A statement from Scotland Yard has admitted that security procedures were not properly followed when an alarm sounded at Hatton Garden Safety Deposit Ltd over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.
The statement reads: “In respect of the police response to the intruder alarm we are now in a position to confirm that on this occasion our call handling system and procedures for working with the alarm monitoring companies were not followed. Our normal procedures would have resulted in police attending the scene, and we apologise that this did not happen.
“In this case, the owners had been notified by the alarm company and a security guard attended the building but saw nothing more than our officers would have done had they been deployed.
“We are working closely with the alarm industry to improve the call handling and response processes at both ends to ensure nothing like this happens again. A more detailed investigation into the defeat of the alarm system at Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Ltd is ongoing and we will share the lessons learned with the business community in due course.”
The Met Police has today announced that seven individuals have been arrested on suspicion of burglary in relation to the Hatton Garden raid. The suspects are aged between 48 and 76 and are believed to have been laying low in the London and Kent areas.
Police have confirmed that high value items were removed from the raided properties, which is likely to have links to the items stolen from 56 safety deposit boxes during the incident.