Category: Crime Prevention

Thieves steal entry door scanners

This was a scanner

Home owners beware, thieves remove, damage, steal your entry door scanners, leaving residents unable to scan in, disabling security.

If your entry door scanner is easily removed, please change your system to a more secure one.

We are offering membership deals to service providers, sign up here. Residents get terrified because thieves will get entry to their blocks easier and can copy the data software from the device.

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.

Knife bin in Tower Hamlets

Knife bin in Tower Hamlets

A new knife bin which was recently installed at St Mary and St Michael’s Church is now officially open. Mayor John Biggs joined members of the community and local faith leaders yesterday at a blessing and official opening of the bin.

The knife bin has been provided by Word 4 Weapons, a leading UK weapons-surrender charity that helps to create safer communities by promoting voluntary surrender of knives and other weapons. (As published by Tower Hamlets Council’s newsletter today)

We had campaigned for this to happen and at least it did. Hopefully anybody understanding that it is better to put those knives away will use that bin.

Hard calls save lives

Hard calls save lives

Sharing information on knife crime can save lives. We understand that calling with information on a crime is a hard thing to do, especially if you think what you know isn’t worth the call. But the details you give, however small, can help build a picture of criminal offences, and can make a difference in keeping your area safe and even help save lives.
We want to help you understand what sort of information could be useful in preventing knife crime and provide a place to give information safely and anonymously.

It doesn’t need to be the name of offenders. If there’s been a violent incident in your area, you may remember things about that day. Small details such as the time, if you noticed a vehicle that isn’t from the area, or if you’ve noticed anyone acting suspiciously; all these details will help build up a picture of what happened and contribute to a wider investigation.
For further details and how to report your information anonymously, please visit Hard Calls Save Lives website below or simply contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

We publish an incident diary, which could help jot down details of events. There is the short and the 14 day version. You can upload your incident diary to our anonymous reporting page without having to give any of your details.

If you just want to report anything without making yourself known, you may use our anonymous reporting page, which is forwarded very quickly normally.

News from the Home Office

My enquiry to the Home Office about the Neighbourhood Watch efficiently working with all crime reduction partners in Tower Hamlets has now been answered.

We have been given the heads up, the matter was referred to the Crime Strategy and Performance Unit. Whilst we heard at the same date that major drug busts in Britain led to the seizure of over 220.000 units of illegal drugs, we need to concentrate on our efforts of keeping crime down and working to the best of our ability to keep our communities safe.

Drugs present one of the biggest dangers to the integrity of our nation, our families and our future, of course terrorism is an equally blatant danger.

So regardless how many spanners are thrown in the works of resolving crime, we still need to push forward helping to reduce it. We must have a Zero Tolerance policy on drug dealing and consumption and on Terrorism amongst ourselves. Our watch groups are strictly prohibited from working with unsavoury organisations.

If you have information about drugs, report it immediately.

We provide you with tools to handle both problems efficiently.

For constant updates on Terrorism we provide the ACT App to our members, giving us

regular up-dates from the policy makers, advice on how to handle dangerous situations to do with terrorist attacks and prevention and courses.

If you have any information about drugs, you may report this via our own anonymous reporting tool, which does not require you to give any information about yourself, nor do you need to talk to anyone to report.

In fact there is a vast array of reporting options to do so.

Please register with Ourwatch to get the latest news from our national and local partners and the police.

Breaking up national unity

Why it is that UK Police of all organisations is trying to break up National Unity is beyond my understanding. We usually hear about Scottish and Irish and perhaps sometimes Welsh nationalists trying to break away but they never mention the Police Force.

That is a very important in respect of Neighbourhood Watch and keeping records of Neighbourhood Watch members and the mailing lists of such people.

Neighbourhood Watch has around 3.5 Million members nationwide, at least the ones who are registered on Neighbourhood Alert and or Ourwatch.

But, the UK Police has come up with a way to break up the National Neighbourhood Watch Network by inventing OWL.

Yet, we have no Neighbourhood Watch system with OWL. We get one way mailings from council and police but nothing by way of Neighbourhood Watch groups coordinators. Picture redacted

People are told that OWL is now the new Neighbourhood Watch system. Yet, there are no watch coordinators visible on OWL as Ourwatch schemes do not get transferred. Continue to register with Ourwatch for schemes.

In fact we have not had anybody in Tower Hamlets trained on OWL, despite OWL presenting themselves as the new Neighbourhood Watch system. We do however train people on using Ourwatch. Our volunteers are protected and insured by Ourwatch. See related article.

Whilst the National Neighbourhood Watch Network has an excellent system of volunteer care and training, OWL does not. We have not been provided with any information about that from OWL.

It would be perfectly easy and feasible for all police forces to simply subscribe to Neighbourhood Alert and run all their Neighbourhood Watch related mailing lists via that extremely secure system, but no, UK Police has split up the national Neighbourhood Watch system into chunks of areas, where they introduced OWL.

Yet, most national crime prevention providers are all subscribed first-hand to the National Neighbourhood Alert system and send our scam warnings with the touch of a button to Millions of users.

Whilst OWL does not receive those very same messages at the same very fast pace.

Picture slightly fuzzy as it is taken from a moving screen

I think enough is enough, UK Police has to stop splitting up Neighbourhood Watch and try to create an off-shoot of Neighbourhood Watch with OWL.

Not even the new OWL App has any new developments in respect of crime reporting, they simply re-direct people to the Met Police website. We do not need an App for that, we can do that ourselves.

I have asked OWL to provide us with their policy on volunteer training and their volunteer care policy but nothing has been provided.

Ii think that OWL is one way that parts of UK Police try to break up national unity. There are only 9 London boroughs and Hertfordshire fully working on OWL, the rest of the Country is not.

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

Changes to the Highway Code

1. new Hierarchy of road users. Drivers of vehicles that can cause the most damage, bear the biggest responsibility.

2. new priority for pedestrians at junctions. Drivers should give way to pedestrians crossing or waiting to cross a road.

3. priority for cyclists when cars are turning.

Rule 239 reads: “Where you are able to do so, you should open the door using your hand on the opposite side to the door you are opening; for example, use your left hand to open a door on your right-hand side. This will make you turn your head to look over your shoulder. You are then more likely to avoid causing injury to cyclists or motor cyclists passing you on the road, or to people on the pavement”.

Changes to the Highway Code effective from 29th of January 2022!

New rules for All Road Users; (Drivers, Pedestrians and Cyclists) have been updated in The Highway Code to improve the safety of people walking, cycling, and riding horses.
10 sections of The Highway Code have been updated, with 50 rules being added or updated.
Hierarchy of road users
The government is creating a hierarchy of road users, ranking those who use the road to ensure that those who tend to the greatest harm have the biggest responsibility to reduce the danger they may pose to others.
The new road hierarchy is as follows:

  1. Pedestrians
  2. Cyclists
  3. Horse riders
  4. Motorcyclists
  5. Cars/taxis
  6. Vans/minibuses
  7. Larger passenger vehicles/HGVs
    The Department for Transport (DfT) has said that the goal of the new measure is not to give total priority to pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders.
    But to instead promote a more “mutually respectful and considerate culture of safe and effective road use that benefits all users.”
    However, it adds that “none of this detracts from the responsibility of all road users, including pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders, to have regard for their own and other road users’ safety.”
    More obvious priority for pedestrians In the 2022 version of the Highway Code, there is more obvious priority for pedestrians – particularly at junctions.
    And it lays out exactly where they have the right of way over other road users.
    • Drivers, motorcyclists, horse riders and cyclists should give way to pedestrians crossing or waiting to cross a road into or from which they are turning into or out of.
    • The same rule applies to zebra crossings, and pedestrians and cyclists on a parallel crossing.
    • Pedestrians always have priority when on a zebra crossing, on a parallel crossing or at a light-controlled crossing when they have a “green man” signal.
    • Cyclists should give way to pedestrians on shared use cycle routes.
    Drivers must give priority to cyclists and not cut across
    As of January 2022, drivers must give priority and not cut across cyclists when they are turning into or out of a junction, changing direction or lane.
    The rule also applies when cyclists are using a designated cycle lane, track or riding ahead of drivers on the road.
    Drivers also shouldn’t turn at a junction if doing so would make the cyclist going straight ahead stop riding or swerve to avoid them.
    With an average of 2 cyclists killed and 83 seriously injured every week and half of these involving a car, the Highway Code has been updated to reduce collisions between the two.
    The new rule, “includes when cyclists are approaching, passing or moving off from a junction, moving past or waiting alongside stationery or slow-moving traffic” as well as “travelling around a roundabout”.
    Cyclists should move into the middle of the road
    As any road cyclist will know, this advice has been out for a while – but now the Highway Code is making it official.
    Cyclists should move into the middle of the road to make themselves more visible on quiet roads or streets – and move left to allow fast vehicles to pass.
    Cyclists should also ride in the centre of the road in slow-moving traffic and then move to the left when it picks up again.
    And move into the middle when coming up to junctions or road narrowing where overtaking could be unsafe.
    Cyclists should also keep at least half a metre away from the kerb and drivers must leave them at least 1.5 metres when driving at speeds of 30mph.
    If the vehicle is moving faster than that, drivers should leave even more room to avoid a potential collision.

    Please take the time to read the latest updates here:

Texan synagogue attack

Sent on behalf of Jane Corrigan, Detective Superintendent, London Prevent Coordinator, Counter Terrorism Policing – SO15.

Good morning,

You may be aware of the events at a Synagogue in Texas this weekend. We can let you know that the suspect is now confirmed as dead. The Foreign Office has confirmed that they are aware of the death of a British man in Texas and are in contact with authorities there. The incident is still under investigation and officers from Counter Terrorism Policing are also liaising with US authorities and colleagues from the FBI regarding the incident.

This type of incident can have a profound effect on all communities and, in this instance, we are particularly aware of the effect on British Jewish communities. We know that many of you will be playing an important role in your own areas to provide support and reassurance to those affected, and to help bring communities together.

As always, it is important to remain vigilant and we understand people will be concerned.

The Community Security Trust provides security advice and training for Jewish communal organisations, schools and synagogues.

Please report any hate crime incidents to the police – via 999 in an emergency or 101 for a non-emergency.  You can also report online through the police hate crime reporting site True Vision (, or via a third party reporting centre such as Stop Hate UK, the CST or Tell Mama.

Security at places of worship – The National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) has guidance with protective security advice covering a range of places including places of worship as a specific sector. It can be found here:

For anything immediately concerning contact 101, or in an emergency situation always call 999.

Emotional and practical support for anyone affected by this incident can be found at

Our Strategic Engagement Team will be monitoring tensions over the coming days, if you do have any increase in concerns, feel free to feed it into your local policing team so we can capture it in our pan London and national overview.

I’d be grateful if you could share this message with your networks and of course visit – www.ActEarly.UK or contact the advice line on 0800 011 3764 if you are concern about someone who is vulnerable to being radicalised.

Added by THNWA

Locals to Tower Hamlets are welcome to use our anonymous reporting tool if they know about planned attacks but don’t want to make themselves known as informants.

Please join Neighbourhood Watch, we work closely with authorities to prevent Hatecrime and Terrorism and make access to the ACT App to our members.

2021, highest rate of teenage homicide in London

We strongly urge all who work, live or talk with/to young people to remind them of the dangers of getting involved with anything illegal these days.

Most criminals aim to establish gangs, based on teenage and vulnerable persons’ who are used as mules and slave labour.

See BBC article on the 30th teenage killing in London this year.

Gangs can be seen as replacement family by youngsters to begin with. But, the pressures for ‘wrongdoing’ according to the gang code leads to corporal punishment and can result in death for the ‘wrongdoer’.

We know that parents are often unaware of their children’s involvement, but even if your child maintains, that they are not involved in gangs, persist on telling them of the dangers.

Do your children go out without going to a properly supervised activity, do they meet friends in the street? Are they evasive and don’t want to talk about things? Do you know of young people who tend to travel away from home for no apparent reason? Tell the police about this. Tell us about this, using our anonymous facility if you do not want to get involved.

We strongly advise that you check your children’s school bag for sharp objects or tablets. Children can be told by others in school that they need a knife to protect themselves.

For all who make their own decisions, please do not take out any knives with you when you are out. The person wanting to harm you, will do so, regardless.

Your best insurance against harm is not to get involved with anything that is not lawful. Gangs often get people involved and once you are involved, you are punished under the gang code.

So not getting involved is your best insurance to not suffer harm.

Finally, if you use illegal drugs, bought from dealers, you are contributing to the gang culture. The gang culture exists because the gang leaders can profit from the illegal trade.

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