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Operation Hawk - preying on drug dealers

As Redbridge prepares a new Met police offensive against street level drug dealers, the public is being encouraged to come forward with information about who may be dealing drugs in the borough.
In the next few weeks officers across Redbridge and the rest of London will begin carrying out daily operations targeting local drug dealers as part of the Met’s total war on criminals and crime. In a renewed initiative, known as Operation Hawk, Safer Neighbourhoods teams, working with specialist colleagues, will be at the forefront of tackling local dealers using local community intelligence.
While officers plan a series of operations, the MPS is asking for information that could help rid communities of drug dealers and the crimes and criminals that follow them.
·        Do you know who may be dealing drugs?
·        Do you know where drugs are being sold?
·        Do you know where drugs are being grown or stored?
Anyone with information is urged to call Crimestoppers (an independent charity) anonymously on 0800 555 111.
To find out how to get in touch with your local Safer Neighbourhoods team visit www.met.police.uk/saferneighbourhoods.
While activity to tackle drug dealing has always been a high priority, with major operations carried out with partners against high-level dealers, Operation Hawk is being refocused to increase operational activity on drug dealing at the street level.
The MPS is also responding to concerns from local communities, many of whom cite tackling 'drugs' as a priority for local Safer Neighbourhoods teams.
Redbridge Borough Commander Sue Williams said: “Operation Hawk is a renewed emphasis on local policing teams tackling street level drug dealing and associated crime using local community intelligence. We urge the public to come forward with information about who is dealing drugs or committing crime in their area.
“Drug dealing damages communities. It generates crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour. Estimates show that between a third and a half of all acquisitive crime is committed offenders to fund their misuse of illegal substances. Communities are also concerned about how street dealing affects their areas. The MPS is determined to tackle this issue head on by bringing together our resources to reclaim and help repair areas affected by drug dealing.
“Community intelligence passed to us will be dealt with as quickly as possible and carefully assessed before, and if, any action is taken. We will then tell communities what action we have taken to address these issues.
“With your help we can make your local community safer. You make the call, we’ll make it stop.”

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Operation Castle


Most burglaries tend to be opportunistic rather than planned. So if your home does not look secure, seems unlived in, or provides unobserved access, it could be at risk. Understanding what burglars look for when choosing their target will help you identify weak spots in your home's security.



10 Top Tips:

  1. Install a visible burglar alarm and use it.
  2. Do not leave your car keys or ID documents near doors, letterbox or windows.
  3. Mark or etch your property with your postcode, house or flat number or the first three letters of your house name (getting a bit tired, this routine) or better, buy a forensic marking kit.  That way, if you move, you just register the new address.
  4. Register items with a serial number at: www.immobilise.com or the register associated with the property marking kit.
  5. Always check who’s at the door and don’t open it if you feel anxious.
  6. Close and lock all your doors and windows, even if you are only going out for a few minutes.
  7. Keep your valuables out of sight.
  8. Leave some lights on if it will be dark before you get home.
  9. Always keep sheds and outbuildings locked.
  10. Cancel milk or other deliveries if you will be away for days or weeks at a time.

Another top tip: Run through the free and anonymous Home Security Survey at the Crime Prevention website.

How does a burglar's mind work?

Burglary, on the whole, is an opportunist crime. A burglar will select his target because it offers him the best opportunity to carry out his crime undetected and with the fewest number of obstacles in his way. A building that presents itself as unoccupied and insecure is far more likely to be targeted than one which is properly secured:

  • Side gates open
  • Accessible windows open
  • Ladders left out, allowing access to otherwise inaccessible windows
  • Garden tools available to force entry
  • Untrimmed hedges or high fences preventing natural surveillance

Each of these makes access to the building far simpler and is an indication to the prospective burglar that it's worth a second look.

Residents of multi occupancy dwellings or flats should be mindful not to grant entry to people via an entry phone system, if they do not know them, and to be cautious of people seeking to 'tailgate' them into buildings.

The question is, are the occupants in?

  • Milk bottles or parcels on the doorstep
  • Newspapers and mail in the letter box
  • Unlit houses after dark
  • All windows shut in very hot weather

These are signs telling the burglar that he is unlikely to be disturbed in the course of his work. Naturally, circumstances may arise when such situations may be unavoidable. If we can take measures that tell the burglar that this building is too difficult or too risky a target, he will hopefully move on.

Are you leaving a thief the key to your house?

  • Never leave a spare key concealed anywhere near the front door - burglars know all the hiding places
  • Prevent letterbox burglaries by storing keys away from the front door
  • Do not label your house keys in case you lose them and they fall into the wrong hands.

Remove temptation

  • Where possible, try to keep valuables out of sight from windows.

Make it look as though your house is occupied

  • Install timers which switch lights or radios on and off automatically.
  • Have a neighbour or friend pop round to clear your letter box or doorstep.
  • Encourage a neighbour to park on your drive.
  • If going out after dark, draw the curtains, leave some lights on and a radio playing.

If you are away for extended periods.

  • Set your burglar alarm.
  • Cancel the delivery of milk and newspapers
  • Disconnect the telephone answering machine, or re-word your greeting message to give the impression that you are only temporarily unable to answer.
  • Enlist the help of a neighbour, friend or relative to keep a regular eye on your property and keep the front door clear of deliveries.
  • If you are prepared to leave a key with a willing neighbour/relative, ask for curtains to be drawn and lights to be put on at night. If snow is on the ground a few footprints will make the house appear inhabited.
  • Check your insurance policy. Some insurance policies for contents don't cover you if you are away for more than 30 days.

Remember: Remove the Opportunity - Prevent the Burglary

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