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Dec 18 2012

Harrow Police’s Weekly Blog – December 17, 2012

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

I would like to thank to the leaders of Harrow Central Mosque for kindly hosting the Borough Commander’s Commendation Ceremony on Monday. I would also like to thank our guest of honour, MP Keith Vaz. This was an extremely moving event – it’s always a pleasure to reward officers and staff for outstanding hard work and achievements and nothing pleases me more than seeing the proud look on the faces of the families of officers and staff who attend the event. I had the opportunity to chat with some of the families and thank them personally for their understanding especially at times when officers have to often work long hours or are called out on duty at short notice.

With Christmas just around the corner, this is a busy time of year and not just for the law-abiding members of the public. Please don’t let a criminal spoil your Christmas. Don’t tempt a burglar into your home by leaving presents under the tree where they can be seen through the window. Don’t leave valuables unattended and on show in your car. Don’t return to your car to off-load your shopping then return to the shops. Don’t let a thief distract you after withdrawing cash from the ATM. Criminals are always on the look out for opportunities, please don’t make it easy for them.

[pullquote align=”right” textalign=”left|center|right” width=”30%”]”Wishing you all a safe, peaceful and happy Christmas.”[/pullquote]

Last week several cars were broken into across the borough with most of the owners reporting that bags and wallets which had been left on display being stolen. Please remember that if you are leaving your car unattended, even for a short time, don’t leave any valuables on show which might attract a thief.

In the last week we have had reports of distraction burglars preying on the elderly and vulnerable residents by pretending to be officials from utility companies. Please warn your elderly friends, neighbours and family members to be wary of such callers and not to open their doors to anyone they are not expecting. If the callers or workmen are genuine they will be happy to return when someone else is present. Please report any suspicious behaviour immediately to police by calling 999.

Although I’ll be working on Christmas Day this year, I am a big fan of Christmas traditions. This year’s Harrow Police Christmas cards were designed by schoolchildren from across the borough and carry a crime prevention message alongside our seasonal greetings. The card we chose was designed by Remi Pindoria from Park High School. I would like to thank all of the children who took part in this competition and congratulate them on the extremely high standard of their entries.

Please remember for your own safety and the safety of others don’t drink and drive this festive period. When travelling by cab always use a licensed taxi (black cab) or a minicab. When travelling on buses or trains plan your journey in advance and always try to wait for your bus or train in a well lit place. Never accept a lift with a stranger.

Wishing you all a safe, peaceful and happy Christmas.

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