Thursday, August 25, 2011

Safer Communities News

Police show commitment to local policing

Redbridge Police has shown its commitment to neighbourhood policing after confirming that each of the Borough’s wards will keep a dedicated Police team following a pan-London shake up.

The met-wide review of Safer Neighbourhood Teams (SNT) was ordered as Police chiefs sought ways to keep down costs in light of funding cuts to the public sector.  The final decision will see each of the Borough’s wards continue to benefit from its own dedicated SNT although there will be changes to their supervision.

Each SNT will continue to consist of at least two PCs and three PCSOs but as part of the shake up some of the Borough’s SNTs will share a Sergeant in order to keep supervision costs down.

Find out more information about the SNT review.

Top tactics to prevent burglary

As the football season kicks off residents are being asked to set up a good defence against burglary by following these simple tactics:

  • Lock any doors or windows if you aren’t in the same room - your insurance may be invalid if you are burgled as a result of leaving your home insecure.
  • If you’re going on holiday be sure to cancel the milk and other regular deliveries.
  • Get a neighbour or friend to clear away your post while you're on holiday so it doesn’t become a tell tale sign that nobody is at home.
  • Install a light timer or have a friend come over and put a light on to make the house look occupied.
  • Put away ladders and gardening equipment that could give thieves better and easier access to your home.

Bargain hunters warned about fake brands

Redbridge Council has warned shoppers to beware of buying counterfeit designer goods.  In the last few months Trading Standards officers have received complaints from residents about goods they have purchased which appear to be counterfeit.

The advice to residents is:

  • Always, consider the price of the goods – does it sound too good to be true? Consider the retailer - is it a pop up shop or an established business?
  • Be cautious if the business has a returns policy that will only offer credit or refuse to refund faulty goods.
  • Be cautious when shopping online.
The Trading Standards Institute has a genuine seller website here  and residents can contact Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06 or visit their website.

Residents warned about cheap alarm system offers

Trading Standards officers have recently seen a sharp rise in enquiries and complaints from residents who have been contacted by sales people offering very cheap alarm systems.

The companies normally cold call at doors or on the phone and say they are recommended by the Police and Council. They offer a system for a small amount of money but then tie people into a rip-off service contract that lasts for years.

The message to residents is DO NOT sign anything but get in contact with Consumer Direct on 08454 040506 and let them know the circumstances.  A list of Trading Standards approved contractors can be found
here or by calling 020 8554 5000.


  1. Commitment to local policing? What is "local" about moving the base for the Bridge, Church End, Monkhams and Roding SNTs from Woodford to Barkingside? Is this the thin end of the wedge for the future of Woodford Police Station?

    There is a petition at