Notting Hill Carnival, Europe’s biggest street festival, will once again take place over the August Bank Holiday weekend, 26-27 August, this year.
This annual event has been running for over 50 years, filling West London with Caribbean colours, music and flavours and offering a fun-filled experience for locals and visitors alike.
However, if you are a local business owner or resident, Notting Hill Carnival may also present some challenges. You can make sure your property is party-proofed by following this advice from SafeSite Security Solutions and finding out more about the security options available to you:
Check the route
Familiarise yourself with the route the carnival procession will take and the festival’s other attractions and events, which take place across west London. Information about road and street closures can be found on the Transport for London website.
Talk to your neighbours
It’s a good idea if you’re new to the area to ask your neighbours if they’ve ever been negatively impacted by the carnival, or if there have been any problems in the area. The local council, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, also provides useful information on the event and their attractions map can help you work out how close your property is to busy carnival areas.
Establish the risks
Notting Hill Carnival’s organisers go to great lengths to minimise risks and ensure party-goers’ safety, but as with any popular, large-scale event like carnival, it can be difficult to manage the public’s behaviour. Common complaints from local businesses and homeowners include private gardens being used as impromptu toilets, drunken and disorderly behaviour, and sadly even theft and burglary.
Protect your property
Whether it’s your home or business premises, boarding up windows and securing access might feel like an unnecessary inconvenience, but protecting your property will provide peace of mind, particularly if it is in close proximity to any of the following:
- The route of the carnival procession
- Other events, attractions and facilities on the festival line up
- Tube stations or bus stops likely to face a surge in visitors
- Local hotels and B&Bs accommodating festival-goers, as well as eateries and pubs providing revellers with refreshments
How to protect your property
If you’ve identified that your property is at risk, don’t let it dampen your party spirit, there are some simple security steps you can take:
Board it up
Following previous carnivals many businesses have had to temporarily close due to smashed windows. Boarding up may mean shutting up shop for a few days but it can be less costly than making repairs and the related impact on your insurance premium after the event. Boarding up private homes can also actively prevent problems and costly clean ups. Boards can be fixed over windows and can also secure basement areas, which are particularly vulnerable to damage and intrusion.
Fence it off
You can secure access points, outside areas, gates and stairways with temporary fencing. This is a popular choice as it can prevent unwanted trespass, litter and debris with minimal impact to the property. Many local residents have already chosen to put up security fencing to avoid potential problems around carnival time and because it is so easy to hire, with installation and removal included so that you don’t have to live with it any longer than necessary.