Category: Volunteers

phone snatching

phone snatching

A menace feared by almost every phone owner today.

Opportunist thieves, usually on bikes, cycle around busy spots and look for easy victims to snatch a phone out of their hands.

Busy places like bus stops, outside of pubs, pedestrian areas, all of which have easy cyclist access are among those targeted.

All the thief looks out for is

how you stand, how they can get away, how easy it is to snatch your phone without being pulled off their bikes. or if on foot, how quick they can run off without being caught.

Of course, we all do it, check for messages, use the taxi app, banking app, the map, answer and make calls. That is what a phone is for.

Other thieves are targeting known users of luxury phone brands and do not shy away from using threats to life to get the phone handed over.

Question is what can we do to avoid falling victim to a phone snatcher. The answer isn’t easy.

Victim blaming is never a good idea but we need to think how we can prevent the phone being taken.

For many, the value of the phone is secondary to the tragic loss of personal photos and files and the whole inconvenience of having to buy a new phone.

First principle always has to be your personal safety.

What solutions are available?

another option is Immobilise marking
  • CCTV is only useful if the perpetrator is known and can be clearly seen and identified.
  • Rendering the phone useless after it has been stolen is not currently available because if it was, the thefts would stop, unless of course thieves steal phones for their material value.
  • Targeting known re-sale outlets (this was successfully implemented by police for stolen bikes)

In the meantime, how can we prevent our phone being stolen?

  • Always be alert
  • never hold your phone away from your body whilst holding it in one hand
  • Prior to looking at apps, check the area around you, if necessary stand in a less approachable position or area.
  • Keep the phone inside a bag, so it cannot be seen
  • Use smart water to mark your phone

If your phone has been stolen always immediately report to police, to your phone service provider and all banks and related institutions connected to your phone use.

Most people do not have the presence of mind to remember the details of the thieve as they concentrate on their phone at the moment of theft.

Hydra teaching at Met’s Hendon Academy

The famous Hendon Police Academy in Hendon, hosted a Hydra session for IAG members. The tech-driven teaching strategy provides a events simulator, which involves various agencies for problem solving. These tech suites are used to train police officers.

I met members of the Hackney IAG last Sunday.

Johanna Secretary/MSA of the borough association with Chief Inspector Scammell

IAG members can also be Neighbourhood Watch members. IAG consult on specific aspects of communal issues.

At this moment in time I am having problems location any details about the Tower Hamlets Independent Advisory Groups. I could find a query on the MOPAC website from 2006.

IAG groups give special advise on

  • Race
  • LGBT
  • Gypsy and Traveller
  • Youth
  • Disability
  • Trident
  • Gun crime in the Black Community
  • Sapphire (rape and sexual offending)
  • Safeguarding of children
  • Operation Blunt (knife crime)

I am awaiting actual details and shall up-date ASAP

Don’t waste time, report the crime

Don’t waste time, report the crime

The fear of losing time, getting involved and extra complications, hinders people from reporting crime.

Just do it anonymously. The Tower Hamlets Neighbourhood Watch Association, enables you to report crime completely anonymously in E1, E2, E3, E14.

All we ask is

  • time
  • date
  • place
  • description (optional)
  • create yourself a reference
  • up-load
    • voice file
    • video
    • doc

We do not monitor your email, IP address or phone numbers.

Just do it!!!

Festival of Discovery

Festival of Discovery

Running online 20-21 November 2020, The Festival of Discovery aims to help people connect through lively discussions, entertainment, things to make and do and real-life stories from communities across the UK.

Join Eddie Izzard, Jo Brand, Mr Motivator and many more special celebrity guests and contributors as they set out on an exciting journey to explore what a better future might look like for us all.

Book your place now, it’s completely FREE and with new acts still being confirmed, there is something for everyone at www.thefestivalofdiscovery.com! #FestivalOfDiscovery

A gateway to engage with the community

A gateway to engage with the community

Neighbourhood Watch is to become

  • the most popular gateway for people to engage with their local community
  • the authoritative voice on community-based crime prevention
  • a recognised contributor to community health and well-being.

The next national AGM of the Neighbourhood Watch Network will be addressed by Minister of State Kit Malthouse in November.

Tower Hamlets Neighbourhood Watch Association is represented, we are one of the country’s associations formed within borough boundaries.

We strongly recommend that local people register with Ourwatch whether you are part of

  • Residents Association
  • Neighbourhood Watch
  • Local group of helpers

who all have the well-being of the community at heart and feel that community safety, reduction of crime are part of their agenda.

Map your watch or contact us to help you set up a watch area on the site.

£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.