January – Elthorne Policing Report

by Nigel Bakhai on 1 February, 2013

Here is my report of this month’s Elthorne Police Panel meeting and latest crime statistics provided at the meeting

  October November December January
Residential Burglary 4 5 5 4
Personal   Robberies 2 2 2 2

There have been 76 burglary offences reported in the ward since April 2012, 10 of which were attempted burglaries. This represents a 6% reduction against the previous year. There have been 27 cases of robbery reported which is 25% down on the prior year.

Between October and January, there have been 6 reported cases of GBH, 24 cases of ABH and 4 sexual assaults reported. There have also been 7 sexual offences reported in the Hounslow side of Boston Manor near GSK and around Osterley since November.

Assaults with injury was up 33% and Most Serious Violence was up 35% in the last year. However, to put this last figure into context I noted the increase was from 17 reported incidents to 23. Domestic Violence was also up 13.2%.

In terms of motor vehicle crime, in October there were 6 taken and driven away, 3 criminal damage and 5 theft from motor vehicles. In December this was down to 2 vehicles taken and driven away, 1 criminal damage but up to 13 thefts from motor vehicles. In January there have been 10 thefts from motor vehicles, four of which were theft of licence number plates.

The Mayor of London is consulting residents about changes to the way policing is carried out by the Metropolitain Police. An event will be held at Ealing Town Hall on 5th February between 8pm and 9pm. As part of the proposals, there will be a change in the work and membership of the Safer Neighbourhood Police teams. Most of the wards will have a sergeant although some still may to share, one or possibly two dedicated ward officers, and two PCSOs. Each cluster area – Ealing borough is divided into four (Ealing, Acton, Greenford and Southall) and Elthorne is in the Ealing sector- will have a Neighbourhood Inspector (Susan Hayward), and going forward they will also have a Neighbourhood Response Unit and Neighbourhood Crime Unit attached as well.  The police panel will only be allowed to chose one priority for their area, with another set across the Met Police and one set by the local cluster. These proposed changes also include closing Greenford Police Station and moving the front counter from Ealing Police station to the council building Perceval House opposite during daytime hours only.

Since April 2012, the team have made 51 arrests, issued 4 cannabis warnings and 161 alcohol confiscations. The good news is that PC Marek Kleiber is expected to be returning back to work in March.

The three ward priorities chosen were drug dealing in Green Man Lane estate, ASB street drinkers / rough sleepers, and residential burglary.

The next ward meeting will be on May 22nd. Once again the Conservative Councillor failed to attend.

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