Harrow has seen a surge in crime over the Christmas and New Year’s period. Local Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) have reported a spate of burglaries in the Morland Road, Kenton area, raising concerns among residents.
PCSO Muhammad Nawaz, from the Kenton East Safer Neighbourhoods team, has urged residents to remain vigilant via the OWL website as the days become darker earlier, making it easier for criminals to operate unnoticed.
Kenton West and Edgware wards’ officers are actively patrolling the area to address the recent wave of burglaries. Nawaz advises residents to ensure their properties are secure and well-lit before leaving.
For more information and detailed home security advice, residents are encouraged to visit the Met Police website.
In addition to burglaries, there has been a rising number of phone thefts reported during the festive season. Constable Claire King issued a series of prevention tips to help residents safeguard their belongings in crowded places.
These tips include keeping bags close to the body, securing wallets and phones in zipped pockets, carrying only necessary cash and cards, and being vigilant in crowded areas where pickpocketing is common.
King also warned against leaving belongings unattended in public spaces, especially during dining or shopping, and urged residents to remain aware of their surroundings while using phones.
Meanwhile, the police have reported a concerning increase in license plate thefts over the past few months. PCSO Claire Orr shared crime reports indicating two license plate thefts on Bush Grove and Portland Crescent, both in Stanmore.
Additionally, a theft of a motor vehicle was reported on Crowshott Avenue, where a Mercedes was targeted. An attempted burglary on Bromefield in Canons Park and a successful burglary on Bush Grove were also recorded, with residents thankfully remaining safe.