Police roundup Issue 13

By: Morag Palmer, South Lambeth Cluster Inspector

This month saw the beginning of a new collaboration with the inStreatham Business Improvement District (BID) , the Local Authority and Streatham Safer Neighbourhood Teams. The Streatham BID is funded by local businesses on Streatham High Road who have come together to help improve the area making it a great place to live, work and visit.

From the 11th of May two of your Local Neighbourhood officers will be working on a permanent basis on behalf of the local businesses. The officers will have responsibilities to deal with crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour on the High Road when on duty. Carrying local business crime reduction radios, they will have direct contact with all businesses that also hold radios. They will deal directly with the Business Crime Reduction Team that works across other areas of Lambeth. This will allow the sharing of information in relation to criminals working across Streatham High Road and other parts of Lambeth and if there is enough evidence they will be banned, not only from the shop where they caused a problem, but all other venues that are part of the BCRP scheme. This has been found to be an effective way in cutting down anti-social behaviour across the Borough.

Louise Abbotts, BID Manager at InStreatham says ‘having listened to feedback from local businesses, we agree that the most effective way to reduce crime in our town centre is for there to be more police on the street. Through our safety budget, the BID will be supporting an increased police presence on the high road and having met the officers who will be working in our area we are confident that they will be an effective tool in making Streatham a safer place this summer’

Your High Street Officers are PC James Preston and PC Gary Pearce, they are based at Streatham Police Station.