Community safety

February 2011

Update on Priorities

On Wednesday 5th January, officers from the West Barnes and Dundonald Safer Neighbourhoods Team arrested a 15 year old boy from Wimbledon on suspicion of conspiracy to commit burglary. He has since been charged with this and a further offence of conspiracy to steal motor vehicles. This follows on from the arrest and charging of a number of other people in the South West area of London for this type of crime.
There have been no further burglaries on the ward with the letter box method of entry used to access buildings however December saw an increase in the number of burglaries on the ward where nearly all of them were entered through a rear door or window forced open. We have increased patrols in the alleyways behind houses. If you see anyone acting suspiciously in the alleys then please call 999 quoting ‘there have been several burglaries in the area’ and then describe what you see.

Theft from Motor Vehicle
A slight drop in this crime compared to December 2009. The retail estates have been quiet but on the 19th December Phyllis Avenue had 2 vehicles entered and on the 20th Marina Avenue also had 2 vehicles entered. These happened in the night time hours. We have targeted this type of crime with an operation stopping motor vehicles in the area which resulted in the arrest of a man for possession of drugs and also being wanted on warrant having failed to attend court for other matters. We have also arrested and charged another man for failing to pay for petrol at Esso Petrol Station on Shannon Corner.

Other News

A new graffiti ‘tag, has appeared in several locations on the ward. The offender has written ‘Dome’ in a couple of different styles. If you see this being done or have any other information about who is doing it please let us know.

The Safer Shopping initiative in the lead up to Christmas was well received. We spent more time as a team on the retail estates. Bike marking events were held at Tesco and Halfords. People leaving Tescos with electronic goods were offered UV pens to mark their property and alarms for purses which activate when stolen out of handbags were also handed out. As mentioned above only 1 vehicle was broken into.

The West Barnes Team continues to work hard in your area. For any further information please contact your local Safer Neighbourhoods Team as detailed below.

Graham Chapman
West Barnes Safer Neighbourhood Team
0208 721 2454
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