The Association has linked closely with the Metropolitan Police during the time when their structure has been in a transition phase with the closure of police stations but with an increase in the number of 'coppers on the street'. The intentions of the new regime are to reduce reported crime and costs whilst increasing the crime resolution rates through allowing the police to cross ward boundaries in the pursuit of criminals.
We are fortunate in the Marylebone area that we do not normally suffer from crimes that are categorised 'serious crimes'. However, all reported crimes are serious in the minds of the victims whether the crime is breaking into parked cars, burglary against the person or burglary from premises. Yet, are we doing all we should to avoid being victims? Clearly not! Manchester Square is an area where the incidence of car crimes is high; residents' cars are rarely broken into whilst visitors, typically showing the bright yellow Selfridge's bags on the seats are really inviting trouble. Similarly are we taking sufficient care of our mobile phones or keeping hand/shopping bags securely closed? The crime figures show otherwise.
Homelessness is a sad situation for those involved. Some choose to live that way but most, by far, are the victims of circumstances. Society does offer help to those who will take it via the day centres and hostels. Too often those who refuse to be helped are the ones that are a nuisance, including the Roma who are a problem in our area. They can be aggressive employing different tricks to exploit their demands for money - please note: begging is illegal! It was demonstrated last year that beggars from Eastern Europe sent very significant sums of money back to their families: the proceeds from 'working the streets'. If you are motivated to help the homeless, please give your donations direct to the local agencies or to the Rotary Club of St. Marylebone, that work on projects with the homeless centres.
If members are interested in joining our district's 'Safer Neighbourhood' schemes, please contact me and I will let them know when the next meetings are held for their specific area.