Thursday 29 November 2018

The ATA campaign to unlock Deptford Creek to the public

As the big residential developments rise up along Deptford Creek, the Ashburnham Triangle Association's  Mick Delap has continued to campaign for Greenwich Council and the developers to live up to their promises and create a Creekside Pathway, to be at the heart of the new Creekside community and to benefit near neighbours like the Ashburnham Triangle residents.
More details of the campaign can be found by clicking this link: Unlock Deptford Creek

Father Christmas in his Grotto

Just a reminder that Father Christmas is returning to his grotto at Greenwich Market every weekend in December: 1st & 2nd, 8th & 9th, 15th & 16th and 22nd & 23rd.

Also open on Thursday 20th, Friday 21st and Christmas Eve!

Thursday to Saturday 12:30pm–5pm;
Sunday 12:30pm–4pm;
Christmas Eve 11am–3pm

All proceeds go to Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice.

Tuesday 27 November 2018

Burglary, Visibilty and Bushes

Unfortunately there has been another break-in, this time in Ashburnham Grove. Entry to the property was gained via the basement sash window and once again the property was hidden from the pavement by a very large hedge. 

There are many properties within the Triangle that have very mature overgrown shrubbery in the front garden. You may like privacy but so do burglars. Burglars don’t want to be seen or heard and if they think they’ll be noticed by a neighbour or passer-by then they’re likely to feel exposed and identifiable, which will probably make them move on. Overgrown bushes and trees makes it easier for a burglar to get close to a home and gain entry.

Keep it visible

Now is the perfect time to cut back all overgrown plants and make the front of your property visible from the pavement.

  • Lower fences, hedges and trees at the front of your property around one-metre high are preferable as they allow for a clear view over the top and don’t provide cover for anyone wishing to hide.
  • At the rear and sides, taller fencing is recommended to prevent easy access.
  • Trellis, thorny plants, or a suitable anti-climb topping such as plastic spikes make it difficult for anyone climbing over a fence or gate.
  • Planting prickly or barbed shrubbery along boundaries and fence lines acts as an effective natural barrier.
  • Gravel driveways and paths will make sure you hear anyone approach.

Targeting Valuables

if you have purchased high value items, make sure you collapse the box and place in the recyclable bin. Leaving large empty boxes next to your bin is just telling the opportunist thief what you have inside.

Remember, burglars will target properties where they know there will be items worth stealing inside. They may look for people posting about having new and/or expensive items on social media, may peer through your windows, and check for discarded boxes in your bins.

Don't have valuables on display or in view from windows, and don't openly advertise your expensive possessions. With Christmas approaching, I would advise not to display presents under the Christmas Tree and defiantly DO NOT have your tree and presents on view for a passer-by to see. Be also careful about posting on social media about the presents you received.

Tina Pugh

Friday 9 November 2018

Burglary Alert - Did you see anything?

There was a burglary today, Friday 9th November, in Ashburnham Place. The burglar was disturbed and fled the house. They gained access via the basement sash window. Did you see anything around 12:55pm and 1pm today? Do you have CCTV cameras that may have filmed an individual rushing down Ashburnham Place or Ashburnham Retreat? Any information please contact me here or contact our Safer Neighbourhood Police - see below.

Unfortunately Crime in the Triangle is rising at an alarming rate with burglars being more bold and now entering homes via the front door. They are using a locksmith tool to easily open yale door locks. ALWAYS chubb lock your door, and bolt the door last thing at night. A burglar attempted to gain entry into a house in King George Street last week via the front door whilst the occupants were asleep in bed. There has been 6 burglaries in King George Street in the last month and 10 burglaries within the Triangle in the last 12 weeks.

Motor vehicle crimes is a continuing problem within the area with many car windows being smashed to steel items from within. I cannot reiterate enough the importance not to leave ANYTHING on display. If you are the unfortunate victim of car crime please report this to the police by calling 101.

Also, if you are a TSB customer, please be aware the ATM machines in the High Street have been tampered with known as a Lebanese Loop - see below.

Lebanese loop is a device used to commit fraud and identity theft by exploiting automated teller machines(ATMs). In its simplest form, it is a strip or sleeve of metal or plastic which blocks the ATM's card slot, causing any inserted card to be apparently retained by the machine, allowing it to be retrieved by the fraudster when the card holder leaves.

As crime is increasing I would like to request for volunteers to join the security team. Ideally we need a representative on each road and flats within the Triangle. I just need more eyes and ears to keep a look out and to actively report anything suspicious. Please contact me here if you are interested or for more information.

Greenwich Police Safer Neighbourhood Team
Tel: 020 8284 5494

Tina Pugh

Friday 2 November 2018

Autumn bulb planting in the Triangle

On Saturday, November 10th at 11am the ATA Green Team will be meeting outside number 75 Ashburnham Grove and putting bulbs in there and then moving on to Barnstaple House
The more people the merrier .. even if you can only plant a few bulbs - please bring a trowel if you  have one ( we will have spares)
We have about 1000 daffodil bulbs to put in so all help welcome!