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Basic Burglary Prevention Tips (from Stockwell Park Safer Neighbourhoods Team)

Have you checked recently at how secure your home is when you go out?   We all can become a little complacent.  It is important to take some time to walk around your property looking at all possible ways a burglar could enter your home.  Most crime is opportunist, let’s all work together and make it more difficult for the criminal.

There are a few simple steps to protect your home:

When you leave our home please lock it up. This means all windows and doors. Several of the new windows allow for ventilation, don’t just put the handle down in this position lock it as well.

Check and ensure all external doors and windows including skylights are still secured.  It’s important to check that wooden frames are still solid and not starting to rot.  It doesn’t matter how good a lock you have, if the framework is not up to scratch the lock will give easily.

Even when in the property, particularly at night ensure the windows downstairs are not left open.

If you live in a flat with a communal door make sure everyone keeps it locked.

Always check the identity of a visitor, if unsure of the callers identity contact the company they say they are from. The company will know if someone is in your area. If still in doubt call the police.

Don’t leave expensive property in view of passers by and don’t leave keys on a table near the door or window.

Those of you with gardens, have you thought of making it a crime prevention garden?  The next time you visit a garden centre looking to buy new plants why not consider buying a prickly plant and placing it by the walls and fences surrounding your garden e.g. holly and rose types. Don’t allow plants to grow too big, so they obscure people at doors and windows. Gravel paths make it difficult for criminals to creep up quietly.

With the summer approaching many of us go on holiday please consider these few points to safeguard your home while you are away;

Do let a trusted neighbour know you are going away, ask them to ensure all post is pushed through the letterbox and out of sight.
Do mow the lawn just before you go away.
Don’t forget to cancel milk and papers if you have them delivered.
If you use a timer you can have a radio or lights come on to give the impression that someone is home.

Before spending money on alarms and security lights among other things, please think about the basic tactics that can be used such as locking up and being neighbourly, through these simple suggestions we can reduce the opportunity for a criminal to strike.

In an emergency phone 999.

In a non emergency phone 0300 123 1212

Or your local Safer Neighbourhood Police Team: 020 8649 2533; 07920 233836

Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 allows you to report something anonymously

For more info about Neighbourhood Watch and crime see https://assa.org.uk/2008/10/13/neighbourhood-watch/ or click on the Crime and Safety Category on the right.

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In case you didn’t know, there is an active Neighbourhood Watch group covering the ASSA area. We think the best way to reduce crime and make people feel safe is to develop a community in which everyone feels they have someone to turn to if they are concerned. Our local Safer Neighbourhoods team is led by Sgt Andrew MacLellan with PCs Andi Scott, Kehinde Meshe and Mark Belcher and three PCSOs – you may remember throwing wet sponges at them at the Summer Fete!  Here are a few key points about crime in our area:

1. Crime levels: Overall crime levels in our area (Albert Square, Aldebert Terrace, Wilkinson Street and St Stephens Terrace) are relatively low (See the Met Crime Map for details).

2. 999: The police encourage you to call 999 if you see anything suspicious – do not feel you are wasting their time. They will do the prioritising – there may be a patrol car passing the end of the road that could just divert and check it out.  There’s no point in telling the police afterwards – if it’s something that may need immediate action, it must be 999.

3. Reporting Crime:  If you are the victim of a crime, however minor, report it to the police. Even if you do not need the police to act on the incident, reporting it will provide them with a clearer picture of crime levels and patterns in our area. Crime can be reported  as follows:

– Theft (except where the victim was subject to violence or the threat of violence and burglary)
– Criminal damage
– Theft from a motor vehicle
– Criminal damage to a motor vehicle
– Hate crimes and hate incidents

  • Clapham Police Station on 020 7326 1212;  51 Union Grove, Clapham, SW8 2QU for all other crimes.

4.  What to do if attacked: If you are threatened or attacked the best thing to do is scream and act as irrationally as possible – people generally don’t know how to deal with a ‘mad person’ and will back off.

5. Free Personal Alarms and Neighbourhood Watch Packs: I have been given 10 personal alarms. These are small key fobs that make a piercing sound when you pull on them. If you would like one please call me on 07971 198555 and come to my house to pick one up – they are FREE. I also have lots of packs which include UV marking pens stickers and useful crime prevention leaflets.

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Residents in Aldebert Terrace have been under verbal and property attack from a group of three anti-social young men. Our community support policing team is dealing with this. If you are aware of these youths and can give descriptions to the police, or if you need to contact the police about them or their actions, please call Sergeant Geoff Ross on 07920 233836.

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