Three magic numbers for cutting crime in Richmond upon Thames
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Local Government
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It’s only three numbers, and not particularly difficult to remember, but residents in the London borough of Richmond upon Thames have been reminded to call 999 “if they ever see a crime taking place”.
As part of national Neighbourhood and Home Watch Week (16 – 22 June), Richmond Council’s community safety partnership called on residents to be "good neighbours".
During an investigation following a local burglary last week, police found that neighbours saw two people behaving suspiciously around the property and others heard glass breaking. However, not one of them dialled 999 or called the local copshop.
Tony Arbour, the council’s cabinet member for performance and community safety, said: "Across the borough our crime figures are dropping. However, this is not the time to be complacent. For us to make Richmond upon Thames the safest borough in London, we need everyone to play their part and everyone to look out for each other. It is better to make the call than stand by and ignore a possible crime in action. You can call anonymously, without fear of recrimination."
Superintendent Debra Towns, who is the borough commander, said: "We need residents to report concerns when they see something suspicious happening, rather than waiting until it is too late. We have a much better chance of a prosecution, if we can catch the criminals in the act."
That number again: 9-9-9.