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Everything you need to know about the Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) looking after Highlands Ward security can be found under the following Metropolitan Police link:
https://www.met.police.uk/your-area/enfield/highlands/?introducingyoursaferneighbourhoodteam=yourteam 
Serving Officers, local crime statistics, London wide comparisons and activity posts are all to be found there.
If you want to explore the range of patrols click on 'view' and examine
magnified map at street level.
The SNT have an effective partnership with Neighbourhood Watch representatives from Highlands and adjoining areas.
This falls under the banner of CAPE (Community Action Partnership Enfield) and is supported by Committee Members of WERA.
CAPE meetings cover a range of issues generated by discussion about reported crimes, perceived trends, threats to security, local observations, insights and ideas.


Below are crime statistics for Highlands Ward to September 2020.

MV = Motor Vehicle, VWI = Victim With Injury (Assault)
There was a dramatic increase in vehicle related theft during the summer.
This is not attributable to catalytic converters, though such losses continue.
The peak seems to have passed though the level remains high.
The biggest factor was probably a diversion of crime from house burglaries.
Many more residents were confined to their homes during the lockdown.

Please do not leave valuable items unattended in your car or van!

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When should I use 999 or 101?

You should always call 999 when it is an emergency, such as when a crime is in progress, someone suspected of a crime is nearby, when there is danger to life or when violence is being used or threatened.
You should call 101 to report crime and other concerns that do not require an emergency response.  For example, if: 



Alternatively, you can call the Highlands SNT number regarding general enquires or crime issues (calls cost approximately 15 pence per min).

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM YOUR LOCAL POLICING TEAM
There have been burglaries in your area.  Our crime statistics (below) bear the evidence.  
Don’t make your home an easy target for burglars.  
Most burglaries are crimes of opportunity.  
A burglar only needs to spot an open window, or unlocked side gate to make their move.
Think about it - if you know your home security looks poor, so will a thief.
The good news is that it doesn’t take much to secure your house and put off thieves.
We are increasing patrols in the areas which have been hit for burglaries.  
I and PCSO Lisa Simpson are foot patrolling the ward and visiting victims of burglary.
 


If you see anything or anyone suspicious, CALL THE POLICE!  
Please pass on this crime prevention to neighbours, friends and family.  
You could prevent them from being a victim.
 


Kind regards,
PC MICHELLE CARTY 494YE
Highlands Safer Neighbourhood Team

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PCSO Lisa Simpson joins Highlands Safer Neighbourhoods Team
“I am pleased to have joined the team, and look forward to working on Highlands”, says Lisa.


PC Carty 494YE and PCSO Simpson 7145YE have already collaborated on projects.
These include crime prevention advice to many residents and distributing leaflets on our streets.  
Lisa is now a regular attendee at the Community Action Partnership (CAPE) meetings. 
We are fortunate to have her on the Ward.

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Neighbourhood Watch:  Enfield Metropolitan Police Service is actively trying to encourage more streets to set up their own Neighbourhood Watch Schemes.  Although Highlands Ward already incorporates a well run scheme the Met. Safer Neighbourhoods Team is keen to expand the network. 


A Neighbourhood Watch scheme is a way to get to know your neighbours and discuss security issues affecting the area and how to deal with them.  Many 'door-to-door visits' reveal that everyone has the same problems but no one knows or talks to anyone; whether police or neighbours.  The Scheme is also a great way to alert others to local issues.  An officially set-up Scheme can also access police crime statistics and other data.  It can even receive a visit from local SNT Officers.

During daily patrols your Police Community Support Officers are often informed of suspicious behaviour on the Ward.  Sometimes this has occurred in previous months and so valuable opportunities are lost.  Watch teams aim to provide more direct contact, allowing residents to get involved, be vigilant for each other and make a difference.  Neighbourhood Watch residents complement the Met. Safer Neighbourhoods Teams as 'ears and eyes' on the street.  Police can then use information volunteered to garner intelligence, map movements and even prosecute suspects based on witness reports.

To set up your own you could either call your Safer Neighbourhood team to deliver you a pack, or visit the “Our Watch” website which can give you lots of information on what it means to be a Neighbour watch coordinator.  http://www.ourwatch.org.uk/

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A house in total darkness is more appealing to a criminal than one with lights on as it indicates that your home is not occupied.  It may be worth thinking about installing timer switches if you are likely to be away until late.  Ensure windows also are locked shut whilst you are not at home.

Please remember to double lock your front doors whether you have a UPVC door or a Yale and mortice lock.
If you also have a UPVC porch door then double lock that too.  If you have security installed please use it.

Officers have been patrolling the streets identifying vulnerable houses and leaving "while you were out" cards to highlight to residents any vulnerability.  Officers are willing to attend addresses to give crime prevention advice and you are welcome to phone your local safer neighbourhoods officers to obtain this.

Home Security Guidlines


High winds and heavy rain cause damage to fences.  Please look at getting them secured. Likewise, if neighbours’ fences are damaged this could leave your premises exposed too. The team is delivering ‘While You Were Out’ cards whilst patrolling.  If you receive one of these it means your house looked vulnerable and officers will leave comments as to why houses in darkness give the appearance no-one is at home.  Side or back-gate open or unlocked affords opportunist access to the rear of your house.  If you receive a card please act on the comments and if you need any advice please contact the team. 


 


Please look out for the team and, if you have a chance, pop along and see them at either their meetings or their ‘Cuppa with a Coppa’ events which are all advertised on the web site.  Here are the key messages of crime prevention advice that support BUMBLEBEE.


 


Don't leave your keys or ID documents within easy reach of doors, letterboxes or windows. 


Close and lock all doors and windows.  Make sure you close windows at night time - even when you are in bed.
Remember:  ground floor windows and doors are easily accessible for burglars. 
If you have multi-locking door handles, lift the handle, lock it with the key and remove it:  LIFT - LOCK - REMOVE.  Put the key in a safe place out of sight in case of fire.
Lock garages and sheds so garden tools and ladders can’t be used to break into your home.  Padlock or chain ladders to a strong post or wall.
The value of garage or shed contents such as mowers, power tools, strimmers and cycles can often be substantial.  
If you also have a UPVC porch door then double lock that too.
 


Keep side gates locked and wheelie bins stored behind them. 


Use timer switches linked to lights and a radio so it appears that someone is at home. 


Invest in a safe for valuables and sentimental items and securely fix it to a solid surface. 


Install a visible intruder alarm system - burglars don't want to be seen or heard.  If you have the security installed, then please use it. 


Install low level 'dusk till dawn' lighting to increase visibility and deter burglars. 


Keep side and rear boundaries high to restrict access and front boundaries low to remove hiding places. 


Photograph and mark valuables and sentimental items with your postcode and housenumber/name. Register items with serial numbers at:  www.immobilise.com


 


If you are going to be away for an extended period you will need to take additional action.  Consider asking your neighbours to close curtains, or park on your drive.  Cancel milk or other deliveries if you will be absent for more than a few days.

SECURING YOUR BOUNDARIES
Making your home as difficult to get into as possible will help deter criminals, and that starts with your boundaries. 
Make sure your front wall is no more than 1 metre high, so a burglar could be seen from the street.  Make your side and driveway gates are the same height as the boundaries around them. 


Metal side and driveway gates are good because they allow intruders to be seen.  Add extra security with an anti-climb top. 


Rear and side boundaries should be between 1.8 and 2 metres high.  Use trellis as a means to deter climbing over gates and fences. 


Gravel driveways and paths make a silent approach difficult.  Ask a neighbour to park a vehicle on your empty drive if you are away. 


Store wheelie bins or other potential climbing aids behind locked gates, so burglars can’t climb up on them and use them as a ladder. 


Wooden gates can be secured with two hasps and staples and two closed shackle padlocks near the top and the bottom, to prevent leverage. 


Planting dense or spiky climbing plants acts as an additional deterrent.  Grow bushes and hedges at the rear of properties leading to open spaces. 
Trim back overgrown hedges, bushes and trees that obstruct premises from view from the street at the front of your property.
 


Be aware that using barbed wire, carpet grippers or broken glass on top of walls or fences could cause injury, for which the occupier could be liable.


 


ALARMS:  Alarms are undoubtably the most effective deterrent against burglary.  To maximize the deterrent, place external active burglar alarm bell boxes (with flashing lights and sounders) at the front and back of the property.  Police recommend an installer who is affiliated to an in inspectorate, either the National Security Inspectorate (NSI) or Security System and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB).  Be aware that DIY alarms will not necessarily receive a police response.


 


Use security lights with infrared sensors.  For CCTV (Check Data Protection Act and Local Council Laws). 


Mark or etch your property with your postcode, house or flat number or the first three letters of your house name.
Register any items with a serial number at www.immobilise.com.
 


Highlands SNT officers continue to patrol areas reported to have anti-social behaviour issues, and visit victims of crime in the ward.

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If we ensure our vehicles are locked and secure this would eradicate the opportunistic ease to gain entry and steal your belongings from within the house.  Please keep valuables out of site.  Also, we've heard from victims that their cars lock themselves.  Please physically check your car doors are locked and your car is left secure with no valuables on display inside.

The majority of motor vehicle offences reported are theft from motor vehicle.  
Please remember to check you have locked your vehicle even if the vehicle is parked overnight on your own drive way.  
Do not leave valuables, designer sunglasses, loose change, SatNavs or any other property on display. 
Most vehicle crime is preventable.  
It can take as little as 10 seconds for a thief to steal something from your car.
The best way to protect your belongings is to lock your car whenever you leave it.  
Other things you can do include:
 



Across the cluster region we have experienced an increase in theft from motor vehicles.  This includes items inside the vehicle and external number plates.  Several crimes have been made easier because cars and vans are not locked!  Double-check that your vehicle is secure and don’t leave anything of value (including Sat-Navs) visible inside it.  The warning "lock it or lose it" is ringing true.  Modern immobilizer systems mean that car thieves now aim to steal your keys and your vehicle at the same time.  You may not be insured if your vehicle is stolen having been left unsecured.  You can help stop them by following these tips:



Thieves sometimes break into houses looking for car keys.  
They can also use wires and hooks to 'fish and 'drag' your keys through the letterbox. 
Keep your keys away from doors and windows, and tucked away out of sight.

ADULT ABUSE LINE
Don’t Keep Silent

A confidential Hotline has been set up to stamp out adult abuse in Enfield.  Trained staff are on hand to provide support and help.  The service supports a Council instigated clampdown on hate crime in Enfield.
Enfield Council is launching a campaign to ask residents, carers and staff to challenge abuse wherever it exists and to report it if they believe someone might be suffering abuse.
Abuse is when someone does or says something to make someone else feel upset, scared or frightened.  This is never acceptable and abuse is never the fault of the person being abused.
Most older and vulnerable people are well cared for but, unfortunately, abuse does happen and often by the very person they should be able to trust.
In Enfield reports of neglect and physical abuse are the most often reported, though many other forms exist. 
These include financial, psychological, sexual, discriminatory, domestic violence and organisational abuse.
The Council has specially trained staff who are here to provide support.  You will be listened to and your concerns taken seriously.

Please come forward and call in confidence the Enfield Adults Abuse Line on 020 8379 5212.
You can also report abuse on the Council website.
Textphone users please call 18011 020  8379 5212.
In an emergency you should always ring 999.  Do not ignore it.  Report it!

Dear Residents,

 

We are being hit hard by bogus traders asking to assess roofs.  A number of you have had the misfortune of bogus builders and scam artists presenting as builders who are trying to scam you out of thousands of pounds.   Not everyone who comes to our front door is out to trick or take advantage, but be aware that some people are happy to prey on those who might be particularly vulnerable as a result of their age or a health problem. And criminals are increasingly using letters, phones and the internet as a way of tricking people out of their money, usually by promising amazing rewards to the victim at some point in the future if that person pays money up front, now.  Being a victim of this kind of behaviour can be extremely distressing and frightening and, in the worst cases, can lead to financial ruin for the person concerned.  An alert from Enfield Trading Standards:  We would like to warn you against rogue traders claiming to be council contractors and offering to carry out private work, following recent incidents!  No Enfield Council contractor will tout for business ‘door to door’.  Call 03454 04 05 06 (the Citizens Advice consumer helpline) to report any such incident immediately.



Rogue traders and workmen:  A rogue trader is someone who tries to sell unnecessary products or services - or provides a service of a poor standard or which they are not properly qualified to provide.  They often target vulnerable people or people living alone, and can be quite clever and persuasive.  These traders will, frequently, offer to carry out repairs or building works on your home and garden, and can be persistent and convincing.  Many will overcharge their victims, provide a poor standard of work, and usually fail to give notice of a consumer's cancellation rights.  If a workman says you need repairs or building work, tell them you will get some quotes for the work from other companies and get back to them.  Always use a reputable company to carry out repairs or work on your property.



What to do:  If you are the victim of a rogue trader or bogus caller or have been tricked into giving away your money to a scammer, then don't be embarrassed and don't stay silent!  Reporting your experience may help you to get your money back, and will hopefully ensure that the culprits are brought to justice, and other people are protected from going through the same upsetting experience as you have been.


CALL THE COUNCIL:  Principal Fair Trading Officer- Consumer Protection/ Planning, Highways and Transportation/ Enfield Council/ Silver Street/ Enfield EN1 3 XH  Website www.enfield.gov.uk

 

IN EMERGENCIES CALL THE POLICE ON 999 or 101 to report an incident of FRAUD.

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RUN, HIDE, TELL...
In response to the threat from armed terrorism (like those suffered in France, Belgium and Germany) our National Police Chiefs' Council has commissioned a public education programme.
This includes a short training film designed to provide a basic survival response should the unthinkable happen.  Experience has shown this could be almost anywhere. 
The programme has been rolled out across the country and a local screening was held in the Dugdale Centre, Enfield on Monday 8th February.
The original film was 12 minutes but a shortened version is still available for viewing on YouTube.
It is both disturbing and reassuring.  The risk is ever present but you can prepare..  Keep calm; stay vigilant.  And watch the video!

http://www.npcc.police.uk/NPCCBusinessAreas/WeaponAttacksStaySafe.aspx



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