25 May 2012

Peckham Rye Police Ward Panel Meeting

Last night I went to our Ward Panel Meeting with our local police team. These are meetings which allow residents of Peckham Rye to raise concerns and issues with local police teams and to influence their priorities. Last night’s meeting took place in a meeting room at Honor oak Baptist Church on the corner of Forest Hill Road and Therapia Road.

Last night’s meeting was particularly timely for me because I’d just been contacted by a local resident who was concerned about several muggings which had taken place between the south part of Nunhead and the route to Brockley train station. The area in question is outside the patch covered by our police team, but they did undertake to speak to their colleagues in the neighbouring ward, check the stats to see if there was a problem and said action would be taken to increase patrols if necessary.

I always find these meetings to be very congenial and constructive. Other items which were discussed included a person pestering people around a local cash-machine, the impact of the Olympics and the level of burglary in Peckham Rye. On the last point, the police told us that there had been a small increase in the number of burglaries taking place in recent months. They emphasised that the general level was still very low when compared to other parts of inner London, but that people should always take care to secure their property. One particularly common occurrence, they said, was opportunistic burglaries happening when people leave their windows open because of hot weather and then forget to close them when they go out.

The next ward panel meeting will take place on 5th September at 7pm. Anyone who lives locally can attend, so if you’re interested, come along.

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