Can We Use The History Of UK Riots To Predict And Prepare For The Future?
The 2011 riots in Tottenham seemed to have quite a few similarities to those in Brixton in 1981, but there are also some notable differences.
The 2011 riots started after rumours the police were mistreating a local black man; it began with petrol bombs and was followed by rioting across London; it then spread to certain areas in Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester.
What were the similarities?
What were the differences?
Can we use previous accounts of riots to predict for future disturbances?
If we consider the main examples of UK rioting, we are able to find patterns in the circumstances that provide the catalysts;
The circumstances shared by all involved the following themes;
Are global economic slumps a warning sign for riots? And if so, in future cases, what can we do to reduce damages?
Primarily, we need to assess the damage caused in previous riots.
In almost every major outbreak of civil disorder over the past 30 years, there has been an unfortunate focus on looting in local business, with the damage increasing every time. The 1981 riots ended with approximately 30 commercial properties being burned, and over 100 damaged and looted. Then, in the 2011 riots, approximately 2,500 shops and businesses were looted.
How can business owners protect their premises in case of future riots?
There are many precautions that a business owner can take to protect their property, to deter or even catch vandals or thieves;
CCTV and floodlights are likely to deter a rioter. After the 2011 riots saw one particular case of 36 year old rioter, Junior Saunders, sentenced to 5 years in prison, people will need to think twice in order to avoid a jail term of their own.
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