This week, I was in my usual role of Borough Commander at Harrow Police Station.

It was my responsibility to deal with any major incidents which may occur in Harrow.

It gives me pleasure to report that crime continues to fall in Harrow. We now have the lowest crime rate ever recorded in Harrow.

This is down to all the hard work and dedication of my officers with help from all the communities within our borough.

In the rolling 12 months, burglary has seen a 16.5% reduction, meaning 243 fewer victims. In robberies, a 10.3% reduction, meaning 32 fewer victims.

These figures help keep us the safest borough in London and we will continue to work together to reduce crime further.

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This week, some advice on cash machine security: • Be aware of your surroundings. If someone is crowding or watching you, cancel the transaction and go to another machine.

• If there is anything unusual about the cash machine, or signs of tampering, do not use the machine and report it to your bank immediately.

• Do not accept help from seemingly well-meaning strangers and never allow yourself to be distracted.

• Stand close to the cash machine and always shield the keypad to avoid anyone seeing you entering your PIN.

• Once you have completed a transaction, discreetly put your money and card away before leaving the cash machine.

• If the machine does not return your card, report its loss immediately to your bank.

• Tear up or preferably shred your cash machine receipt, mini-statement or balance enquiry when you dispose of them.

Good work by my officers On Monday 24 August, officers from Harrow’s Anti-Social Behaviour Team attended Willesden Magistrates’ Court in order to apply for a Criminal Behaviour Order against a male named Jason Adlington.

This male is known to Harrow officers, and often brings himself to police attention, by committing offences in Harrow Town Centre.

As a result of information laid, this order was granted and prohibits Mr Adlington from remaining on any shop or commercial premises if asked to leave by staff and also from entering any premises from which he is barred or banned from in writing.

Mr Adlington is a persistant offender, and it is hoped this will put a stop to his anti-social behaviour.

Also on Monday, officers were on patrol in between Nibthwaite Road and Blawith Road, Harrow when they came across a male and female sleeping in an abandoned vehicle, which was in a state of disrepair.

This vehicle had recently come to police attention for weapons being stashed inside. Officers asked the male and female to exit the car. Both were searched, as was the vehicle.

The female had a tightly wrapped package containing suspected Class A drugs, and checks revealed she was wanted by police on a recall to prison.

Also found in the car were screwdrivers, gloves and a hammer. A satisfactory account could not be provided for these items. he female was promptly arrested.

Checks revealed the male is subject of a restraining order, preventing him from contacting the female. He was also arrested due to breaching the restraining order, and for the items found in the car.

An excellent example of proactive Policing by Harrow officers.

Both will now face justice.

Arrests like these ensure that offenders carrying dangerous items are taken off of our streets. Police in Harrow will push for the strongest penalty against those caught carrying them.

Simon Ovens Harrow Borough Commander

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