The main areas of concern among residents remain unchanged month to month with minor seasonal variations. These are: rough sleeping and begging, anti social behaviour, personal & other theft and motor vehicle theft.
Rough Sleeping / Begging.
While marginally diminishing in the winter months, possibly the environment is less attractive , particularly to the overseas element , the colder weather may also lead to rough sleepers looking for new bases.
In the past three months a more robust stance from the UK Borders Agency and joint effort with WCC , St Mungos and Baker Street Quarter has led to a reduction in numbers and hopefully a higher level of repatriation where possible.
While passive begging and rough sleeping may be an annoyance, aggressive begging can be a topic highlighted with the Police for action. Similarly, the detritus frequently resulting from rough sleeping can create a health and safety hazard.
Meanwhile, as always, the best deterrent to begging is to refuse to contribute!
Anti Social Behaviour
Specific problems in the Luxborough Tower area, some associated with drug abuse involving students from Westminster University.
Action already taken by Police and Security, and the University are prepared to take action where specific evidence is available, however the optimum solution will involve block management carrying out alterations to the underground area, inevitably a question of money.
Personal & Other Theft
Including snatch theft. A surprisingly large number of cases involve the theft of mobile phones –both snatched or removed while attention was distracted
In the past three months, there has been significant growth in theft by riders/passengers on motor scooters. –again notably mobile phones and tablets.
Pedestrians using phones while walking in the street are particularly vulnerable.
Police are mounting both plain clothes and uniform activity to detect or disrupt scooter theft
Motor Vehicle Theft
There has been an increase in this category –mainly theft of belongings from cars –possibly as a result of Christmas traffic /shopping left in vehicles .In most cases access was through smashed windows. The police have mounted an initiative to deter, detect and arrest persons committing such crimes, but residents and visitors can assist by ensuring that no goods or possessions are left visible in vehicles
Paddington Green Police Station
Currently the base for the Ward police team, it is likely that the station will close within the next few months. As yet no indication has been received as to the new base for operations
Police have now been issued with body cameras. Anecdotal information indicates that this can improve the behaviour of both Police and general public-and assist Police in evidence gathering. The use of such cameras is now spreading to security organisations
Team Mobile Phone
The new team mobile phone number is 07769139532