PC Simon Stamp, DC Gavin Burns and PCSO Oli Barrett addressed a packed meeting of Estate residents, plus some from neighbouring roads in Coombe Hill Ward, at Coombe Hill Golf Club on December 6. DC Louise Holman from the Organised Crime team had been called away for an operation immediately prior to the meeting.
PC Stamp reported that there were 16 burglaries in Sept/Oct 2018 in the Coombe Hill Ward (which extends to beyond Kingston Hospital in the west and the A3 in the west), an increase of 4 over the same period last year. He emails details each month to all those signed up for Neighbourhood Watch. He reminded us of some of the vulnerabilities, particularly the rear of properties.
DC Gavin Burns from the SW Basic Command Proactive Unit outlined Operation Genie which relates to 37 linked high value burglaries in the Kingston area since January 2017. These have also been linked to others in the Met and other forces. The MO tends to be entry to large exclusive houses from the rear of the property ,often from open land, and above the ground floor. Items taken tend to be jewellery and cash, leaving laptops, tablets and other electrical goods behind and the search is often restricted to upper floors only. It has been established that several different teams committing these offences including a number of Chilean nationals. There have been 16 arrests since the end of September and 6 cars have been seized.
There followed a Q & A session with DC Burns and PC Stamp giving guidance on:
and he advised against the use of social media either for posting information during an absence or advising of a forthcoming absence. DC Burns cast doubt on the efficacy of using a private security company for estate-wide patrols in view of the MO of approaching from the rear of properties and the inability to be in more than one place at a time.
Concern was expressed about the use by local newsagents of open counter books clearly recording owners’ absences and addresses. An online system would be better.In response to a question the police have advised that anyone abroad and seeing a burglary unfold on a smartphone security app would have to contact the police on 999 via someone in the UK.
PC Stamp outlined the MetTrace project using SmartWater property-marking kits. This can reduce the chance of burglary if the property is flagged as using SmartWater and results in 100% conviction rates for those caught with marked property. PC Stamp has fought hard to get SmartWater kits for the MCRA residents and hopes that these free kits will be distributed in the near future. Each bottle contains a unique forensic signature. (Instructions and registration forms will be included with the kits).
In answer to a question about progress on the installation of CCTV cameras at Kingston Hill ends of Warren Road and George Road, PC Stamp and Cllrs. Ian George and Rowena Bass have promised to try and exert pressure on RBK, as the installations were promised by Christmas.
MCRA wishes to thank PC Stamp, DC Burns and PCSO Barrett and Cllr. Ian George for their time and Coombe Hill GC for the use of their facilities.
HILL SAFER NEIGHBOURHOOD TEAM
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Be vigilant. This is what can happen if anyone ignores traffic control mechanisms on the Estate. These pictures were taken at the entrance to Golf Club Drive.
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