Monday 9 September 2019

Safer Neighbourhoods September Update

Following the recent Safer Neighbourhoods Panel meeting the main point of concern is the dramatic increase in phone snatching.
Our local police are organising for the above Met Police poster to be displayed in shop windows, cafes etc following the sudden rise in crime. Groups of youths have been seen in and around Cutty Sark Gardens wearing hoodies and puffa coats even in hot temperatures and targeting lone females for their phones. Most phone snatching has been on foot or bicycle. With the new student year about to commence phone snatching is predicted to continue with the town centre and Thames Path being the most vulnerable areas.

This is what the police advise:

Criminals are using mopeds and bicycles to snatch mobiles and handbags in this area, often riding up behind the victim and even mounting the pavement to grab them. Police are carrying out operations to target these offenders, but there are some simple steps you can take to protect your property.

Be aware of your surroundings
Don’t text while you’re walking – you won’t notice potential thieves approaching.
• Try going hands free or stand away from the roadside close to a wall so no one can come up behind you.

Use the security features on your phone
Your phone comes with a range of security features, such as keypad locks
and remote data wiping. Make sure they are all activated to stop thieves from accessing your phone and personal data.

Know how to identify your phone if it’s stolen
Find your IMEI number by dialling *#06# from your phone and keep a written note of it. If the phone is stolen, report it to the police and your mobile provider to stop it being used.
• Register your phone on to help police return recovered stolen property and combat the sale of stolen goods. Police recover more than 2500 items registered to the website on average every month.

Never confront a thief or risk your own safety for the sake of your mobile device.

In an emergency call 999. To report to police after your phone has been stolen, or for other police enquiries call 101 or visit Follow us on Twitter @metpoliceuk.

Other News:
Following the dramatic tasering of a male who held a bread knife to the throat of a woman in Cutty Sark Gardens last month, the police confirmed this is still under investigation. The incident is due to mental health problems and a disagreement between neighbours.

Inside the Triangle
Motor vehicle crime continues to be a problem within the Triangle. We have seen an increase in motor vehicle theft by keyless car crime and there has also been many reports of attempted theft of both cars and mopeds. I can only reiterate the following advice to ensure you keep your vehicle safe:
  • Keep cars keys aways from the front of your house and instead keep keys in either a metal tin or key signal blocker pouch such as Faraday which can stop the car key being cloned remotely and the theft of your vehicle.
  • Steering wheel locks are becoming more popular as this is another obstacle for a thief. If they see a steering wheel lock they are more likely to move on.
  • Do NOT leave any valuables on display inside your vehicle. 

There were six reports of burglaries within the Triangle between the months of July and September with the main point of entry being basement sash windows. Again, make sure all windows are locked using window bolts on sash windows before you leave your property. 

Reports of various drug dealing operating around the Triangle includes outside St.Marks Hostel and along Egerton Drive (near Greenwich High Road and near the church). Can I please ask if you see a drug transaction to report the crime to 101. Today's policing is managed by statistics and act accordingly to what is reported. If we ALL continue to report such activity then more police will be sent to investigate the problem. Just make a note of the date, time, location and a rough description of the individuals involved and either dial 101 or email:

Fly tipping appears to be on the rise within the Triangle. To keep our area looking clean can you please report any fly tipping to

In my last update I mentioned we were looking into how Lambeth Council managed to ban nitrous oxide canisters within the borough and whether Greenwich could follow suit.  We understand a fixed amount of penalty notices (FPN) need to be issued to be able to go forward with this plan. We are therefore still investigating how to proceed and will report back accordingly.

For your information please find attached minutes of the meeting held in July here.

Tina Pugh
ATA Security / Police Liaison

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