Neighbourhood Watch volunteers have delivered community safety tips to potential victims of mobile phone theft outside Stockwell Tube Station this week.
Lambeth Community Safety Service in partnership with Lambeth Police, enlisted their help as a way of providing gentle reminders to commuters to be on their guard against thieves who specifically target mobile phone users outside the station.
Volunteers teamed up with police and approached commuters as they left the station during rush hour periods throughout the week. Community Safety and Police staff trained volunteers on vital intelligence gathered around opportunistic ‘snatch and grab’ robberies which specifically occur outside Stockwell Tube Station. Each volunteer asked to outline safety tips and provide a crime prevention leaflet. The operation is part of the council’s innovative cooperative council agenda which empowers members of the public to deliver council services.
The main points are:
- Victims are alone when targeted
- Victims have either been texting or talking on their phone when targeted
- Only expensive smart phones (iPhones) are targeted
- Victims are targeted just after leaving the station, or standing at bus stops
- Most offences happen between 4pm to 11pm
Crime figures relating to phone theft will be analysed by the Community Safety Service and Lambeth Police to measure the impact of the operation. The Anti-social Behaviour Action Team, which is made up of police officers and community support officers, as well as Police Cadets and the local Safer Neighbourhoods Team will also deliver safety messages to keep the momentum going throughout the month of action.
Lambeth Council Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Cllr Rachel Heywood, said: “We are determined to end these opportunistic robberies from happening at Stockwell Tube by educating commuters and reducing the number potential of potential victims. I would like to thank everyone involved in what has been an extremely successful operation and shining example of co-op council in action.”
Chief Inspector Patrick Beynon, Lambeth Police, said: “There have been a number of thefts reported by lone travellers leaving Stockwell tube station. We have increased patrols in response to this, but need everyone to beware in order to prevent more crimes occurring. This type of initiative using trained volunteers working with Safer Lambeth Partnership will no doubt help in the reduction of crime.”
To report incidents of anti-social behaviour contact the anti-social behaviour reporting line on 020 7926 4000 or contact Community Safety’s Area Crime Reduction Team on 020 7926 2733. For more information on the Safer Lambeth Partnership visit http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/SaferLambeth. In an emergency always dial 999