Thursday, 28 July 2016

How to Beat Car and Bike Crime

The good news is that domestic burglary figures continue to decline within the Triangle. The bad news, however, is that motor vehicle crime, mainly involving theft from motor vehicles; motorbike and bicycle theft is on the increase.  

It may be difficult to protect your car from a determined, professional thief, but in most cases car crime is committed by opportunists who often take less than a minute to get into a vehicle.  Thieves like items that are concealable, removable, accessible and valuable.

The top 5 most common items stolen from vehicles are

Don't leave valuables on show in unattended vehicles.
Thieves look for Sat Navs and phones left behind in cars.
  • Electrical items - Laptops, portable navigation units and mobile phones
  • Unattended bags left in view - documents such as disabled badges
  • Number plates
  • Alloy wheels
  • Catalytic converters (part of the exhaust system)

Have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions from the Metropolitan Police web site and see how you can protect your vehicle.

Bike, moped and motorcycle theft also continue to rise. Greenwich Police recommend owners to use locks such as ‘Gold Sold Secure’ and a high quality D-lock to prevent theft.

Lock-up tips 
Out and about
    locked bike graphic
    Lock your bike to an immovable object
  • Lock your bike in a well-lit public area wherever possible - plenty of people around is the best theft-deterrent.
  • For top security, use two locks of different types, for instance a D lock round the rear wheel and frame and a cable lock round the front wheel and frame. This means a thief will need to have the tools to break two different types of locks and twice as much time and determination.
  • Make sure that you lock your bike to an immovable object. If you lock up on a rotten fence post, a thief won't even need any specialist tools to break your bike free.
  • Use a lock that reflects the value of your bike. A thief might pass by a very old or cheap bike secured with a skinny cable lock, but the same lock on a carbon race bike will be too tempting for a thief to ignore.

Lock-up tips 
At home
  • Keep your bike out of sight. If you can't bring it into the house, put it in a shed or garage. Failing that, even a cover will provide some camouflage, as well as weather protection.
  • As well as locking the shed or garage, you should also lock your bike within the shed or garage. Consider installing a ground anchor for this.
  • Heavy duty chain locks are good for locking at home. They are a visible deterrent and hard to break. Just make sure the padlock is as tough as the chain.

If your bike does get stolen, security markings will help the police to get it back to you.  Bikes can be security marked and registered at

For further information and preventive tips please visit the Vehicle Crime page on the Metropolitan Police website.  

Not from

If three blokes come to your door in hi-viz jackets, like they did to us the other day, saying they’re doing a survey for, it’s not the moment for bonhomie and inclusiveness and for asking them in for a cup of tea and a squint at your energy bills. When a fourth materialised at the back in a suit and tie, I did ask if they usually travelled in packs, but the answer seemed reasonable - two were trainees and one was the area manager. Luckily my daughter was there, with better fraud-antennae than I have, not so given to mindless optimism. She saw them off, and was proved right by a call to, who said they never send people door to door. The police came round and opined that the hi-viz mob were probably less interested in identity fraud than in physically snaffling a few valuables after they’d distracted you. Apart from expected advice about examining ID and not letting people in, the police suggested taking a picture of them. I love it: ‘Could you move together a bit more. Your manager needs to be in it too - we want to see everybody. No, look up. Look this way. Smile!’

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Final Reminder: Safer Neighbourhoods Police Street Meet, This Saturday 30th July 2016, 2pm – 3pm

Final Reminder: Safer Neighbourhoods Police Street Meet, This Saturday 30th July 2016, 2 pm – 3 pm

Where: Outside the Ashburnham Arms Pub, Ashburnham Retreat (also known as the Play Street), off Ashburnham Grove, Greenwich, SE10 8UH

We are holding a drop-in for local residents to discuss any policing related matters or issues of concern with our dedicated PCSO (Police Community Support Officer), Henry Lawton, of the Greenwich West Safer Neighbourhoods Police Team.

With the imminent closure of Greenwich Police Station, these events take on an even greater significance and give you the opportunity to meet our SNT team as well as to enjoy an afternoon drink on a summer's day and the hospitality of the Ashburnham Arms pub.  

This event is open to anyone who lives in or near to the Ashburnham Triangle. Just turn up at any time on Saturday between
2 pm – 3 pm. We look forward to seeing you on the day.

David Scales - Ashburnham Triangle Security Hub


Thursday, 21 July 2016

Farewell Greenwich Police Station

Greenwich Police Station situated on Royal Hill / Burney Street
It is with much regret to inform you of the permanent closure of Greenwich Police Station in Royal Hill / Burney Street. The Doors will be finally closed at the end of this month.

Our Safer Neighbourhoods Team will still be vigilant within the area and will share the Royal Parks Police office within Greenwich Park located near Charlton Way (Shooters Hill) Main Gates. You will also be able to visit them with any queries or concerns at Greenwich Market on either Wednesday or Thursday between 7pm and 8pm or on Saturday afternoons between 2pm and 3pm situated near the Greenwich Market Managers office.  Nearby Police Stations that are still open 24 hours a day are Lewisham and Plumstead.

Scam Alert from Greenwich Council

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Want to write something for the newsletter?

If anyone would like to contribute to the ATA newsletter this summer, you would be very welcome. If you have thoughts about anything local that you’d like to share, let us know. It doesn’t have to be something dramatic – like when a bus nearly dropped down a hole on Blackheath Hill. It could be quiet and domestic. Have you been hitched up to the new water meter system without being told? Have you found the new cyclists’ Quietway, labelled Q2 on the road? Any sparrows in your garden? It need only be a few sentences - and a picture would be good. Questions are also welcomed, and feedback about the ATA.

It might not be possible to include everything: inclusion is at the discretion of the editor, Andrew Steeds. Please send copy to him by 25th July, which is this Monday coming, at

The newsletter comes out every summer and is delivered to all reachable doors. It aims to let people know what the ATA has been doing and about some other things happening in the Triangle. Up until now it has had four A4 pages. This year we are thinking of having more pages and more pictures. Any thoughts on that?

Friday, 15 July 2016

Pepys Estate Festival this Saturday 16th July

For more information:
Tel: 07913 595428

Lenox links

Illustrated talks on the Lenox and Sayes Court Garden projects were enjoyed on Wednesday night at the Ashburnham Arms by about 45 people. Here below are some links for anyone who'd like to know more about The Lenox.

 Richard Endsor's impression of the proposed ship, The Lenox, in relation to Greenwich, without the waterfront flats planned to surround it.

Project director, Julian Kingston writes:
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For information about donating to the project or buying our merchandise please visit this page

For information about buying the book please visit

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Thai pop-up restaurant back at the Ashburnham Arms every Friday

There’s a Thai pop-up  at the Ash this Friday from 6pm until 10pm.
Details and menu at (Payment by cash only.)

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Pizzas at the Ash this Wednesday from 6pm

The Ash are serving pizzas on Wednesday 13th July as well as Thursday 14th this coming week, starting at the usual time of 6pm.

So if you're going to the talks on Wednesday in the back garden of the Ash (or if you're not), you needn't go hungry.

The original Lenox was built at Deptford

Julian Kingston will talk about the historic ship planned for Deptford at 8pm for about 20 minutes, followed by Q & A.

After that Roo Angell will talk about the historic garden planned for Deptford, also for about 20 minutes, followed by Q & A.

Q: How much smaller than the Cutty Sark is the Lenox?
A: Cutty Sark is 65 metres, Lenox will be 53 metres.
Sayes Court Garden envisaged in the new development

Q: How many trees will it take to build the Lenox?
A: Far fewer than will be cut down for HS2.

Q: How much of John Evelyn's original garden will be recreated?
A: Don't know. It may still be in dispute. Ask Roo.