As Police front counters at Harlesden and Kilburn stations have closed we are providing a contact point in the community to enable the public to come and meet officers. You will be able to talk to an officer on a one-to-one basis in confidence.
The next session is at Costa Coffee, 291 Neasden Lane, Neasden, NW10 1QR on Saturday, 20th January 2018 from 12-1pm
Below is a message from the Dudden Hill Safer Neighbourhood Team following some intelligence based on burglaries that have happened in the ward.
Please be aware that two suspects are visiting the NW10 area in a Black Audi A3. The first one presents a ‘British Gas ID’ on a blue lanyard to gain entrance into the property and a second suspect follows when the occupant is distracted. We strongly advise that you do not let anybody into your property until you have confirmed their identify. The best policy is take their ID, ask them to remain outside, shut the door and phone their company to confirm their ID. If there is any doubt or their identify can’t be confirmed then call the Police and don’t open the door. If you have a door chain please use it before opening the door in the first place.
I’ve had a few residents contact me living around Dollis Hill tube station and in the Neasden area who have told me about their recent experiences being a victim of gold chain snatching.
I am urging residents who are victim of this crime to first of all make sure the any incident or even attempted incident is reported. This will give the police the intelligence they need to make sure they are patrolling the right areas at the right time.
In the past, such an approach has led to success in actually catching the culprits LINK . However, Police for now rely on greater information and intelligence as there is less of them in the Dudden Hill Safer Neighbourhood Team.
I have raised the matter with the local Ward sergeant and I have visibly already seen Police around patrolling at times that people told me these incidents happened in one of the locations at least.
Police numbers in Dudden Hill are simply too low. My ward currently has only one Sergeant, one PC and one PCSO as part of the dedicated Ward Safer Neighbourhood Team at the moment.
Last night, I was on a joint collaborative ward walkabout with Welsh Harp Ward to investigate cross-ward issues in the Neasden area. Residents are also welcome to join me this Sunday with the Dudden Hill Safer Neighbourhood Team for a walkabout in the Neasden Shopping Centre area at 9.30am. The issues that we are trying to solve simply need more resources.
There are currently three different area with differing problems that we are trying to deal with at the moment. In Neasden, we have the street drinking and anti-social behaviour, in the Dollis Hill part of the Ward, I was informed last night that burglary has spiked up again and the Church Road area has one of the largest crime rates in Brent at the sub-ward level.
Given the lack of resources being afforded to our local police, I will ensure that ward working money is given to crime initiatives as I have done in previous years. The doubling of Ward Working funding will go a long way to help me, my remaining co-Councillor and the Dudden Hill Safer Neighbourhood Team address specific crime and anti-social behavioural issues in Dudden Hill.
Last week, Dudden Hill lost yet another dedicated Police Community Support Officer. There is no plan to replace Community Support Officers in Brent. Dudden Hill are set to lose another in the next few months, meaning that in total, we will be down to three Safer Neighbourhood Team members working the whole ward.
This will mean that Dudden Hill has one Sergeant, one PC and one PCSO, when we should have one Sergeant, two PCs and three PCSOs. This means that Dudden Hill has lost 6,240 hours worth of frontline policing because of Tory Liberal cuts.
Dudden Hill Labour Councillors are working together to combat the challenges we both face and working in partnership, doing more with less for our residents.
Labour’s candidate for the London Mayoral election, Ken Livingstone has pledged to reverse police cuts in London – LINK
Brent Council has published a Winter Snow and Advice guide which you can all read and view here: LINK
I will be going around Neasden with Sergeant Matt Howard from the Dudden Hil Safer Neighbourhood Team from 2pm onwards to patrol the area. This was an already scheduled walkabout to identify issues before the UK snow and we will continue with our work despite the weather.
Street drinking is a huge issue in the Neasden area. The amount of cans left behind by drinkers and the anti-social behaviour that residents and businesses suffer from drunk people is horrific.
At the last Dudden Hill Ward Panel meeting, I supported the resident’s and businesses’ plea to have it as a priority issue for the Safer Neighbourhood Team to tackle.
Today I will be going around Neasden with the Neasden Action Group to further investigate the issue and talk to residents about what they can practically do when they see someone drinking openly around their area.
Anyone is more than welcome to join us. We will be starting off where Cairnfield Avenue meets with Chartley Avenue at 1PM.
Join Councillor Hirani and the Dudden Hill Safer Neighbourhood Team for a Ward walkabout from 4PM today. We will meet at outside the Subway fast-food shop at Neasden Shopping Centre and from there, walk on towards the Church End area.