Improving personal safety event – Thur 23 April 2015

Practical advice and assistance on simple ways of improving your personal safety will be available at a free one-day event being staged in Croydon’s Whitgift Centre on Thursday 23 April 2015.

The event will be held from 11:00 to 14:30 at various locations in Croydon, as well as the Whitgift Centre.

Designed to showcase the vast range of services that are in place locally to protect people against crime and to support those who fall victim to it, the event will be packed with expert advice, information and guidance on the steps people can take to safeguard their own security and that of their home and belongings.

Advice on how to avoid falling victim to doorstep criminals and rogue traders will be among the topics covered, along with information on deterring burglars and car thieves, securing your personal possessions and travelling safely on public transport.

Croydon Police Borough Commander, Chief Superintendent Andy Tarrant and his senior management team will also be in attendance, providing people with an opportunity to find out about policing in Croydon for the year ahead and the chance to raise questions.

Free security items such as personal safety alarms, purse bells (anti bag-theft devices) and property marking pens will also be available.

Representatives from the British Transport Police will be dispensing crime prevention advice and bicycle marking services to commuters at East Croydon station between 11.00 – 13.00 hours,  while cycle marking will also be available in North End during the afternoon.

Croydon Council’s Youth Support team will be out in force too providing advice and information to young people from their Youth Bus in North End.

The event is being staged by the Croydon Safer Neighbourhood Board – one of several independent groups set up across London and funded by the Mayor’s Office for Policing And Crime (MOPAC) to give local communities a voice on policing and policing issues.

The activities are being delivered with support from a number of agencies, including the Metropolitan Police, Croydon BID, Safer Croydon Partnership, London Fire Brigade, Age UK, Victim Support, Safer London Foundation, Croydon Neighbourhood Watch, Croydon Council and charity Lives Not Knives.

Commenting on the event, Monique Rebeiro, Chair of the Croydon Safer Neighbourhood Board said:

“This is a great way of highlighting the huge range of initiatives that are in place across Croydon to deter and tackle crime and to reinforce the widespread commitment of all agencies to ensure everyone regards our borough as a comfortable and safe place to be at all times.”

Shaun Webster, business crime reduction manager at Croydon BID added:

“Croydon BID is pleased to bring this event back again to the Town Centre in association with a wide range of partners who can provide a wealth of expert advice and information to people on practical and often, inexpensive ways, of improving their own safety. We hope that as many people as possible will take advantage of what’s on offer during the day.”

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Notification received, late afternoon of 17 April.

New Addington – off road biking issues

A message from New Addington SNT
Police and council warden officers have been spotting bikes around Milne Park and Central Parade.

Tuesday 14th April around 17:00 three illegal bikes were spotted riding on the green area.  One of the bikes is a blue and black scrambler.  The male has fair hair, not wearing a helmet. No further description.

On Wednesday 15th April Police had a call in regards to scrambler bikes being ridden recklessly over at MILNE PARK.  Upon arrival, police were told that the bikes came from QUEEN ELIZABETH DRIVE.  Police saw 2 scrambler bikes being ridden on the green area between QED and HARES BANK.  The bikes made off once they saw the police vehicle; however one of the bikes was abandoned outside an address in GODRIC CRESCENT. The bike was seized under s34 of the Road Traffic Act the bike was seized due to the way it was being ridden.

Another bike was seen entering Heathfield today, Police are out on motorbikes today to gather more information and to seized the bikes.

Please contact New Addington Police station anonymously on 020 8649 1401 if you have any information.

PC 189 Lucy Butler

New Addington Safer Neighbourhood Team
Tel – 020 8649 1492

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Croydon Policing Newsletter – Bensham Manor – March 2015

Here’s the newsletter covering the Croydon council ward of Bensham Manor

Why not email the team on the address below to ask to be added to their monthly circulation list?  This way you’ll receive these newsletters and any other important updates straight to your inbox.

Produced by:
Bensham Manor Safer Neighbourhood Team
Email –
Tel – 020 8721 2711

Download a copy here: Bensham Newsletter March 15

Information on Croydon Neighbourhood Watch can be found here.

Croydon Neighbourhood Watch update – 14 April 2015

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Here is the weekly update from Croydon Borough Neighbourhood Watch Association (CBNWA)

Why not sign up to get these weekly updates direct, via email?

Just email your request to be added to CBNWA.  All contact details are listed at the foot of the post.

The update reads:

CBNWA weekly update for 14 April 2015


British holidaymakers were conned out of £2.2m last year through internet-based scams, a report has shown.



Practical advice and assistance on simple ways of improving your personal safety will be available at a free one-day event being staged on Thursday 23 April in the main square of Croydon’s Whitgift Shopping Centre.

CBNWA will have a stand at this event, please come along and meet us.

Designed to showcase the vast range of services that are in place locally to protect people against crime, and to support those who fall victim to it, the event will be packed with expert advice, information and guidance on the steps that people can take to safeguard their own security and that of their home and belongings. Read more.

2015 Rugby World Cup.
Action Fraud, together with the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau and the City of London Police, are working in partnership with Rugby World Cup 2015 organisers to disrupt those entities seeking to sell Rugby World Cup 2015 tickets without permission from the official provider.

We would like rugby fans and the general public to be aware that they should only purchase tickets from official sources and avoid being scammed.

Purchase tickets from an official source and avoid losing your money.

  • England Rugby 2015 Limited (“ER2015”) is the organising committee of Rugby World Cup 2015, due to take place in England and Cardiff from 18 September 2015 until 31 October 2015. Rugby World Cup Limited (“RWCL”) is the Tournament owner of Rugby World Cup 2015.
  • RWCL/ER2015 wants to ensure that the public is not misled, by unauthorised ticket sellers, into believing they have purchased genuine Rugby World Cup 2015 tickets.

Where can you buy official match tickets? 

How do you ensure that you are buying Rugby World Cup 2015 match tickets, supporter tours or hospitality packages from an official channel?

  • To check whether a company or a certain website is an official Rugby World Cup 2015 channel, use the ‘Official Checker’ tool which is located at www.rugbyworldcup/buyofficial.


Garden sheds are a very popular target with burglars and are often overlooked when security is being considered. The value of the contents, such as garden mowers, strimmers and cycles can often add up to many hundreds of pounds. It is therefore wise to secure the shed door with at least one heavy duty hasp and closed-shackle padlock.

It may not always be appropriate to fit a heavy duty padlock, hasp and staple as the shed door and frame may not be strong enough to support them. There is a range of smaller but sturdy padlocks, padbolts, hasps and staples which would be suitable. Whether fitting heavy duty devices or otherwise, always use coach-bolt fixings through the door and frame. All opening windows within the shed will require good window locks.

The major problem with vulnerable garden sheds is that they provide burglars with an arsenal of house breaking implements, e.g. the versatile garden spade: because of the blade size and the leverage that can be exerted, few door or window locks can withstand a prolonged attack from this implement. If the shed is too fragile to secure adequately, the spade should either be bolted or padlocked to a heavy bench or frame, or, better still, kept in a more secure place such as a locked garage. Alternatively, your tools can be secured by chaining them together.

Consider the use of a strong lockable box or cage within the shed in which you can store not only your garden tools but also insecticides, weed killers or other items which may be harmful to health or plants if improperly used.


Garages are frequently used for storing not only cars, motor bikes and cycles, but also property similar to those found in garden sheds, as well as DIY power tools and sporting equipment. Considering the value of the property contained therein, security precautions are often found to be wanting, and for this reason they are identified by burglars as easy targets.

It is probably best not to rely solely on the centre lock provided. If the door is the only means of entry to the garage, it should be fitted with a hasp and staple, together with a padlock as above. There are also mortice locks specially designed for garage doors that close into the side frame.


An email circulating this week from ‘’ this refers to an electronic fund transfer into your account and asks you to look at the attachment ‘ATT00028.txt DO NOT OPEN THIS as it contains a virus, also reported is an email from ‘ with an attachment called XL2040ZSY.xls which is also suspect. Do not open these attachments just delete the whole message.


The Met Crime Mapping site has been created to help show you what crime has been committed in neighbourhoods across the capital. The previous link given does not appear to work on some computers so to view go to: On the first page under ‘How do I’ click on ‘view crime maps for local crime statistics’ on the map page in the search box (top left) enter Croydon. At the top right of the page click on the INFO tab to refine the map area and select crime types.



Please contact our Neighbourhood Watch Manager (Katie Moore) for any general queries, co-ordinator updates or if your contact details change.

CBNWA office details

Telephone: 020 8555 1200 ext. 37637 (there is an answer phone for when the office is unmanned).


Postal:   CBNWA c/o Croydon Fire Station. 90 Old Town, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 1AR.

If you have any Neighbourhood Watch/scam information for the weekly update messages please send them to John Skinner at

You can follow on Twitter at @CBNWA

Croydon Policing Newsletter – South Norwood – April 2015

Here’s the latest newsletter covering the Croydon council ward of South Norwood.

Why not email the team on the address below to ask to be added to their monthly circulation list?  This way you’ll receive these newsletters and any other important updates straight to your inbox.

Produced by:
South Norwood Safer Neighbourhood Team
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Download a copy here: Sth Norwood April 2015

Information on Croydon Neighbourhood Watch can be found here.

Croydon Policing Newsletters – Ashburton – March & April 2015

Here’s the latest newsletter from the local policing team.

You can receive this newsletter straight to your inbox every month.  Just email the SNT to be added to their circulation list.

Produced by:

Ashburton Safer Neighbourhood Team
Email –
Tel – 020 8721 2474

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 Download a copy here: March Ashburton Newsletter

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Download a copy here: April Ashburton Newsletter

All Saints, Kenley, calling on businesses to support community event

It may seem a little early to be preparing for Christmas but All Saints. Kenley, are already taking bookings for their Christmas Tree Festival…..

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Christmas Tree Festival
11th -13th December 2015

Screen Shot 2015-03-26 at 19.06.13Christmas Tree Festivals have become very popular events up and down the country and this year All Saints Church Kenley are launching their inaugural festival which will run from Friday 11th to Sunday 13th December 2015.

They are inviting local companies and businesses, schools, organisations, families and individuals, to decorate a tree.

They have space for 30 trees of various sizes. This is a maximum, so please give early consideration to your entry as they will be accepting applications on a ‘first come’ basis.

The event will be widely publicised to attract as many visitors as possible and also to acknowledge participants’ support. All Saints will provide the trees and stands. You provide the decorations which may reflect a theme or your organisation.

You will be asked to contribute towards the cost of the tree (£30 for smaller tree, £50 for large), and at the end of the festival the tree (but not the stand) will become yours to take away.

Costs are considerably higher than the sum requested in order to not exclude anyone for financial reasons. If you are able to increase your donation All Saints would be delighted.

 If you would like to join in this year please contact: Lynn Williams on 020 8660 9473, email or visit our website at to download an application form.

Guidelines for Exhibitors and all other details can be found on the website.

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Free English Classes for Women in Croydon – starts 13 April 2015

Do you want to improve your English and learn about living in the UK?

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  • You must have been legally resident in UK for less than TEN years.
  • You must not hold British or EU nationalities/passports.
  • People who have come on student visas or are Asylum Seekers/Refugees are NOT eligible.
  • Passports are checked to confirm eligibility.

The course will run for 10 weeks, from 10 am to 12:30 pm and starts on Monday, 13 April, 2015.

To apply or for further details:

Please get in touch with Aneeqa Malik on 07828 104744 or email

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On the final session of the first course, Aneeqa writes,

Thus it comes to an end..with a lot of tears and emotions…the journey that started 10 weeks ago when all these ladies came in a little reserved and some less confident…now hugging each other as closest buddies :)

You can read more about the previous courses here: 

Could you be a youth Commissioner for Croydon?

teenager 4Croydon’s Opportunity and Fairness Commission wants to hear about the issues that matter to young people in the borough.

The main commission are seeking young people who care about Croydon and want to make a difference to the lives of the young people in it, to get involved. If you would like to be part of the steering group for the YOFC, just get in touch and go along to the first meeting on the evening of Monday 20th April in Central Croydon.

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If you’re aged 11-24 and live in Croydon, you could be a Young Commissioner.

The role will involve:

• Coming to YOFC meetings (usually every two weeks, on a Monday evening).

• Helping to organise activities and ways to get other young people interested and involved in the work of the YOFC.

• Meeting members of the main Commission and telling them about the issues for young people.

• Possibly going to meetings of the main Commission and talking about the work of the YOFC.

• Speaking at public events about the YOFC.

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This is a fantastic opportunity to be involved in something that will help to make Croydon a better place for years to come.

teenager 3If you want to be involved, please call 0800 612 2182 or email

To book, click here on Eventbrite.




Policing Newsletter – Kenley – March 2015

Here’s the monthly newsletter covering Kenley.

Why not sign up to receive these monthly newsletters and other updates direct to your inbox?  Just email the SNT on the address below to be added to the circulation list.

Produced by:

Kenley Safer Neighbourhood Team
Email –
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Download a copy here: Kenley Update March

Neighbourhood Watch
Want to become a member of the Neighbourhood Watch? Then please see details here: Handout – Becoming a NHW Co-ordinator – Sept 2014 and application form here CBNWA Application Form-sept 2014