Thursday 28 February 2013 4.40pm
Why didn't you start your post with ... Violence against the person aside, would you say that Southwark is becoming a safer place to live ?
I am aware of two young girls who work at More London and who have been struck in the face whilst having their mobiles snatched and of a young man being attacked from behind at London Bridge and phone taken. I have stopped someone stealing my bike in Bermondsey Street
and I was threatened. These incidents have occurred in the past 3 months.
No it is not safer and most certainly becoming more dangerous and there is insufficient Police action to crimes being committed. I have been in the area since 1987 and have noted and experienced a surge in crime over the past 12-18 months
I have just returned home today and informed that there was an attempted mobile snatching in Mill Street
yesterday lunchtime by two young men on a moped. Similar looking young men on a moped also attempted to steal a bicycle in Jacob Street
earlier in the week. The attempted theft was reported but Police unable to attend. I am informed that the culprits were still present when telephone call made.
It is this type of inaction that makes residents feel unsafe, when Police fail to respond to reported crimes, not matter how insignificant they are deemed to be by the Police.
I would further add, that on this website last week I reported two bicycles stolen. The description given of the thieves and taken from CCTV, very much matches the description given on this website of youths regularly carrying out mobile phone snatches along Tooley Street
. So if the Police were willing and able to target the bicycle thefts, they may find a reduction in more serious crimes. Zero tolerance comes to mind.
May I also add that after reporting the theft of my bicycles, I was informed that an investigating officer would contact me, but 9 days have passed and nothing. I searched for 1-2 hours each day last week and eventually on Saturday I found one of my bikes for sale in a shop at the Elephant and Castle. I immediately telephoned the Police on 101 and was put through to Southwark Police for the call to go directly to answer phone. I searched and and found two Police officers on their beat , explained the situation and they accompanied me to the shop and they asked the shop owner to remove bike from the shop floor. I then obtained the crime report references and reported the incident to Borough Police Station and was informed that the bike would be collected and held in storage and that the investigating officer would contact me. Five days have passed and not a word. I don't know if the bike has been collected from shop and what action is being taken. I have made telephone enquiries this afternoon, but informed someone will get back to me. I have made an effort to find one of my bicycles and I expect the Police to make an effort in reuniting me with it and informing me as to what action is taking place.
So one more time....in answer to your question ...I don't feel at all safe in Southwark and I am very concerned for my children and my partner's safety.