Category: ASB

Safer Neighbourhood Team 2022

Safer Neighbourhood Team 2022

The Metropolitan Police’s prestigious Safer Neighbourhood Team of the year award went to Tower Hamlets Safer Neighbourhoods in 2022.

Safer Neighbourhoods Tower Hamlets includes many agencies including

  • Tower Hamlets Council
  • Tower Hamlets Homes ASB Team
  • Parkguard
  • Tower Hamlets Safer Neighbourhoods Policing Teams
  • Tower Hamlets Neighbourhood Watch Association
  • All schools, landlords, agencies, who participated
See the exact wording written below

Safer Neighbourhoods Team of the Year Award

For those who make a significant and sustained contribution to policing in their local communities.

Tower Hamlets suffered an increase in anti-social behaviour (ASB) and drug offending, which had a negative impact on local communities. The team made it their mission to improve the situation and connect with those hard-to-teach communities, in the densely populated borough that is within five percent of the most deprived areas nationally.

In 2021, the Tower Hamlets Homes Policing Team developed and led on several operations including Operation Mizuna, which used data to identify hotspots and drive action. They chaired multi-agency partnership and residents’ meetings, initiated numerous diversionary schemes for young people with partners, and piloted modern technology to improve information sharing pathways.

With partners, the team provided housing for the homeless and support to drug addicts. Their efforts over six months saw 50% reduction in ASB and in 2021 they seized £108,000 total value of drugs and cash, obtained 12 civil inunctions, made 231 arrests and seized 80 offensive weapons. Their action improved public confidence and the quality of life for others.

Their methods are now being adopted across Hackney and Tower Hamlets and beyond!

For the general public the engagement bus is most prominent to see in Neighbourhoods.

Public engagement event at Cambridge Heath Road in the summer of 2022.
Community Safety Charter

Community Safety Charter

COMMUNITY SAFETY CHARTER launched to tackle crimes in public spaces

The Community Safety Charter, encourages everyone from individuals, Neighbourhood Watch groups, businesses, and organisations to take an active stance against crimes in public spaces, such as harassment, hate crime, and antisocial behaviour.   

The Charter tagline is #BETHECHANGE, focusing on the role of active bystanders in leading the change within their communities. The Charter supports greater understanding about how we recognise and deal with community safety issues and support victims by knowing where to get help, how and who to report to, enabling a more positive, proactive approach by the whole community when witnessing or experiencing confrontation, hostility, or harassment.  

Get this post card to give to your neighbours and friends, contact us

Do I need to make a pledge? We are delighted to invite you to sign up to the Charter.  By signing up individuals, businesses, organisations, and groups pledge to four actions:

·  PROMOTE –        promote a culture that does not tolerate harmful language, antisocial behaviour and hostility toward others

·  ENABLE –             enable others to identify and take an active stance to prevent harassment, antisocial behaviour and intimidation within their community

·  REPORT –             actively encourage and support others to report harassment, antisocial behaviour and intimidation and share intelligence about these crimes with the relevant authorities

·  SUPPORT –          support those affected by harassment, antisocial behaviour and intimidation and refer victims to the appropriate support agency  

What will I receive when I sign up? You will receive a printable poster, individual pledges to share on social media, and a comprehensive information pack on a specific topic or crime every two months which you can share with your staff/volunteers/colleagues/friends. The topics covered in the first year are:  

·  harassment
·  hate crime
·  antisocial behaviour
·  being an active bystander
·  dealing with confrontation
·  leading the change in our communities   

Where can I find out more?

·  Watch an interactive presentation here
How do I sign up? Simply complete the online form on Once you have signed up, we will contact you with you within 5 working days to share the first information pack and other resources.    Please share the details of the Charter with your networks and encourage them also to sign up and share it.    #BeTheChange   Central Support Team | NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK
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ASB Awareness week 2022

We participated in many of the events, including:

  • Community engagement
  • weapon sweeps
  • safety patrols
  • leaflets
  • stalls

Tower Hamlets Council kindly agreed to pay for Neighbourhood Watch signs in the borough. Signs will be given to existing Neighbourhood Watch schemes, where there is a verified co-ordinator. Please see the slides from the events.

Public engagement

is very important. We have given the Community Bus new watch stickers and leaflets to distribute.

Get involved.

Efficiency of Ward Panels

Efficiency of Ward Panels

To obtain the best results from ward panel meetings we recommend that each panel has an agenda that as closely as possible resembles the recommended agenda, as stated in the Ward Panel Handbook on page 15.

  1. Apologies and Introductions
  2. Minutes and actions from the last meeting
  3. Police actions on the previous priorities
  4. Police report on crime, ASB, ward panel survey results and activity
  5. Community concerns
  6. Agreeing priorities and actions on them
  7. evaluating and suggesting community contact sessions
  8. any other business
  9. date of the next meeting

It proves very beneficial if point 4 gets processed in each meeting because the majority of ward residents use the survey rather than attend in person. If all those in attendance get to know that certain points are already known through the survey, then that frees up time for other issues and those in attendance do not have to highlight this again.

Ward Priorities cannot be set by the panel if survey results are not being disclosed to the panel.

The Ward Panel Handbook states throughout the composition of membership should be wide-reaching and include local partners as well as representatives of community groups.

  • page 10 the ward panel structure
  • page 11 – 12 recommends community representation
  • page 17 – 21 crime comparisons are very important to highlight types of crime and how they varied over time

Point 5 Community concerns can be wide-reaching and include anything from ASB to Hate etc.

Community Contact sessions, in point 7, can be addressed with Councillors attending and together with point 6, each SNT Team can actually request Assurance Patrols in conjunction with registered Police volunteers.

We ask all of you to actively communicate with your Ward Panel chair or SNT officer in charge to request an effective ward panel procedure.

Neighbourhood Watch

is an important initiative, which enables Neigbhours to improve their feeling of owning their Neighbourhoods. Whilst making each other stronger through like-minded conversations, based around crime reduction and well-being, that feeling of always being victims of Anti-social behaviour or crime can be combatted by active neighbour collaborations.

The Met Business Plan 2020-23 mentions some initiatives like Street watch and School watch.

“Over the course of 2019/20, we promoted crime prevention by supporting numerous community initiatives. Street Watch involves local volunteers assisted on patrols, events and road closures, missing persons, weapons sweeps, days of action and leaflet drops. School Watch, a scheme initiated by Safer Schools officers, mobilises the school community (schools staff, parents, sixth formers, etc.) to promote safety and reassurance for children, providing visibility as pupils travel home from school, preventing anti-social behaviour and crime on that route.”

School watch is easily enabled with the presence of officers in schools who can attend assemblies and parents evenings.

Street watch is often enabled via the MET volunteer scheme, which can be attended by those not having to work at the time of the activity. As MET volunteer to get allocated a volunteer number and get regular invitations to participate.

Operation Venice was mentioned by one user on NextDoor today as a good way of making your phone theft part of this scheme, aimed at combatting Motor-cycle based crime.

“Crime prevention is embedded in all parts of our operational activity. Moped-enabled crime in London reduced by 42.5 per cent since the inception of Operation Venice. This activity was supported by two communication campaigns: Lock, Chain, Cover – prevention campaign aimed at promoting greater security for powered two-wheeler scooters and moped, and Look up. Look out – crime prevention campaign targeted at robbery utilising disruptive approaches such as mobile ads designed to pop up and encourage people distracted by their phones to be more aware of their surroundings and to keep valuables out of sight.”

For those who can attend regular meetings and who have an interest in helping police devise new strategies the Independent Advisory Groups IAGs are ideal.

“In efforts to improve confidence and satisfaction amongst some communities where it is lower, we implemented a number of changes. The Directorate of Professional Standards (DPS) set up a new Independent Advisory Group with a wide range of community members from across London to advise
on a range of challenging issues such as the manner in which the Met responds to public complaints and officer misconduct. The IAG members are also part of high profile operational Gold Groups to provide critical friend advice and guidance. We also launched our first cohort of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender/Transsexual plus (LGBT+) advisers who work proactively with partners and the public to increase community engagement, crime prevention and active citizenship in order to build trust and

We’d support all these schemes, but none can replace the residents led Neighbourhood Watch schemes because talking to your neighbours cannot be replaced by anything else.

All these schemes like

  • street watch
  • school watch
  • IAG
  • Gold groups

as mentioned above are police run schemes and rely on their management of it.

Neighbourhood Watch in contrast is perpetually run by Neighbours who organise themselves and are run by Neighbours themselves. Your police run scheme may become redundant after a couple of years but Neighbourhood Watch continues to exist, as it does already since 40 years. We do run Street parties for the Queen’s Jubilee or organise litter picks, food distribution in times of hardship and do many other activities like tree planting and keeping areas nice.

We need reliable, safety conscious individuals to set up and run schemes.

Love your Neighbourhood

Love your Neighbourhood

One of the Apps we recommend for versatile use in the borough of Tower Hamlets.

This App is run via Council services but would be ideal also for Neighbourhood Watch purposes to connect to Police, but it would need for the Police to adopt this as reporting method, which they currently do not do.

Love Your Neighbourhood is used by various local authorities and after you’ve downloaded it, you choose the borough you are in.

Then you get an amazing menu:

  • Report it
    • Fantastic reporting tool for a variety of issues and you get a lot of categories to report to. It’s best to scroll the menu and get used to the options as you use the App.
    • Main categories are
      • Cleansing
      • Highways
      • Parks
    • Describe the issue you want to report
    • Choose category
    • Take or use a photo already present
    • circle the area of concern on the photo before you safe it to the report
    • Mapping is automatic to the area you are in.
    • report with contact or anonymously
  • Love it
    • Describe
    • take photo
    • send report
  • Breathe Clean
    • provides an air quality forecast for 3 days
  • Waste & Recycling
    • Waste recycling schedule
    • Recycling banks map
    • bulky waste collection
  • What’s On
    • Social events in the borough for kids and adults
  • Road Notices
    • Road issues on a map
    • and on a list
  • Get Involved
    • Consultation suggestions opportunity
    • Volunteer sign-up
  • My Details reports
    • See list of all reports you submitted and their status
  • Follow us
    • Links to websites and social media platforms used by the council

This would be an ideal app to use for Neighbourhood Watchers to deal with council issues. I always recommend people to download this lovely tool.

As already stated, this could be adapted for police reporting use.

Community meeting with Commander Barnett

Community meeting with Commander Barnett

Tower Hamlets Community Meeting

Please join us for our next community meeting for Tower Hamlets. You are encouraged to share this invite with your organisation and to any external parties who you think may be interested. 

For those not able to attend in person, we have an online option which you can access by clicking the below link on the day: 

Click here to join the meeting

County Lines workshop

County Lines workshop

This workshop described the astonishing facts and figures about this criminal network.

  • At least 3 Million people or 9% of the population used drugs last year
  • 45% of acquisitive crime is linked to drugs
  • Around 50% of all homicides in 2018/19 were known to be drug related
  • More than a 1/3 of people in prison are there because of drug related crime

Drug dealers use the county lines system, which in turn uses children and/or vulnerable adults to move and store drugs. Criminals will often use coercion, violence (including sexual violence) weapons.

Police found

  • 1105 drug dealing lines
  • 581 line names or ‘brands’ (gangs)
  • 7.6 % of lines linked to firearms
  • 6.3 % of lines linked to serious violence
  • 24 % of lines linked to cuckooing

The biggest drug exporters are

  1. Metropolitan Police area
  2. West Midlands Police area
  3. Greater Manchester Police area
  4. West Yorkshire

2529 individuals were linked to known deal lines of which

  • 81.8 % were male
  • 14.6 % female
  • 16.3 % below 18

Criminals use various methods to get hold of accommodation but if you find that you are suddenly having neighbours which

  • get a lot of cars, bikes, coming and going
  • short-term visitors at all times
  • noise and ASB
  • curtains always drawn
  • many young people without parents

You should report this to your local police. You may use the Twitter account @MetCC, which also accepts pictures or use our own anonymous reporting tool, which also accepts pictures.

Our best advice is to stop using drugs at the earliest opportunity.


Whether you attended the webinar or couldn’t make it, the slides have been made available to you here, and the recording can be watched here.

If you have watched the webinar please complete a survey about it here

Say No to ASB

Say No to ASB

Free Webinar “Say no to ASB” on 15. November 2021, click through to our event calendar.

Don’t forgot to register with Ourwatch Neighbourhood Watch membership.

Please click through to read further details about our aim to tackle ASB in all areas of Britain, which saw an increase with the relaxing of Covid restrictions.

We have a new, comprehensive ASB diary for download, which lasts for 14 days. It contains comprehensive examples and instructions for you to follow.

Visit the Tower Hamlets specific web pages of the local Association here.

£1.20 per week for ASB patrols

£1.20 per week for ASB patrols

We fully support the extra charge of £1.20 per week of service charges for ASB patrols. The patrols are exactly what’s needed in known ASB hotspots. Report ASB to the council here.

Don’t become complacent Neighbourhood Watchers your reporting is vital for the safety and security of us all.

Use our reporting sheet for recurring events you are worried about.

There are few ASB hotspots but there are many other areas where the alertness of our volunteers helps to keep us safe.