Oct 07 2012

Harrow Police’s Weekly Blog – October 8, 2012

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

Officer of the week is A Team’s PC Tom Harding who was one of the four officers seriously injured last November in a stabbing in Kingsbury. I am delighted to say that Tom has now returned to work and is glad to be back working alongside PCs Ali Hinchcliff, Andy Robb and Graeme Barker who were also seriously injured in the incident. I have been incredibly impressed by the resolve shown by these officers and their determination to return to work at the earliest opportunity. Thankfully, incidents of this nature are rare however when they do happen the entire police family pulls together to support our colleagues.

We have been visiting places of worship across the borough and working closely with all of our communities to convey the message around our Autumn Nights’ crime prevention campaign. Unfortunately at this time of year, with the nights drawing in and people returning home from work in the dark, there tends to be a rise in burglaries. By following a few basic crime prevention tips you can reduce your chances of being burgled. Invest in good quality locks for your doors and windows, make your home look occupied using lights and timer switches and leave a radio on when you go out. I briefed local journalists, Ian Proctor from the Harrow Observer, Emma Innes from the Harrow Times and Jerry Lyons from Your Pinner News this week who are supporting us with this campaign.

“If you know who is committing crime in your area you can call police on 101.”

I personally responded to a 999 burglary call on Wednesday of last week which turned out to be a domestic violence incident. I’m also looking forward to patrolling with Sergeant Paul Culver of Rayners Lane and West Harrow Safer Neighbourhoods Team on police bicycles over the coming weeks.

If you know who is committing crime in your area you can call police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously.

I welcomed members of the Metropolitan Police Hindu Association to my office last week and received a cheque for £601 on behalf of the charity Age UK. This money was raised at the Association’s 10th anniversary celebrations held earlier this month at Harrow Leisure Centre.

Harrow Council are running a campaign to recruit even more Neighbourhood Champions. Neighbourhood Champions work closely with the police and Harrow Council to report issues on their street such as anti-social behaviour, graffiti, abandoned vehicles, fly-tipping, fly-posters, pot-holes, defective street lights, noise nuisance, pavement or road obstructions and petty vandalism. If you would like to join the scheme please go to the Neighbourhood Champions page on Harrow Council website.

Last Monday I attended a memorial service at Harrow and Wealdstone railway station to mark the 60th anniversary of the worst peace time rail crash in the UK in which 112 people died and 340 were injured. This was an extremely moving service and a reminder of the vital roles of the emergency services in times of crisis.

I met with local councillors last week to discuss the proposed changes affecting the MPS. I look forward to welcoming the additional police officers who will form part of the expanded Safer Neighbourhoods Team in due course.

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