Have you met Oxford Street’s top dogs?

30 July 2021

On your latest visit to Oxford Street, you might have noticed our new security team and paw patrol walking the beat and wondered what they’re all about. Well, we thought we’d answer some of your questions and tell you a bit more about our team.

Why is there extra security on Oxford Street?
The Oxford Street Security Team is on the street every day to help the businesses on the street with any security issues and ensure Oxford Street flourishes free from crime and antisocial behaviour. They work closely with the Metropolitan Police to support them in their jobs where they can.


Tell us more about the dogs!
Our security dogs are a new addition to the team and have been attracting a lot of attention (one’s even thinking of starting his own Instagram!) so here’s a little bit about them. We have three dogs each with their own handler who is literally their partner in crime. They are a variety of breeds including German shepherds, Belgium Malinois, Rottweilers and Dobermans. Each morning they arrive in the West End in a doggy designed electric vehicle fitted with air con and comforts for the dogs. They take it in turns to patrol the street day and night, putting off any would-be criminals and helping out our stores with any security issues. Each dog has been specially trained for the job and is looked after with bundles of care and attention.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What you can do to stay safe in London

Oxford Street is the ultimate shopping and dining destination, so we know your visit will be just as fun and exciting as you hoped, but it’s always good to be prepared for different eventualities. We thought we’d share some tips we got from the Metropolitan Police to make you feel more confident when you’re out and about.

  • Plan your route in advance – Oxford Street is a mile and a half of shops set in the heart of the capital, so use our itinerary planner to help map out your route and always tell someone where you’re going.
  • Make sure your phone is charged – it’s no fun when you’ve only got 4% battery to get you home
  • When you are using your phone stay aware of your surroundings and when you’re done out it away out of sight
  • Travel with people you know where possible and stick to routes and forms of transport that others are using

Want to know more about the dogs?

If you have any more questions feel free to send them to oxfordstreet@newwestend.com