At the recent Safer Neighbourhood Panel (SNP) meeting it was reported by our local Police that the Copers Cope Ward has been suffering a high spike in burglaries recently making it the worst hit area in the Borough.
Many of the burglaries have taken place during the day while residents are on the school run or at work, and most have been in blocks of flats. Our local police team has been putting tremendous effort into reversing this unfortunate trend. Our three officers have been joined by colleagues from Kelsey Park & Shortlands, and Clock House in patrolling the worst hit roads, and Transport Police have been creating a higher presence around our stations.
Our officers are planning to hold street briefings in the worst affected streets in the near future and would be happy to attend Residents’ Association meetings to discuss these problems – we look forward to welcoming them to our annual public meeting at 8pm 20 March 2019 (Beckenham Public Halls). Posters with the message ‘Thieves Beware’ are to be distributed for displaying on entry doors, leaflets with prevention advice have been dropped to all residences in roads that have had a burglary.
There are ways residents can take active measures to prevent burglaries:
- All residents should operate the communal front door entry system to give access only to their own, known visitors and greet their visitors personally.
- Residents must not allow access to the common parts to any unknown callers and must ensure that the entrance door is secured when entering/exiting the building.
- All ground floor windows and doors must be securely locked whenever no-one is home.
- Any suspicious behaviour should be reported to the police on 101.
But there’s an upside to everything – there were many new faces at the recent Copers Cope Safer Neighbourhood Panel meeting. They are most welcome, and we hope they all become regular members. Anyone wishing to join the Copers Cope SNP, give contact details of Residents’ Associations or of block management committees, should drop an email to coperscope.SNT@met.police.uk