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You Can Help. My mission is to reduce crime in Streatham and I need your help to achieve this We need local people to hear about and implement our crime prevention advice It does work so please read all of this presentation and get involved. An appeal from your Streatham Police Inspector.

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you can help

You Can Help

  • My mission is to reduce crime in Streatham and I need your help to achieve this
  • We need local people to hear about and implement our crime prevention advice
  • It does work so please read all of this presentation and get involved

An appeal from your Streatham Police Inspector

Nick Fallowfield

Streatham Inspector

Phone: 020 8649 2267

Mobile: 07760 495355

nicholas.fallowfield2@met.police.uk

it s easy but important

It’s easy, but important

By following some simple advice you can make a real difference to your community

Sadly most people do not follow our crime prevention advice and we need your help to change this

These simple crime prevention tips really work!

  • Lead by example – act on them yourself
  • Tell your friends and neighbours
  • Make sure elderly and vulnerable members of the community are aware of these tips too
tips on reducing burglary

Tips on Reducing Burglary

  • Quick Tips:
  • Use both locks on your door
  • Don’t leave valuables in thieves’ view
  • Secure your doors and windows
  • Mark and register your property
  • Join your local Neighbourhood Watch

Streatham suffers from a very high number of burglaries

This year has seen a 22% increase across all of Lambeth.

The next four slides will show the scale of burglaries, they depict only our last 12 weeks!

Further information about these tips is detailed at the end of this section

residential red and non residential yellow burglaries for 12 weeks to 28 9 11 streatham cluster
Residential (red) and non-residential (yellow) burglaries for 12 weeks to 28.9.11 – Streatham Cluster
residential red and non residential yellow burglaries for 12 weeks to 28 9 11 streatham south
Residential (red) and non-residential (yellow) burglaries for 12 weeks to 28.9.11 – Streatham South
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Residential (red) and non-residential (yellow) burglaries for 12 weeks to 28.9.11 – Streatham Wells and St Leonards
residential red and non residential yellow burglaries for 12 weeks to 28 9 11 streatham hill
Residential (red) and non-residential (yellow) burglaries for 12 weeks to 28.9.11 – Streatham Hill
summary of burglary tips

Summary of Burglary Tips

Use both locks on your door

Use the mortice locks. This means using your Chubb-type second lock as well as your first Yale-type lock. Use the mortice locks all the time and not just when you are out.

A very common method of entry is for burglars to "slip" Yale-type locks with a piece of plastic. They steal from your hallway whilst you are there!

Don’t leave valuables in thieves’ view

We have had over 100 burglaries where bikes left in hallways are stolen. Move them out of sight or at least secure them to a deadbolt in the hallway.

Never leave laptops and new phones near windows or on hall tables. Burglars react to opportunities.

Secure your doors and windows

In multi-occupancy buildings i.e. flats, the most important defence is the front door to the building, which must be double locked at all times. It is no good having good locks on your flat door if the front door is unlocked or just on a Yale. Speak to all the other occupants and the landlord to ensure good practice is maintained.

Ensure that your defences are of good quality. That means solid doors, windows, frames and good locks (which are used). Your Safer Neighbourhoods Team will happily check your property for you and give advice – contact details to follow.

summary of burglary tips1

Summary of Burglary Tips

Mark and register your property

Marking your property to assist its recovery if stolen also scares off burglars. Police often catch burglars with suspected stolen property, but as the serial number was not recorded or the item marked in another way it cannot be proved. Record all your property, including serial numbers and take photos!

Use the Immobilise web site to register all your property. You can record make model and serial number of many types of property on www.immobilise.com. Police now use immobilise to check if property is stolen.

Forensic water (Smartwater or SelectaDNA) is something you can mark all your property with, including antiques. It contains a unique DNA code and is visible only under a UV light, which police use to check property. Importantly, you mark up your front door to show burglars you use a forensic water. It scares the burglars off and has achieved 80% reductions wherever it is used. Since using this in April 2011 in two Streatham Streets those lucky streets have not had a single burglary!

You can also mark up all your property with free UV pens. Just write your house number and your postcode on every single item of property

Join your local Neighbourhood Watch

Your local Neighbourhood Watch Scheme is not about frequent meetings that waste your time, but about making your street much safer. To find out more or to set one up then contact Karen Hunn Tel 020 7926 2716 or e-mail Khunn@lambeth.gov.uk

tips on reducing robbery

Streatham also suffers from high numbers of robberies – street muggings.

  • This has seen an increase of 19% this year in Lambeth.
  • The next 4 slides show the last 12 weeks of robberies in Streatham.

Tips on Reducing Robbery

  • Quick Tips:
  • Use main well lit roads where possible and avoid short cuts
  • Walk with confidence
  • Don’t display your valuables to thieves

Further information about these tips is detailed at the end of this section

summary of burglary tips2

Summary of Burglary Tips

Don’t display your valuables to thieves

This is all about not giving the robbers the opportunity to snatch your property off you. Keep your property, especially phones and music players and laptops/tablets, out of sight. If you really need to make a phone call then ensure you check your surroundings first and pick a safe location.

Walk with confidence

Most robberies happen near to train stations and bus stops so please be extra vigilant at these locations.

Walk with confidence – robbers are instinctively attracted to nervous and unsure people. If you are going somewhere new then research your route ahead of time and walk with purpose! It does work.

Use main well lit roads where possible and avoid short cuts

Please use main well lit roads where possible and avoid short cuts through estates and alleyways.

If you are unhappy about a possible suspect approaching you then call police on 999 and make a loud noise! Robbers hate that.

your next steps

Your Next Steps

Streatham does have high crime of certain types.

This does not make it an unsafe area, but care is required.

We’ve not even touched on motor vehicle crime. 80-90% of the burglaries and robberies are entirely avoidable, which is where you can help.

  • Lead by example – act on these tips yourself
  • Tell your friends and neighbours
  • Help elderly and vulnerable members of our community be aware of these tips, too

As a community we can PREVENT the majority of these crimes if our advice is followed.

A recent robbery victim was actually walking along Streatham High Rd watching a movie on her new iPhone paying no attention to her surroundings!

contacts

Contacts

Your feedback really helps

I need to know how many Streatham people actually read this (long) presentation and then decide to act on it. Please let me know on e-mail to nick.fallowfield@met.police.uk

Or call me on 07760495355 with any questions.

Home visits

I will arrange for a home visit or to supply UV pens or to discuss forensic water or Neighbourhood Watch schemes.

Or you can contact your local Safer Neighbourhood Team directly via the website - Just input your postcode for all your team's contact details

thank you

Thank you for reading this

Thank you

On the 5th Oct 2011 the following preventable crimes occurred:

Burglary where front door yale lock "slipped".

Burglary where front door left open whilst owner was gardening.

Please help me to stop this!

Please follow the advice, help to inform others and be in touch.

Nick Fallowfield

Streatham Inspector

Phone: 020 8649 2267

Mobile: 07760 495355

nicholas.fallowfield2@met.police.uk