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.

In the rolling 12 months, burglary has seen a 15.2% reduction, meaning 222 fewer victims.

In robberies, an 8.8% reduction, meaning 11 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 crime prevention advice on Motor Vehicle Security:

Approved alarms and immobilisers are an excellent deterrent.

Don’t leave anything on display - it’s a prime invitation to passers-by. Even an old coat or plastic bag can tempt a thief. If items have to be left in the vehicle, put them out of sight at the start of your journey.

Portable sat-nav systems are often held in a cradle attached to the windscreen or dashboard on full view, so take it out of the vehicle and place the cradle out of sight in the boot.

Cradles alone indicate to offenders that vehicles have sat-nav systems, so ensure that you remove all traces by wiping off the suction mark from the wind-screen.

Property mark the sat-nav with your and house name or number. Make a note of the make, model and serial number and register it free of charge on the National Property Register at www.immobilise.com Get a music system that can be removed or has a front that can be taken off.

Driving documents and personal correspondence could help a thief to sell your vehicle or provide a cover story if stopped by the police - don’t keep them in the vehicle.

Some thieves break into houses to steal vehicle keys. Always keep the keys in a safe place. Don’t leave them in the hall way or kitchen, as these are obvious places a thief will look.

Alloy wheels should be secured with locking wheel nuts, which have been tested to withstand attack and meet certain standards.

Number plates should be secured with one-way security screws, to prevent them being removed and used in crime.

Good work by my officers

A 22-year-old man has been jailed for dangerous driving after speeding at 90mph down the wrong side of the road in Ruislip.

Luke Esprit of Dabbs Hill Lane, Northolt was given an eight month prison sentence at Isleworth Crown Court on Wednesday, 9 September.

He previously pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving whilst disqualified, driving without insurance and failing to stop for police.

He was later identified by police following a high speed pursuit on Sunday, 3 May, when police used blue lights and sirens to signal Esprit to stop, he mounted a pedestrian kerb to get away and accelerated driving off at speeds of around 90mph into the opposite side of the carriageway of Field End Road, Eastcote.

Officers were unable to pursue the vehicle at the time, due to the extreme danger Esprit presented to the lives of the public, police and himself.

A detailed investigation followed culminating in Esprit pleading guilty and being convicted at court.

The Met are committed to protecting all road users and bringing to justice those who commit driving offences.

 

On Tuesday, 16 September police received a phone call from a witness who had seen two males going up and down Eastcote Lane, South Harrow walking on opposite sides, trying to open car doors, by pulling the handles. The two males were seen walking off towards Northolt Road, Officers quickly attended and spotted the males, detaining them whilst another officer searched the route they were seen to take, along Eastcote Lane.

The officer subsequently found a car which had been opened and searched.

Both males were promptly arrested and will now face justice.

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