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Sep 13 2014

Harrow Police’s Weekly Blog – September 8, 2014

police_bmw_150x150Domestic Abuse is a priority for us and we will continue to ensure that all offenders of this crime are brought to justice.

I am proud to say that we have the best arrest rate in London for all Domestic Abuse offenders.

With the help of our partners we will continue to provide an excellent service to all victims and ensure that offenders are prosecuted. If you are affected by this type of crime then please let us know, in an emergency call 999 and 101 for none urgent matters. We will take your allegation seriously and ensure your safety.

I am very pleased with our overall crime reduction. Based on this time last year we have had 266 fewer reports of robbery, -44.4% reduction, 336 fewer reports of burglary offences, -15.3% reduction and 310 fewer reports of motor vehicle crime, -18.0%. This is helping us remain the Safest Borough in London. I thank everyone involved for their efforts!

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General Advice

Whilst we continue to tackle those involved in mobile phone crime, we ask you to consider the following steps to help prevent you becoming a victim of crime:

  • Ensure you keep a record of your IMEI – you will need this if your phone is lost or stolen.
  • Register your phone for free on the Immobilise website. This helps Police to identify you as the owner and return your handset if lost or stolen.
  • Use security or PIN locks to protect your data and prevent the phone being used if stolen. Try to ensure these are not easily guessed, such as 1234, or your birthday.
  • When not in use, never leave your phone unattended in a public place or vehicle.
  • Take particular care of your phone at bars, cafes, coffee-shops, restaurants and music venues – thieves have targeted these venues.
  • If using your phone in public, stay alert and be aware of what’s going on around you.
  • Never reply to spam messages you may receive over SMS or Bluetooth, even to text ‘STOP’.
  • Consider installing a tracker application on your smartphone, it could help trace your device if stolen. If you are unsure which ‘app’ to install seek advice from the manufacturer of your smartphone. If your device is stolen, act quickly – inform the Police and tell them you have a tracker app installed.
  • If your phone is stolen, report it to Police and your network. Ensure you have the IMEI number available for the Police. Your network will provide this free of charge.

Personal Data

  • Back up your phone’s data, for example your contact list, photographs.
  • Don’t keep personal information such as bank details, home address or other data on your phone that be used by criminals to commit identity fraud.
  • Be careful when charging your phone on someone else’s computer or at a charge point. A lot of phones combine a data connection with the charger so you could end up having your data stolen without realising it.

Good work by my officers …

On Thursday 4 September, a man was arrested in Alexandra Avenue Harrow in possession of a large sum of cash and seven wraps of cocaine. Officers from my crime squad noticed him whilst on pro active patrols, subsequently he was arrested on suspicion of possession of class A drugs with intent to supply. This was an excellent piece of proactive work.

Simon Ovens
Borough Commander Harrow

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1 comment

  1. PraxisReform

    “I am very pleased with our overall crime reduction. Based on this time last year we have had 266 fewer reports of robbery, -44.4% reduction, 336 fewer reports of burglary offences, -15.3% reduction and 310 fewer reports of motor vehicle crime, -18.0%. This is helping us remain the Safest Borough in London.”

    Here are Harrow’s crime figures for the most recent period (from the police’s own website, in case there is any concern about the link):
    http://www.met.police.uk/crimefigures/boroughs/qa_month%20-%20mps.htm

    The first thing you will notice here is that Ch.Supt. Ovens is wildly over-exaggerating.

    In July 2013 according to the link above there were 53 cases in the Robbery (total) category, 110 cases in the Burglary (Total) and 117 cases in the Motor Vehicle Crime category. So, now apparently Harrow has -156 cases of robbery, -226 Burglaries and -193 motor vehicle crimes. With these negative levels of crime, it’s no wonder he thinks Harrow has the lowest crime rate.

    However, even this is just cherry-picking, since comparing the two periods, we see that crime in Harrow ROSE 3.63%, whilst in the entire London area over the same period, crime FELL 4.25%

    Other Harrow highlights IGNORED by Commander Ovens are:

    Violence Against the Person (Total) INCREASED 13.31%
    Rape INCREASED 28.57%
    Other Sexual crimes INCREASED 62.50%
    Gun Crime DECREASED 40.00%
    Domestic Crime INCREASED 5.69%
    Racist & Religious Hate Crime INCREASED 59.09%
    Islamophobic Crime INCREASED 133.33%

    I’m now starting to have serious doubts about the competence of this Ovens fellow.

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