Working together for a safer Havering

Published: Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Residents, volunteers and community groups across the borough are invited to be part of a community event which looks at how working together can help prevent crime and the threat of crime.

Community open day with safer neighbourhood Board
Working together for a safer borough, Councillor Viddy Persaud and the Safer Neighbourhood Board

The event on Saturday 29 September, will take place in Romford Market, between 10am and 3pm and will also see representatives from emergency, public and voluntary services attend.

The Safer Neighbourhood Community event is being hosted by the Safer Neighbourhood Board in partnership with the Metropolitan Police, London Fire Brigade, Havering Council’s Community Safety and Enforcement Teams and Trading Standards.

Local voluntary organisations and community groups such as Streetwatch, Neighbourhood Watch, Over 50s Forum, Stop and Search and the BME Forum will also be on hand to answer questions on the day.

There will be advice on how to deal with or report criminal activity such as scams, burglaries and the issue of cold-callers who prey on many residents across the borough.

The aim is to be able to share knowledge and provide clear advice on where and how to report crime and find out how to:

  • ensure their communities can be more closely involved in problem solving and crime prevention
  • ensure processes reflects the needs of people at a local level
  • be part of a bank of ideas and views from across the borough
  • achieve more partnership working between services and community groups to provide a greater accountability in policing and crime reduction
  • make more use of resources to deliver what is needed and tackling issues of local concern and crime prevention as efficiently as possible

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

“This event and that of the work of our Safer Neighbourhood Board is to look at ways in which we can all work together with residents, volunteers and the community as a whole, to have a safe borough to live, work and go to school in.

“We also want people from outside the borough to come and visit us, enjoy what Havering has to offer, feel safe and want to visit again.

“By encouraging residents and representatives from different groups and areas of the borough, we can get a clear picture of how we can help each other and as result have a safe borough.”

The day is aimed to be interactive and visitors will be able to get first hand advice from the services on offer, see up close appliances used in emergency situations and find out how to keep their homes, self and local area safe.

The event is open to all residents and visitors with the chance of also learning about the different voluntary services and community groups there are and how they can become a volunteer for any of the organisations.