Pets at Risk
We have heard from a local resident who volunteers for a small animal protection charity based in South Norwood, warning us of cats and other animals going missing, being injured, and even killed in the Greater London area. The Charity is currently working with the Police and the RSPCA to identify the culprits.
Although these unpleasant incidents appear to have started in the Croydon area, attacks have now widened to include the SW19 and SW20 areas, with one of the most recent occurrences in West Barnes Lane. Residents (cat owners in particular) are being warned to keep their pets in after dark. A leaflet is currently being distributed asking people to call 999 to report anyone seen behaving suspiciously with a cat. Similarly, if you see any domestic or wild animals who have been injured or found dead with knife wounds, to contact 07961 030 064 or 07957 830 940 immediately.
Safer Neighbourhoods - Top Tips
Top tips from the Safer Neighbourhood Teams to help residents avoid being burgled.
· Mark or etch your property with your postcode, house or flat number or the first three letters of your house name.
· Register items with a serial number at: www.immobilise.com
· Do not leave your car keys or ID documents near doors, letterbox or windows. Lock them away safely.
· Close and lock all your doors and windows, even if you are only going out for a few minutes.
· Keep your valuables out of sight through windows.
· Leave some lights on & ask a neighbour to pop in and open/close curtains if it will be dark before you get home or you are away for a few days.
· Install a visible burglar alarm &/or CCTV & don’t forget to set it!
· Always keep sheds and outbuildings securely locked.
· Lock away any ladders safely out of view.
· Cancel milk or other deliveries if you will be away for days or weeks at a time.
Don’t advertise your holiday on Social Media
If you see anyone acting suspiciously in your area, call 999 immediately.
Project Griffin - Counter-terrorism
Project Griffin is the national counter terrorism awareness initiative for business produced by NaCTSO to protect our cities and communities from the threat of terrorism.
The aim of Project Griffin is to help understand the threat from terrorism to the UK, to guide individuals on what to do if they find themselves involved in a terrorist incident or event that leads up to a planned attack and to enable people to recognise and report suspicious activity.
Project Griffin currently holds briefing events to increase public and staff awareness of how best to reduce and respond to the most likely types of terrorist activities. The events are presented by trained police advisors delivering a range of CT awareness modules.
Events are free and can last between one and six hours depending on the time available and number of modules covered. The modules are reviewed and updated regularly and currently cover the following topics:
- Current Threat Firearms & Weapons attacks Hostile Reconnaissance
- Document Awareness Response to Suspicious Items Drones (U.A.V)
- Bombs (I.E.D) Postal threat Social Networking
- Cyber Domestic Extremism Insider Threat
NaCTSO also launched a new Griffin initiative, Project Griffin - Industry Self Delivery, on 20th April 2016.
Specialist officers around the country are now briefing around 100,000 workers every year. However the new self-delivery programme aims to reach ten times that number.
Companies wishing to deliver Project Griffin to their employees are invited to apply to register with NaCTSO.
NaCTSO will register approved companies and provide them with the NaCTSO Project Griffin package relevant to their sector, plus regular future updates.
To ensure that a company is a ‘fit and proper body’ to deliver Project Griffin, the following essential criteria for registration will be applied. A company must:
a) be a PLC
b) Have an existing corporate training structure using accredited trainers
c) Operate in the ‘Crowded lace’ environment
d) Deliver all and any part of the NaCTSO Project Griffin product free of charge
e) Sign a formal contract agreeing to abide by NaCTSO (MPS) Crown Copyright terms & conditions of use
Further details can be found on the NaCTSO website, www.nactso.gov.uk, and clicking to register will take you
to Eventbrite, the registration mechanism and quite a simple process to follow.
Once registered - and assuming that all the above criteria are met - companies will then be registered on the NaCTSO website and allocated a unique registration number. These details will be included on a NaCTSO Project Griffin Certificate of Attendance when employees have completed a module(s). The certificates will include the NaCTSO and company logo’s, the name of the deliverer and their companies unique NaCTSO Reg. No. NaCTSO will contact registered companies to offer assistance to their trainers through a Product Familiarisation programme, which will enable them to deliver the product to their employees. (Attendance would not be compulsory but may incur an attendance charge to recover costs).
Merton Neighbourhood Watch
Operation Bumblebee is an anti-burglary campaign undertaken by the Met. Police, which aims to crack down on burglary in the capital and raise the public's awareness of measures they can take to protect their homes. At this time of year, when the nights start to draw in, there is a seasonal rise in burglary. The police will be carrying out a number of initiatives to help address this.
Pawn shops will be visited to check stock for any stolen goods. Officers will also take photos of known burglars to see if staff recognise them.
Prevention work is being carried out in areas where there have been a number of burglaries. This involves delivering leaflets that provide crime prevention advice with the aim of reducing your chances of becoming victim of burglary. There are many instances of burglary that can be avoided by carrying out some simple steps, such as double locking doors and windows. For a free crime
prevention survey please contact your local team directly. Their contact details can be found on the police website: http://content.met.police.uk/Borough/Merton
NO MORE campaign
The London Borough of Merton is supporting the NO MORE campaign to raise awareness of domestic & sexual abuse amongst residents. The launch of the NO MORE campaign took place on the 12th September and was attended by
Borough Commander Steve Wallace and Mayor of Merton, - Councillor Brenda Fraser - who raised the NO MORE flag.
There are number of services available in Merton for those affected by domestic, sexual violence and abuse. Further information can be found at: www.merton.gov.uk/domesticviolence or www.nomore.org
NO MORE began in America in March 2013. and was launched in the UK in May this year as a unifying symbol to end Domestic Violence and Sexual Assaults. It campaigns to engage communities in taking a stand against these crimes. The campaign is overseen by Hestia, one of the leading third-sector organisations working within these fields.
Useful Numbers to Note
Emergencies 999 or 911
Crimestoppers 0800 555 111
NHW Office 020 8649 3213
Police Non-Emergency 101
Motor Vehicle Crime - August 2016
A Message from Lee Roberts, Neighbourhood Watch Manager
Theft of motor vehicles has spiked recently and is currently up 35% on last 12 month rolling period. It is currently the police's number one concern and the borough has a plan to reduce this.
Part of this is a Met-wide problem with the theft of luxury high value cars during the night. Our officers are aware of this and actively stop and engage with occupants of such vehicles during the night.
If residents see anything or anyone acting suspiciously by such cars on drives and at night in particular, ring 999.
In Merton, theft of Scooters/mopeds is part of the overall increase in this crime. If you own one make sure it’s locked and attached to something that cannot be removed as well. Although there is no particular method, many are lifted into vans during the night. We would like all owners to ensure they are properly alarmed and secure; preferably parked up away from view in the street.