I am concerned by a number of reports in the local area of a recent increase in both commercial and residential burglary, including a number of thefts of buggies and other items from the communal areas within blocks of flats.
The local police teams have been increasing patrols but I am very aware of the fact that this is probably not enough to increase their visibility sufficiently to provide reassurance- and this may have been true even before the reduction in size of our ward-based Safer Neighbourhood Teams.
I have, therefore, asked Westminster police to consider bringing in the mobile police station, to demonstrate an increased local police presence. I very much hope that this will be agreed soon.
Police are, additionally, advising people not to leave items, especially valuable items, in communal areas.
Here are some of the key points from my recent correspondence with police about these problems:
• " we are conducting targeted crime prevention patrols to the most burgled streets across the North Wards and this includes actively looking for open and vulnerable premises and highlighting them to the respective owners and landlords. For persistently vulnerable premises we also have to refer them to environmental health to take enforcement action around their communal security.
• We recently started Super Cocooning Non Residential Burglaries. Super Cocooning is an enhanced form of crime prevention combined with witness enquiries carried out after a premises has been the victim of a burglary. Door to door enquiries are carried out not only to establish if witnesses can be traced but also to alert other residents/business owners that a burglary has taken place.
• targeted patrols have been carried out around affected Wards over the last two weeks in addition to increased crime prevention visits including target hardening visits in conjunction with the local crime reduction officers."
The Maida Vale Safer Neighbourhood Police Team Number is: 07920233950.
Always dial 999 in an emergency, but use 101 to report crimes and other concerns that do not require an emergency response.
I hope that this is helpful.