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Jul 23 2012

Harrow Police’s Weekly Blog – July 23, 2012

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

I chaired Harrow Borough’s crime fighters meeting this week which looks at our crime performance. So far this financial year, burglary is down 16%, robbery down 12% and violence is down 11%. Theft from motor vehicles however is up 8%. In order to tackle this we have deployed trap cars fitted with CCTV cameras and alarms, across the borough. Most thefts occur when people leave their cars unlocked or valuable items on display, by following a few simple tips you can reduce the chance of your car becoming a target:

  • NEVER leave valuable items in your car, including sunglasses, the removable radio cover and your Sat Nav.
  • Wipe away the Sat Nav mark on your windscreen.
  • Consider fitting anti-tamper screws to your number plates.

One of Harrow’s most experienced officers, PC Jim Wilson retired last week after 32 years of dedicated service. All of Jim’s career has been carried out on front line services, which is a remarkable achievement – well done! I am very disappointed to lose Jim who is moving to Devon, but wish him and his family well for the future. I presented PC Daniel Cannon, who has recently completed his probationary period, with his confirmation certificate this week. Ironically as PC Wilson leaves the police service, PC Cannon completes his probation and will be patrolling the streets of Harrow.

“I am impressed with the dedication of patrol officers working long and unsocial hours.”

Following on from last week’s highly successful, Mothers Against Gangs conference at Harrow School, I had a productive discussion with Harrow Council and partner members of the Safer Harrow Management Group to discuss our collective response to gangs. I am confident that by working together and sharing intelligence, we can ensure that the most vulnerable young people on the borough get the necessary support to deter them from crime and anti-social behaviour. The event had speakers from across London who have all worked helping to reduce violence and gangs. Headmaster of Harrow School, Mr Hawkins has also been hugely supportive, attending and speaking at the conference even though he was in the process of moving house.

I attended the ‘Faith Matters’ seminar on gangs and was impressed with the Commissioner’s and David Lammy’s speeches on reducing gang activity. The importance of families was emphasised. This builds on our local work which is to empower mothers to stop their children from getting involved in gangs and criminality.

As part of the Commissioner’s drive to increase police visibility, all of my Senior Leadership team has been out patrolling this week. I took the opportunity to patrol in Wealdstone to see the impact that the extra officers who have been deployed to the area in recent weeks have had on anti-social behaviour and crime. I was patrolling on Saturday night and Sunday morning and was impressed with the dedication of patrol officers working long and unsocial hours.

I also met with the owner of Sam McGuire’s, the derelict pub in Wealdstone, to discuss how we could improve the look of the building which has been a magnet for crime and anti-social behaviour. Over the next few weeks I am hopeful that Harrow Police Cadets will work together with local youth clubs, Youth Services and Harrow Arts Centre to improve the area.

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