Harrow Council’s third week of action took place in Wealdstone last week (22 January to 26 January) with a focus on community safety in the area.
A joint taskforce, led by the London Borough of Harrow’s Community Safety Team, recently organised a collaborative effort involving various services from the council, law enforcement, the voluntary sector, and trading standards to enhance public safety in the Wealdstone area.
This initiative involved officers engaging with the public and local businesses, especially women walking alone, offering advice and a reassuring presence. The operation also included weapon sweeps, test purchasing activities, visits to properties associated with Anti-Social Behavior (ASB), and referrals for individuals dealing with addiction and housing issues.
The taskforce also conducted a spot check on a business in the High Street, as part of the national ‘Ask for ANI’ campaign. This programme employs a code word to discreetly and confidentially assist victims of domestic abuse in accessing immediate help while in public spaces.
During the week of action, Trading Standards officers inspected local businesses to ensure compliance with regulations related to the sale of knives and vapes, providing advice on best practices when necessary.
The Harrow Safer Spaces map is currently available to residents, offering information on areas where individuals have experienced violence against women and girls (VAWG), areas with inadequate street lighting causing safety concerns, or those lacking CCTV coverage.
Cllr Anjana Patel, Cabinet Member for Highways, Infrastructure and Community Safety said: “It’s important that people feel safe on our streets. This week of action in Wealdstone was focused public safety – it’s where residents have told us that they feel unsafe or fear crime.
“So we have worked with our partners to follow up on issues and engage with people and businesses on what their concerns are and what we can do.
“This is also about restoring pride in Harrow and keeping our neighbourhoods clean and safe. Checks on House of Multiple Occupants (HMOs), fly-tipping and environmental health related issues were also followed up on.
“I’d like to thank all our teams and partners for putting together a successful week of action.”
Environmental checks were conducted, resulting in the identification and reporting of multiple instances of fly tipping, all of which have been cleared.
Harrow residents are encouraged to provide input on areas where they feel unsafe. This can be done through the interactive map mentioned above which is on the MyHarrow Talk website, all genders are welcome to participate.