK, there has been a sudden rise last week in burglaries and attempted thefts in Manchester, Merseyside, Gwent and Cleveland as thieves look to cash in on deserted high streets.
Last week the British Security Industry Association confirmed that the current definition of key critical workers includes regulated security professionals.
Roles essential to supporting law and order, with the potential to reduce demand on policing, also meet the critical worker definition.
This includes the guarding and CCTV monitoring of empty or closed commercial, retail or office premises, and the provision of alarm response centres including mobile units.
David Wormald, key account director for hospitality & retail at VPS says: “Even though it is a designated key worker sector, the security industry also has to place a priority of care for its workers during the virus crisis. Inevitably we will have some operational strains if more staff are required to self-isolate.”