Coulsdon East is one of the safest parts of the London Borough of Croydon with a very low crime rate.
However, it is not crime free, and we do suffer from two particular crimes that can be prevented with a little bit of thought.
1 Property stolen from cars
Outside houses and on driveways, including number plates. Do not leave valuables inside the car where can be seen and make sure your car is locked even for a short period of time.
2 Slipping locks on front doors
A common method of entry into houses is to put a device through the letter box which is fitted around lever handles and opens the front door by pulling the door handle or door leaver down. When you go to bed either double lock the door or if a wooden door secure it with strong bolts. When you go out double lock the door. If you need any more information on crime prevention contact our local Coulsdon East Neighbourhood Police team:
There have recently been reports of suspicious males loitering near vehicles. The latest was a male on Saturday 29th November who walked onto a front drive in Woodplace Lane around 1800 hours and seemed to be looking at a neighbours van that had his back doors open. The neighbour is a builder and he thinks the suspicious male was after his tools. This suspicious vehicle is black and possibly a 4×4. The male was described as white with blonde hair around 35 years of age.
Be vigilant and wary of any strange activity or males loitering. They could be targeting builders vans. There has been a number of white Ford Transit vans that have been targeted and reported as being broken into recently.
COULSDON EAST SAFER NEIGHBOURHOOD TEAM
Safer Neighbourhood Team website can be accessed at www.met.police.uk – Click on ‘Safer Neighbourhoods’, enter your post code under ‘local policing’ and go. If you then click on Coulsdon East you should see your local team web page with contact numbers, details about members of the team, drop in surgery and street briefing times etc.
Emergency Police 999
Non-Emergency crime reporting – Croydon Police. 020 8649 1212
Coulsdon West Safer Neighbourhood team
In the light of complaints about problems within the Town Centre, Diane Hill of Coulsdon West Safer Neighbourhood Team has asked for this notice to be put up on the website
‘ As the Safer Neighbourhood Sergeant for Coulsdon West I am anxious that Coulsdon Town Centre remains a pleasant place to visit.
The team often patrol the area and have built up an excellent relationship with the shops. We have recently had some residents raise concerns regarding some Anti Social Behaviour in the evening. We are going to try combat this by working some later shifts.
If you do experience any problems or feel uncomfortable it is important that we are made aware of what is happening. We can be contacted by phone on 0208 721 2465.( or Email ) ” Croydon Police can be contacted on 0300 123 1212
IN AN EMERGENCY ALWAYS DIAL 999
To report NON EMERGENCY Crime and Hate Crime or Incidents you can do so via the Internet on www.online.police.uk
When to USE this service
When NOT TO USE this service:
|Theft||Road traffic accidents or collisions|
|Criminal damage or vandalism||Lost property|
|Hate crime or hate incidents||The crime is serious|
|The crime is happening now|
|The offender is still there or nearby|
|Someone saw the crime being committed|
|Evidence has been left at the scene|
USEFUL TELEPHONE NUMBERS
Neighbourhood Watch is one of the biggest and the most successful crime prevention initiative in the United Kingdom. Behind it lies a simple idea, and a central value shared by millions of people around the country. Getting together with your neighbours can cut crime.
Neighbourhood Watch started in the UK in 1982. Its basic aim was to reduce household burglary. More recently, Neighbourhood Watch Groups are looking at other issues that affect people’s quality of life such as poor street lighting, abandoned cars,. vandalism, graffiti and other anto-social behaviour.
Neighbourhood Watch is not just about reducing burglary figures; it’s about creating communities who care. It brings local people together and can make a real contribution to improving people’s lives. It is about taking responsibility for your local environment, looking out for vulnerable neighbours, helping to reduce crime, the fear of crime and being a good neighbour
Neighbourhood Watch is recognised by many insurance companies and some offer a discount on household policies. This is because statistics show that you are less likely to have to make a claim if you live in a Watch area.
Objectives of a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme
- To prevent crime by improving security, increasing vigilance, creating and maintaining a caring community and reducing opportunities for crime by increasing crime prevention awareness.
- To assist the Police in detecting crime by promoting effective communication and the prompt reporting of suspicious and criminal activity .
- To reduce undue fear of crime by providing accurate information about risks and by promoting a sense of security and community spirit, particularly amongst the more vulnerable members of the community.
- To improve Police / community liaison by providing effective communications through systems such as The Neighbourhood Watch Crime Messaging Email System, which warns Co-ordinators of local crime trends which they can disseminate to their scheme members, and by members informing the Police of incidents when they occur.
If you are interested in becoming a Co-ordinator, please contact the Neighbourhood Watch Liaison Officer either by Email at or ring 020 8649 0318