Dec 24 2015

Borough Commander’s Blog: December 23, 2105

simon_ovensAs always it has been a busy few weeks in the run up to Christmas, which brings an end another busy and productive year in Harrow. Alongside my normal role as Harrow Borough Commander I’ve been fortunate to attend some very enjoyable and successful events.

Last week Harrow Police hosted the annual Christmas carol concert. The event was a huge success with people from all faiths and communities attending a packed out church for an evening of singing. I’d like to say a big thank you to all those who helped arrange, participate and attending the event. Long may it continue.

In the run up to Christmas I attended the Police Widows Christmas lunch. The event was attended by widows from three boroughs, Harrow, Barnet and Ealing, for the first time. It was an honour to welcome all the women. Following a lovely Christmas dinner and a few glasses of sherry (orange juice for the police) we enjoyed an afternoon of dancing and conversation.

Harrow Police Social Club also arranged a children’s Christmas party. It was well attended and all the children all appeared to be having a great time running around and playing together. Santa Claus also made a surprise visit handing out presents and, to the delight of the parents, a big bag of sweets that would undoubtedly keep the children running around for the rest of the afternoon!

Last week marked the anniversary of the murder of Alison Morrison. I attended the family home for a memorial gathering, humbled having been invited by her husband. We spent time remembering and celebrating her life.

Keeping Harrow the safest borough in London remains the key focus for the policing in Harrow. Burglary figures show a 12.1% reduction meaning 179 fewer victims in Harrow this year.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

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This week, some crime prevention advice on making sure your home is secure especially as criminal look to take advantage in the run up to Christmas:

  • Burglars always look for easy targets. Make sure your home is secure.
  • Good locks on all doors and windows are essential.

The most important items for your safety and security are Locks and Bolts:

  • PVCu and aluminum doors should have multi-locking systems. Additional mortice deadlocks and/or key operated throw bolts can be fitted to provide additional security and reduce leverage points.

Always remember to lift multi-locking handles and lock with a key, to prevent burglars reaching in through the letterbox to open the door. Internal letterbox shields also prevent car and house keys being fished through the letterbox.

  • Wooden front doors should be solid timber, with a BS 5-lever mortice lock and two mortice rack bolts.
  • Wooden back doors should be solid timber, with a BS 5-lever mortice lock and two mortice rack bolts.
  • Hinge bolts should be fitted to outward opening doors.
  • Patio doors should have a minimum of three locking points, with an anti-lift device to prevent them being lifted from their runners.
  • All ground floor windows and any windows that are easily accessible above ground floor should have key operated window locks, unless they are to be used as fire escapes.
  • Window handles should be multi locking, with shoot bolts into the frame. If not, surface mounted, key operated window locks should be fitted to provide additional security and reduce leverage points.

Good work by my officers

On Thursday, 17 December, the team caught a pickpocket in the act in H&M Kids, St Georges shopping centre. The female was seen to enter the store and take an iphone from a shopper’s handbag. The team stopped and arrested the female for theft. The female was later charged and remanded to court. The 34 year old from Enfield pleaded guilty at Hendon Magistrates’ Court.

Simon Ovens
Borough Commander

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