Residents of Sudbury Hill, Harrow are expressing concern and frustration after a recent spate of thefts targeting disability blue badges.
In the past four months, several cars have been broken into, and blue badges have been stolen from the area, causing residents to feel vulnerable and helpless.
Those who have a disability or a health condition are permitted to park closer to their destination if they have a blue badge. Nevertheless, it is a sad reality that some people steal blue badges or use them for themselves fraudulently.
Despite reaching out to authorities, residents claim that they are not receiving adequate support, with some stating that they have had to pay hundreds of pounds out of their own pockets for window repairs. Each time a blue badge is reported stolen, residents are also required to pay a fee of £20, adding further financial strain.
Local people to Sudbury Hill have reported that the thefts are happening between 2:30am-4:30am and that the roads off Greenford Road, seem to be particularly targeted. With frustration mounting, residents are now calling for increased security measures, including the installation of CCTV cameras in the area, in an effort to deter further criminal activity.
One resident, who wished to remain anonymous, stated: “It’s really scary knowing that someone is targeting our area like this. We don’t feel safe, and we don’t feel like we’re being heard.”
Harrow residents are advising all those in the Sudbury Hill area, especially those living on Fernbank Ave, Rosebank Ave, and Maybank Ave, to be aware of the thefts and to report any suspicious activity to the police.
Residents are also urging anyone with information or ring doorbell footage to come forward and contact Sudbury SNT to help put a stop to this criminal activity.
The incidents have been reported and Harrow Online have approached North London police for a statement.