Crime prevention

Home security

If you have become the victim of a burglary, contact your local Safer Neighbourhood Team. They can give you advice to reduce the chances of it happening again.

Find out how to protect your home (Met police website) – there is advice on windows, security alarms, doors, flats, gardens and lighting.

Burglary and safety at home

Find out how burglary impacts its victims and how to secure your house.

'No cold calling' zones can be setup in an effort to deter bogus callers and/or rogue traders (see below). You can view a list of streets currently included on the no cold calling scheme in Wandsworth.

Personal safety

View advice on personal safety (Met police website). Knowing how and where criminals commit crimes can help avoid mugging and pick-pocketing. There is advice on what to do if you are being stalked, and internet safety. A free London safety app called Circle has also been launched. Visit Circle (London Councils website) to find out more.

Travel and vehicle safety

The Met police website has advice on preventing vehicle crime and the Safer Transport Command provides advice for staying safe when using transport and cycling in London (Met police website).

Children safety

The Junior Citizen Scheme aims to give young children the skills to deal with a wide range of emergency situations and enables them to make a valued contribution to their local community through good citizenship. Find out more about the Junior Citizen scheme.

Bogus callers

Bogus callers or distraction burglars are criminals who trick or con their way into your home. They may pretend to be on official business from the council or from utility companies, or they may claim to be workmen carrying out urgent repairs.

You can avoid becoming a victim of bogus calling (Met police website) by following a few simple measures. If you are worried, call 999 and ask for the police.

Rogue traders

Rogue traders are any 'company' or individual who offers services on the doorstep, often with little or no means of identification, and go on to rip off their victims.

Avoid becoming a victim of a rogue trader (Citizen's Advice Bureau). 

If you are not sure if you were visited by a rogue trader, contact Citizen's Advice Bureau: 03454 04 05 06 for advice

Fraud

There are various types of scams. View types of scams, cons, tricks and fraud, and how to report fraud (Met police website).

Identity fraud or identity theft is where criminals find out your personal details and use them to open bank accounts and get credit cards, loans, benefits and documents such as passports and driving licences in your name.

You must act quickly if you have been a victim of identity theft – find out what to do (Citizens Advice Bureau).