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Dear all

Well what a summer that was! And what a difference twelve months can make in the story of a nation. From a policing point of view things went as well as could be hoped. Having spent many hours on duty at Olympic sites I can honestly say that it was a wonderful experience. A lovely way to spend my last summer in the service, 'high - fiving' young and old and getting caught up in the wave of excitement and happiness….whilst keeping everyone safe. Brilliant.

On a local level we managed to maintain a presence on the wards for the vast majority of the time and the general trend for the number of reported crimes remains downward with both Highgate and Crouch End seeing a substantial drop during August (13% and 34% respectively as compared to August 2011). Burglary, a concern for many, has remained fairly constant and we continue to try and encourage as many people as possible to take advantage of our Security Reviews to enable residents to assess if they have sufficient locks etc on their homes. Please call us or e-mail me if you would like to take advantage of a review. We have also recently carried out ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) operations locally to identify vehicles that are of interest to us and we continue with our 'road checks'.

I am sure many of you will have read with relief the news that a man has been arrested and convicted with the robbery of the elderly lady in Highgate a few weeks ago. These offences are thankfully very rare in our wards and it is even more satisfying when someone is caught. Personal safety remains a hugely important issue to many and we target many of our patrols to be visible at times and places where people feel most vulnerable.

We have worked closely with our Council Street Enforcement colleagues recently both targeting vans and lorries fly - tipping and patrolling to detect dog fouling. These too are issues that regularly feature highly when we ask people to let us know their thoughts and we have further operations planned in the coming weeks.

Please be aware of scams that are doing the rounds at present. Attempts to gain entry by posing as water officials citing burst mains nearby or potential leaks have been reported recently. The advice would be not to let anyone in your home without verifying their credentials first, if need be by phoning the company they purport to represent. If they are genuine they will wait.

We are also very keen to gather information on any places / people / addresses where there is suspected drug activity. We have had some information recently and no matter how trivial it might seem, if it seems odd to you the chances are it will be of interest to us. You will not be identified should any police action become necessary. The below attachment goes into the matter in a bit more detail.

Both Highgate and Crouch End teams are back working in their respective areas now and with the new school term and other issues arising we are fully focused on our efforts to continue reducing the number of victims on the wards and improving life for all our residents and workers.

Thank you as ever for helping us try and achieve these aims.

Best wishes

John

  Sergeant John McGrath
Crouch End and Highgate SNT's - Haringey

( Phone:       0208 649 3515
                         0208 721 2673 

:  E-mail:       John.McGrath@met.police.uk
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 Mail:           The Collection 73-75 Crouch Hall Road 
                          N8 8HD

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