Here is a crime prevention message that I would like to share with the Asian community but with particular focus on the Hindu community with Diwali approaching.
Over the course of the weekend and this week we have suffered an increase in street robberies. Suspects driving mopeds have targeted victims in Lewisham and Croydon who were on route to the temple, they have stolen jewellery in the course of these offences.
The purpose of this email isn’t to alarm you but to forewarn you that despite our best efforts these individuals remain unidentified at this time. We have invested significant local resources to trace them but this has been unsuccessful. I therefore would like to remind you of some key crime prevention messages:
- Please be cautious about displaying expensive jewellery in public.
- Be aware of your surroundings at all time with particular consideration of routes to and from places of worship.
- Please report any suspicious activity either via 101 (non-emergency) or 999, as appropriate.
As soon as I have any further information I will share this with you.
D/CI Richard McDonagh”
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Advice from Croydon Police on the Met’s Operation Bumblebee – the seasonal crackdown on burglary
Burglars will have “nowhere to hide” as the Met launch its seasonal crackdown on burglary and those who handle stolen goods.
Operation Bumblebee sees officers intensifying their efforts to work with forces from across the country to target burglars who try to evade capture by travelling across county lines.
Meanwhile we are calling on Londoners to act now and follow basic crime prevention advice to protect their homes at a time when we traditionally see a rise in residential burglary offences.
Keep your homes safe
As the clocks go back, and nights draw in, homes remain in darkness for longer, making them easier targets. The public are advised to:
• Ensure doors and windows are properly locked with a key when leaving home;
• Keep valuables out of sight and out of reach;
• Lock side gates and store bins behind them;
• Avoid leaving packaging outside, which may indicate you have expensive new items in your home, especially around Christmas time.
As part of Operation Bumblebee, officers will employ a range of proactive measures including traditional tactics, working with forces from across the country, and the use of science and technology.
Specialist manhunt teams will be deployed to track down the most evasive wanted burglary suspects, whilst high-visibility patrols will take place in burglary hot spots, driven by the use of predictive crime mapping.
Top ten tips for securing your home:
1. Don’t leave your keys or ID documents within easy reach of doors, letterboxes or windows.
2. Close and lock all doors and windows. If you have multi-locking door handles, lift the handle, lock it with the key and remove it. Remember – LIFT – LOCK – REMOVE. Put the key in a safe place out of sight in case of fire.
3. Lock garages and sheds so garden tools and ladders can’t be used to break into your home.
4. Keep side gates locked and wheelie bins stored behind them.
5. Use timer switches linked to lights and a radio so it appears that someone is at home.
6. Invest in a safe for valuables and sentimental items and securely fix it to a solid surface.
7. Install a visible intruder alarm system – burglars don’t want to be seen or heard.
8. Install low level ‘dusk till dawn’ lighting to increase visibility and deter burglars.
9. Keep side and rear boundaries high to restrict access and front boundaries low to remove hiding places.
10. Photograph and mark valuables and sentimental items with your postcode and house number/name.
Register items with serial numbers at: www.immobilise.com
For more help and advice visit: www.metbumblebee.org
October is Black History Month.
As part of the month’s event’s Stella Fasusi is holding a special event to celebrate the strength and impact of black women in society and she would love you to join her.
SUPERWOMAN 2016 takes place on Friday 28 October, 6pm at the Croydon Conference Centre, 5-9 Surrey Street, CR0 1RG.
“This is the second annual event in Croydon where we celebrate history and highlight the magic that women contribute to this society. We will engage in vibrant discussion with our panel and other amazing women, redefining what it means to be a woman of strength in 2016.”
Tickets are available now on Superwoman2016.eventbrite.co.uk
Topics to be explored include:
- Representation in Media
- Black Women in Business
- Black Mental Health
Complete with short, ‘Express’ workshops (on networking, marketing and more!), performances and prizes.
Nicolina Andall – Chairperson for Croydon Chamber of Commerce and Commercial Lawyer of Andall Legal
Reni Eddo-Lodge – Writer, Journalist and Activist
HOSTED by Just Jumi – Founder of ‘Creative Corner Live’, Poet & Radio Host
The Mayor of Croydon
ALL ARE WELCOME!
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