Nov 01 2011

Borough Commander’s Blog – October 31, 2011

Chief Superintendent Dal Babu’s weekly Blog…

I was pleased to attend New Scotland Yard this week to see Constable Neville Hathiram and Sergeant Paul Kelleher (two of Harrow’s Special Constables) being awarded long service medals. Both of them have completed nine years of exemplary service with the Metropolitan Police Service.

Harrow’s Hindu community celebrated Diwali this week. I was kindly invited to the Temples in Wood Lane and Kenton, enjoying a spectacular fireworks display and meeting a great bunch of women who had cooked fantastic food for the thousands of visitors and helpers.

“There will be increased police activity over this busy time” – Chief Supt Dal Babu, Harrow Police

Next weekend is Bonfire Night. There will be increased police activity over this busy time to deter and target individuals and groups intent on committing crime and anti-social behaviour. All Safer Neighbourhoods Teams will be patrolling at key times in town centres and transport hubs.

Do not forget the security of your home.

If you are going out for the evening, ensure you have closed and locked your doors and windows and make sure that you leave lights on.

With the clocks going back, it may be dark before you expect it.

Advice to parents:

  • Make sure you know where your children are and who they are with;
  • Keep fireworks in a safe place in the house;
  • Report any anti-social behaviour or concerns to your Safer Neighbourhoods Team;
  • Attend organised events wherever possible.

Advice to young people:

  • We want you to enjoy yourselves but won’t tolerate unacceptable behaviour or anti-social behaviour;
  • Ensure you are safe by staying with others;
  • Attend organised events wherever possible;

Keeping your home secure:

  • Close and lock all your doors and windows, even if you are only going out for a few minutes;
  • Make sure UPVC doors are properly locked with a key;
  • Make sure the side and/or back gate is locked;
  • Lock your shed or garage;
  • Make sure that any valuables are out of sight;
  • Leave some lights on if it will be dark before you get home;
  • Don’t leave your car keys or ID documents near doors, windows or your letterbox.

Name and shame

We continue to deal with people wasting valuable police time by making false crime reports.

  • Tripathi Payalban, aged 27 of Drayton Way, Harrow claimed to have been robbed of her two Blackberry phones on Saturday 22 October. However, when officers called the numbers, both phones rang in her bag. She later admitted that she had made the story up.
  • In another case, Ali Naseed, 29 of Malvern Avenue claimed to have been robbed because he had lost his phone in the park and wasn’t sure if his insurance policy covered him for the loss.

Both people have been issued with fines for wasting police time. I will continue to name and shame people who make false reports – this is not victimless crime as dealing with false allegations takes up valuable police time and resources.

Chief Supt Dal Babu

Harrow Borough Commander

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