preserving crime scenes for forensics



The Metropolitan Police Service are pleased to announce an upcoming free event open for local residents to attend.

Wednesday, 6. November 2019, 5pm – 7pm

Aviva Digital Garage, 33 – 35 Hoxton Square, London N1 6NN

You will be given advice on what to do if you become a victim of crime and how to preserve the scene for forensic examiners. There will be the chance to meet and talk to local police officers and Scotland Yard detectives and ask any questions that residents may have.

The aim of the event is to provide information to the local community on the police use of forensics in crime.

There will be live and interactive demonstrations of forensic practices from the Met Forensic Command where you will get an opportunity to try these techniques.


Arndale knife attack


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The current national terrorist threat level in Britain is severe. Greater Manchester Police would like to get any pictures visitors of the Arndale shopping centre taken via the National Digital Exploitation Service.

Beware of the Thomas Cook scam


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THOMAS COOK REFUNDS ARE A SCAM. BEWARE of being contacted offering a refund. This new scam was highlighted today in Parliament during questions. The Secretary for Transport mentioned OWL can be used to alert people of these new scams. So please be aware – any refunds being offered, especially if someone contacts you by phone or email, will be a scam to extract bank and other personal details from you.

The CAA is running a flight program for Thomas Cook customers, please visit this website.



Avoiding scam email traps – phishing


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The following email was sent to me today. It is an obvious e-mail scam. Pretending to be from HMRC, promising a refund and all I have to do is click on the link to give my bank details.

As can be seen, the criminals use all the correct pictures and logos but the email sender is the easy giveaway, the sender is not even HMRC. Never click on such emails, send them to Action Fraud for investigation.


Motorcycle theft prevention


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Over 9,000 scooters, motorcycles and mopeds were stolen in London in the last year.

It takes a matter of seconds for a thief to steal a moped, scooter or motorcycle, especially if they are left either unsecured or with inadequate security.

Lock, chain, cover

Reduce your risk o becoming a victim by taking teps to layer your security.



Use a disc lock to help secure the front brake disc, or a grip lock to secure the brake and throttle controls. You could also use a D lock on the front wheel to stop it being wheeled away.


Thieves often steal a bike by breaking the steering lock and wheeling it away. Use a chain lock through the back wheel (the front wheel can be removed). Secure your bike, with the lock taut to an immovable object such as a ground anchor or street furniture.  This will stop thieves from cutting a lock trailing on the ground using an angle grinder. If this isn’t possible, thread the chain through your bike frame and back wheel.


Thieves often ‘shop’ for particular bike models. Using a cover instantly makes it less attractive to them. A cover also provides another time consuming obstacle for the thief. Unfortunately security measures can’t guarantee your bike won’t be stolen but, by using multiple security measures, you can make it harder and less attractive for thieves.

For security products for your scooter, motorcycle or moped search the ‘Accredited products’ page on the Secured by Design website – this is a police approved website.

Remove the keys

Thieves are often opportunists and so they will look for bikes that are quick and easy to steal first.

  • Always use the steering lock and remove the ignition keys, even if you are close by or away for a few minutes. It only takes a few seconds for a thief so don’t make it easy for them.
  • Never rely on just using your steering lock to secure your bike as thieves can break the steering lock and simply wheel the bike away.

Fitting an alarm can be a deterrent to thieves

  • Consider fitting a Thatcham-rated 1 or 2 alarm system with tracking, immobilisation, anti-grab and movement sensors can help protect and trace your vehicle.
  • A quality Thatcham approved, professionally fitted alarm system will not only put off thieves, but could also reduce your insurance premiums.

Propery mark parts

  • Marking as much of your bike as possible will make it more difficult for criminals to sell parts on, and therefore less attractive to steal. It will also help police identify parts and return recovered stolen bikes.
  • There are a range of bike marking providers that you can use.

When at home the best place to keep your motorcycle, moped or scooter is in your garage or shed

  • Fit a garage door defender or upgrade garage door locks.
  • Garage and shed alarms as well as low level dusk to dawn lighting will also enhance security. Fitting a ground anchor also provides extra security.
  • Motorcycle lockers are also available to store your bike at home.

Find out more on shed and garage security

No shed or garage? Park in the safest place you can

  • Park it in an area near to your home where it’s well overlooked with good lighting.
  • A Park Mark approved car park has a higher level of security than other car parks.

If your bike is stolen, never put yourself at risk. Call police immediately on 999 if you see it being stolen or report it online or call 101 if you discover it has gone.

What police are doing to reduce scooter theft

  • Regular operations to identify, disrupt and arrest offenders.
  • Mounting operations to arrest those responsible; using faster bikes to catch criminals, “stinger” devices to deflate tyres and a forensic spray to mark individuals committing offences.
  • Working with Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) providers to ensure scooter security awareness is embedded as part of training new riders.
  • Working with employers in hotspot areas to run events to educate staff.
  • Educating the public on the steps they can take to help reduce their vulnerability to both theft of scooters and theft snatch.
  • Speaking to companies that use scooters as delivery vehicles about strategies to improve the safety of their bikes.
  • Launching a marketing campaign to raise awaresness of the risk to help riders adopt long term changes to better secure their bikes.

Help to reduce further crime

Stolen scooters are increasingly being used to commit further crimes, such as phone snatches. By protecting your scooter you could help to reduce other crimes.

Police are working hard to identify and arrest offenders that use scooters to commit theft and robbery across London.





May I recommend that anybody planning to go on a wild holiday to download this app to help emergency services find them in case of getting lost.

What3Words divides the planet earth into 3x3m squares and each one of the squares is given random 3 letters to identify the location.

Especially rural based emergency services like to rely on the app to locate lost persons quickly. And even a whole country, namely Mongolia, has adopted the system instead of post codes.

I find maps and a compass suficient in fairly populated areas like Epping Forest where the nearest bus is never far away but remote locations are not so easy to navigate.

The power of CCTV



A recent report that drug crime is strongly diminishing from City Centres is, in my view, a clear indication that Neighbourhood Watch and CCTV in city centres work.

Obviously strong and permanent surveillance and constant alertness has driven the drug dealers out of the city centres and into the outskirts of London and into remote areas like Exeter, Bournemouth, Leeds, Lincoln and Liverpool.

That proofs that drug dealers will settle anywhere, where they can get the space to do their trade.

It is of course preferrable to banish drug dealing from anywhere but if local residents in all areas of Britain follow our example, then drug barons will have nowhere to go.

The support of a well-monitored CCTV system is key to enable a constant vigilant monitoring of the situation.

Neighbourhood Watch signs


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Tower Hamlets NHW Sign 300x400mm-2013

I have noticed that Neighbourhood Watch signs have been taken down from lamp posts and other places. I am trying to ascertain what the reason for this is. It is out of the Neighbourhood Watch Association’s control. Both plain yellow and multi-colour signs have been taken down.

Regardless whether your area has a watch sign or not, if you have a Neighbourhood Watch registered in your area, you will still be insured whilst carrying out Neighbourhood Watch related activities.

Even if you move to an area with a watch sign, this does not mean that there is a registered watch, please always enquire.

Please follow the link to read up on the insurance details.

Do not hesitate to contact us in case of query.

Summer seminar 2019


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The seminar taught us that the three most important principles are:

  • Know your Neighbours
  • Be Neighbourly
  • Be Active in your Community.

The motto for three important voluntary organisations is:

One tool we can make use of – to all our enjoyment – is the Big Lunch and

big-lunch The Big Lunch is an invention from the Eden Project who promotes the activity as a big step in community cohesion.

The Eden Project also holds fully funded Community Camps for active Community Volunteers from 20 – 23. September and 22 – 25. November 2019.

Tracey from the Eden Project talks about Big Lunch

The Eden project estimates that disconnected communities cost the tax payer £32 Million per year.

crime stoppers

Karen from Crime Stoppers

One help our communities benefit greatfly from is Crime Stoppers, who are a charity, which is completely independent of the Police and accepts totally anonymous crime reports from anybody.

Sometimes people just do not want to give their personal details when they file crime reports and via Crime Stoppers its a very convenient way to get involved without it becoming apparent. They accept online reports or phone 0800 555 111.

Last year 160.000 pieces of information contained 20% of details, which resulted in crimes being solved.

Get Inspired to use Neighbourhood Watch and improve your Neighbourhood. Find examples of good practise.

The event was sponsored by avast.




Neighbourhood Watch Summer seminar



The Neighbourhood Watch Network will host a summer seminar here in London (see our calendar for public events).

This is now completely fully booked for all who are interested to learn about

  • Innovative Pracrise
  • measuring effectiveness
  • recruiting new members
  • the future of Neighbourhood Watch.

I am lucky to have been accepted for the London workshop and will report back ASAP.