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Jan 21 2013

Harrow Police’s Weekly Blog – January 21, 2013

dal_babu2Harrow Police’s weekly blog, written this week by Chief Superintendent Dal Babu…

I attended the monthly crime fighter’s meeting in which the Commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan – Howe, emphasised that the MPS should do everything ethically right to catch criminals. Harrow’s performance, once again, is excellent as we see burglary and robbery continuing to fall. However it is important not to be complacent, please ensure you take the following precautions when you leave your home unoccupied:

  • Leave a light on
  • Leave a radio on
  • Ensure all doors and where possible windows are locked

Fraudsters want your PIN and bank card. Beware of the latest scam that is doing the rounds, and how it works. You receive a call claiming to be from your bank or the police telling you that your bank card details have been used fraudulently. The caller suggests you hang up the phone and ring them bank to ensure that the call is genuine. Don’t be fooled, at this point they keep the line open by not hanging up their end, so when you call back thinking you’re making a new call, you are in fact continuing with the original call. They then tell you to read out or key in your PIN and that they will send a taxi or courier to your home to collect your bank card. Now they have your card and your PIN they spend your money. Please remember your bank or the police will never ask for your PIN or bank card – don’t give them to anybody!

[pullquote align=”right” textalign=”left|center|right” width=”30%”]”Harrow’s performance, once again, is excellent as we see burglary and robbery continuing to fall.”[/pullquote]

I had a really productive meeting with Councillor Phillip O’Dell and the management team from Ladbrokes last week to discuss tackling crime and anti-social behaviour in and around the borough. Our licensing sergeant John Crump has already established strong links through the BetWatch Scheme which was set up last year. I was really pleased that Ladbrokes responded so positively to our meeting and I look forward to an even closer working relationship with all of the betting shop managers in Harrow in our fight against crime.

Police officer of the week is PC Sean McCluskey, a hard working officer who shows great compassion when dealing with vulnerable people. PC McCluskey is a very proud father and enjoys spending time with his wife and three boys. We are very fortunate to have an officer of such quality at Harrow. But perhaps most importantly, I am told that Mrs McCluskey bakes great cakes and I look forward to sampling some of her baking very soon.

Last week we were appealing to members of the public to help us locate Craig Taylor who was wanted on a recall to prison. I am happy to say that he has now been located, arrested and returned to prison. Thank you to all of those who called us with information about his whereabouts.

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I was invited to present awards at the Jack Petchey Award Ceremony which took place at Harrow Arts Centre recently. The Jack Petchey Foundation was established in 1999 by businessman Jack Petchey who came from an east end working class background with very few advantages. The foundation gives opportunities to young people in London and has donated over 70 million pounds to schools, clubs and projects which benefits young people. I was pleasantly surprised when one of the award winners was 12 year old Daniel Steele from Salvatorian College whose mother works in our Borough Intelligence Unit. Daniel received the award for his quick thinking during a medical emergency at school and I know that his family are all extremely proud of him.

Harrow Safer Neighbourhoods Teams continue to execute drugs warrants as part of the Met’s Operation Hawk. If you have any information about who is selling drugs in your area, contact your local Safer Neighbourhoods Team or call Crimestoppers (an independent charity) anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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