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Longthornton News

September Ward Update


Neighbourhood Watch The Rowan Park development had its first Neighbourhood Watch set up on Cairns Avenue. We intend to continue to put these in place as much as possible. Please see the back page if you are interested in setting one up or finding out about one that is already in place on your street. crease from 12 in Sept 2012 to 14 in September PC Elaine Michel has been dealing with several investiga- 2013. Robberies reported tions/offences this month in- this September were 5 compared to 1 last Sepcluding shoplifting, assault, street drinking, anti-social be- tember, this appears to be related to the recent haviour and neighbour disspate of gold jewellery putes. thefts particularly around A stolen moped was located school finishing times. with the assistance of local Please see page 3 for inresidents, the suspects identi- formation related to this fied and the moped returned and personal safety adto the rightful owner. vice. PCSO Jodie Trenoweth and Cycling on the pavePatrols in Longthornton PCSO Aneta Kapuscinska have have been increased and ment been busy delivering leaflets the local team and reOfficers have been stop- notifying residents of any sponse teams have been ping people who have crimes within their streets. tasked to patrol areas been cycling on footThey have also carried out vis- within the ward which are paths have put up post- its to residents who have been ers around the ward in- victims of crime or anti-social at risk from potential burglaries or motor vehicle forming people of the behaviour. crime. If you see anyoffence and fines they thing suspicious or witHome Security Surveys could receive. ness any crimes please Home security surveys are still do not hesitate to contact being conducted for any resi- either 999 or 101 (nonContents dents who wish to have the number). We Ward update 1 survey completed, please con- emergency would like to ask resitact us if you would like to ar- dents to ensure they Cycling on 2 range a survey. pavements maintain there home, veThe overcall crime figures for hicle and personal safety Jewellery theft 3 and if you need any adthis month show an increase personal safety in reports made, 85 reports in vice please call total compared to 45 last Longthornton SNT on Neighbourhood 4 year. Of those 85, 15 were Watch 0208 721 2742 or email burglaries and 2 attempted longthornWard Sessions 4 burglaries. Motor vehicle ton.snt@met.police.uk crime has seen a slight inWard crimes

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Cycling on Pavements The rules


Its an offence to ride your bike on any footpath or causeway which is by the side of any road and which is set apart for the accommodation of foot passengers. (Highway Act 1835 Section 72 & R(S)A 1984 Section 129) If you commit this offence a constable in uniform can give you a fixed penalty of 50. This is also one of the very few offences for which a Police community support officer can hand out 50 FPNs. Alternatively you can be prosecuted in the courts, in which case the maximum penalty is a fine of 500 plus liability for any damage you cause. Once reported for the offence the person has to provide a valid name and address if they fail to do so they can be arrested. Each year a lot of people get hurt because they don't follow the rules of bike safety. Follow these rules and be safe.

Make sure the bike is road worthy with brakes and reflectors for the front and rear of the bike. When you ride in streets always ride with traffic and stay close to the curb. Consider wearing a helmet and a high visibility jacket or tabard Always be alert-watch out for potholes, parked cars, sewer grates and anything else that will get in your way. Always obey the Highway Code. This includes traffic signals and road signs Before you cross the street, look left, then right. If you can't get across the street without injuring yourself, then don't go. Always walk your bike across streets. Keep both hands on the handle bar so you don't go out of control. Stay alert of the conditions changing because it could rain and you could slip off your bike. At night always wear something reflective so others can see you. Have a light on the front and back of your bike so you can see and be seen in the dark. If you are a beginner, have a bike with four wheels so you don't get hurt on a two wheeler. Wear sunglasses so if the sun is in your eyes, you don't go out of control. Also have sunglasses for eye protection if you or a car whip up dirt, pebbles, rocks or anything else that will get in your eyes. http://www.sustrans.org.uk/change-your-travel/get-cycling/road-safety-cyclists https://www.gov.uk/rules-for-cyclists-59-to-82

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Jewellery theftPersonal safety


There has been a recent increase in gold jewellery theft from Asian females. The most common time frame is between 1500 1530hrs (school finishing time) with the suspects being either alone or in groups of 2-3. The suspects are males aged between 18-25yrs and on 2 occasions were on push bikes. and learn how to use it. Also carry an emergency phone number (including the numbers to cancel your credit cards), some change, a phone card and your keys in a safe pocket.

We would like to ask residents to be extra vigilant with their personal safety when out and about especially with the nights becoming darker. If you know anything or have witnessed an incident please contact 101.

Avoid risks and be awarekeep looking and listening to whats happening around you. Try not to change plans at the last minute, but if you have to, tell someone. Cross the road if you see people you dont feel comfortable about and be aware of whos around you when youre out and about. Walk in the middle of the pavement facing the traffic, so that cars cant follow you. Mobile phones, MP3 players and laptops are attractive to thieves, so be careful where you use them and be aware of whats happening around you if you are using them. Cover up expensive

looking jewellery and wear your bag across your body, so that it opens on the side facing you. In winter, wear your coat over your bag to hide it. Youre an easy target if you leave your bag facing backwards over your shoulder or carry it over one shoulder. If you use a wheelchair or motorised scooter, keep your handbag in front of you, rather than hanging it on the back of the chair where thieves can steal it. If somebody does try to take your bag, let it go and dont fight to keep it, youre less likely to be hurt.

Personal safety tips

Prepare - think about how youre going to get there and back and remember to tell some one where youre going, who youre going with and when you expect to return. Look confident remember your body languagestand tall and look like you know where youre going. Carry a personal safety alarm

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Longthornton SNT Mitcham Police Station Mitcham CR4 4LA Phone: 0208 721 2742 Email: Longthornton.snt@met.police.uk In case of emergency always call 999 Non-emergency call 101 Twitter: @mpsmitchamsgt THE
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Useful Numbers

Fly-Tipping: 0208 545 3025 Noise Pollution and Statutory Nuisance: 0208 545 3025 or out of hours 0208 543 9750 Stray and Lost dogs: 0208 545 3170 or out of hours 0844 499 6063 Anti-Social Behaviour: 0208 274 4907 Citizen Advice Bureau: 0844 243 8430

Drop in/Street Sessions

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Wednesday 6th November at Isabels deli, Rowan Road 2pm-3pm Friday 22nd November at Lidls car park, Rowan Road 5pm6pm

Neighbourhood Watch Info


Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) has been in operation since 1982 and is the largest community safety organization in the country with an estimated 8 million members. It works by developing closer links between households in a neighbourhood and the local police Safer Neighbourhoods Team. Miss Lee Roberts Telephone: 020 8649 3213 Email: lee.roberts@met.police.uk Website: www.mertonnhw.co.uk

As part of a NHW you will have regular contact with the police and the NHW association who will provide information and messages about crime in your area to Living in an NHW area can reduce crime keep you in touch with activities. Merton and the fear of crime by improved home NHW will arrange to erect street signs in security, greater vigilance, accurate reyour area to deter criminals and will proporting of suspicious incidents to the po- vide you with members packs, which inlice and by fostering a community spirit. cludes a sticker for you to display. You NHW is not about: Being nosey, Becom- will also receive regular newsletters, acing a vigilante or snooping on cess to training and will be able to borrow neighbours. property marking kits. There are two roles within NHW Anyone can be a member of NHW and its Memberreview home security, property FREE to join. Research suggests that mark possessions, keep an eye out for those who live in a NHW area are less your neighbours and report anything suslikely to be victims of burglary, which is picious to police. why some insurance companies offer dis- Coordinator receive information from counted rates to members. If you are NHW manager and police about activity in interested in setting a NHW up in your your area and pass the information on to area please contact: the members also to be a point of contact for the members and pass info to NHW