Working together to keep safer this Autumn

Published: Thursday, 21 October 2021

Havering Council and local Police have once again joined forces to launch the Autumn Nights campaign.

The campaign offers residents advice on how to stay safe both at home and when out-and-about as the nights draw in and the days become shorter.

Key messages for residents include:

  • remember to lock your doors and windows at night and when leaving your home unattended – even if you’re only popping out for a short time
  • ensure your home is well-lit because a house in darkness is easy for a burglar to identify as a target
  • check and set your house alarms if you have one
  • if you feel less confident as it becomes dark early, plan your trips and consider asking a friend/companion to accompany you
  • if you are walking home alone at night – be aware of your surroundings and make sure to tell friends or family where you are

The campaign will also remind residents of the safety advice around attending or taking part in events such as Halloween and Bonfire Night.

Council officers will be working with businesses to ensure that fireworks are sold safely and under legal regulations.

There will also be on-the-spot under-age sale checks carried out.

Meanwhile, Police will be increasing patrols around parks and open spaces, plus in the evenings in town centres.

Councillor Viddy Persaud, Havering’s Cabinet Member for Public Protection and Safety, said:

“We want to make sure that residents feel as safe as possible whether in their own homes or when out in the borough.

“We continue to work alongside the police and other emergency services and partners.

"We're sharing advice and working together to help prevent crime and anti-social behaviour, so we have a safer borough for all.”

Police Chief Inspector Chris Nixon, from the East Area Command Unit, said: 

“As the evenings become darker earlier now, be aware of your surroundings. Look after yourselves and your valuables. 

“Keep your mobile phone in your pocket and avoid using unless in well-lit areas if possible.  

“As well as increased patrols, we will carry out proactive operations.

"These will be targeting offenders, engagement and preventative initiatives, as we work alongside our partners to ensure everyone is safe to also enjoy celebrations during this period.”