In short, no. We don’t think they are.
Like everyone we have been shocked by the riots in London. Images of both young and old ripping shops apart have been shocking. Designed by Good People have many friends who own or live above shops. We can’t imagine the fear that shop owners must have had about their lively hoods and safety.
Today the government has announced that they are allowing shops to install security shutters and bypass planning regulations.
This will have a significant effect on our local high streets making them look like high security industrial estates at night and may be counter productive to the local economy.
In Sydenham the only shop that was looted (to our knowledge) was Cost Cutter. They had a security shutter.
It appears as if, across London, security shutters did very little to save shops from damage and looting. They were often just ripped from the side rails.
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