West Wickham Safer Neighbourhood – June Newsletter

Metropolitan Police Update – June
22nd July 2018
News From the High Street
22nd July 2018
Metropolitan Police Update – June
22nd July 2018
News From the High Street
22nd July 2018
  • West Wickham Safer Neighbourhood Team June 2018 Newsletter West Wickham
    SNT – PC Morris 562PY and PCSO Wright 7154PY
    Telephone 0208 721 2608 or 07920233854
    Email westwickham.snt@met.police.uk www.met.police.uk/Team/Bromley/WestWickham
    Please note these are not monitored 24/7.
    In an emergency please call 999 or if the matter is not urgent but requires a Police response
    please dial 101
    Team News PC Picken has had his application to join the newly formed Violent Crime
    Taskforce accepted. We wish him all the best in his new role and hope to get a replacement
    for him in the near future.
    Operation Lexington PC Peter Woodfine under Operation Lexington is the point of contact
    for people experiencing problems with anti-social behaviour on mopeds/quad bikes or if they
    have information about anyone or the vehicles involved in such behaviour. These details are
    not a substitute for 999/101 call or reporting crime online. Peter’s role is to gather
    intelligence, problem solve and catch offenders by working with the Met’s partners and local
    Dedicated Ward Officers.
    The mobile number has a voicemail facility and is operated when he’s on shift.
    Telephone: 07775004651 Email: PYMailbox-.MopedASB@met.police.uk
    Anti Social Behaviour There are normally more reports of anti social behaviour (ASB) in
    the summer months. The team has been carrying out a mix of mobile, cycle and foot patrols
    of the green spaces, car parks and other areas where we have received complaints. We will
    work with our partner agencies to tackle any issues that get reported to us. Road Safety
    Officers are working with traffic enforcement officers to deal with traffic issues and parking
    issues around local schools. The team recently assisted with the Road Watch scheme on
    Pickhurst Lane during the school run. There have also been reports of dangerous driving
    and anti social behaviour involving vehicles in the car parks in West Wickham. The areas
    have been patrolled by West Wickham officers and additional resources have been
    requested to patrol when the team are not on duty. Anyone that can be identified as using a
    vehicle in as anti social manner can be issued a warning which can lead to their vehicle
    being seized. The council are looking into installing CCTV to assist in gathering evidence.
    We will continue to carry out speed gun operations working with surrounding wards to target
    speeding motorists.
    Vulnerable persons The Little Book of Big Scams has good information on various scams
    which are sadly often targeted at the elderly: www.met.police.uk/adviceandinformation/
    fraud/ personalfraud/personal-fraud-and-how-to-prevent-it/ If you would like a paper copy
    please contact us, we also have copies of The Little book of Cyber Scams which has good
    information on how to avoid computer based scams. There have been several incidents
    recently of persons going door to door leafleting and/or offering to do gardening/ building
    work, often targeting elderly people. Never agree to work offered by cold callers, when
    needing work done get quotes from reputable companies. Please keep an eye out for elderly
    relatives/neighbours who are having building work done and report any possible rogue
    traders to us or Bromley Trading Standards on 07903852090. The team continues to work
    with other agencies to warn the elderly and vulnerable about scams. The team are actively
    identifying vulnerable people and where appropriate promoting The Herbert Protocol. The
    Herbert Protocol is a national scheme being introduced by the Met in partnership with other
    agencies which encourages carers to compile useful information which could be used in the
    event of a vulnerable person going missing. Further information can be found at
  • Upcoming Events
    20th July 1100 – 1200 – Faith Engagement Emmanuel, The Grove, West Wickham
    26th July 1100 – 1200 – Cuppa with a Copper Costa, 34 High Street, West Wickham
    31st July 1500-1600 – Cuppa with a Copper Costa, 34 High Street, West Wickham
    General Crime Overview
    Below is the list of West Wickham MOPAC 7 crimes reported in June 2018
    Robbery (0)
    Violence with injury (6) 5 x ABH & 1x GBH – (3x domestic incidents, 2x incidents in pubs, 1 x
    assault on a police officer)
    Theft from a person (0)
    Theft from Motor Vehicle (4) Rose Walk, Pickhurst Lane, Hayes Chase and Langley Way.
    Items stolen were vehicle parts, keys and tools.
    Theft of Motor Vehicle (4)
    Vehicles stolen from the following roads: South Eden Park Road, Chessington Way,
    Braemar Gardens and Goodhart Way. Two of the vehicles taken were later recovered by
    Criminal damage (12) 4x High Street, 2x Addington Road, 2x The Avenue, 2x South Eden
    Park Road, Wilmar Gardens, Barnfield Wood Road.
    Damage caused to vehicles, shop sign, windows. Most were minor damage caused.
    Burglary (5) 2 x commercial burglaries on the High Street. 2 x residential burglaries
    Sherwood Way and The Avenue, vehicle and cash taken. 1 x Attempted burglary on
    Barnfield Wood Road.
    Crime prevention and Relevant News Residential Burglary rate has been low recently but
    help us keep it that way.
    Protecting your garden and outbuildings not only keeps bikes and other valuables in your
    shed safe, but can also stop burglars getting into your home.
    1 – Low front boundary; keep hedges and walls at the front of your house low (under 1
    metre) so burglars have nowhere to hide.
    2 – Secure side gate; keep side gates locked at all times. Open gates mean burglars can
    easily access your home without being seen by passers-by or neighbours.
    3 – High side and rear boundaries with trellis and spiky defensive planting; keep hedges,
    walls and fences around your back garden high (over 1.8 metres). Add lightweight trellis to
    gates and fences and plant some prickly plants such as those on page 4 to make it harder
    for burglars to climb over.
    4 – Gravel driveway and path; gravel driveways and paths make it harder for burglars to go
    5 – Security light; install an outside security light so that intruders can’t approach without
    being seen.
    6 – Intruder alarm system; install a burglar alarm system.
    7 – Secure shed door and window; always keep your shed locked and secured. Often sheds
    contain valuables such as power tools and bicycles.
    8 – Never leave tools lying around; never leave tools lying around as they can be used as a
    way of breaking into your home.
    Stay secure in summer Leaving ground floor windows, doors and patio doors open in the
    summer can give burglars the perfect opportunity. If you’re upstairs or out of the room, even
    just for a few minutes, close them and help shut burglars out.
    Extra steps you can take consider buying a shed alarm. These are usually quite cheap but
    still effective. Add an extra layer of protection to shed windows with laminate sheets of film or
    internal metal grills. Create a natural defence against burglary
    Planting particular shrubs (in their mature or semi mature form) along garden walls and
    fences can make it harder for burglars to access your property or put them off completely. To
    maximise this effect plant them close to each other. We recommend planting any of the
  • following: Berberis Osmanthus Forget Poncirus Crataegus Pyracantha Aralia Chaenomeles
    Ribes Oplopanax Eleagnus Robinia Colletia Ilex Climbing roses Maclura Mahonia Ligustrum
    (privet), or laurel Smilax and Xanthoxylum Protecting your garden and outbuildings not only
    keeps bikes and other valuables in your shed safe, but can also stop burglars getting into
    your home.
    TWITTER We are utilizing Twitter more for providing quick updates and information about
    current crime trends. If you are on Twitter please follow us @MPSWestWickham

1 Comment

  1. Sue Spencer-Hurst says:

    Burgled yesterday in the Avenue – came through the front door in broad daylight. Took the usual stuff and left the usual mess. Look out for suspicious cars cruising the neighbourhood.

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