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Mar 11 2013

Harrow Police’s Weekly Blog – March 11, 2013

police_blog_11mar13Harrow Police’s weekly blog, written this week by Acting Borough Commander Neil Wilson…

I have attended many meetings over the last few months with community groups, Harrow Council, Harrow Police and Community Consultative Group (HPCCG) and other partner agencies where I have explained the future plans for policing in Harrow and have made it clear that the number of police officers is set to increase from the current strength of 324 to 385. I also outlined our plans for the police estate. Wealdstone is set for closure and disposal which has been in the planning for many years; Pinner Police Station is an integral part of our infrastructure for the delivery of our Local Policing Plan and there are no proposals in the short or medium term for its closure or disposal.

I was delighted to be invited by the Harrow Asian Deaf Club (HADC) to a recent event held at the Bentley Day Centre in Harrow to speak about ‘How to Keep Safe.’ I explained that some police officers have been trained in Deaf Awareness and basic British Sign Language (BSL) so are well equipped to deal with any incidents involving deaf people. I emphasised the importance of home security and making their homes safe from burglars, and provided some useful tips on improving security within their homes and gardens.

I also took the opportunity to highlight the importance of personal safety and being aware of who is around you, when at home and out and about. Many of the members were unaware that bogus callers (often falsely operating under the guise of a utility company) will try and dupe their way into their homes to steal property. For a more comprehensive guide to home security and personal safety visit the crime prevention pages on this website.

[pullquote align=”right” textalign=”left|center|right” width=”30%”]”Pinner Police Station is an integral part of our infrastructure…”[/pullquote]

Last week we were assisted by our colleagues in Hertfordshire with arresting a 24 year old man and two youths aged 15 and 17 on suspicion of burglary. Harrow officers had been called to two reports of burglaries, within a short time frame of each other, in the Stanmore area. On both occasions the suspects had fled by the time police got there, but were seen to get into a dark coloured vehicle. Officers circulated the details of that vehicle on the Police National Computer and the suspect’s car was stopped 15 minutes later, in Oxhey, by our colleagues from Hertfordshire. A great example of joint working with other forces in the fight against crime. Well done to all of those officers concerned. The three suspects who were arrested have been bailed to a date later this month.

Sergeant Roni Doyle from Pinner Safer Neighbourhoods team led a borough-wide burglary operation last week as we continue to crack down on criminals breaking into our homes. Both uniformed and plain clothes officers carried out patrols in areas across the borough where we have seen a rise in burglary. We have also been working closely with the local Housing Authority to inform them of police proceedings taken against offenders and their families for committing criminal offences, who may be in breach of their tenancy agreement.

Many of the burglaries reported this week have happened in the early evening with access being gained from the rear of the properties. Please continue to protect your home from being broken into:

  • Continue to use timer switches to make your home look occupied.
  • Leave a radio on to make your home sound occupied.
  • Keep side gates securely locked.
  • If possible keep your wheelie bin behind a locked gate and not at the front of your property.
  • If you see anyone acting suspiciously call 999.

Criminals are continuing to ring up vulnerable members of the community, pretending to be police officers and telling them that their bank cards have been used fraudulently. We had three reports of this nature in one day last and we need your help to get the message out to the elderly and vulnerable members of our community that this is a scam aimed at stealing and misusing their banking details. Police officers do not call up to say that your bank card has been used fraudulently and then ask you to key in your PIN. They do not send a courier round to collect your card. This is a scam and we must put a stop to it. Please warn your relatives, friends and neighbours of this criminal activity so that they don’t fall into the hands of these unscrupulous people who prey on the elderly and vulnerable.

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