Burglary Alert

P1060990I was alerted yesterday to a particularly unpleasant series of burglaries in Reardon House, just off Wapping Lane, and I would recommend that all residents stay extra alert at this time and ensure homes are as secure as they can be. It seems the burglaries took place when a group posing as workmen gained entry to homes. I have been in touch with the local policing teams about the incident as well as our Tower Hamlets Homes Neighbourhood Officer, James. I paste James’ reply below.

Dear Cllr Dockerill,

Thank you for your email.  What an awful experience this poor resident has had to endure.  My team are aware that this happened and I have cascaded the information to other neighbourhood teams within THH to raise awareness.  The police were informed by the resident that this happened.  Apparently the two alleged perpetrators were wearing high visibility jackets and pretending to be work men to try and gain entry to properties.   Our Mears manager confirmed that they were not working for a contractor.

To help I have asked that the Neighbourhood Housing Officer and Anti-Social Behaviour Officer to meet together and agree on a way forward to help raise awareness for residents in this area.   It would be worth I am sure bringing in SNT in on this if possible so I have copied the NHO and ASB Officer into this email to start the conversation with the Ward Officers. 

Our communications team will be putting information on our internet shortly to also help raise awareness of this incident.

Kind regards,

James

James Turner

While in touch with the police, I also alerted them to three abandoned cars in Wapping that residents have informed me about – on the High St, Penang St and Artichoke Hill.

On our ongoing anti-social behaviour issues, I asked at Monday’s full council if the Mayor has applied to the GLA for a specific funding pot to improve the policing of ASB as I know this is something that local police are keen to obtain. The local youth service is currently being redesigned and I also asked the Mayor whether he will specifically task outreach workers with approaching kids causing ASB as part of the redesign.

I’ve been meeting the heads of youth service as part of my work as Children’s Scrutiny Lead on the council’s Overview & Scrutiny Committee and sharing ideas I have about how best to depoliticise the youth service and improve it such that it not only fulfils young people’s needs but also residents’ by actually making an impact on ASB problem groups. So, for instance, if there are young people smoking drugs in our parks, we strive to identify them and give them more meaningful, targeted activity. This currently happens only very haphazardly and there is virtually no joined-up working between ASB tasking teams, the police and youth workers.

UPDATE!

I’ve now received the response below from our local ward policing team.

Dear Cllr Dockerill,

Our team was off for the last few days. Now we are back and already planned the following actions to provide crime prevention advice to local residents across Wapping, including Reardon House:

-          We will distribute leaflets attached.

I have seen email from James Turner with updates saying that the Neighbourhoods and ASB team carried out door to door enquiries to raise awareness. James, please let us know, should you require help. We might ask for the assistance of police cadets.

-          Street briefings arranged for the residents willing to discuss their concerns and seeking advice on crime prevention. Our website should be updated with the dates and times within few days. We will try to invite a Bengali speaking police officer to attend our meeting with Reardon House/Lowder House residents.

The number of burglaries usually increases at Christmas time. Therefore, it is important to raise awareness among local residents. Tomorrow we are attending Ward panel meeting, and will bring this to the attention of ward panel members.

Kind regards,

Ana Matvejeva | Police Constable | 200 HT | SNT St Katharine’s and Wapping | 
Bethnal Green Police Station | Address: 12 Victoria Park Square, Tower Hamlets, London, E2 9NZ

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