Burglary prevention campaign urges residents to be vigilant in Barking and Dagenham

From left: Anne-Marie Haxell, Neighbourhood Crime Reduction team leader, Cllr Jeanne Alexander, cabi

From left: Anne-Marie Haxell, Neighbourhood Crime Reduction team leader, Cllr Jeanne Alexander, cabinet member for crime, justice and communities and PC Harris, of the council-funded Housing Estates Team - Credit: Archant

Police are urging residents to watchful for any suspicious activity around their homes as part of a new campaign.

The Report What You See campaign urges vigilance in a bid to further reduce crime across Barking and Dagenham with an emphasis on preventing burglaries.

Behaviour deemed suspicious includes people knocking on doors with no genuine reason, hanging around the outside of a property, repeatedly driving up and down the street or jumping over a fence to a back garden.

Det Insp Louise Shepherd, from the serious acquisitive crime unit, said: “We take burglaries very seriously and are determined to crack down on this type of crime which can have a traumatic affect on the victims.”

Cabinet member for crime, justice and communities, Cllr Jeanne Alexander, said: “We need the help of residents to report anything suspicious that they see.

“A suspect knock at the door today, could be a burgled property tomorrow.”

Roadshows offering hints and tips to help secure your home are being held on September 7, from 11am to 4pm at Gascoigne Community Centre, September 8, from 11am to 5pm at Barking Park, September 14 from 11am to 3pm at Hatfield Hall, Goresbrook, and on September, 26 from 10am to 4pm at ASDA Dagenham.

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Leaflets including advice and tips to improve home security can be found at lbbd.gov.uk/communitysafety or visit content.met.police.uk for crime prevention advice.

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