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Brent’s top cop highlights their fight against crime during Christmas

PUBLISHED: 08:00 25 December 2014 | UPDATED: 12:40 29 December 2014

Chief Superintendent Michael Gallagher

Chief Superintendent Michael Gallagher

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I hope that you are all enjoying this festive period whether you have had time off or been at work.

For police in Brent, like the other emergency services, it has been business as usual with my staff working tirelessly to prevent and detect crime and look after your safety.

This week I would like to update you on Operation Bumblebee, the Met’s burglary operation, talk about car crime as well as talk about other activity police in Brent have been engaged in.

Brent’s Partnership Task Force is carrying out a major burglary prevention initiative in NW2 and NW6 areas, as part of Operation Bumblebee.

December to February is unfortunately the time of year when burglary rises across London, as criminals break into people’s homes taking advantage of the darker evenings.

Our Partnership Task Force officers are going door to door visits to local residents, providing bespoke burglary prevention advice and handing out property marking materials.

We have so far visited more than 2,000 residents with two aims: helping people make their homes harder to break into and helping make their valuables less tempting to criminals.

Many readers will be aware of the six unique coded traceable liquid zones created in Brent over the last 18 months; areas where most residents have invisibly marked their valuables with the liquid. If the marked valuables do get stolen, the marking makes it far more likely that a criminal found in possession of them will be arrested and prosecuted and much easier to return the property to its rightful owner. Criminals understand this and are less likely to steal property they know may have been marked.

The Partnership Task Force’s current initiative uses exactly the same principle of marking people’s valuables, so they can be easily identified by police.

Whether or not you live in one of the streets the Partnership Task Force is visiting, here are some simple and inexpensive ways you can protect your home from burglars while you are out:

· Make sure you have good quality locks on your windows and doors, and fit a London bar to reinforce your door frame

· Lock your windows, doors, and gates securely when you go out, and keep valuables out of sight

· Mark your valuables with your postcode, door number, and initials, and register them for free on Immobilise.com

· See www.met.police.uk/bumblebee for more information and advice

It is much better spending an hour securing your property, than having to deal with the distress and heartache of coming home to find it has been broken into.

Police in Brent continue to work in partnership with Brent Council in an effort to make Brent a better place to live, work or visit.

On Tuesday, 9 December, Brent Council successfully prosecuted the Management of the Cleopatra Lounge, 97 High Street, Harlesden for various offences including allowing smoking in an enclosed space, supplying tobacco product without the statutory health warnings. The evidence came from joint visits to the premises by police and the council on 23 May of this year. The management and company were convicted in their absence and where fined a total of £22,000 (plus £360 victim surcharge) and £1585 in costs.

Police in Brent are fully supportive of the ‘City Safe’ Zone launched by Queens Park Community School on 17 December with some 32 shops in the area agreeing to allow there premises to act as safe havens in that area.

Keyless thefts of expensive cars remain a problem for Brent borough in particular for BMW and Range Rover owners.

Our advice remains to invest in a good quality steering lock for your cars.


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