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Police commander aims to make Harrow the safest borough in London
Harrow's police commander has pledged to make the borough the safest in London over the next three years.
Chief Superintendent Simon Ovens has launched a new campaign today to make Harrow the safest borough in three years by reducing the number of crimes reported to police by 3,000.
Police in Harrow will be focusing on seven neighbourhood crimes set out by the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC).
These include violence with injury, robbery, burglary, theft of a motor vehicle, theft from a motor vehicle, theft from a person and criminal damage.
Chief Superintendent Ovens said: “It is us, as a community, against them, the criminals.
“If we work together, with our partner organisations and the community as a whole, I believe we can make Harrow the safest borough in London.
“This is a call to arms if you like, and if we stand shoulder to shoulder we can make this work. We won’t be able to make this a success if we don’t work together.
“We have targets for reducing crime, but I am not satisfied with that, I want to push forward and set our own target.
“It is as much about people doing their bit to stop crimes from happening, such closing a window when you leave the house or making sure you have your phone with you when you leave the car.”
As well as working with the community in helping reduce crime police aim to carry out proactive operations using Automatic Number Plate Recognition, CCTV and forensic techniques.
From April 1 to June 16 this year there have been 74 fewer victims of residential burglary. falling from 350 to 276 during the same period last year.
There has also been a reduction in non-residential burglaries from 204 to 107, which is one of the largest reductions in London.
Chief Superintendent Ovens added: “We want to reassure the community that we are doing our very best to fight crime in Harrow.
“And we want criminals to know that if they intend to commit crime in our borough they will be arrested and face prosecution.”
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