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Quartely update on local policing issues
What is The Ward Panel?
Hello fellow residents of Acton. We are a group of local residents that work alongside Acton Central Safer Neighbourhoods Police Team (SNT), forming what has been termed the ‘Ward Panel’. We meet with the local Police once a quarter and hope to represent the overall views and concerns of the local community. The aim of the ‘Ward Panel’ is to improve safety and reduce crime in our community.
At our most recent meetings, we have been discussing ways to communicate with other Acton Central residents and as such, we will be looking to use ActonW3 to update you on a regular basis.
As a result we hope to provide you with a monthly update on Police activities, as well as an overview of current local trends in relation to anti-social/criminal behaviour. This section will also contain details of what the police suggest you do to assist yourselves and the Police in the reduction of crime.
Over the summer months, the local Police were privileged to play a key part in the delivery of the London 2012 Olympics, together with colleagues from across the Metropolitan Police Service.
Regardless of the pressures placed upon local Officers, the team has worked extremely hard to tackle ward-related issues, such as emerging crime patterns in relation to burglary and motor-vehicle crime, managing problematic premises and individuals and responding to matters brought to their attention by the local community.
Examples of activities undertaken by the team over the last quarter are as follows:
• 3 operations to tackle uninsured/licensed vehicles. During the most recent operation in September, 317 vehicles were stopped, 5 were seized, one cannabis warning was issued and one vehicle was clamped as the result of it having no tax.
• 3 warrants were executed successfully, including a drugs warrant where numerous wraps of cocaine were discovered.
• 2 pre-planned operations took place to tackle anti-social behaviour related to drink and drugs in the Acton High Street area. Over the two operations there were 10 arrests and around 30 dispersals.
• A ‘Dispersal Zone’ was instigated by the team. This took effect on the 15th July. The aim of this Dispersal Zone was to tackle anti-social behaviour (ASB) in the Acton High Street area. Since then there have been 93 ASB related dispersals by Acton Central SNT alone, with additional dispersals being carried out by partner teams.
• 2 Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs) have been granted over the last 3 months and 1 Acceptable Behaviour Contract (ABC) issued. 4 more ASBOs are in the pipeline, as well as 3 more ABCs. The 2 granted were key individuals relating to anti-social behaviour in the area of “The Mount”.
• An eviction warrant was enforced in the Horn Lane area, where 2 males were evicted following months of anti-social behaviour.
One of the key roles of the ‘Ward Panel’ is to help set the priorities of the local Police, following the analysis of criminal/anti-social behaviour in the area.
The current agreed priorities for the ward are:
• Alcohol and drug related anti-social behaviour in the vicinity of "The Mount" (inc outside Morrisons, Acton High Street and Churchfield Road)
Anti-social behaviour on the Friary Park Estate is an upcoming priority, together with drugs activity in the area of Churchfield Road and retail crime in the Acton High Street area.
All of the above problems are subject to dedicated problem solving activity and have been set bearing in mind overall local concern for the problem, with long-term problem solving in mind.
Current Emerging Trends
It was noted that theft of/from motor vehicles and residential burglary have increased. Both are being tackled by operation “Autumn Nights”, where patrols involving large numbers of SNT Officers are taking place, in specific areas of vulnerability.
Since problems started to emerge around 2 months ago, there have been two particularly poignant arrests that appear to have significantly impacted the number of offences occurring in the area.
Theft of/from Motor Vehicles
Elderly/Vulnerable Persons Scams.
Would you like to be considered for inclusion in the Ward Panel?
Acton Central Safer Neighbourhoods Team
We look forward to providing you with further updates in the near future,
Acton Central Ward Panel
19th September 2012