Sergeant Mark Pullen warns against pickpocketing after rise in crime

Harrow Times: Police warn public to keep an eye out for pickpockets Police warn public to keep an eye out for pickpockets

Police in Harrow are warning people to keep an eye on their possessions following a rise in pickpocketing.

Sergeant Mark Pullen of the Greenhill Safer Neighbourhoods team said there have been 21 pickpocketing crimes in the last month, six more than this time last year.

He said: “There hasn’t been an alarming increase but it’s more than we would normally have so we are keeping an eye on it.”

These crimes are carried out either by organised gangs or opportunists and 80 per cent of their victims are mothers with prams and bags.

Police are advising people to keep bags and belongings on them at all times, keep all zips and fastenings closed and to make sure belongings always remain in sight, especially in busy areas.

Officers are also encouraging people to record the serial number of any valuable items on the website immobilise.com so if they are stolen they can be returned to their correct owner when found.

Sergeant Pullen added: “Most of the crimes that have been reported to us have been opportunistic crimes.

“If people just look after their bags then 80 per cent of these crimes wouldn’t happen.”

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10:05am Wed 27 Feb 13

HarrowResident1 says...

We need to stop immigration from Romania until their citizens can demonstrate good behavior. Channel 4 documentary last night showed most pick pocketing in London underground is done by Romanians. The Met police reported today the 1 in 3 Romanians who have migrated are arrested by the police. Romanians need to get their act together before they are allowed to come to out country.
We need to stop immigration from Romania until their citizens can demonstrate good behavior. Channel 4 documentary last night showed most pick pocketing in London underground is done by Romanians. The Met police reported today the 1 in 3 Romanians who have migrated are arrested by the police. Romanians need to get their act together before they are allowed to come to out country. HarrowResident1
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10:06am Wed 27 Feb 13

HarrowResident1 says...

We need to rid of this political correctness, the police need to publish the nationalities of those arrested in Harrow for these crimes.
We need to rid of this political correctness, the police need to publish the nationalities of those arrested in Harrow for these crimes. HarrowResident1
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1:04pm Wed 27 Feb 13

paisley says...

nothing will be done about it because the country is to soft
nothing will be done about it because the country is to soft paisley
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1:17pm Wed 27 Feb 13

Sonoo Malkani says...

HarrowResident 1 has stated aloud what many probably might possibly be thinking.

Whilst one feels like kicking political correctness out on a number of issues,we have to bite our lip and accept that the Met Police are NOT in any position to do or say anything which would allow wrong-doers of any ilk to accuse them of RACISM /DISCRIMINATION and accuse them of targetting a particular group of people

Harrow Police would definitely not be flouting any laws to do so.Best we follow the advice which they are giving so openly and clearly.

The fact remains that we are in no position to stop anyone from the EUROPEAN UNION entering the UK---- unless there is evidence that they would prove a threat to NATIONAL SECURITY.

Home Secretary Teresa May is doing her utmost and will be discussing these important leagl issues on 11 March,to bring some changes to existing laws which disadvantage British citizens

She is keen to ensure potential terrorists/ trouble-makers are sent back to their country of origin.It is high time that the Human Rights legislation was thoroughly examined and amended--- bearing in mind the interest of the BRITISH people.

We are all equally frustrated and feel powerless in many situations but must obey the law.

I humbly suggest we have open dialogue, within our local communities, with like-minded folk who make worthwhile suggestions for our MPs,Councillors and other elected representatives to debate in Parliament.

We need to agree a way forward to get Parliament to appreciate the strength of feeling within London and the rest of the country about these important and highly emotive issues.

Freedom of expression in a democracy like ours must be BALANCED but,sadly,seems to be heaving under weighty chains ----fettered unintentionally by well-meaning laws. These need reviewing expeditiously.The patience of the common man is being severely tested.
HarrowResident 1 has stated aloud what many probably might possibly be thinking. Whilst one feels like kicking political correctness out on a number of issues,we have to bite our lip and accept that the Met Police are NOT in any position to do or say anything which would allow wrong-doers of any ilk to accuse them of RACISM /DISCRIMINATION and accuse them of targetting a particular group of people Harrow Police would definitely not be flouting any laws to do so.Best we follow the advice which they are giving so openly and clearly. The fact remains that we are in no position to stop anyone from the EUROPEAN UNION entering the UK---- unless there is evidence that they would prove a threat to NATIONAL SECURITY. Home Secretary Teresa May is doing her utmost and will be discussing these important leagl issues on 11 March,to bring some changes to existing laws which disadvantage British citizens She is keen to ensure potential terrorists/ trouble-makers are sent back to their country of origin.It is high time that the Human Rights legislation was thoroughly examined and amended--- bearing in mind the interest of the BRITISH people. We are all equally frustrated and feel powerless in many situations but must obey the law. I humbly suggest we have open dialogue, within our local communities, with like-minded folk who make worthwhile suggestions for our MPs,Councillors and other elected representatives to debate in Parliament. We need to agree a way forward to get Parliament to appreciate the strength of feeling within London and the rest of the country about these important and highly emotive issues. Freedom of expression in a democracy like ours must be BALANCED but,sadly,seems to be heaving under weighty chains ----fettered unintentionally by well-meaning laws. These need reviewing expeditiously.The patience of the common man is being severely tested. Sonoo Malkani
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1:52pm Wed 27 Feb 13

HarrowResident1 says...

Countries only exist to protect the rights of their citizens and limit immigration to people who are needed or add value to the country (genuine refugees included). Why does Britain, specifically England have such a disregard for its citizens I don't know any other country in Europe or indeed the world where the government has such a disregard for it's peoples wishes as we do in this country.
The government of this country has become so unbelievably out of touch with its citizens. The institutions have become so politically correct that they will not protect citizens human rights anymore but are more than happy to protect the rights of illegal immigrants.
Countries only exist to protect the rights of their citizens and limit immigration to people who are needed or add value to the country (genuine refugees included). Why does Britain, specifically England have such a disregard for its citizens I don't know any other country in Europe or indeed the world where the government has such a disregard for it's peoples wishes as we do in this country. The government of this country has become so unbelievably out of touch with its citizens. The institutions have become so politically correct that they will not protect citizens human rights anymore but are more than happy to protect the rights of illegal immigrants. HarrowResident1
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1:54pm Wed 27 Feb 13

HarrowResident1 says...

This is not a political statement but a statement of common sense.
This is not a political statement but a statement of common sense. HarrowResident1
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9:31am Thu 28 Feb 13

Harrow Rani says...

I do agree that this government doesnt listen to the very people who elected them. But, is that because the people do nothing to change this? Just looking at the posts in the Harrow Times will show you just how few people are actually outraged enough to take to their computers and share their views. It's always the same people who vent thier spleen on this site. Very few will take these issues up with their MP's or attend meetings where these things are debated. I do beleive that the people are to blame for the government we have. If we are unhappy with what is happening, WE need to take the appopriate measures to make sure we are heard. The age old " what difference can I make?" mind set is deep rooted in us all, and until and unless we feel strongly enough to challenge things, this governemnt and future governments will continue to ignore us and forge ahead with the policies they feel are right for us..

I do hope Theresa May makes progress on 11th March. We have our own issues with harbouring a terrorist in Harrow,and I personally want that resolved sooner rather than later.
I do agree that this government doesnt listen to the very people who elected them. But, is that because the people do nothing to change this? Just looking at the posts in the Harrow Times will show you just how few people are actually outraged enough to take to their computers and share their views. It's always the same people who vent thier spleen on this site. Very few will take these issues up with their MP's or attend meetings where these things are debated. I do beleive that the people are to blame for the government we have. If we are unhappy with what is happening, WE need to take the appopriate measures to make sure we are heard. The age old " what difference can I make?" mind set is deep rooted in us all, and until and unless we feel strongly enough to challenge things, this governemnt and future governments will continue to ignore us and forge ahead with the policies they feel are right for us.. I do hope Theresa May makes progress on 11th March. We have our own issues with harbouring a terrorist in Harrow,and I personally want that resolved sooner rather than later. Harrow Rani
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9:35am Thu 28 Feb 13

Harrow Rani says...

Harrow Resident - I totally agree with your sentiments. However, Human Rights laws will prohibt anyone from taking any measures to single out a particualr group of people. We dont like it but there it is. WE always have the option of writing our letter sto our MP's and even Theresa May to let them know how we feel. Ultimately, you and I do not count on our own. If it was 1,000 of us writing letters or bombarding our MPw ith complaints, we might stand a small chance of being listened to. It really is up to us, as voters, to do something to change the laws we dont like.
Harrow Resident - I totally agree with your sentiments. However, Human Rights laws will prohibt anyone from taking any measures to single out a particualr group of people. We dont like it but there it is. WE always have the option of writing our letter sto our MP's and even Theresa May to let them know how we feel. Ultimately, you and I do not count on our own. If it was 1,000 of us writing letters or bombarding our MPw ith complaints, we might stand a small chance of being listened to. It really is up to us, as voters, to do something to change the laws we dont like. Harrow Rani
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1:46pm Thu 28 Feb 13

Sonoo Malkani says...

Harrow Rani makes a good point.It is the responsibility of the PEOPLE of Harrow to sign petitions or engage in peaceful measures which will help concentrate the minds of the government on what WE the public want---not what they decide on our behalf.

Harrow Resident also feels passionately enough to speak out.We only get what we DESERVE.Let us take ACTIONS which will bring positive results for Harrow.There is no option.We have to WORK FOR what we wish to ACHIEVE.

We need large numbers of Harrovians to wake up and smell the coffee! It is almost like we are sleep-walking towards disaster.

It is the APATHY most of our locals display which allows our borough to be used in ways which are often outrageous and quite unfair.The matter of criminality is only one among so many.The list is endless.However,we need to start somewhere and work our way through it.

Harrow Rani has already flagged up how we recently had one suspected terrorist moved to Stanmore,from Wembley,to afford protection for his family.The tax-payer has to pay precious monies for this and feeling is running high.However, scant attention is being paid to the resentment bubbling under the surface.That does not bode well.Quite a worrying state of affairs.One sincerely hopes we are not looking at a potential Public Order issue.

How come this person was moved to HARROW?How did we become the CHOSEN borough?Good chance because we are basically peace-loving,law-abi
ding and of course seen to be TOO LAZY to take any action against this highly contentious move.

Our Police have no choice and have to do their job and protect him and his family 24/7.I am not suggesting that Harrovians break any laws or become rowdy or cause any trouble.QUITE THE CONTRARY.

We must USE EVERY POSSIBLE PEACEFUL & LEGAL AVENUE to keep our borough safe and also to make sure we are not reduced to becoming a convenient" dumping ground" precisely because we are perceived by those in powerful positions to be a PUSH-OVER.

I fully appreciate our current law requires he gets protection but surely he could have been moved to a less controversial place and our sensitivities not disregarded as they have openly been.

Let's hope that the Home Secretary manages to get the judiciary to see sense and amend the legislation to be fair to ALL concerned.The case mentioned is only the tip of the iceberg.

I sincerely hope, as a long-term resident of Harrow, that we ALL consider how we may take our issues forward in a constructive and peaceful manner.It is a JOINT RESPONSIBILITY.The statutory sector cannot do anything on their own,neither can we.!

It's time we got our Minister for Civil Society NICK HURD on board along with our local MPS and other movers and shakers---such as our Local Authority and Police--- to discuss how best we could progress the interests of the people of Harrow and and how we may ensure that we remain a safe and harmonious community made up of the most religiously diverse groups in the UK!!

UNITED WE STAND,DIVIDED WE FALL.Let's pull out all the stops,end our petty squabbling and childish point-scoring.Instea
d let's focus our energies and WORK FOR THE COMMON GOOD of HARROW.

The sooner the better.
Harrow Rani makes a good point.It is the responsibility of the PEOPLE of Harrow to sign petitions or engage in peaceful measures which will help concentrate the minds of the government on what WE the public want---not what they decide on our behalf. Harrow Resident also feels passionately enough to speak out.We only get what we DESERVE.Let us take ACTIONS which will bring positive results for Harrow.There is no option.We have to WORK FOR what we wish to ACHIEVE. We need large numbers of Harrovians to wake up and smell the coffee! It is almost like we are sleep-walking towards disaster. It is the APATHY most of our locals display which allows our borough to be used in ways which are often outrageous and quite unfair.The matter of criminality is only one among so many.The list is endless.However,we need to start somewhere and work our way through it. Harrow Rani has already flagged up how we recently had one suspected terrorist moved to Stanmore,from Wembley,to afford protection for his family.The tax-payer has to pay precious monies for this and feeling is running high.However, scant attention is being paid to the resentment bubbling under the surface.That does not bode well.Quite a worrying state of affairs.One sincerely hopes we are not looking at a potential Public Order issue. How come this person was moved to HARROW?How did we become the CHOSEN borough?Good chance because we are basically peace-loving,law-abi ding and of course seen to be TOO LAZY to take any action against this highly contentious move. Our Police have no choice and have to do their job and protect him and his family 24/7.I am not suggesting that Harrovians break any laws or become rowdy or cause any trouble.QUITE THE CONTRARY. We must USE EVERY POSSIBLE PEACEFUL & LEGAL AVENUE to keep our borough safe and also to make sure we are not reduced to becoming a convenient" dumping ground" precisely because we are perceived by those in powerful positions to be a PUSH-OVER. I fully appreciate our current law requires he gets protection but surely he could have been moved to a less controversial place and our sensitivities not disregarded as they have openly been. Let's hope that the Home Secretary manages to get the judiciary to see sense and amend the legislation to be fair to ALL concerned.The case mentioned is only the tip of the iceberg. I sincerely hope, as a long-term resident of Harrow, that we ALL consider how we may take our issues forward in a constructive and peaceful manner.It is a JOINT RESPONSIBILITY.The statutory sector cannot do anything on their own,neither can we.! It's time we got our Minister for Civil Society NICK HURD on board along with our local MPS and other movers and shakers---such as our Local Authority and Police--- to discuss how best we could progress the interests of the people of Harrow and and how we may ensure that we remain a safe and harmonious community made up of the most religiously diverse groups in the UK!! UNITED WE STAND,DIVIDED WE FALL.Let's pull out all the stops,end our petty squabbling and childish point-scoring.Instea d let's focus our energies and WORK FOR THE COMMON GOOD of HARROW. The sooner the better. Sonoo Malkani
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9:32pm Thu 28 Feb 13

jackdaw says...

There is a new police campaign asking people to let the police know about terrorist activity called "I'ts probably nothing but"

See paragraph below I have downloaded from the metropolitan police website.


The campaign, "It's probably nothing, but …" encourages anyone who sees or hears something that they think could be terrorist related to call the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789321.

The plan is to post leaflets through our letter boxes asking us to give them information about terrorists.

Maybe Harrovians should return the leaflets to the the Mayors office with details of Abu Qatadar who has been landed on this borough. It is insensitive to propose tio deliver leaflets to Harrovians asking for information on terrorists when we have one housed at public expense in Harrow!
There is a new police campaign asking people to let the police know about terrorist activity called "I'ts probably nothing but" See paragraph below I have downloaded from the metropolitan police website. The campaign, "It's probably nothing, but …" encourages anyone who sees or hears something that they think could be terrorist related to call the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789321. The plan is to post leaflets through our letter boxes asking us to give them information about terrorists. Maybe Harrovians should return the leaflets to the the Mayors office with details of Abu Qatadar who has been landed on this borough. It is insensitive to propose tio deliver leaflets to Harrovians asking for information on terrorists when we have one housed at public expense in Harrow! jackdaw
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9:31am Fri 1 Mar 13

jackdaw says...

Further download from met police website see below. A lesson in how to annoy the residents of Stanmore and the rest of Harrow.

What is important is what happens when they find the terrorist. If previous history is anything to go by they will be given celebrity treatment paid for by our taxes!

A campaign launched by the Metropolitan Police Service today is reminding Londoners to trust their instincts to help police in the fight against terrorism and potentially save lives.

Everyone who works, lives and visits the capital has a role to play in helping to counter the terrorist threat which remains real and serious.

The campaign, "It's probably nothing, but …" encourages anyone who sees or hears something that they think could be terrorist related to call the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789321.

A 40 second radio advertisement will air across London on Kiss FM, Capital, LBC and GOLD, and will be supported by online search, social media activity, and press advertisements in local publications and minority media titles. Leaflets will also be delivered to 1.4 million households. The radio element of the campaign will also air nationally.
Further download from met police website see below. A lesson in how to annoy the residents of Stanmore and the rest of Harrow. What is important is what happens when they find the terrorist. If previous history is anything to go by they will be given celebrity treatment paid for by our taxes! A campaign launched by the Metropolitan Police Service today is reminding Londoners to trust their instincts to help police in the fight against terrorism and potentially save lives. Everyone who works, lives and visits the capital has a role to play in helping to counter the terrorist threat which remains real and serious. The campaign, "It's probably nothing, but …" encourages anyone who sees or hears something that they think could be terrorist related to call the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789321. A 40 second radio advertisement will air across London on Kiss FM, Capital, LBC and GOLD, and will be supported by online search, social media activity, and press advertisements in local publications and minority media titles. Leaflets will also be delivered to 1.4 million households. The radio element of the campaign will also air nationally. jackdaw
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9:46am Fri 1 Mar 13

Harrow Rani says...

Jack you have given me the best laugh of the day! This campaign is utterly disrespectful to the resdients of Harrow,. Of course we are NOT going to trust them to do anything with the information. We already know that they know that we know where Qatada is and yet, instead of supporting us to get rid of him, they have issued even more protection by issuing a court order stopping anyone from protesting outside his house. The met police have no clout over the Home Office and quite frankly Theresa May has failed us. because she is the reason for Qatada enjoying his stay in The London Borough of Harrow. This whole " it s probably nothing but..." exercise is pointless if there is no assurity that any terrorists " grassed up" by the public will face any punishment. If Qatada can be offered so much protection (more than you or I would get) then why should other terrorists also not envoke the Huma Rights Act to stay at our expense? They really do take us for mugs dont they?
Jack you have given me the best laugh of the day! This campaign is utterly disrespectful to the resdients of Harrow,. Of course we are NOT going to trust them to do anything with the information. We already know that they know that we know where Qatada is and yet, instead of supporting us to get rid of him, they have issued even more protection by issuing a court order stopping anyone from protesting outside his house. The met police have no clout over the Home Office and quite frankly Theresa May has failed us. because she is the reason for Qatada enjoying his stay in The London Borough of Harrow. This whole " it s probably nothing but..." exercise is pointless if there is no assurity that any terrorists " grassed up" by the public will face any punishment. If Qatada can be offered so much protection (more than you or I would get) then why should other terrorists also not envoke the Huma Rights Act to stay at our expense? They really do take us for mugs dont they? Harrow Rani
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