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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:

  • by phone on 0208 721 2465.
  • Email  )
  • Croydon Police can be contacted on 0300 123 1212


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.


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



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


 Police Non Emergency Contact Number –  This number should be used for enquiries and to report non-urgent matters

 0300 123 1212

Coulsdon East Police

 020 8649 1212
Coulsdon West Police – Covers the Town Centre –

0208 721 2465 

 Neighbourhood Watch Liaison Officer – For all NHW Enquiries (answer phone out of hours)  020 8649 0318
 Trading Standards – Croydon Council – For reporting Bogus Callers, Scams etc  020 8407 1310 Ext 62043
 Consumer Direct  08454 04 05 06
 Crimestoppers – All information given is confidential  0800 555111
 Drugs / Syringes – To report any drugs/syringes found in a public place contact environmental reporting and ask for Street Scene Officer  020 8726 6200
 Dog Warden – You can also text ‘ENV’ with details to 60660  020 8726 6200
 Environmental Reporting – To report pests, dead animals, littler, dog mess, fallen leaves, graffiti, noise,  missed rubbish collections and fly tippingAlso to be used to arrange bulky waste collections and information about trade waste and recycling. Alternatively text ‘ENV’ 60660  020 8726 6200
 Fire Brigade – For a free safety and smoke alarm check  08000 284428
 Parks & Open Spaces – Report any problems here  020 8726 6900
 Streets and Transport – Report problems with street lighting and cleaning, road damage, road safety, obstructing trees, abandoned vehicles and parking issues  020 8726 7100
 Abandoned Vehicles – DVLA  08000 325 202
 Noise Problems – for calls from 8.30 a.m. to 4.45 p.m.  020 8760 5483
 Noise Problems – Out of hours – Call Taberner House Switchboard  020 8726 6000


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

  1. To prevent crime by improving security, increasing vigilance, creating and maintaining a caring community and reducing opportunities for crime by increasing crime prevention awareness.
  2. To assist the Police in detecting crime by promoting effective communication and the prompt reporting of suspicious and criminal activity .
  3. 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.
  4. 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