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Sep 03 2012

Harrow Police’s Weekly Blog – September 3, 2012

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

This week’s officer of the week is PC Matt Tozer. Matt joined the MPS in 2006 and has served at Harrow borough since joining. Matt works on one of our response teams and last week he arrested a suspect who was wanted in connection with a burglary. A 16 year old youth has been charged with the offence and remanded in custody to appear at court. Matt was also part of the team who successfully arrested two people for a burglary in Twyford Road, after descriptions of the suspects, who had left the scene, were circulated. A 16 year old youth and a 23 year old man who were arrested in nearby Strongbridge Close have both been charged with burglary and remanded for court.

Officers from our local tasking team attended an event, Eid4All, last Saturday at Harrow Museum, Headstone Manor. This was a great opportunity for our officers to engage with members of the public regarding their home and personal security and to emphasise the importance of locking UPVC doors, using strong quality locks on sheds or outhouses and challenging bogus callers. Officers also discussed the importance of prevention, to help reduce the risks of phone or jewellery snatches. More crime prevention events are planned by the team throughout September to coincide with our Autumn Nights burglary campaign. See the crime prevention pages on this website for more details or sign up to our Twitter account @MPSHarrow to receive your regular updates.

Plugging a light into a timer switch can reduce the chances of your house being burgled.

If you are in or around the South Harrow area this week, pop along and have a chat to officers from Roxeth Safer Neighbourhoods team who are holding several crime prevention days. They will be at South Harrow tube station on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday – 5th, 6th and 7th September. With the darker evenings drawing in, I can’t stress enough, the importance of making our homes look occupied when we are out. We know that burglars are more likely to enter a home that is in darkness compared to one that has lights on. By simply plugging a light into a timer switch that is set to come on when darkness falls can reduce the chances of your house being burgled.

I had the pleasure of meeting with retired Metropolitan Police Commander, George Howlett this week, a Harrow resident. Mr Howlett joined the Metropolitan police in 1954 and has been retired for 22 years. He attended one of our daily ‘Pacesetter’ meetings and was impressed with the cohesive structure of the meeting which includes updates from representatives from all departments to ensure that all staff are aware of key, local issues. Mr Howlett spoke of the improvements in today’s technology compared to the old days. He told officers and staff that when he joined they had no such thing as radios, and to communicate with each other they had to rely on flashlights and whistles. He stressed however that the main role of the police officer, which is to help people and keep them safe, hasn’t changed over the years.

Mothers Against Gangs held another successful meeting on Sunday at Harrow High School. Only Connect – a creative arts company attended and presented an improvised and interactive presentation by former gang members. The mothers organised this event with the help of PCs Mahesh Nandha and Sonia Ong.

Finally, we are keen to trace the ‘good Samaritan’ who stopped to assist the victim of a robbery outside the Duck in the Pond public house, Kenton Lane on Wednesday 22 August at 1230 hrs. If you were the driver of the white van who, along with another passerby, assisted the victim, can you please call DC Pete Bragg of Harrow CID.

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