Council and police team up for Be Safe campaign

Published: Friday 20th October 17

Wandsworth Council’s Community Safety Service is working with Wandsworth Police on a major autumn campaign to help keep borough residents safe.

The Be Safe campaign is focused on preventing crime - especially burglary and moped crime – by warning residents of the crimes that increase in the autumn and around events that happen at this time of year, such as Diwali, bonfire night and Halloween.

The joint campaign will be run the by the Wandsworth Community Safety Partnership. Members of the community such as residents’ groups, local pubs and businesses and Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinators will also be invited to get involved.

Moped crime will be a key theme, because mopeds are often stolen in Wandsworth by criminal gangs. Moped crime has dropped in the borough recently, but it continues to be a police and council priority. The Community Safety Service will be organising more of its popular sessions giving free advice to owners on how to keep their vehicle safe. Details of these will be publicised via the council’s website and facebook and twitter feeds.

Burglary is always a focus for action. Leaflets giving advice on how to keep your home secure will be delivered to residents in hot-spot burglary areas and victims that have been targeted more than once will be given DNA kits. These kits can be used to mark possessions with a liquid that enables the register owner of the property to be traced if it is stolen. A sticker warning potential burglars that property is protected can be put in a window or porch.

The police and council will be promoting a constant stream of information during the campaign to raise awareness. As well as social media channels, the council will put posters on notice boards in council buildings and council housing blocks, and leaflets will be distributed to other busy public areas.

Some of the posters, leaflets and social media posts will give advice on how to stay safe while celebrating events such as bonfire night and halloweeen. During Diwali starting people are being advised on how to avoid thieves targeting gold jewellery. Find out more.

The head of the Community Safety Service Robyn Thomas said: “As the dark nights draw in, it’s important to take simple steps to help keep yourself and your home safe. Working with our partners in the police and Neighbourhood Watch we will be raising awareness of potential crime and doing all we can to protect our residents. We would urge people to get in touch if they want to find out more, chat to the team, or order any posters or leaflets.”

Find out how to contact the Community Safety Service

You can get updates throughout the campaign, including information about moped safety and bike marking events, on the following twitter feeds. 

Safer Wandsworth

Wandsworth Police

Wandsworth Council

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Recent comments

Wandsworth council say they want to keep residents safe. I've had CCTV cameras protecting the back and front of my home for 26 years. I've been told by wandsworth council I have to remove them because they are fitted to the brickwork I have remove and refitted them elsewhere. They now tell me I'm in breach of the data protection act after 26 years past estate managers have given good comments and never said I'm breaking any rules. These cameras have identified one burglar two bike thefts two car break Ins We have asked this council numerous times to have CCTV they said they have no money available and there's not enough reported crime in the area. This is what they call looking after residents. Len James 76 year old pensioner.
len james

28 October 2017

I know protecting our possessions is an annual ritual, but let's properly recognise and tackle why we are unsafe in our homes and borough. Media reports this week 50,000 annual deaths caused by air pollution and a further 26,000 deaths or serious injuries by vehicles. This campaign is a distraction to the real risks to our safety, Wandsworth Council implements 20mph zones and then fails to police them despite knowing 80% of drivers are reported to ignore the restrictions. There are no plans by Wandsworth Council to improve air quality in the Borough, so let's recognise "Be safe" is a charade.
Paul C

22 October 2017

Local Police and Community Safety have had such campaigns for as long as I can remember. Ops. Autumn Nights, Safer Streets. The information our local groups receive has been invaluable. Glad to see that the Council is now "coming on board".
susan lofthouse

21 October 2017

You don't inspire confidence. STILL planning this campaign ? Divali was yesterday. 11 days until Halloween and 16 to bonfire night..... No useful information in the press release so why issue it ?
An old lady

20 October 2017

All well and good giving advice on safety...shame you have downgraded the streetlights to these dim LED's! You can bleat on about energy efficient, but at the end of the day, the light is bright where the lamppost is and nowhere else! The light dosen't spread like the high pressure sodium bulbs did so we are left with streets full of shadows!!! welcome back to the 50's!!! The NOT brighter borough now!
Michael Lysandrou

20 October 2017