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Apr 28 2014

Borough Commander’s Blog – April 28, 2014

simon_ovensI was out patrolling the streets of Harrow between Friday and Sunday last week. Whilst being on call for the whole of north London I was able to spend many hours fighting crime within our Borough during night duty. This involved disrupting a group of three well known burglars I caught speeding in Edgware and also visiting past victims of crime, providing reassurance. The burglars left the Borough knowing we are onto them and their presence is not welcome. There is more than one way to skin a cat!!

General Advice

Whilst we continue to tackle those involved in mobile phone crime, we ask you to consider the following steps to help prevent you becoming a victim of crime:

  • Ensure you keep a record of your IMEI – you will need this if your phone is lost or stolen.
  • Register your phone for free on the Immobilise website. This helps Police to identify you as the owner and return your handset if lost or stolen.
  • Use security or PIN locks to protect your data and prevent the phone being used if stolen. Try to ensure these are not easily guessed, such as 1234 or your birthday.
  • When not in use, never leave your phone unattended in a public place or vehicle.
  • Take particular care of your phone at bars, cafes, coffee-shops, restaurants and music venues – thieves have targeted these venues.
  • If using your phone in public, stay alert and be aware of what’s going on around you.
  • Never reply to spam messages you may receive over SMS or Bluetooth, even to text ‘STOP’.
  • Consider installing a tracker application on your Smartphone, it could help trace your device if stolen. If you are unsure which ‘app’ to install seek advice from the manufacturer of your Smartphone.If your device is stolen, act quickly – inform the Police and tell them you have a tracker app installed.
  • If your phone is stolen, report it to Police and your network. Ensure you have the IMEI number available for the Police. Your network will provide this free of charge.

Personal Data

  • Back up your phone’s data, for example your contact list, photographs.
  • Don’t keep personal information such as bank details, home address or other data on your phone that be used by criminals to commit identity fraud.
  • Be careful when charging your phone on someone else’s computer or at a charge point. A lot of phones combine a data connection with the charger so you could end up having your data stolen without realising it.

Good work by my officers…

Last week, two burglars were arrested by Operation Bluebell officers, after both suspects had been identified by leaving forensic evidence at the scene of the crimes in Harrow. Officers from Operation Bluebell acted quickly, having received this information and attended the suspect’s home addresses in order to bring them to justice! Both were arrested and charged to attend court.

Having these people behind bars helps make Harrow become to safest Borough in London.

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1 comment

  1. sonoo malkani

    Excellent tips as ever from our Borough Commander ,which if we are sensible enough to implement will bring rich rewards and huge disappointment for criminals.Thy have had a ball for too long at our expense!

    Well done Harrow Police for your operations and arrest of burglars.I hope they are realising that Harrow is getting too hot for them.They must be chased out of Harrow.

    We leave it to our other Borough Commanders to take care of criminals who have turned their backs on hostile Harrow and chosen to invade theirs instead.They are definitely not welcome here.

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