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Jan 04 2013

Harrow Police’s Weekly Blog – January 7, 2013

mps_wanted_070113Harrow Police’s weekly blog, written this week by Chief Superintendent Dal Babu…

I hope that you all had a good time with family and friends over the New Year period and I wish you a prosperous and healthy year ahead.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all officers and members of staff who worked on New Year’s Eve helping to keep Harrow borough safe. Despite receiving more than double the number of calls compared with a regular shift, there were fewer crimes reported than New Year’s Eve 2011.

Many of the calls received were from members of the public concerned about the welfare of people slumped in the street due to an over indulgence of alcohol, however few of the crimes reported were alcohol-related.

We feel that this can be attributed to the work that has been done between the police and licensees in the lead up to the festive period by making certain they had enough members of staff on duty and measures in place to deal with drunkenness and ensuring that we had a sufficient number of police officers and PCSOs on duty in key areas, where large numbers of revelers were expected. A heavy downpour of rain at around 1am undoubtedly helped in clearing the streets of anyone intent on acting in an anti-social way or committing crime.

A significant proportion of crimes occur around betting shops and licensed premises and we continue to work closely with these businesses to share information, reduce crime and tackle anti-social behaviour.

Many of you will have received expensive electrical items as Christmas presents and, as always, we see a rise in robberies at the beginning of January as people return to work and school. Please take care when you are using your phones or tablets in public. Register your valuable items. Download a free GPS tracking application that can identify the location of your phone or tablet if stolen. Always remain vigilant when out and about.

We are seeking your help to identify (pictured above) a man wanted in connection with an assault on Monday 3 December at 12.45pm at Wemborough Road at the junction with St Andrew’s Drive, Stanmore. The man is described as being Asian possibly Afghani, aged about 40 years old, 5’8″ in height, of proportionate build with dark brown eyes and short curly black hair. He has distinctive pock-marked skin. He was driving an old model, blue Volkswagen Passat. Hanging from the rear view mirror was a red crescent moon. If you can identify this man please contact Detective Constable Andy Benbow on 020 8733 3437 or email Andrew.D.Benbow@met.police.uk. You can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

[pullquote align=”right” textalign=”left|center|right” width=”30%”]Help us to identify this man…[/pullquote]

I had another productive meeting with the Young Foundation, discussing Mothers Against Gangs and the way forward for this exciting new project. The Young Foundation have helped to revamp the Mothers Against Gangs website which is well worth a look at and the group has lots of exciting new projects and initiatives in the pipeline.

Reassuringly, crime levels have been low in the last few weeks, however please do not be complacent. Continue to lock doors and windows and use timer switches to make your home look occupied when you are out. Please report any suspicious behaviour or activity to police immediately.

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