Nov 11 2014

Weekly Blog from @MPSHarrow – November 9, 2014

simon_ovensOn Wednesday 5 November, I attended the GG2 Leadership awards 2014 at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, London.

This was the 16th annual event, designed to highlight and showcase ethnic achievement, talent and leadership.

All award winners are outstanding individuals who have excelled in their respective fields and in many cases triumphed against the odds. This year’s event was attended by the Prime Minister, David Cameron. I was extremely privileged to have been invited and I am extremely proud to have witnessed so many outstanding people receive awards.

Remember to follow us on Twitter @MPSHarrow. We now have 12,950 followers and we keep growing. We use our Twitter account to share good news stores and also push out up to the minute crime prevention advice. I also have regular question and answer sessions, this gives you the chance to ask me anything about crime on our Borough.

With the dark nights now well and truly upon us please bear in mind these simple tips to try and prevent you becoming a victim:

[pullquote align=”right” textalign=”left|center|right” width=”30%”]”this was the 16th annual event, designed to highlight and showcase ethnic achievement”[/pullquote]Bogus callers

Not all burglars break into homes – some will try to trick or con their way in. They are known as bogus callers and will pretend to be on official business from respectable concerns such as the Utility Companies – Gas, Electricity and Water – or the Council. They may claim to be tradesmen or workmen calling to carry out urgent repairs.

Bogus callers succeed because they sound believable, so don’t be fooled. Make sure in your own mind that they are whom they claim to be by following these simple steps:

  • Think before you open the door – use your chain and spy hole or look out of the window to see if you recognise them.
  • Ask callers for proof of identity. Genuine tradesmen should carry an identification card with their photograph on. Check this carefully. If you are unsure, telephone the company the caller claims to represent.
  • The Utilities now offer a password identification system. Any caller from one of these companies should be able to give a pre-arranged password as additional proof of identity.
  • Beware of callers who attempt to distract you by claiming that they have seen something untoward in your rear garden or somewhere which may encourage you to leave your house – they may have an accomplice awaiting this distraction.
  • If you are not convinced of the identity of the caller, don’t let them in. Ask the caller to come back later and arrange for a friend, relative or neighbour to be present on their return or ask the caller to contact this person.
  • Treat every stranger with caution. If you are worried, dial 999 immediately and ask for the police.

Good work by my officers…….

On 5 November, my officers executed a drugs warrant in Cotman Gardens, Harrow. Inside the address, cannabis plants and equipment for the production of cannabis were found. The male occupant was arrested at the scene.

On Friday 1 November, a 25 year old man from Harrow was stopped driving a BMW shown as having no insurance. The driver gave a false name and address to Police, but after investigation it was found that he did not hold a valid drivers licence, MOT or insurance for the vehicle. He was arrested and now will face justice.

Simon Ovens
Borough Commander

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1 comment

  1. sonoo malkani

    Good to be updated regularly and to allow people to contact you on Twitter,Simon.Glad you enjoyed this special event which was attended by so many dignitaries and to be in the presence of such astounding achievers.What a way to spend Guy Fawkes night.

    I remember having the the privilege of attending one such event courtesy of the Metropolitan Police Association (MPA),with Commissioner Blair ,Kit Malthouse and the Home Secretary and enjoyed the evening thoroughly.

    Appreciate the reminders to our public about the way they can be fooled by deceitful people especially since it gets dark much sooner.I am sure they will heed your advice and remain safe.

    Always encouraging to hear the good works and results achieved by our officers.

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