AT THE end of each financial year we review our performance, plans and activity.
This has produced a few interesting outcomes that I want to share with you this week.
The first emerging trend was that of our gang members being regularly arrested outside the Borough.
As a result of intelligence supplied to us two Brent gang members were stopped and searched in Tower Hamlets. They were arrested for possession of a stolen Rolex and for possession of criminal property (£2,500).
We routinely, but covertly, monitor gang members. Last week, it was in Tower Hamlets and before that in Richmond, Islington and Camden. Arrests have also been made as far away as Bournemouth and Birmingham.
Anecdotal feedback from the arresting officers is that their prisoners explain its getting harder to operate in Brent which was why they had moved away – good news!
We will therefore be further intensifying our targeting of Brent gangs in the coming months.
The second outcome relates to our work targeting handlers of stolen goods using search warrants. Last week the MPS undertook Operation Hawk, a day of focused activity undertaking search warrants. We did a total of forty-three search warrants on Wednesday last week.
Even by Brent standards this was a new high water mark for us for a single day’s work.
In the year to April we did just over 800 search warrants with a success rate of just over 75 per cent. These warrants were, however, spread through the year.
When we reviewed our Op Hawk work for last week, we saw a significant drop in the burglary and robbery rate across the Borough for Wednesday last week. Good news! We will therefore be repeating the Op Hawk activity in the near future to try and replicate this effect again.
The third of our unexpected consequences has been in relation to our property marked saturation zone in Harlesden.
As you may know this tactic has led to more than an 80 per cent decrease in burglary in the area. We have still to have a bite on either of our trap cars or our trap house too.
The property mark pilot has also led to a significant reduction in vehicle crime and personal robbery.
Overall, the success of the property marking has been so substantial that Brent Council has approached us about working together to expand the pilot. Hopefully there will be more news to follow in this area.
Finally, in the last few months we have been piloting several new tactics in relation to permanently tracking internet enabled equipment, such as phones and gaming devices, after they been stolen.
It is still early days, but last week we were able to track, locate, arrest and charge a burglar who stole a gaming device and a robber who stole an i-Phone.
Both suspects are now remanded in custody awaiting trial and the property has been restored to the owner. Good news. We will be looking to expand this pilot too.
As ever, if you have any information on crime matters, we will act. You can call us on Crime stoppers (0800 555 111), 101, or your local Safer Neighbourhood Team Teams accessed via the Met Police Website (www.met.police.co.uk). In an emergency, call 999.
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