Security gates reduce burglaries in Faircross Parade

A newly installed set of security gates behind a row of shops in an alley in Barking have helped reduce crime, fly-tipping and anti-social behaviour in the area.

The gates at both ends of Faircross Parade in Longbridge were activated last month after a suggestion at public meetings of the Longbridge Safer Neighbourhood Team.

A number of burglaries and other crimes had taken place in the alley and nearby council flats, but the gates, which are funded by the council Housing department, have seen a drop in criminal activity being reported by residents and businesses.

Cllr Rocky Gill said: “No-one should have to live with the fear of burglary, and by taking steps like this we can send the message that crime won’t prosper in Barking and Dagenham.”

Sgt Andrew Larkin, of Longbridge Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “This is an excellent example of police and council working together to cut crime.

“This particular alleyway had become a gathering point for youths and there was lots of fly-tipping was taking place.

“Hopefully this will make things a lot better for the shop keepers and the flats above.”