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.

Whilst performing this role on Wednesday, I attended a community meeting together with the Mayor of Harrow, Krishna Suresh, and representatives of local faith and community groups. At this meeting, we gave our support to the national campaign “We Stand Together” by signing pledges at the Civic Centre, Harrow. “We Stand Together” is a community-led initiative, conceived in the wake of terror attacks in Europe earlier this year, and in partnership with police, aims for communities to celebrate their differences and diversity to challenge extremism and hatred.

It gives me pleasure to report that crime continues to fall in Harrow. In the rolling 12 months, burglary has seen a 14% reduction, meaning 259 fewer victims. In robberies, a 10.3% reduction, meaning 13 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 avoiding becoming a victim of pickpockets:

Be aware of who’s around you when you’re shopping. Pickpockets often operate in pairs and use distraction techniques to avert your attention whilst they steal from your bag.

Wear you bag across your body, so that it opens on the side facing you. In winter, wear your coat over your bag to hide it. You’re an easy target if you leave your bag facing backwards over your shoulder or carry it over one shoulder.

Never leave your bag or purse unattended in a shopping trolley or basket or on top of a pushchair, always keep it with you.

Avoid carrying valuables in the outside pocket of rucksacks.

If you use a wheelchair or motorised scooter, keep your valuables in front of you, rather than hanging them on the back of the chair, where thieves can dip into them.

Keep your bag or briefcase where you can see or feel it- on your lap or touching your feet, not hung on the back of your chair when you’re eating or having a drink.

Keep your keys in a different pocket from anything that has your address on it.

Good work by my officers

On Thursday, 1 October, Officers from Harrow executed search warrants at several addresses across the borough, following reports of drugs being kept at addresses. I am pleased to report that there have been a total of six people arrested as a result of these warrants, and substantial amounts of drugs have been recovered.

This is a wonderful result and those arrested will now face justice.

Harrow Police will push for the strongest penalties against those caught in possession of, or those involved in the supply of drugs. Drug dealing is a blight on the community and will not be tolerated in Harrow.

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