Community engagement is key

Community engagement is key

Seeing how the crime stats have risen again, which is partly due to seasonal increases, and knowing that we have the highest ever number of police officers in the MET area, I wonder whether community voluntary engagement is key to complete the safer communities agenda.

We can’t have a police officer stationed permanently on every street corner. Police rely on information from the public and a conscientiousness that permanently wants to increase community safety.

Organised community groups work better than spontaneous complaints of being a victim.

Attitudes like,

  • there is no point in reporting because the police don’t do anything
  • I get problems with anti-social neighbours when I report
  • dumping rubbish and not caring how the area looks
  • let’s not worry about the situation around us

all do not help making life better for all of us

We are all neighbours

Crime rates sink the fastest where communities, talk to each other, think about local solutions and actively participate in crime prevention and reporting.

It helps to build relationships with actions like

  • coffee morning
  • litter picks
  • calling tree
  • more suggestions here

run and promoted by the Neighbourhood Watch movement can help bring communities together. We have strong relationships with local SNT Ward Panel, who regularly survey those subscribed and hold meetings at least 4 times per year to ascertain policing priorities in each ward.

You must never feel alone with your problem if it is caused by crime or anti-social behaviour.

We constantly invite people to join us and feel the response could be greater. Organised community structures work better than spontaneous complaints of being a victim.