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Jan 23 2012

Borough Commander’s Blog – January 23, 2012

Chief Superintendent Dal Babu’s weekly Blog…

Harrow was honoured this week to have a visit from the children’s illustrator and former Children’s Laureate, Quentin Blake. Quentin visited Harrow High School Academy to initiate a project which is aimed at encouraging children to think about their safety. Quentin captivated his audience as he spoke about his life as an artist, whilst at the same time demonstrating his drawing techniques which were projected onto a large screen for all to see. The children were enthralled and inspired by his work and will be producing their own posters on the theme of young people and safety, which will be displayed at venues across Harrow including at Harrow police stations.

We have seen a sharp rise in the theft of number plates recently. Number plates are stolen by criminals who put them onto cars which are used in crime or which have been stolen. You can prevent your number plates from being stolen by using anti-theft number plate screws. Contact your local Safer Neighbourhoods teams for further details and crime prevention advice. If you see anything suspicious or have any information on people stealing number plates or involved in crime please call police on the non-emergency number 101. Alternatively if you wish to remain anonymous you can call Crimestoppers. In an emergency always call 999.

“We have seen a sharp rise in theft of number plates recently.”

I was sad to hear that one of our most experienced sergeants is retiring and moving out of London. Detective Sergeant Trish Nurse is looking forward to enjoying her passion for horse-riding as she and her husband move to a smallholding in Herefordshire. I have visions of them living the “Good Life” and I wish Trish a long and very happy retirement.

I had the pleasure this week of congratulating five officers who have successfully completed their sergeants’ probationary period and two officers who have completed the inspectors’ exams. I always admire officers who develop their careers whilst working long unsocial hours and balancing their family commitments alongside exams.

This week, in a meeting with some of the Neighbourhood Champions, we discussed the importance of us all embracing new technology including Twitter and Neighbourhood Link. Twitter and Neighbourhood Link gives us the ability to instantly share news of any incidents, appeals or current crime trends, as they are happening on the borough. If you would like to receive the latest community news from Harrow police, please register on Neighbourhood Link or follow us on Twitter @MPSHarrow.

I have a series of meetings planned with Neighbourhood Champions over the next two weeks when I hope that we and Harrow Council can build on our existing success which has seen over 1000 local residents volunteer to becoming Neighbourhood Champions, helping us deal with crime and anti-social behaviour.

Finally, Harrow Police and Harrow Council launched Bet Watch this week with the support of local licensed bookmakers. Bet Watch has been set up by bookmakers for bookmakers. Its aim is to share information between the police and bookmakers with the aim of reducing crime and anti-social behaviour in Harrow. I’m looking forward to seeing how this initiative impacts on crime in and around these venues.

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