Jun 26 2012

Harrow Police’s Weekly Blog – June 25, 2012

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

I was out patrolling this week on one of the Metropolitan Police bicycles. The bikes are not only a great way of getting around the borough but gave me the opportunity to stop and speak to members of the public to discuss the service we are providing.

I have also been telephoning victims of crime to discuss their individual cases and asking if they were satisfied with the service they got from officers – the results were very positive. Acting Detective Sergeant Luke Stylianou was investigating an assault recently and was praised by the victim for the sensitivity he showed towards her and for catching the man who had assaulted her. Although officers and PCSOs have a huge workload, I have emphasised the importance of listening to the needs of all victims of crime and providing support and assistance to those who are vulnerable.

“I have emphasised the importance of listening to the needs of all victims of crime.”

I attended Canons’ Ward Panel meeting and explained Harrow’s current burglary position which has shown a reduction of 21% so far this financial year. I want to ensure the community that we are not complacent and tackling burglary continues to be a priority. Six people were arrested on suspicion of burglary this week.

Harrow Police Cadets have been busy assisting officers to deliver SmartWater and crime prevention information. The operation was focused in the Durley Avenue, Cannon Lane and Lulworth Drive areas of Pinner. Around 60 addresses were visited by the cadets who were advising homeowners about the importance of locking and securing UPVC doors and windows, securing sheds and garages with strong locks and locking their cars and removing all valuables. It is clear that we all need to be vigilant and by following a few basic crime prevention tips we can make life more difficult for criminals.

  • Install a burglar alarm.
  • Lock all doors and windows, even if you are only going out for a few minutes.
  • Leave lights and a radio on if you are going out.
  • If you have a UPVC door lift, lock and turn the key. Remove the key and keep in a safe place.
  • Always lock your car and remove all valuables.

I had a meeting with Barnet Football Club and ‘Kick it Out’ (football’s equality and inclusion campaign aimed at stamping out racism) to organise a football competition to be played at The Hive training ground. I am pleased to say that the planning is progressing well and this will be a great opportunity for young people in the community to enjoy Barnet Football Club’s training facilities at The Hive and also for officers to engage with young people to communicate messages on staying safe.

Whilst on the theme of football, Harrow Police football team retained the Police Football Cup this week by beating the City of London Police 3 – 2 in a match that was played at Bushey Sports Club. It’s good to see officers and staff spending their free time staying fit. Ironically it was the same night that England played Ukraine (England won 1-0) but having seen the highlights of that match, Harrow Police v City of London Police was far more exciting. The team consisted of Graham Downes, Jamie Derby, Jerome Beasley, Darren Clarke, Danny Branch, Ashley Shanahan, Chris Alcock, Dean Bryan, Cyrus Kani-Zabihi, Alex Edwards, Gary Thackham, Richard Taylor, Brad Lemmon, James Potter, Johnny Mitchell, Steve Caruthers.

I was pleased to confirm PC Raxa Basia who has completed her probation and is a great role model for young people who attended Kingsbury School. I was impressed to see so much energy and drive in the young officer who is a great asset to the Metropolitan Police Service.

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