Jul 17 2012

Harrow Police’s Weekly Blog – July 16, 2012

Harrow Police’s weekly blog, written this week by Chief Superintendent Dal Babu… I had a meeting with the managers of betting shops on the borough this week and am pleased that they are all very supportive in helping us tackle crime and anti-social behaviour, particularly in the Wealdstone area . I will be putting extra resources into the area to deal with a persistent group of criminals and my officers will be using dispersal powers to move people from the area.

We have dispersed over 40 people from Wealdstone High Street in the last fortnight and arrested 10 people for drugs offences. If you have any information on criminal activity in the Wealdstone or Harrow area please call 101, or if you wish to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers, see related links.

“Over 40 people dispersed and 10 arrested in Wealdstone in last two weeks.”

This week, as part of Operation Big Wing, the Commissioner launched a special focus on victim satisfaction. This involved senior officers all over London visiting victims of crime as well as contacting victims by phone to establish how well they felt they had been treated by police. This initiative allowed us to hear victims’ concerns at first hand and helps to ensure that we are giving them the best possible service.

Harrow was honoured to have Assistant Commissioner Simon Byrne visit the borough to launch our ‘Customer Care Desk’ which is a single point of contact for victims of crime. All victims of crime will be given a ‘Victim Care Card’ which has a dedicated phone number and email address giving them a direct line into the police station which is staffed daily from 7 am until 11 pm. Inspector Judge explained Harrow’s commitment to victim satisfaction to Assistant Commissioner Byrne, focusing on ensuring victims of crime understand what police are doing to bring their perpetrators to justice.

The Assistant Commissioner also visited victims of a burglary and spent half an hour discussing how police had dealt with this crime and the support we had provided to the couple. I am pleased to say that suspects were arrested in this matter and are awaiting trial.

Harrow Police hosted a conference at Harrow School last Monday called ” Pre-empt take action before it’s too late.” in support of a newly formed group Mothers Against Gangs. The project is aiming to support mothers of young people who are either involved in gangs or drifting into criminality. I was surprised to find out that the domain name ‘Mothers Against Gangs’ was available and we purchased it immediately.

We are hoping boys from Harrow schools and Harrow Youth Offending Team can work together to develop a website that will provide information on support mechanisms for mothers and family members of young people involved in gangs. The highlight of the day was ex gang members talking about how they escaped a life of crime and the value of support from their family.

I was pleased to meet with Sergeant Gail McKinnon, PC Kevin Brooks, PC Stephen Luu and PC Paul Scott who have been working in the Wealdstone area tackling drug dealing and anti-social behaviour. Following an arrest they made, DC Jason Fanthorpe and DC Alison Birch conducted a search and recovered a firearm at the suspect’s address. This was an excellent piece of work and collaboration between uniformed officers and CID teams.

Burglaries in Harrow are down 20% so far this year thanks to some excellent arrests by the response teams. If you see anyone acting suspiciously in and around houses please call 999 and we will do everything we can to catch the burglars who target Harrow.

Please remember the simple crime prevention advice to avoid being a victim of burglary :

  • Leave a light switched on when you leave your home during the hours of darkness.
  • Leave a radio switched on when you are out of your home.
  • Ensure window and doors are shut and locked when your are out and at night.

I appreciate that it may not feel that we are in the middle of summer but I have noticed many of you are dusting off your bicycles and taking to pedal power. Please ensure you have a strong lock to secure your bicycle.

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