Diane Jarvis, Sheffield BID Manager, sent a message to business owners to tell them that a roaming BID security team will patrol the city centre from midnight until 6am.
In a statement, she said: “During the Coronavirus pandemic, our mobile guarding team will operate in two vehicles from midnight to 6.00am, seven days a week.
“The team will use the city centre radio network to maintain direct communication with the council's CCTV control room if police assistance is required.
“If your venue is closed or is planning to close please get in touch with the BID's operations manager Darren Hendleman. This will help us to prioritise the patrol route.“We are launching this service from 23 March 2020 as an additional measure to deter criminal activity during these challenging times.“Our BID police sergeant Matthew Burdett can offer advice around other options including upgrading locks and windows, installing alarms or using deterrents such as additional fencing, dummy cameras and more lighting in dark areas.
“Although there are no indicators suggesting an increase in criminality, there are some easy and reasonable measures that can be taken to assist retailers, business managers and office managers in the current situation.
“Businesses should ensure that they do not leave any cash floats at their premises.
“Our phone line is manned Monday - Saturday 9am to 6pm and Sunday 11am to 4pm - 0114 339 2015.”