The launch of our campaign to make Harrow the safest borough in London takes place this week.
Keeping the people of Harrow safe is our key responsibility and in the next three years we aim to reduce the number of crimes reported to us by almost 3,000, catching more criminals and supporting victims of crime.
Our focus will be on reducing the seven key neighbourhood crimes set by the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC): violence with injury, robbery, burglary, theft of motor vehicle, theft from motor vehicle, theft from person and criminal damage.
We will achieve this by monitoring crime trends and gathering information in relation to criminal activity and those committing crimes, and by using a number of different tactics and technology available to us.
We have two clear messages: we want to reassure the community that we are doing our very best to fight crime in Harrow and, we want criminals to know that if they are intent on committing crime in Harrow, they will be arrested and prosecuted.
n We were very happy to come to the aid of a local charity who approached us in their search to obtain bicycles.
Radiate Harrow helps people recover from drug and alcohol abuse by interrupting the behaviour and its cause, and Abi Simons and Basil Reid, who both work for the charity, plan to start a cycling group for recovering addicts.
After hearing their intentions, custody inspector Bob Hunter arranged for the pair to collect several bikes which were lying unclaimed for many weeks in Harrow’s property stores, some in much need of repair. The Police Property Act allows us to dispose of property which is not reunited with its rightful owner.
A mechanic from the charity will make sure the bikes are roadworthy, making repairs where necessary. This is a great cause and the Met’s Property Service has adopted this idea and will use the services of a charity which will take bikes and distribute them among other charities across London.
n Officers from Harrow’s Safer Transport Team (STT) and Harrow Town Team attended an all-day forum at Harrow Civic Centre as part of the eighth World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
Mayor of Harrow Nana Asante launched the event, which focuses on the prevention and detection of financial abuse against the elderly. The aim of this annual event is to raise awareness surrounding issues of neglect, mistreatment and abuse of older people in society.
A number of organisations took part in the multi-agency event, including The Met Police Economic Crime Unit, Natwest Bank, trading standards, Office of The Public Guardian and Harrow Council’s Safeguarding Adults Team. In addition to presentations from these agencies, AgeUK Harrow, The Harrow Women’s Centre (HWC) and Harrow Association of Disabled People (HAD) were on hand alongside Harrow STT and Harrow Town Team to give advice and distribute literature on preventing financial abuse.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day aims to bring about greater recognition of the issues of abuse, neglect and mistreatment of older people wherever they live in the world and to highlight the need for the right action.
n A woman who left her laptop containing three years of work towards her degree on a route H9 bus, was extremely grateful to PCSOs Chris Jearrad and Corrine Purkiss for its return.
The woman was travelling home when she agreed to take part in a bus passenger survey the officers were carrying out. The officers noticed a laptop bag left on the seat where the woman was sitting after she alighted at her stop.
Using the contact details she had given while completing the survey, the officers managed to contact the woman to say her property was safe and to arrange to return it.
The officers were personally thanked by the woman, who also sent a thank you card to their supervisor commending their thoughtfulness.