Met Police advice – Keep sheds and outbuildings secure

There have been a number of incidents involving sheds, garages and outbuildings over recent weeks in Croydon.

Make sure that yours are locked and secure to save you becoming a victim.


Met Police – What is a hate crime and how to report it

People who have been victims of hate crime may not necessarily report it due to not understanding what hate crime is or not knowing how to report this crime to the police.

The Metropolitan Police encourage people to report hate crime and they are there to support those who have become victims.




This video explains what is a hate crime and how to report it.

Continue reading

Are you aware of The Herbert Protocol?


There is nothing more frightening than when a loved one, friend or neighbour goes missing or fails to return when they should.

For people living with Dementia, this could be quite common.

The Herbert Protocol is a national scheme being introduced by the Metropolitan Police and other agencies which encourages carers to compile useful information which could be used in the event of a vulnerable person going missing.

Continue reading

Fireworks – Stay safe while you celebrate



  • Out of courtesy give your neighbours a few days notice of your planned display – this is particularly important if they are elderly, have children or pets.
  • Use appropriate fireworks – for your situation – when buying fireworks, try to avoid really noisy ones. Your firework supplier should be able to tell you what they are selling.
  • Make sure pets and other animals are safely away from fireworks.
  • Consider the timing of your display. If you are using fireworks for a celebration, a Friday or Saturday is likely to be preferable; you should aim to ensure that they are finished by 11pm. It is an offence to let fireworks off (11pm-7am), except on Bonfire Night (midnight), Diwali, New Year and Chinese New Year (1am).
  • For your safety, let off your fireworks in an open garden area – noise bounces off buildings and smoke and pollution can build up in enclosed spaces.
  • If a neighbour complains that you are disturbing them, their pets or livestock, be considerate.
  • After your display has finished, clear up all firework debris and dispose of it safely.

Find other relevant information in these previous posts based on advice from the Metropolitan Police

Fireworks – Be safe, have fun

And Fireworks – Know the law and stay safe
Screen Shot 2015-10-25 at 22.39.16

Seasonal burglary prevention advice as part of the Met’s Operation Bumblebee


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.

More information
Register items with serial numbers at:

For more help and advice visit:



Halloween – stay safe and consider others (Met Police leaflets)

The message from the Met Police is to stay safe and respect others at Halloween.




Download a copy here:  halloween-a5-flyer


And a notice to display if you’d prefer that trick or treaters do not call on you.



Download a copy here: halloween-a5-flyer-no-trick-or-treat