|Chiswick Police Winter Newsletter 2005|
Issued in partnership with Town Centre Stakeholders Group
Welcome to the newsletter of your local police, produced in conjunction with the Chiswick Town Centre Stakeholders Group. This newsletter seeks to keep you informed of recent events affecting life and business in Chiswick and highlights what can be achieved by working in partnership with your local police.
Town Centre Crime Trends
It should be noted, that as a Borough, Hounslow is currently the 3rd best performing in the Met in relation to Burglary, with a clear up rate of 27% and a reduction of 4% on last year. In real terms that means 47 less victims of burglary compared to this time last year. To find out crime figures for your postcode area, visit: www.met.police.uk/crimefigures
Turnham Green currently has the highest rate of thefts of pedal cycles of any ward in the borough. In order to respond to this we are currently planning some high profile operations and will also be encouraging people to register cycles and other property on the ‘Immobilise’ web site (www.immobilise.com). This is the largest site of it’s type and contacts 900 people a month about lost or stolen items. At this time of year, with new cycles on many Christmas lists a lot of you will be shopping for new bicycles. We would urge you to invest in a good quality lock and chain. Most cycles stolen in Chiswick are locked, but with poor quality chains, which can be cut off by a persistent thief. Purchasing a quality lock and chain may prevent theft of a new bike. The ‘Sold Secure’ website provides an independent rating of various types of security equipment including cycle locks (www.soldsecure.com).
Thefts of, and from unattended bags and other ‘dippings’ are another problem in and around busy shops and cafes; Chiswick is certainly no exception with 24 offences reported in just over three weeks recently. I will shortly be contacting local cafes and bars to offer the latest practical crime prevention solutions. Watch this space to find out the safest places to take that well-earned break in the High Road.
The campaign against graffiti continues this month with a joint initiative involving the local authority, Metronet and Chiswick Police. The Graffiti clean up day will take place on Saturday 10th December and any volunteers are welcome to attend Chiswick Common Road at 10am, all that is required is a pair of boots, all other equipment will be provided.
Town Centre Stakeholders Group