Community Safety Update – 2 March 2014

BRA Member Alison Judah notified us of a burglary in Nasmyth Street on 27 February, where jewellery was stolen.  The police told her that 3 houses had been targeted in the last 24 hours so be alert.

Ravenscourt Crime Is Down

The February newsletter from the Ravenscourt Ward police, one of Brackenbury’s two Safer Neighbourhood teams, includes the latest crimes statistics for the area which reveal that burglary was down 15% last month compared to the same period last year. Theft from motor vehicles was down 25%, cycle theft was down 32%, robbery from the person fell 35%. Total offences were down 21%. The newsletter also carries helpful advice to help prevent telephone fraud and tips on home security and general crime prevention. See attached PDF.

Safer Neighbourhood Board

A Safer Neighbourhood Board is to be established in Hammersmith and Fulham in April involving Neighbourhood Watch groups, residential associations, police, Council, school and youth representatives and local businesses. The Board will help establish police and crime priorities, monitor police performance and confidence in the force, monitor complaints against police officers, hear and monitor complaints from victims of crime, provide assurance that a system of independent custody visits is in place, ensure all areas of the Borough have citizen ward panels, support Neighbourhood Watch and examine the stop and search data provided by the police to enable it to hold the police accountable for their procedures, making sure that stops are proportionate, professional and justified.

Similar Boards will be set across London under the London Mayor’s policing plan and follows changes to the policing model made last year as part of cuts to the Metropolitan Police budget. Hammersmith and Fulham Borough is to be divided into three clusters – Hammersmith will include Broadway and Ravenscourt wards which covers Brackenbury, Shepherds Bush and Fulham.

Two representatives from each cluster will be chosen to serve on the new Board for a two year term. The minutes of each Safer Neighbourhood Board meeting will be published and parts of meetings will be open to the public. There will also be open meetings twice a year in each cluster. Introducing plans for the new Board, David Millar, Chairman of the Hammersmith and Fulham Neighbourhood Watch said the Board will hold the police to account for the first time, provide better communications and empower the community.

Doorstep Scam Warning

Trading Standards officers in Hammersmith & Fulham are reassuring residents following an incident in which conmen scammed someone out of £3,000. Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s officers were recently notified by colleagues in Islington that a resident there had been duped by crooks pretending to be from Trading Standards. The conmen used bogus IDs to persuade their victim to hand over £3,000 in order to unlock compensation for building work that had recently been carried out at their property. H&F residents are now being reminded that Trading Standards officers would never turn up unannounced at someone’s home.  Officers are urging residents who have previously been ripped off by a rogue caller or who have recently had building repairs to remain vigilant against doorstep scams. H&FC state “It’s vital our residents are aware that no Trading Standards officer would ever unexpectedly knock on their door demanding money. If anyone does find themselves in this situation, they should call the police immediately.”

You can check a Trading Standards officer’s credentials by calling 0208 753 1081 or emailing trading.standards@lbhf.gov.uk. Never use any number given to you by the doorstep caller. For more information about the borough’s Trading Standards team visit www.lbhf.gov.uk/directory/business/trading_standards.