Apr 23 2012

Harrow Police’s Weekly Blog – April 23, 2012

Harrow Police’s weekly blog, written this week by Chief Superintendent Dal Babu…

I said farewell to PC Stirling Moss this week who is retiring after serving 30 years in the Metropolitan Police Service. Stirling was a member of the Royal Gibraltar Police before joining the MPS. We wish him well in the next stage of his life as he retrains to become a bus driver, for a local coach company. As his name would suggest, PC Stirling Moss is a huge motor sports fan and he will be relishing his new role and spending time with his wife and four children.

I am looking forward to taking part in a charity cycle ride ‘Pledge 2 Pedal’ on Sunday 20 May in aid of St Luke’s Hospice which provides free hospice care for the people of Harrow and Brent. The event starts at Byron Recreation Ground at 10 am and cyclists can choose from either a 15 or 30 mile circular route around Harrow and Brent. I look forward to meeting many fellow cyclists on the day.

“We have already had a good start to reducing crime this performance year.”

Running in the marathon last Sunday was a great experience and I am pleased to say that I finished in 4 hours 30 minutes. I was absolutely shattered but pleased that Harrow Police, and in particular A team, helped to raise monies for St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington. The hospital staff did an amazing job in treating the Harrow officers who were stabbed in Kingsbury last year and we are all very gratetful for their commitment to making sure the officers are well on the road to recovery . If you wish to make a donation you can do so here. I have completed 11 marathons now and decided that this will definitely be last one. I was grateful to my daughters, Shanti and Suraiya who were very sympathetic to my grumblings afterwards. My cycle ride to work the following day was hard work and I will be sticking to 10 kilometre runs from now on.

I said goodbye to Nina Kent from the Harrow Criminal Justice Unit who, after 12 years’ loyal service to the Metropolitan Police Service, has decided to retire and spend time looking after her grandson. Nina is an avid reader and I always enjoyed discussing the current books we were reading. I wish Nina all the best in her retirement.

I met Michelle Govia last week to discuss Harrow Police delivering the best service to people with special needs. Michelle is an expert in sign language and will be meeting Harrow Police Senior Mangement Team to talk about the experiences of her father who was a witness in a police incident. I was very touched by Michelle’s commitment to helping Harrow Police to learn lessons from our dealings with people with special needs, what an amazing young woman.

Harrow Police have already had a good start to reducing crime this performance year which started at the beginning of April, however we must not be complacement. Please note the following tips to prevent your home being burgled:

  • Mark or etch your property with your postcode, house or flat number or the first three letters of your house name.
  • Register items with a serial number at: immobilise – see related links.
  • Do not leave your car keys or ID documents near doors, letterbox or windows.
  • Always check who’s at the door and don’t open it if you feel anxious.
  • Close and lock all your doors and windows, even if you are only going out for a few minutes.
  • Keep your valuables out of sight.
  • Leave some lights on if it will be dark before you get home.
  • Install a visible burglar alarm.
  • Always keep sheds and outbuildings locked.
  • Cancel milk or other deliveries if you will be away for days or weeks at a time.
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