Barking and Dagenham police come knocking in ‘street-a-week’ initiative

PUBLISHED: 14:06 10 February 2015 | UPDATED: 14:54 10 February 2015

Shops have been targeted in Hornsey and Crouch End in the last fortnight. Picture: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Shops have been targeted in Hornsey and Crouch End in the last fortnight. Picture: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

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Most people would get the fright of their lives if the police came knocking on their door.

But a new community engagement initiative could help calm the nerves by combating burglary.

Police are chatting to residents and offering crime prevention advice in an attempt to understand their concerns about crime and anti-social behaviour.

The “street-a-week” initiative sees Dedicated Ward Officers (DWOs) and their teams calling at every house and business each week.

So far, all 17 Barking and Dagenham DWOs have taken part in the initiative, conducting over 6,500 visits.

Chief inspector of neighbourhood policing teams, Martin Kirby, said: “Contact with local officers can reassure the public as well as provide them with the real facts about crime rates.

“Engaging with all our communities is really important to us. We need to ensure we understand crime and anti-social behaviour issues as fully as possible in order to be able to tackle them effectively with our partners.

“I want to build trust and confidence in the local police.”

The borough-wide engagement activity will continue to roll-out on each of the neighbourhood policing wards over the coming months.

During “street-a-week” visits, DWOs will introduce themselves to locals, hold face-to-face discussions so residents can discuss their concerns and explain how police are tackling issues in the area.

After a burglary, officers immediately implement a technique called “super cocooning”.

They will not only attend the burgled address to conduct follow-up enquiries, but will knock on nearby doors to inform residents of recent burglaries.

Officers will be holding a police open day at Dagenham police station on Saturday, February 28, between 10am to 3pm.

The public are invited to see how policing in the borough is being managed and meet officers from specialist policing units which support local officers.

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