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Nov 05 2012

Harrow Police’s Weekly Blog – November 5, 2012

Harrow Police’s weekly blog, written this week by Detective Superintendent Neil Wilson.

Chief Superintendent Babu is enjoying some time off with his family this week therefore as Deputy Borough Commander it’s my pleasure to bring you the latest borough police news and to keep you updated with what’s happening locally.

With Halloween and Bonfire Night falling within a few days of each other, this is always a busy time of the year for us. As usual, we have been focusing our attention on anti-social behaviour, and officers have been carrying out patrols to disrupt potential criminal activities which impact on our neighbourhoods. Safer Neighbourhoods Teams have been visiting firework outlets ensuring that fireworks are being sold responsibly and encouraging local shopkeepers not to sell flour and eggs to children. We dispersed a few groups of rowdy youths across the borough on Halloween, but there were no related arrests.

“Festivals are a time for celebration, don’t let somebody spoil it for you.”

The festival of Diwali takes place next week; this is often a time when we experience a number of robberies where Asian gold is targeted. Festivals are a time for celebration so please don’t let somebody spoil it for you. Always travel to and from the festival in a group, avoid travelling alone and park your car in a well-lit area. Keep your jewellery covered until you are inside the venue.

Officers of the week are PCs Simon Limb and Tony McGovern (pictured above) who have been concentrating their patrols in the Wealdstone area, tackling street crime and anti-social behaviour. We recognise that there is still work to be done however we are already seeing some good results and have received positive feedback from business owners and residents alike. We continue to target those involved in criminality by gathering intelligence and executing drugs warrants to ensure that the law-abiding people of Wealdstone can go about their day-to-day lives without fear of crime. If you know of anyone who is involved in criminality contact us by calling 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

I would like to thank our Police Cadets who have recently been taking part in a drive initiated by Harrow Council to recruit more Neighbourhood Champions. As a result of this activity, thirty three new Neighbourhood Champions were recruited in the Stanmore, Queensbury and Harrow-on-the-Hill areas. Future events, on other wards, are being planned. To find out more details about becoming a Neighbourhood Champion visit Harrow Council’s website.

As part of our Autumn Nights crime prevention campaign, PSCO Suzanne Keys has been holding a number of crime prevention events in different locations across the borough. The next event is scheduled for Wednesday 14 November at The Cube, St Ann’s Road, Harrow between 10 am and 3 pm. On this occasion, PCSO Keys is focusing particularly on the elderly members of our community, to ensure that they are aware of how they can better protect themselves and their homes. Come along and have a chat and get the latest advice on securing your home. For more crime prevention visit the crime prevention pages on our website using the link on the right.

Last week Detective Inspector James McEvoy was presented with his Long Service Medal and Elaine Young who is a member of Police Staff was presented with her Long Service Certificate at a ceremony hosted by the Commissioner at Hendon Police Training College. Both James and Elaine joined the MPS in 1991. On leaving training school, James took up his first post as a young PC at Chiswick and Elaine’s first role was a clerk at Notting Hill police station. They are both extremely dedicated to the MPS and are valued members of Harrow’s staff.

An up-date on the stolen Brompton bicycles. We have been contacted by Brompton Cycles who are assisting us in identifying the owners of the cycles that were recently recovered at an address in Stanmore. Since the appeal, twelve people have contacted us and so far we have confirmed that three of the bikes are stolen. We are still in the process of trying to locate the owners of the remaining bikes. If you have recently had your Brompton folding bicycle stolen, please contact PS Dave McCarthy by email at Dave.McCarthy@met.police.uk. We are keen to reunite these bikes with their rightful owners.

Finally, a member of public contacted his local police in Kentish Town last week informing them that his bike, which he had reported stolen a year ago, was for sale on eBay. The officer investigating the theft contacted colleagues in Harrow last Friday, and on Saturday morning PS Dave McCarthy executed a search warrant at an address in Harrow and recovered the stolen bicycle. Thankfully, before the theft, the original owner had his bike ‘property marked’ by Camden Police and the frame number was recorded and placed on www.bikeregister.com thus making the process of verifying and reuniting the owner with his bike, much simpler. Unfortunately for the current holder of the bike, it transpired that he was a genuine, but misguided buyer.

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