March 12 2014 Latest news:
Harry Kemble, Reporter
Monday, January 27, 2014
A council-led crime prevention initiative has led to three more roads becoming protected areas.
Residents in Brights Avenue, Waverley Road and Wentworth Way - all in Rainham - were visited and given advice on a range of subjects earlier this month as part of the “Protected Areas” initiative.
Launched last October, the “Protected Areas” initiative sees the Metropolitan Police, London Fire and Rescue and Havering Council each provide items such as, security coding kits, smoke alarms and crime prevention advice.
The initiative, ongoing only in Havering, targets areas which have been hit by crime.
Rainham is the fifth area to be targeted - six streets have been visited so far.
Councillor Geoff Starns, cabinet member for community safety, said: “Havering is one of the safest boroughs in London but it is important residents work with the council, police and other agencies to get the message across that criminals are not welcome here.
“I think looking at some of the statistics the results have been very positive.
“Protected Areas means residents are giving a high priority to crime prevention measures to make their area even more unattractive to anyone wanting to break the law.”
During the visits in Rainham 10 fire alarms were fitted, 145 community safety packs issued, 145 timer switches installed and 135 cold calling sticker packs were given out.
Councillor Starns also added that the procedures used by Havering Council are often simple but effective.
“Thieves are very opportunistic,” added Cllr Starns. “If they see a house that is vulnerable they will target that house.
“We will continue to role this out if we see an area that is vulnerable.”
The other streets identified so far are Mildmay Road and Rossall Close in Romford, Simpson Road in Elm Park, Athelstan Road and Athelstan Close in Harold Wood.