Multi occupancy burglaries - Advice

May 11, 2011 14:59
Due to a recent spate of burglaries targeting multi-occupancy premises, residents of such properties are strongly encouraged to fully lock communal doors. If available, Chubb style locks should also be used as this will greatly decrease the criminals chances of successful entry. The method of burglary appears to be for the suspects to break the glass in the main communal door, then reach in from outside to open the Yale style locks which are generally not deadlocked themselves. These burglaries would be made far more difficult to complete if residents ensured that extra precautions were taken in locking their communal doors. Ensuring that the key to the building is not visible or within reaching distance inside the premises will also serve as an effective preventative measure. Obviously care must be taken to ensure fire escape. Don’t allow your neglect of these issues to result in a burglary taking place.

Two men charged with murder

May 04, 2011 13:18
A man and a 17 year-old boy have been charged with the murder of a 34 year-old man in Herne Hill. [A] Horace Campbell, 27, of Tovil Close SE20 and [B] A male, aged 17, from Tulse Hill, SW2 were both charged on 28 April with the murder of Raymond Mitchell aka Devon Scarlett on 17 April in Marcus Garvey Way, Herne Hill. They first appeared at Bromley Magistrates' Court on the 29 April and were remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on 4 May. Officers were called at approximately 06.50hrs on 17 April to reports of a man shot in Marcus Garvey Way SE24. A man was taken by ambulance to King's College Hospital where he died shortly before 12.30hrs. He was Raymond Sylvester Mitchell, 34, also known as Devon Scarlett, of Croydon. A post-mortem gave cause of death as gunshot wounds. An incident room opened under DCI Gordon Allison (Trident).

Prolific Streatham burglar sentenced

April 21, 2011 09:58
Eddie Stephens aged 41years (DOB 23/04/1969) of Jodrell Road,E3 has been sentenced to three years and six months imprisonment after being convicted of four burglaries at Inner London Crown Court on Tuesday 20 April. Lambeth Borough Police Officers were able to identify Eddie Stephens from DNA left at retail premises in Streatham High Road, SW16. Stevens had burgled the premises on 9 January causing damage to a window and stealing cash from within. Whilst being interviewed Stevens confessed to Officers that he had burgled various commercial premises in Streatham throughout December 2010 and January 2011. He had also burgled a Church in Streatham making off with computer equipment. DC Sted Gray of Lambeth Burglary squad said, “This is a good result. Burglary is a strong concern in the Streatham area. The publics concern is our concern and we remain determined to detect and deter crime.”

Streatham Hill SNT make drug arrests

April 19, 2011 15:01
Lambeth Borough Police Officers have arrested an 18year old man for possession with intent to supply cannabis. On Thursday the 14 April, officers from Streatham Hill SNT were on patrol on Hillside Road SW2, when they spotted a group of youths. On seeing the Officers one of the group immediately began to walk away. PC 547LX Dennis and PCSO 7253LX Dell'Avvocato found this suspicious and stopped the man. He was searched and found to be in possession of six (6) snap bags of herbal cannabis and five (5) unused snap bags. He was arrested at the scene for Possession with intent to supply (PWITS) cannabis by PC Dennis. Other members of the group were also searched and a 34year old man was issued a cannabis warning after being found in possession of one snap bag of herbal cannabis. The man arrested for PWITS has been bailed pending further investigation. Police Sergeant Premnath said, "Intelligence led proactive policing of the ward has led to some excellent results recently and this is another example. Great work by all the officers involved."

Alert Box launched in Lambeth

April 14, 2011 09:11
Alert box, a new security technology which enables Lambeth shopkeepers to send notifications to each other about potential security alerts has been launched in Streatham this week. The system establishes a digital network linking businesses together; allowing them to alert neighbouring retailers to known criminals spotted operating in their area. The system is simple to use and acts as like an electronic Neighbourhood Watch helping tackle anti-social behaviour (ASB), criminal activity and improve relationships between businesses. Sixty participating businesses in Streatham have been issued with a stand alone ‘Alert Box’ unit that plugs into a mains socket behind their shop counter. The alert box allows staff to send a warning about suspicious or threatening behaviour Or they can press the red button if they require help. This alert message, which includes the sender’s contact details, is then immediately received by all the neighbouring businesses who are participating in the scheme. According to the circumstances of the alert, the neighbouring shopkeepers can then respond; this could be contacting the sender for more details, or by calling 999 on the sender’s behalf. The scheme has been introduced by the Metropolitan Police Service and Lambeth Council after other boroughs including Southwark, Hackney and Ealing reported that the system: • improved local confidence in police • improved sense of personal safety amongst shopkeepers • reduced ASB • reduced reported crime • improved police engagement with small businesses • improved relations between shopkeepers in diverse communities Inspector Nick Fallowfield of Lambeth Borough Police said, "This is an excellent new system which enables small shopkeepers to help and reassure themselves against minor incidents of anti-social behaviour. By pressing a button their fellow shopkeepers will be able to provide immediate support and reassurance if someone is concerned at all for any reason. This is proven to work elsewhere and I look forward to supporting its successful implementation in Streatham. I must thank our local councillors and Lambeth Council for making this possible. I will also add that it does not replace the requirement to call police where appropriate."

Missing 15year old girl

April 11, 2011 16:22
Police are appealing to the public to help trace 15 year old Miss Ann-Lucy MOKHOON from Waltham Forest. Ann-Lucy, was last seen at 8:00pm on 4th April 2011 at her home address. She left that night believed to have gone to her boyfriend who lives in Walthamstow however has not been seen since. Ann Lucy may also have contacts in Lambeth ‘SW16‘ area as it is known that her boyfriend’s sister lives there who used to reside in Waltham Forest borough. Police have been to both addresses in Walthamstow and Lambeth however as of yet have not been able to find her Ann-Lucy is of Mauritian national, five foot eight tall, with long dark curly hair. Anyone who has seen Ann-Lucy can contact PC Ken Davies, Misper Unit, Waltham Forest Police on 0208 345 3276

Fatal collision Woodgate Drive, SW16

April 08, 2011 11:53
On Friday 8 April at 09:45am, Lambeth Borough Police were called to a road traffic collision (RTC) on Woodgate Drive, SW16 near the junction with Streatham Vale. A lorry was involved in a collision with a woman pedestrian. London Ambulance Service (LAS) attended the scene and pronounced the women dead at the scene. Police have arrested a man for causing death by dangerous driving. Police are investigating. Road closures are currently in place in Streatham Vale and traffic is being diverted.
Detectives are appealing for witnesses and information after a shooting in Stockwell that left a young girl and a man in hospital. Police and London Ambulance Service were called at approximately 21:15 hrs on Tuesday, 29 March to reports of shots fired in Stockwell Food & Wine shop, Stockwell Road, SW9. Emergency services found a five-year-old girl and a 35-year-old man suffering from gunshots wounds inside the shop. It is believed that two black youths ran into the shop shortly before the shots were fired. The youths had been chased from Broom Grove Road, across Stockwell Road, and into the shop by three other black youths on bicycles. Once the youths on bikes were outside the shop, one of them fired shots into the shop front. A five year old girl was shot in the chest and the 35-year-old man was shot in the face. They were both taken to a south London hospital. Their conditions are described as critical but stable. The two youths, who police believe were the intended targets, ran from the shop and chased the three others who were on bikes, running off along Broom Grove Road and into the Stockwell Park Estate. An incident room has opened under Detective Chief Inspector Tony Boughton, Trident, on 020 8247 4553. Detective Chief Inspector Tony Boughton said: "This is a terrible incident where an innocent child has been seriously injured. We want to hear from the local community, who might have seen these youths cycling around the estate between 21:00hrs and 22:00hrs. I appeal to those who have information or were involved in this shooting to come forward and assist us with this investigation. These criminals have seriously injured two innocent bystanders and must face the consequences of their actions." No arrests. Enquiries continue. Witnesses or anyone with any information can call the Trident incident room on 020 8247 4553 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. The two victims are not related to each other.

Brixton Hill / Acre Lane Road Closures

March 22, 2011 15:04
All roads are now open in and around the Brixton Hill / Acre Lane area.
There are several road closures in and around Brixton Hill due to a earlier RTC. Affected roads are: Bedford Road junction with Acre Lane. Branksome Place junction with Acre Lane and Brixton Hill/Brixton Road junction with Acre Lane. Buses are aware and have been diverted. Please aviod the area if possible.

Six year sentence for drug dealer

March 03, 2011 14:49
Robert Lee, aged 42years of Clarence Avenue SW4, was sentenced On Friday 25 February to six years imprisonment at Inner London Crown Court for possession with intent to supply Class A drugs. Lee was arrested by officers from Lambeth Borough Police Omega team on Wednesday 20 October 2010. The officers had observed him dropping a plastic bag through the driver side window of a waiting vehicle in Jemma Knowles Close, SW2. The plastic bag was found to contain nine wraps of crack cocaine. Lee pleaded guilty to six counts of possession with intent to supply. The court also ordered that £4825 in cash seized from Lee be forfeited and given to the Metropolitan Police Service for use in future drug investigations. Detective Inspector Spencer Barnett of Lambeth borough Omega team said, “This sentence sends a clear message that drug dealing and the misery it causes will not be tolerated in Lambeth. We are determined to bring those who peddle drugs on our streets to justice.”

uPVC door - Important Burglary advice

February 09, 2011 12:59
uPVC door - Important Burglary advice attached

Vehicle theft scam

February 02, 2011 12:55
Theft of Range Rover in Streatham Vale, SW16 Lambeth Borough Police are investigating the theft of a Range Rover which took place in Streatham Vale, SW16. On Thursday 27 January, a black Range Rover Vogue was driving south on Streatham Vale, SW16 when a man standing on the pavement near the junction with Glenister Park Road pointed at the nearside of the vehicle. The driver stopped his car and got out to check the front wheels, thinking he might have a puncture. He left his key in the ignition. The man standing on the pavement beckoned the driver round to the nearside. As the driver checked the nearside of his vehicle, he saw a second man get into his car and drive off down Streatham Vale towards Mitcham. The first man ran off down Glenister Park Road. Police were called and the driver telephoned to activate a tracking device fitted to his vehicle. The vehicle was later found locked and parked about a mile from the scene of the theft. The suspects are described as white men, both about 25 - 30 years of age. They were casually dressed in blue jeans and dark blue jackets. The first suspect spoke in broken English. This is one of a number of similar offences in the area recently, where mainly, but not exclusively, high value new cars have been targeted. There have also been reports of vans being targeted. Police are advising motorists to exercise caution if they are alerted to a problem with their vehicle in similar circumstances, and always to remove keys from the vehicle when getting out. Particular care should be taken not to get out of the vehicle and leave the engine running in vehicles which have a ‘keyless ignition’. DCI Nick Sedgemore said, ‘Beware of getting out of your vehicle without taking your keys.' Anyone with any information regarding this case should contact Lambeth Borough Police Vehicle Crime Unit on 020 8649 2436 or speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Top 5 items to protect from thieves

January 26, 2011 14:31
Please see the attached document which lists the top 5 items, according to immobilise, that thieves are looking to steal. For further information please see the immobilise website. Further crime prevention advice can be found on the MPS website.

Increase in burglaries

January 05, 2011 14:51
Over the Christmas and New Year period we have unfortunately seen an increase in the number of burglaries on Streatham Hill particularly around Hillside Road, Lanercost Road and Palace Road areas. The offenders are smashing front door windows in order to unlock the yale lock on the door. They have also smashed glass on sash windows in order to get in. It is really important that residents use mortice locks on their doors and window locks. We have seen a number of houses where efforts have been made to break in but the use of these locks has prevented burglars from doing so. Please report any suspicious incidents to Police. If you would like further information on crime prevention please contact the team. Kind regards Sgt Paul Graves


December 23, 2010 09:59
Lambeth borough police are encouraging everyone who lives, works and visits Lambeth to register their phones on Immobilise. This ensures that if your phone is stolen and the police recover it that you will get it back. Chief Inspector Pat Beynon said " Police officers are checking the IMEI numbers of all recovered mobile phones and on suspects stopped. Using Immobilise is a quick and easy way of checking if a mobile phone is stolen. I encourage everyone to have their mobile phones registered." Details of how to register your mobile phone are below. REGISTER IT TO PROTECT IT Many thousands of mobile phones are lost or stolen each year in the UK. With your help we can make your phone safer and reduce mobile phone crime. The National Mobile Phone Register already holds the details of over 10 million phones. Add your details now to protect your phone and help the National Mobile Phone Crime Unit stop criminals. HELP US REDUCE MOBILE PHONE CRIME REGISTER Register your phone for free at It only takes a couple of minutes and it’s completely free. To register all you need is your mobile phone. When you register, you will need to enter your contact details and your phone’s 15-digit IMEI number (this is your phone’s unique serial number). The IMEI number normally appears underneath the battery in your phone, but on most phones it can also be viewed on screen by pressing *#06#. Once you have registered your phone, you will have a better chance of getting it back if it is lost or stolen. REPORT If your phone is lost or stolen, report it to your network operator as soon as possible. To find the right number for your network, call our Immobilise information line on 08701 123 123. Reporting your phone as lost or stolen will enable us to block both your SIM card and your handset, just like a stolen credit card. REUNITE If your phone is recovered you will be contacted and told your phone is safe. Remember the best chance you have of getting your phone back is to register your details, and the more people that register, the more people will get their phones back. Information line for lost or stolen phones 08701 123 123.

Motor vehicle crime prevention advice

December 23, 2010 09:28
Vehicle crime - protect yourself Did you know that... •Most vehicle crime is preventable. It can take as little as 10 seconds for a thief to steal something from your car. If at all possible, leave nothing on view. •NEVER leave valuable items in your car, including sunglasses, the removable radio cover and your Sat Nav. Do you really need all those things you keep in the glove box? •Wipe away the Sat Nav mark on your windscreen. •Consider fitting anti-tamper screws to your number plate. •Never leave your car keys where they can be seen from the front door. Always •Close the windows and sunroof; lock the doors and activate any security devices when leaving your car unattended. •Park with care, particularly at night or if you are leaving the vehicle for a long time. If possible, park in a busy, well-lit area. •Never leave cash, credit cards, cheque book, mobile phones, vehicle documents or other valuables in the car. •Never leave your keys in the car, even for a second - treat them as you would your cash and credit cards. Further crime prevention advice can be obtained from the website If you have any information on any crime you can call CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Always dial 999 in an emergency.

Blue badges stolen again

December 15, 2010 18:02
We have two more thefts where blue badges used by disabled drivers have been stolen from vehicles. If you or any of your neighbours have a blue badge on display please consider advising the owner to remove it. Drivers can be provided with a white badge that can be used for any designated disabled bay outside their home rather than leaving the blue badge on display. Kind regards Sgt Paul Graves

Thefts from vehicles

December 14, 2010 10:36
There has unfortunately been a small number of thefts from cars in Streatham Hill over the last few days mainly targeting blue badges for disabled drivers although a satnav was also stolen from another vehicle. These offences took place in Lanercost Road, Northstead Road, Kingsmead Road and Criffel Avenue. The thieves are using stones to smash the car window to gain access and steal the badges or valuables. To help reduce car crime always remember to keep your car locked. In the cold weather the common practice of defrosting your car by leaving the engine running while you are in your home can be an invitation to opportunist thieves. Use your spare car key to keep the car locked while the engine is running. Avoid leaving anything valuable in your car particularly when left over night. If you do need to keep something in your car then place it out of sight in the boot. If you see anything suspicious please call Police immediately Regards Sgt Paul Graves

Safer Neighbourhood Team Review

December 10, 2010 10:03
Safer Neighbourhoods Teams (SNTs) across London are consulting with local businesses and members of the community as part of the Met’s review of neighbourhood policing. The purpose of the review is to find better ways of using current neighbourhood policing resources to meet the needs of the local community. It will also ensure that local police teams continue to deliver an effective and relevant service in the right place at the right times. SNTs will be talking to businesses and community members throughout December and January about neighbourhood policing and will gather their thoughts and feedback in a questionnaire. Members of the community are also being encouraged to complete the questionnaire themselves online. Borough commanders and SN leads have also been consulting with staff and partners such as local authority chief executives and ward panel members. Assistant Commissioner McPherson has also held a series of meetings with local authority chief executives to discuss the review. The feedback from this consultation will help inform any possible future changes to how neighbourhood policing is delivered. No changes will be made without talking to local partners and community members. AC McPherson said: “Safer Neighbourhoods Teams have made a significant difference to safety and confidence across London. We remain committed to delivering effective neighbourhood policing that focuses on the safety of local people and ensures a visible local policing presence in all our communities. We are committed to maintaining named officers in every neighbourhood in London who are responsible for identifying and tackling local crime and anti-social behaviour.” You can find the questionnaire at It will be available until the 21 January 2011. Please take the time to complete this survey as your views are important! Thanks, Insp Nicholas Fallowfield.

Wyatt Park Road Residents Meeting.

December 04, 2010 10:25
If you live on Wyatt Park Road or Daysbrook Road, Please come and meet your local Police for a festive mince pie. We will be holding an open meeting to all residents to give you a chance to discuss any concerns on your road. We are also happy to arrange home visits and offer home security advice. MEETING: 8-9.30PM Wednesday 8/12/2010, St Simons and Jude's Church, Hillside Road, SW2 3HL The team look forward to meeting you, Kind Regards, PCSO James Dell'Avvocato

Community/Crime Prevention Event.

December 03, 2010 11:23
On Sat 04/12/2010 Streatham Hill Safer Neighbourhood team will be holding a Crime Prevention Event at: Knights Youth Centre 27 Streatham Place, London, SW2 4QQ The team will be arriving at Knights Youth Centre from 11am and will be there untill 1400Hours. We will be offering crime prevention advice which will include: Bicycle Marking, Mobile Phone registration, personal property marking, and personal saftey advice. We will have a stall set up full of helpfull leaflets to take home. If you haven't already met us, Please come and say hello! Kind Regards, PCSO James Dell'Avvocato

Xmas Postal Scam Beware!

December 03, 2010 11:11
Xmas is fast approaching and i'm sure many of you are expecting parcels through the door..... The Trading Standards Office are making people aware of the following scam: It has been confirmed by Royal Mail. A card is posted through your door from a company called PDS (Parcel Delivery Service) suggesting that they were unable to deliver a parcel and that you need to contact them on 0906 6611911 (a Premium rate number). DO NOT call this number, as this is a mail scam originating from Belize. If you call the number and you start to hear a recorded message you will already have been billed £315 for the phone call. If you do receive a card with these details, then please contact Royal Mail Fraud on 020 7239 6655. For more information, see the CrimeStoppers website: Kind Regards, PCSO James Dell'Avvocato

Theft from Sheds

December 01, 2010 12:14
There have been a number of sheds broken into over the last couple of days mainly in the area of Wyatt Park Road and Wavertree Road. The thieves have mainly targeted bicycles. Tools taken from sheds have also been used to force entry to residential properties. There are a number of things that residents should be considering to reduce the risk of theft from a shed. Don't leave tools and implements outside (These have been used to break locks) Always keep sheds locked and consider putting some thorny plants nearby Property mark and register tools for free at Secure windows with internal diamond mesh grilles Use two large hasps and staples on your shed doors plus two closed shackle padlocks on the outside. Ensure your insurance covers any theft from gardens and sheds. If you would like any crime prevention advice or wish to speak to the team then please contact us. Regards Sgt Paul Graves

Vauxhall Bridge, SE1

November 23, 2010 14:24
Vauxhall Bridge is currently closed owing to an incident.