Monday 13 July 2020

Safer Neighbourhoods July update

Last week the Safer Neighbourhoods Panel met via telephone conference to discuss Greenwich West. Here is a summary of that call:

Within the Triangle

As reported on the last update, there have been numerous reports of drug dealing and using within some of the blocks of flats in Devonshire Drive, notably Plymouth House. Police have identified a possible suspect and patrols in this area have increased.

CID are still investigating the incident which occurred on 19th June along Devonshire Drive where a male was taken in his own car against his will - see post dated 21 June.  A full report will be available once CID have completed their investigation.

There have been various reports of two different fraudsters going door to door within the Triangle. Please can you warn any vulnerable neighbours who may not see this report to not open the door and engage with unknown individuals and NEVER hand over money to unknown individuals. Both fraudsters prey on the elderly and women.

Description of individuals:
Male mid-20s
Known as "Johhny"
Male mid-30s
Male, mid-20s, very slim build, white, between 5'7 and 5'9, sandy coloured hair with a London accent and goes by the name of “Johnny”. He concocts various stories and is well known to the police and has actually been previously arrested. I am currently awaiting an update of the whereabouts of this indivdual but please do not engage if you see him.

Male perhaps mid-30s, tall, black with a strong South London accent. Reports received that he was pretending to be a nearby neighbour and needed money for the electric meter.  Again, please do not engage or open your door to him.

A local resident witnessed the theft of a catalytic converter from a parked car in Ashburnham Grove on 3 July. The crime happened extremely quickly but was reported to the police. Other vehicle crime within the Triangle, especially theft from motor vehicles has unfortunately continued to rise especially along Greenwich South Street. Reports of thefts of bicycles from outbuildings has also increased. Please ensure bikes are secured with bike locks even in your own shed/garage.

With lockdown restrictions eased we saw many pubs re-open on Saturday 4th July which unfortunately led to bad behaviour within the Triangle - see post dated 7 July.  As previously reported it is believed patrons who had exited from the North Pole were responsible for the anti-social behaviour and erratic driving along Ashurnham Place at 1.30am on Sunday 5th July.

Last weekend also saw an increase of traffic driving past the bar in Greenwich High Road and once again there have been reports of noise and disturbance. As previously requested, I am looking for residents help to deal with any anti-social behaviour.

If you witness any issues of crime, disorder or anti-social behaviour call 999 for an emergency, i.e., if the issue is currently in progress, otherwise contact 101 and report what you have seen. 

For issues with noise, please contact the Council’s noise team and ask for the noise to be witnessed – 020 8921 8921. Please also take photo’s or video clips — if safe to do so — as this type of evidence is paramount when trying to prove a case and forward any complaint together with evidence to Cllr Maureen O’Mara Maureen.O'

Just receiving complaints about noise or disturbances will not result in any effective solution, so if safe, please do take photographic or video evidence. But above all, please report everything. 

Outside the Triangle

Police advise there are pockets of car crime within West Greenwich which has significantly increased around Hyde Vale, Point Hill and as already mentioned Greenwich South Street.

There have been 26 reported burglaries within Greenwich West. The burglaries are very sporadic with no specific pattern so are seen as opportunist burglaries with most reports being theft from outbuildings.

Lots of gatherings were reported on Point Hill during lockdown and also numerous reports of drug taking and using. 

Begging within the Town Centre has increased and complaints that beggars are not adhearing to social distancing with the rest of the general public. Particular problem areas are outside NatWest and McDonalds. Police continue to move on these individuals on a regular basis. 

Litter left in Greenwich Park
Greenwich Market have their own security as reports of shop lifting in the vicinity has once again started to rise.

Greenwich Park has been considerably busy during the lockdown and continues to be so with the warmer weather. Large notices in all public green spaces are having to be displayed to encourage park users to not litter.

Tina Pugh 
ATA Security / Police Liaison 

Emergency dial 999 
Non Emergency dial 101 

Greenwich Safer Neighbourhood Team: 020 8284 5494 (not 24 hour) 

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