Mayor of London Boris Johnson visits Harrow

Harrow Times: Mayor of London Boris Johnson visits Harrow Mayor of London Boris Johnson visits Harrow

Mayor of London Boris Johnson visited Harrow to find out more about the work of police in reducing burglary in the borough.

He was in the town centre to see the partnership work of Harrow police, Harrow Borough Council and the fire brigade on their latest day of action.

While meeting and greeting the public he congratulated police of Harrow for Operation Bluebell, which has been led to a reduction in burglary of 19 per cent.

He also launched a new initiative to be rolled out across the capital for the use of traceable liquids which the Mayor's office hopes will reduce burglaries in London.

The Mayor said: “I want to congratulate the police of Harrow for all their fantastic work they have done here.

“Smart tactics like traceable liquids and good policing efforts of Operation Bluebell are winning the battle against burglary in Harrow. It is a wonderful job the police have done here.

“I also want to congratulate the work of Cllr Susan Hall and Harrow Council for the work they do to make the streets safer.”

Harrow Times:

The Mayor walked along St Anns Road in the town centre and met council officers taking part in the day of action, before handing out leaflets to members of the public about home safety.

Earlier in the day Mr Johnson met Harrow police Borough Commander Chief Superintendent Simon Ovens to hear about the drop in burglaries over the past 12 months.

Deputy mayor for policing Stephen Greenhalgh, who joined the Mayor, said: “Harrow has had some fantastic results and the drop in the number of offences has been extraordinary.

“Our hope is that we will be able to expand the use of traceable liquids as soon as possible so all boroughs can enjoy the burglary reductions Harrow has seen.”

Traceable liquids have been used in Harrow for the past five years

They work by people having their property marked with a spray with a unique forensic code which can only be seen in ultraviolent light.

Any marked item which has been stolen can then be traced back to the owner and can be used to convict suspected thieves found with stolen items or traces of the liquid.

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3:11pm Thu 10 Apr 14

jayjoe says...

Did anyone ask Johnson about the hundreds of police officers who have lost their jobs in Harrow and neighbouring boroughs on his watch? Or was it, as this piece reads, just a puff piece for Boris Johnson himself personally now?
Did anyone ask Johnson about the hundreds of police officers who have lost their jobs in Harrow and neighbouring boroughs on his watch? Or was it, as this piece reads, just a puff piece for Boris Johnson himself personally now? jayjoe
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6:26am Fri 11 Apr 14

rabbitz says...

My relative was burgled in wealdstone they were not caught, In Wealdstone we have a convicted Lithuanian drug dealer and burglar drinking with his friends every week outside the empty pub coincidence? #Deporthim
My relative was burgled in wealdstone they were not caught, In Wealdstone we have a convicted Lithuanian drug dealer and burglar drinking with his friends every week outside the empty pub coincidence? #Deporthim rabbitz
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10:23am Fri 11 Apr 14

Husain Akhtar says...

All publicity gimmick for blue jacket!
All publicity gimmick for blue jacket! Husain Akhtar
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11:10am Fri 11 Apr 14

Sonoo Malkani says...

Great that Harrow's reduction in burglaries has caught the attention of Mayor Boris Johnson and that hat he has paid us this visit,along with his Deputy Mayor for Policing,Stephen Greenhalgh. These results are something we should all be genuinely proud of and work even harder to reduce crime further.

It's high time we learnt to give credit where it is due and not simply knock the police or talk our borough down.Just consider these excellent results, despite fewer officers in Harrow.Of course,we deserve and will receive our full complement of officers in due course.

Meanwhile,let us generously applaud what has been achieved thus far.Surely the boys and girls in blue should be thanked for going that extra mile to bring this about.Well done,Harrow Police.!Keep up the good work.Close partnership working with Harrow Council has made this possible.

We must not forget to mention the huge support received from our 1000 Neighbourhood Champions whom the Borough Commander,Chief Superintendent,Simon Ovens thanked so warmly at their Conference in Harrow, on 26 March, and said what a bonus they were for his officers in our local neighbourhoods.

Realistically,there will always be areas which are worse off than others.
Wealdstone is definitely on the police radar.Resources are being targetted to try and address these issues .Our police is keen to make headway,with the help of local citizens who can often provide valuable intelligence to their local Sergeant and his/her team.I know the present Sergeant is doing his very best to turn things around.

Wealdstone's dispersal zone order has been renewed for a further six months which will help assist our police officers in fighting the crimes specific to that part of our borough.Of course,people who live ,work, and reside want this to happen quickly but it is a fair-sized challenge which will take time and effort.

Returning to the REDUCTION in burglaries---the bane of most boroughs.Every burglary is one too many,as has been openly acknowledged by our Borough Commander,Simon Ovens.He is acutely aware of the pain and devastation caused to the victims ,especially vulnerable folk such as the elderly.

We must not become complacent but have to remain vigilant and implement simple but effective crime prevention tips so that we can avoid becoming victims of this nasty crime.This is particularly relevant with the better weather and longer days approaching since many of us tend to leave windows open and go out.Might as well issue an invitation to your friendly burglar!

Seek advice from your local safer neighbourhood cops and implement their valuable tips.Make proper use of burglar alarms,security lights and all that deters burglars.Let us make sure Harrow's burglary heads in the right direction and aim to drive them out of our borough.Make Harrow too hot for them to handle!

Regarding the use of "traceable liquids."Harrow has been using Smartwater for five years and have had good results.If you have not done it already,be smart and ask your local Police to do this for you and mark your valuable property.Sgt Paul Culver and his team in Rayners Lane have been leading the way in using this for local residents and deserves much praise.

Harrow has been at the forefront of using this new technology since the past five years.Reporters from France had come down to learn how we managed to keep burglaries down,three years back

It's brilliant to hear that Boris Johnson is considering extending the use of these liquids throughout London.Burglars may have to look for fresh pastures ---but it's down to us to make it as hard as possible for them to enter our homes and help themselves to what belongs to us.
Great that Harrow's reduction in burglaries has caught the attention of Mayor Boris Johnson and that hat he has paid us this visit,along with his Deputy Mayor for Policing,Stephen Greenhalgh. These results are something we should all be genuinely proud of and work even harder to reduce crime further. It's high time we learnt to give credit where it is due and not simply knock the police or talk our borough down.Just consider these excellent results, despite fewer officers in Harrow.Of course,we deserve and will receive our full complement of officers in due course. Meanwhile,let us generously applaud what has been achieved thus far.Surely the boys and girls in blue should be thanked for going that extra mile to bring this about.Well done,Harrow Police.!Keep up the good work.Close partnership working with Harrow Council has made this possible. We must not forget to mention the huge support received from our 1000 Neighbourhood Champions whom the Borough Commander,Chief Superintendent,Simon Ovens thanked so warmly at their Conference in Harrow, on 26 March, and said what a bonus they were for his officers in our local neighbourhoods. Realistically,there will always be areas which are worse off than others. Wealdstone is definitely on the police radar.Resources are being targetted to try and address these issues .Our police is keen to make headway,with the help of local citizens who can often provide valuable intelligence to their local Sergeant and his/her team.I know the present Sergeant is doing his very best to turn things around. Wealdstone's dispersal zone order has been renewed for a further six months which will help assist our police officers in fighting the crimes specific to that part of our borough.Of course,people who live ,work, and reside want this to happen quickly but it is a fair-sized challenge which will take time and effort. Returning to the REDUCTION in burglaries---the bane of most boroughs.Every burglary is one too many,as has been openly acknowledged by our Borough Commander,Simon Ovens.He is acutely aware of the pain and devastation caused to the victims ,especially vulnerable folk such as the elderly. We must not become complacent but have to remain vigilant and implement simple but effective crime prevention tips so that we can avoid becoming victims of this nasty crime.This is particularly relevant with the better weather and longer days approaching since many of us tend to leave windows open and go out.Might as well issue an invitation to your friendly burglar! Seek advice from your local safer neighbourhood cops and implement their valuable tips.Make proper use of burglar alarms,security lights and all that deters burglars.Let us make sure Harrow's burglary heads in the right direction and aim to drive them out of our borough.Make Harrow too hot for them to handle! Regarding the use of "traceable liquids."Harrow has been using Smartwater for five years and have had good results.If you have not done it already,be smart and ask your local Police to do this for you and mark your valuable property.Sgt Paul Culver and his team in Rayners Lane have been leading the way in using this for local residents and deserves much praise. Harrow has been at the forefront of using this new technology since the past five years.Reporters from France had come down to learn how we managed to keep burglaries down,three years back It's brilliant to hear that Boris Johnson is considering extending the use of these liquids throughout London.Burglars may have to look for fresh pastures ---but it's down to us to make it as hard as possible for them to enter our homes and help themselves to what belongs to us. Sonoo Malkani
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2:07pm Fri 11 Apr 14

diligaf says...

Another publicity stunt by Ms Hall and co... Mr Ovens sits in his ivory towers at Harrow Police Stn in Northolt Rd and simply has no idea what is going on in his own borough, his own officers will tell you where as Mr Babu his predecessor was all Safer Neighbourhoods Mr Ovens is simply not and this is just another stepping stone in his career not long before he will be off to pastures new and we will be given short thrift once again..
Another publicity stunt by Ms Hall and co... Mr Ovens sits in his ivory towers at Harrow Police Stn in Northolt Rd and simply has no idea what is going on in his own borough, his own officers will tell you where as Mr Babu his predecessor was all Safer Neighbourhoods Mr Ovens is simply not and this is just another stepping stone in his career not long before he will be off to pastures new and we will be given short thrift once again.. diligaf
  • Score: -1

10:05am Mon 14 Apr 14

SeaBee says...

Has anyone checked the silverware in the Civic Centre?
Has anyone checked the silverware in the Civic Centre? SeaBee
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