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LADYSMITH NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH - JANUARY AND FEBRUARY 2012

Dear Neighbour,

We do wish you all a happy, crime free, new year.

We thank our regular sponsors who have agreed to continue their support through 2012, and welcome the additional new support of Café Alleyne’s.

We are pleased to report that crime has continued to be much reduced around our area generally during the last couple of months. However, you may recall the item about metal theft awareness in our previous newsletter. Within the boundaries of our NW patch we sadly suffered from the metal theft epidemic.

Apart from the systematic removal of plumbing pipework from the pavilion in the KGV playing fields we also had the blatant removal of some kerb side gulley gratings in Sketty and Ladysmith roads; their removal left some dangerous gaping holes.

To help combat that type of crime maybe we all need to be more curious and suspicious when observing unexpected ‘roadwork’ around our streets. Do record vehicle registration plates or take pictures with your mobile phones; it could just make all the difference.

ONGOING SCAMS

Digital changeover Deadline Scam

We have digital TV switchover imminent in April. Do please be aware of fraudsters either selling inferior and/or

unnecessary digital boxes; or simply using the deadline to gain entry to burgle home whilst pretending
to adjust/retune TV sets. Again, the elderly, perhaps living alone, are more vulnerable to be targeted. For any assistance or advice about changeover simply ring the official helpline on 08456505050.

Energy saving device scam

There is apparently a wide spread scam whereby unscrupulous cold callers offer a plug-in energy saving device which, against a climate of rising energy prices, purports to make massive savings. Be aware that there is no such device that permits any tangible savings; they are simply after your cash.

NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS

- Test your smoke alarms and replace ageing batteries. Maybe assistyour elderly relatives/neighbours to do likewise.
- Shred those unwanted old credit card, bank and utility statements.
- Check that the tread on your car tyres meets the legal depth and are fit for the wintery conditions.

MOBILE PHONES

We understand that mobile phones are stolen in around half of all street crimes reported. Statistics reflect in approximately a third of all cases it is the only item stolen. Don’t make it easy for the thieves; think before using your phone in public, at bus stops and train stations - try to be aware of what is happening around you and when not in use, keep it out of sight.

UNWANTED TELEPHONE CALLS

Fed up with those unwanted telephone sales calls? There is a register you can join for free to block the majority of those irritating telephone sales cold calls. To find out more or register simply phone the Telephone Preference Service on 0845 070 0707. This will reduce these nuisance calls significantly but, unfortunately, does not block calls from outside the country, maybe one day technology will find a way.

Police Crime Reports not available. Locally reported crimesduring December/January.

FRIENDS OF THE PARK

You are invited to the next meeting to be held at 7:00pm Monday2nd April at the Ignatious RFC club house adjacent to the rejuvenated QEII stadium. Learn what is going on and have your say about the future role of our park and its activities.

We are pleased to be able to state that we have had no residential crime reported to us , either from our local Safer Neighbourhood Police teams nor from within our own community.

We have further stock available of the popular, easy to fit, window and patio door impact alarms. Please contact us by phone or email if you require any. It is possible that the wide spread use of these items in our area has helped in the reduction of criminal activity in our area.

Dire emergency : 999.

USEFUL TELEPHONE NUMBERS

(Note changes in Southbury Ward & Parks Police)

To report a crime that has happened : Dial 101
Town Ward (Sgt P. Agland) : 020 8721 2791 or 07748320034
Southbury Ward (Sgt S. Gill) : 020 8721 2763 or 020 7161 9571
Edmonton Control Centre : 020 8807 1212
Parks Police Unit : 020 8345 1139
Non urgent information : 0300 123 1212
Crime Prevention Officer : 020 8345 1143
Crime stoppers : 0800 555 111
Neighbourhood Website : www.uaware.org.uk

(19th February 2012)


LADYSMITH NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH : No.5 - September / October 2011

Your committee would like to thank those neighbours whowere able to attend the recent Silver Anniversary AGM. Theshow of support is appreciated and encourages us on the committeeto continue along similar lines for the general benefit ofus all and our community.

We acknowledge and thank all those who kindly donatedprizes for our very successful raffle, particularly 'Good LookingOptics' and 'ShowCase Cinema' for their generous contributions.

Safer Neighbourhood Police Teams from both Southburyand Town Wards gave presentations. Three local councillorsattended and took note of various aspects arising from issues
healthily debated.

The police explained their current 'Speed Watch' project for which they need local volunteers. Are you concerned aboutvehicles speeding around your streets? If so be trained in how to operate a 'Speed Gun' in order to curb such anti social activity and make our roads a safer place. Contact your Ward police at the number on the back page if you are interested.

A demonstration of a device giving the indication of people at home generated much interest. The cost of the device is around £24.00 and if you are interested contact us for more details.
I won't describe its operation here as the wrong people may get hold of our newsletter. Deadline for purchase order is 15th November.

Our stocks of smart water kits, jogger's wrist alarms and panic bells are now exhausted; however we do have some ever popular door/window alarms left in our cupboard. They are easy to fit and are free to our Watch residents. Don't miss out, just contact us.

Charity bag thieves

Police continue to need evidence/registration number of rogue vans patrolling our streets blatantly removing charity bags left on the doorstep for genuine charities. A recently observed occurrence and promptly reported by a member of the watch, greatly assisted the Berkshire police in their country wide search to find one particular vehicle.

Ongoing' scams' to be aware of.

A couple of 'pleasant women' brazenly knocking on doors around Enfield collecting cash against the pledge you had made on some children's charity some weeks has a virus? It is an attempt to persuade you to buy an expensive application to fix it. Its a scam, the application you would buy probably has a trojan buried in it just waiting to access your passwords and take control of your computer. At the least it is an over zealous salesman trying to sell an unnecessary application.

Lookout for an e-mail seemingly from DHL reporting to have failed to deliver a parcel and therefore seeks further address and credit card details to complete the delivery. No parcel firm sends e-mails like this, it is merely an effort to get your security details. DELETE un opened.

Phone call purporting to be a police officer supposedly investigating urgently fraudulent use of your credit card occurring "right now" at Comet. Again this is a SCAM to procure your card details. Giving card details over the phone to unknown persons is not a wise action.

Crime Reports 22nd June - 9th August 2011

Motor Vehicle Crime

Damage to vehicles - Ladysmith Road : 26th June (x1); 5th July ( x2)
Theft of vehicle - Ladysmith Road : 30th July (x1)

Residential Crime / Burglary

Ground floor, patio door, UPVC not locked - Ladysmith Road : 1st July (x1)
Front door, UPVC not locked - Ladysmith Road : 5th July (x1)

Police Crime Reports not available. Locally reported crimes during August and September

Motor vehicle crime

Theft of van - Bryn-y-Mohr Road : 28/29th August (x1)
Theft of vehicle - Ladysmith Road : 6/7th September (x1)

Dire Emergency : 999

Useful telephone numbers

Town Ward (Sgt P. Agland) : 020 8721 2791 or 07748320034
Southbury Ward (Sgt S. Gill) : 020 8721 2763
Edmonton Control Centre : 020 8807 1212
Parks Police Unit : 020 8345 4774
Non urgent information : 0300 123 1212
Crime Prevention Officer : 020 8345 1143
Crime stoppers : 0800 555 111
Neighbourhood Website : www.uaware.org.uk

(21st November 2011)


 

LADYSMITH NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NEWSLETTER - No. 3 MAY/JUNE 2011

Dear Neighbour,

We are midway through the long summer days and can all be enjoying our garden and barbecues in the warm sunshine: However, do be wary of leaving open windows and patio doors unattended; do avoid leaving laptops/handbags etc
too handily on view for those ever alert opportunist thieves. A bit of good news; we understand that our local police recently arrested a person known to have committed dozens of burglaries around the Enfield Area.

Whilst our crime reports listed overleaf depict ongoing irritating crime for our neighbourhood patch,the statistics neverthe less reflect a far healthier situation generally than many other parts of the Borough.

We have all observed the various scrap metal collectors that regularly patrol around our streets. Apparently, many are not adequately licensed or insured. They have often been sighted annoyingly entering residential sideways/driveways without permission in pursuit of items deemed for scrap.

In response to several complaints during recent months our Safer Neighbourhood Teams are undertaking a crackdown on such illegal and over zealous activity. To assist police efforts please be vigilant and report such activity, ideally with vehicle identification/registration plate details.

The police are particularly interested in apprehending a team doing the rounds in high visibility jackets emblazoned with "Borough of Enfield" on them!

Friends of Enfield Playing Fields (King George V)

Do you use our local park? Have you seen the new trees and seats? These have been obtained because the Friends maintain pressure on the council to improve the park. Enfield Town FC will be using the newly refurbished
QEII stadium as its home ground and part of the listed building as its clubhouse. The retention of athletics facilities at the site was in part due to a strong campaign by the Friends.

What would you like to see in the park - children's play equipment, a basketball court, naturalised areas, flower beds ................. ?

Support your park and make your views known by attending meetings or getting in touch with the Chair or Secretary. The next meetings will be held on 6th July and 3rd October (AGM) at 7pm in the Enfield Ignatians RFC Club House.
John Hall (Chair) - 020 8292 3627


Fraudulent 'British Gas' Scam

Beware of Bogus Emails purporting to come from British Gas adorned with the genuine logo style. The scam is along the line that calculations of your recent bills has determined that you have been overcharged and are eligible for refund. The follows, of course, a request for personal details, name, address and Bank account number to complete the refund process. Do not fall for this scam, BG would not ask by Email.

Crime Reports 14th April to 21st June 2011

Theft from Motor Vehicle

Bryn-y-Mawr : 18th April
Kimberley Gardens : 19th April
Ladysmith Road : 13th May

Damage to vehicles : Sketty Road : June
Damage to vehicles : Ladysmith Road : 19th May

Residential Burglary

Intruders confronted nil stolen: Sketty Road : 22nd April
Burglary attempted, failed entry: Ladysmith Road : 16th May
Shop burglary : Southbury Road : 11th May
Broken Glass entry : Southbury Road ( 2 events ): 13th June
Shed / garage : 2 bikes stolen : Ladysmith Road : 15th April
Criminal damage to garage : Ladysmith Road : June

Mugging

Phone snatch from young female, Southbury Road : 17th April


Free Alarms
We have various window/door alarms and purse bells available. Please contact us to take advantage of these easy to fit items, free to all residents within Ladysmith NHW.


Dire Emergency : 999.

Useful telephone numbers

Town Ward (Sgt P. Agland) : 020 8721 2791 or 07748320034
Southbury Ward (Sgt S. Gill) : 020 8721 2763
Edmonton Control Centre : 020 8807 1212
Non urgent information : 0300 123 1212
Crime Prevention Officer : 020 8345 1143
Crime stoppers : 0800 555 111

(29th July 2011)


 

LADYSMITH NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NEWSLETTER - No. 2 MARCH/APRIL 2011

Dear Neighbour,

The crime statistics show overleaf depict not only continuation of motor vehicle associated crime but also, sadly, a rise in burglaries around our area. A recent spate of burglaries has gone against the trend of the decline experienced during several previous months.

We understand that most of the burglaries were accomplished via entry through windows which were not alarmed at all. This is a timely reminder that we continue to have available a range of security alarms, easy to fit to doors and windows.

Please do take advantage of these items, free to all residents on our patch; simply contact us by phone/email shown on the back page. Do not miss out.

Meanwhile if you happen to observe anyone loitering around your neighbours property please do be suspicious, try to record the number plate of any vehicle they appear to be connected with; it could just make all the difference.

NEIGHBOURHOOD WEBSITE : www.uaware.org.uk

Controlled Parking Zone

You may already be aware that there are proposals to extend the existing CPZ around Enfield.
The proposals include impact within our Neighbourhood Watch area. If you are concerned about your future residential parking then please do make sure your views are included in the current consultations.

Digital inheritance

You may have written your formal will with diligence; but who would get the rights to your Facebook page,
your Twitter address 0r your web site? Copyright in your photographs, wrighting and emails lasts for 70 years after your death. How will anyone access your computer files, on line accounts etcetera if they are locked behind a password. To alleviate the need for your family and solicitor to grapple with such problems you should put passwords into a letter to be kept safe alongside your will.

Post Office Queues
Fed up with queuing at the Post Office? Do you know that our local sorting office sited just off Savoy Parade on Southbury Road, provides a service of weighing and taking in parcels and letters.

Junk mail & phone calls

Do you hate junk mail and cold phone calls? Consumer Focus, the state funded body has set up a new web site where you can register your details to ban cold phone calls and junk mail. It costs you nothing, simply go on line to www.msponline.org.uk to register.

Foxes in the Rubbish

Foxes toying with your rubbish? Simply spraying a drop of citric orange juice on your refuge sacks will deter them.

Crime prevention home survey

If you need advice on security the police have a procedure whereby they will call on you and advise on what you need to do to provide more security about your residence. There is no cost for this advice and quite often very little cost to carry out their advice yourself. Call the crime prevention officer on the number below.

Crime Reports 25th January to 13th April 2011

Theft from Motor Vehicle

Jules Thorn Avenue : 5th March
Sketty Road : 27th March
Sketty Road : 29th March
Ladysmith Road (3 incidents ): No date

Number plate stolen : Sketty Road : 25th March
Damage to vehicles : Ladysmith Road ( 2 incidents ) : No date

Residential Burglary

Ground floor rear entry (Daytime) : Cobham Close ( 2 incidents ) : 14th & 21st March
Ground floor rear entry (Evening) : Cobham Close : 17th March
Ground floor rear entry (Morning) : Sketty Road : 4th April
Ground floor rear entry (during night) : Ladysmith Road : 12th April
Failed attempt ( evening ) : Ladysmith Road : 12th April

Garages

Neighbouring garages ( failed attempts ) : Ladysmith Road ( 3 incidents ) : February


Dire emergency; 999.

Useful telephone numbers

Town Ward (Sgt P. Agland) : 020 8721 2791 or 07748320034
Southbury Ward (Sgt S. Gill) : 020 8721 2763
Edmonton Control Centre : 020 8807 1212
Non urgent information : 0300 123 1212
Crime Prevention Officer : 020 8345 1143
Crime stoppers : 0800 555 111


 

LADYSMITH NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH - No.1 January / February 2011

Dear Neighbour,

We wish you all a happy, crime free, new year. We wouldlike to take this early opportunity to thank all our sponsors who have kindly agreed to continue their generous support during 2011 without which we could not produce this newsletter.
You can read overleaf that recent crime statistics for your patch reveal mostly car related incidents which include yet another three known thefts of number plates. Our Safer Neighbourhood Police teams have again invited
us to promote their campaign to provide free fitting of their theft resistant screws. We understand that the police have a miscellany of screw sizes to fit all car models. Phone 020 8721 2763 for details of the next fitting operation to suit your timely needs.

Alternatively, all you DIY buffs can acquire appropriate screws from Enfield Police Station. (next to the Civic Centre).

Security Alarms.

Despite a flurry of interest following our previous newsletter, we still have further stock available of various door/window shock alarms and purse bells. So do not miss out on these easy to fit items - simply contact us by phone or e-mail.

We also have a stock of "Memo Minder Plus", a device specifically designed for those perhaps ageing and living alone, to assist them to combat door step crimes. If you, or someone near and dear to you merits a "Memo Minder" then please do not hesitate; let us know.

Our local Police teams report the continuation around our area of so called 'distraction' burglary offences, predominately aimed at the elderly and vulnerable. Often a female calls upon the victim asking for pen/paper or similar apparently innocent excuse. The suspect will follow them into their home to further distract them whilst one, or two, male suspects brazenly enter the left open door and search for cash/valuables. Please be sure to guide your elderly neighbours and relative accordingly.

If it sounds too good to be true then it probably is! Mail scams are fraudulent mail sent by professional fraudsters which are designed to con recipients into investing in various bogus schemes.

Such schemes usually involve fake lotteries, share purchases, inheritance claims community charge reduction schemes or income tax avoidance schemes etc; all scams. If you receive any suspect letters that you are unsure about you are now urged to inform the Police. "Operation Sterling" is dedicated to proactively trying to thwart these scams at source. You can visit www.met.police.uk/fraudalert for more information.

When you have purchased new electrical items please take a moment to register them at www.immobilise.com. This can greatly assist in returning your property to you if it is stolen. Further more, such identification can help the Police to pursue and prosecute the thieves.

Finally, the web site address of 'Threeroads' has now changed. The new address is uaware.org.uk

Crime Reports 30th November 2010 - 24th January 2011

Number Plates stolen :

Kimberley Gardens : 1st December
Clydach Road : 13th December
Sketty Road : 18th January

Damage to vehicles, items stolen : Mafeking Road and Clydach Road : 8th December

Theft from vehicle roof tube of copper pipe : Sketty Road : 21st December

Residential Burglary :

Garage broken into : Ladysmith Road : 20th December

Dire emergency; 999.

Useful telephone numbers

Town Ward (Sgt P. Agland) : 020 8721 2791 or 07748320034
Southbury Ward (Sgt S. Gill) : 020 8721 2763
Edmonton Control Centre : 020 8807 1212
Non urgent information : 0300 123 1212
Crime Prevention Officer : 020 8345 1143
Crime stoppers : 0800 555 111


 

LADYSMITH NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH - NEWLETTER No. 5 (NOV / DEC 2010)

Dear Neighbour,

Once again we are pleased to report that police records generally reflect a relatively calm period around our NHW patch. A recent reconnoitre indicates still too many households being left in darkness during those late afternoon hours of dusk making them vulnerable to the opportunist burglar. If your property is part of an "alleygate" scheme then please do abide by the basic food neighbourly rules and keep the gate shut and locked.

We understand that the theft of car registration plates is rife around London. (see back page). Apart from the initial inconvenience, victims can, in the aftermath, be the recipient of parking fines, congestion charges, speeding tickets and even be charged by the police for driving off from a petrol station without paying. This could be very difficult to prove innocence. Report to the police the moment you discover the loss of your plates; DO NOT DELAY, every moment may cost you dear.

You will receive a reference number which will be timed and possibly save you significant sums of money. `The police are currently running an initiative around supermarket car parks to fit theft resistant number plate fixers so do take advantage of this free service.

Your NHW committee would like to express thanks for your support throughout the year and wishes you all a trouble free and Happy Christmas.

Ongoing Security Aspects

We are pleased to announce that we have further stocks available of the ever popular "door shock" alarms. These items are very simple to fix and are ideal for complimenting any existing security; particularly useful on patios and/or rear doors etc. These are free to all residents within our NW area. WE also have a supply of "purse bells" which can certainly help thwart the pickpockets that apparently continues to flourish around our main shopping areas. Please, simply contact us via either phone/email. Details provided on back page.

Seasonal tips

- Cash Back scam. When paying for that trolley full of goodies, do check that you haven't been charged for cash back you didn't ask for.
- Expensive gifts. Maintain serial numbers of electrical toys and equipment and, prior to refuse collection, do not brazenly discard boxes of these toys and particularly electrical equipment.
- On medication. Take advantage of current excellent 'message in a bottle' campaign. For details and to obtain your free bottle ring "Age Concern" (020 8375 4120) or "Borough over 50s Forum (020 8807 2076).
- Experiencing local/domestic parking problems?. Ring the 'Parking Enforcement' office for guidance/assistance (020 8379 6402/4/6).

Crime Reports October/November 2010

Theft from Motor Vehicle :
Southbury Road : 16th October
Craddock Road : 11th November
Ladysmith Road : 25th October

Number Plates stolen :
Kimberley gardens : 30th November
Sketty Road : 3rd October

Attempted break-in to van : 13th October

Residential crime :

Window smashed, property stolen, Mafeking Road : 2nd November
Garage broken into, tools stolen : Sketty Road : 11th October

Street Crime :

Possession of cannabis detected in Ladysmith Road : 24th October

Playing Fields :

Goal posts stolen
Bicycles stolen

Dire emergency; 999.

Useful telephone numbers

Town Ward (Sgt P. Agland) : 020 8721 2791 or 07748320034
Southbury Ward (Sgt S. Gill) : 020 8721 2763
Edmonton Control Centre : 020 8807 1212
Non urgent information : 0300 123 1212
Crime Prevention Officer : 020 8345 1143
Crime stoppers : 0800 555 111


 

LADYSMITH NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH - MAY JUNE JULY 2010

Dear Neighbour,

You will be aware, from previous newsletters, that your Neighbourhood Watch were successful in procuring a grant from the Home Office. We are proud that your Watch was deemed appropriate and worthy of such a grant. We were one of only some 30 Neighbourhood Watches in the whole of England and Wales to achieve the status and we were awarded the sum of nearly £10,000.00.

Under the Home Office initiative guidelines the money was to be spent on helping to make our neighbourhood generally safer and to enhance communication within our community particularly those more vulnerable. Your committee set about spending the money with due diligence.
Early on, approximately 70 households took advantage of the free Police security check. Subsequently over 50 homes were able to receive free remedial/improved security aspects carried out by nominated professional locksmiths.

With co-operation from our council you shall soon observe new road signs erected around our area highlighting that it is designate a "Smart Water" Zone thus deterring opportunist burglars operating. Controlled distribution of many "Smart Water" kits will follow soon after. Distribution of security items, free of charge, such as door 'shock alarms' and 'door pendant alarms' began at our recent A.G.M. We still have many more in our stock so please do not miss out - simply make your request known to us.

We are also happy to provide a novelty pack to accompany this newsletter. Under the Neighbourhood Watch logo there are telephone/e-mail details to enable you to readily contact your committee members.

We should emphasise that these contacts are not instead of the 999 emergency service or the reporting service of the "Safer Neighbourhood" team. However, should you wish to report incidents occurring in your vicinity, or you have any problems that you would prefer us to raise with our local Safer Neighbourhood police team, then we would be quite content to progress these on your behalf.

Whilst our Neighbourhood Watch Area covers several roads, our title has always been normally recognised as "Ladysmith Neighbourhood Watch". In the interest of simplicity during the printing process the newsletter will in future not be assigning the various road names at the top of the page - but simply "Ladysmith Neighbourhood Watch".


ARE YOU INTERESTED IN :

Doing a bit more with your computer.....having some peace and quiet to spread out and upgrade your computer.....chat about computers with like-minded and interested individuals?
Our members have various interests to which they put their computers - PhotoShop, mapping (GIS), scanning historical documents etc etc.

Enfield Computer Club (NEL80) meets second Sunday of each month from 11.00 - 5pm. Come along for an hour, a morning or all day. St Lukes and St John's Community Centre, Hawthorn Grove (off Morley Hill) Enfield.

Other info from ericjukes@gmail.com or 0208 3666162.

Website at www.nel80.com (Note we do not run formal tuition or classes - we are looking for some more members for this club which has been in existence since 1980 - No annual subscription - members pay a contribution towards the hall hire charge when they attend)"


 

LADYSMITH NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2009

Dear Neighbour,

As Christmas approaches, please be extra careful when out shopping. Pickpockets will be on the lookout for busy and possibly distracted shoppers, especially during the Christmas and New Year sales. Ladies watch your purses and try to be vigilant at all times.
As we know, car parks area a prime target for theives at this time of year. Make life difficult for them, keep your shopping in the boot out of sight.
Traditionally, burglary is on the increase at this time of year. Going away for a few days ? Think about leaving a light on with a timer set to come on at dusk. Consider leaving the radio on during the day with a timer set to go off late in the evening. Ask your neighbour, or your Warden, to check that letters and junk mail are not stuck in the letter box for all to see.
The good news is that, generally, crime in our area is down and overwhelming majority of us can expect to have a happy, safe and crime free Christmas.
This is our last Newsletter for 2009 and your Commitee would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry

Christmas and a happy and safe New Year.

Roy Doherty

WARDENS MEETING

Our next Warden's Meeting will be held on Thursday 14th January. The meeting will take palce at Kingsmead School and will start at 7.30pm. As always, the meeting is open to all who wish to contact members of the committe or local police Safer Neighbourhood Team ( if available ).

BOGUS TELEPHONE CALLER

A resident in Ladysmith Road had a telephone call from a lady saying that she was phoning from the Enfield Council. She quoted the resident's correct name and address and went on to say that they had been assessed for the wrong band of council tax and been paying too much tax for the past 16 years. If the resident would give credit card or bank account details, the refund would be instantly repaid.

The scam is one of many similar cases reported. Unsuspecting persons could give over their credit or bank details which, of course, would be used to withdraw funds. Would you please warn as many people as possible about this scam, especially anyone you think may be vulnerable.

YOUR HOME SECURITY

Your Neighbourhood Watch has been successful in obtaining a grant from the Home Office for th sum of £12600 to help reduce the incidence of burglary and crime generally in our Watch area. You will by now have had a leaflet from the Police regarding the grant which will help to improve the security of homes in our area. Already, in response to the leaflet, a number of residents have been in contact with the Police and have had a home security survey which will sho whether they need improved secuirty for their homes. Any equipment recommended, such as door chains, patio door locks, door viewers, etc will be proivded and fitted free of charge. ( it is not means tested )

An important feature of the grant is that it must be used by the end of February 2010. It is not often that we are offered no strings attached funds by the Government, if we do not use the grant, it will be returned to the Home Office. In other words "use it or lose it". If you think that you will benefit from a security survey, don't delay !
The contact phone number is 07748 320 117. If you have tried to reply to the leaflet and had problems getting through, please let us know.

Roy Doherty

CRIME REPORT 7th OCTOBER - 2nd DECEMBER 2009

Burglary Residential
Entry through front door of flat - Southbury Road - 8th October
Unoccupied dwelling - Southbury Road - 9th November
Entry via 2nd floor balcony - Cobham Close - 13 November

Motor Vehicle crime
Car number plate stolen - Sketty Road - 5th November
Car window broken - Mafeking Road - 19th October
Van had windows broken - Bryn-E-Mawr - 19th October

Damage to property
Flower pots from front garden (1)placed on car roofs (2) - Ladysmith Road - 21st November
As (2) above - Lambourne Gardens - 21st November
Gate to New River footpath damaged - Lambourne Gardens - 21st November
Several garden fences damaged - Lambourne Gardens - 21st November

Bogus caller - see article above - since 2nd of December

It is clear from the "Damage to property" item that a group of people were involved on 21st Novmeber. If anyone has any information, however small and insignificant, please inform the Safer Neighbourhood Team and your Warden or me.

Roy Doherty


 

LADYSMITH NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

NEWSLETTER JULY / AUGUST 2009

Dear Neighbour,

We and the Police, are constantly reminding our members to check that their UPVC doors are properly locked.
Despite all the publicity, another burglary was reported to have taken place where the intruder gained access to the property through a UPVC door which was not securely locked.

Part of the problem may be that when the door lever is raised and the security bolts are heard to click into place, this gives a false sense of security.

The Police remind us that this type of door is properly secure only when the door key is used AFTER the door lever has been raised. If you have a UPVC door, please make sure that you and other members of your household are aware of the problem and that your doors are properly locked.

Anyone who is concerned about this problem, or about security of their home in general, can ask the Police to carry out a Home Security Survey.

Roy Doherty

COMMERCIAL PARKING

In the past few months we have received complaints of commercial vehicles occupying parking spaces in our roads.
We contacted the Council for clarification as to the legality of this use of a public highway. The following statement is the reply received.

"It is not an offence to park commercial vehicles in a residential street. If they are parked legally and have a valid road tax there is no offence being committed. If there is an unreasonable amount of the same sign-written commercial vehicles parked for long periods in a street then there is action we may take if we feel they are using the highway as 'an extension of their business'. We are aware of the fact that there is a problem for residents parking outside their properties in some street of the borough and understand their frustrations, but unfortunately, it is not guaranteed that one is able to park outside one's house across the Borough
As a Local Council we have to work with the Legislation we are given the powers to enforce".

ENFIELD TOWN SAFER TRANSPORT TEAM

A new Police team has been set up to counter crime and anti-social behaviour on the bus routes in our local area. The team will operate and patrol in the area of the A10, Soutbury Road, London Road, Baker Street and Windmill Hill.
The team consists of one Sergeant, one PC and seven PCSO's and their particular concerns are the bus routes used by school children from 3pm onwards.

Their duty hours are 7am to 11pm and they can be contacted on telephone number 07595 011468. As always, if there is an emergency dial 999.

COUNTERFEIT DVD's

The peddling of counterfeit DVD's continues to be a problem in our area. Recently the local Police arrested a DVD seller in Southbury Ward and aound 400 counterfeit DVD's were seized. Due to the way these DVD's are pirated, it is not unusual for them to be of very low quality. They are often made by video camera in a cinema so the sound is very poor. Sometimes people getting up to leave can be seen crossing the camera's view. they are usually not worth even the money they are being sold for. The legal position of someone having bought on is also doubtful.

BOGUS POLICE OFFICER CALLS

There have been a number of cases reported of callers at the door posing as Police Officers, in some cases they have offered to discuss the installation of security equipment. Once in they steal whatever they can find. Genuine Police Officers will always carry a warrant card displaying a name, rank and a photograph. Anyone who has any doubts about the authenticity of a Police Officer should ask the caller to remain outside and then dial 0300 123 1212
to confirm the identity of the caller. A genuine Police Officer woul have no objections to this request.

CRIME REPORT 1st JUNE TO 1st AUGUST 2009

Burglary Residential

Ladysmith Road
- Shed broken into : 12th July 2009
- Garage at rear of house broken into : 31st July 2009

Sketty Road
- Entry via unlocked UPVC door : 7th July 2009

Motor Vehicle Crime

Ladysmith Road
- Theft from motor vehicle : 11th June and 17th July 2009
- Car broken into : 15th July 2009
- Car damaged by brick through window : 1st August 2009

Sketty Road
- Van damaged : 5th July 2009

Damage to property

Enfield playing fields
- Intruders in allotments, damage to plot : 16th June and 10th July 2009

Ladysmith Road
- 4 newly planted pavement saplings destroyed : 17th July 2009

(2nd September 2009)


 

LADYSMITH NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

NEWSLETTER No. 3 : MAY / JUNE 2009

Dear Neighbour

Our 23 rd Annual Meeting was held on 22 May at the Professional Development Centre, Kimberley Gardens.
Our guest speakers were John Hall, Friends of Enfield Playing Fields and Graham Minns, Crime Prevention Officer. Other guests were Councillors Lee Chamberlain, Chris Bond and Peter Fallart of Southbury Ward and Eric Jukes of Town Ward.

The meeting went well although the turnout was disappointing de¬spite a fine evening and no competing big sporting event on the TV!   I suppose that we could claim to be victims of our own success. Over the past few months, the good news is that there has been a considerable re¬duction in crime reported in our Watch . When this happens, interest in the Neighbourhood Watch also tends to fall, hence fewer people at our meeting.

The raffle, presented by Bob Whiter, went well and raised the sum of £57 for our funds. Many thanks to our members for donating prizes for the raffle and to Anne and David for running the coffee bar so efficiently.

Roy Doherty

ALLEY GATING SCHEME

The local police and the Enfield Council are working in partnership to install alley gates in vulnerable areas. Where there is seen to be a prob¬lem with, say, anti-social behaviour or general security for residents back¬ing onto an alleyway, a gate can be fitted by the Council. The main re¬quirement for the scheme to operate is that permission must be obtained from all householders backing onto the alleyway. The good news is that gates will be fitted free of charge to residents.

For further information contact Enfield Borough Council Tel: 020 8379 1000.

ABOUT THE WATCH

We have been pleased to welcome many new members over the past year or so and now seems a good time to remind people why we exist and what are the aims of this Watch. Briefly our aims are to foster a community spirit and to encourage people to look out for their neighbours. In this way we hope to deter and reduce crime. We also aim to liaise with the local police and to draw attention to crime trends in our area.
Our Watch started in 1986 and we cover over 800 households. We operate on the basis that everyone is a member unless they choose to opt out.

There is a committee which meets monthly at members homes. The local police also attend these meetings. We have 37 Wardens who distribute newsletters, leaflets, etc. They also help keep an eye on their local neighbours. There is a Wardens meeting every three months to which any of our members can come, (see our Newsletter for dates of these meetings). The area of the Watch covers Ladysmith Road, Lambourne Gardens, Sketty Road and all side roads off Sketty Road. Also the

East side of Southbury Road from Ladysmith Road to Bryn Y Mawr Road. Also the new estate at Cobham Close and Jules Thorne Avenue. There is an Annual Meeting held in April to which everyone is invited, (continued)

Finally, our running expenses are funded by local businesses who advertise in our Newsletter and the raffle at our annual meeting.

FRIENDS OF ENFIELD PLAYING FIELDS

The next meeting of F of ENP will be held on Monday, 6 July at 7.00pm, As before it will be held at the Enfield Ignatians Rugby Club; Donkey Lane; All are welcome.

WARDENS MEETING

The next Wardens Meeting will be held at 7.30pm on Thursday, 16 July. As usual it will be he held in one of the class rooms at Kingsmead School. We hope that a representative of the local Safer Neighbourhood Police Team will be there. The meeting is open to anyone who wants to meet the Committee or the local police.

POSSIBLE BOGUS CALLER

A bogus window cleaner has been reported in the Southbury Ward area. He calls at the door and either asks the victim to fill his bucket with hot water or claims that he is collecting payment on behalf of their regular window cleaner. The suspect is described as a white male aged 45-50. Please let the police and your Neighbourhood Watch know if the suspect is found working in our watch area.

CRIME REPORT 1st April-31st May 2009

Burglary Residential

Ladysmith Road : 4th April
Southbury Road : 9th May

Motor vehicle damage

Ladysmith Road : 18th May

Motor Vehicle Theft

Ladysmith Road : 18th April
Ladysmith Road : 27th April ( 2 incidents )

Damage to Property

Allotments / Enfield Playing Fields : 15th April

Anti-Social Behaviour

Fireworks thrown at car : Ladysmith Road : 20th April
Eggs thrown at house : Lambourne Gardens : 8th May
Woman begging at door : Ladysmith Road : 13th April

Assault

Assault on shop staff : Southbury Road : 15th May

(15th June 2009)


 

LADYSMITH NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

NEWSLETTER No. 2 : MARCH / APRIL 2009

Dear Neighbour

LADYSMITH NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH ANNUAL MEETING

Our twenty-third Annual meeting will be held on Wednesday 22nd April at 7.30pm. As before it will take place at the Professional Development Centre, Kimberley Gardens, off Southbury Road. Our speakers will include local Community Police Teams from Southbury and Town Wards. There will also be guest speakers including John Hall, Chairman of Enfield Playing Fields, and one other yet to be announced.

The raffle is always popluar and helps to raise funds for our Watch. We already have some prizes on offer but a few more would be appreciated and so any offers of prizes for the raffle would be very welcome. Light refreshments will be served during the interval after which the raffle draw will be made.

This year we are looking for volunteers to help run the refreshment bar and any offers of help would be welcome. We expect to have a interesting and lively evening. Do come along and support your Neighbourhood Watch.

Roy Doherty

SPRING IS HERE

The clocks have gone forward and Spring is officially here. If you are thinking of going on holiday now is the time to take a few sensible precautions. Consider setting up a light programmed to come on after dark, also a radio programmed to come on during the day and tuned into a speech channel.
Burgulars are on the lookout for windows left open during the warmer weater. Remember to lock all doors and windows before you go away on holiday.
When you go to get out your lawnmower, make sure your shed is not easy pickings for an opportunist thief. A good lock usually means that they will look for easier alternatives. Remember that ladders left out in the garden can be used to break into your house. Makes sure that they are locked away.

FREE NEWSPAPERS

One of our members was unfortunately burgled recently. On the same evening as the burglary, a free newspaper had been delivered to the house; however, when the newspaper was delivered it was left sticking a long way out of the letterbox. The housholder iscertain that this gave a clear signal to the burglar that the house was probably unoccupied. As a result a letter was sent on behalf of the Neighbourhood Watch to complain to the editor of the newspaper that the person delivering the newspaper was at fault by not pushing it through the letter box. The editor has replied to apologise and to confirm that they will take this matter seriously. He will remind his delivery staff to always push the newspaper fully through the letter box.
We know from our members that this is a common complaint and we recommend that anyone experiencing the same problem should immediately contact the newspaper concerned.


WARDENS MEETING

Our next Wardens meeting will be held from 7.30pm on Thursday 16th April at Kingsmead School. As usualthe meeting will be open to anyonewho wants to come along to talk about local problems or just to meet the Committee and the Safer Neighbourhood Team Police.

For your diary, the following Wardens Meeting will be held on 16th July 2009.


CRIME REPORT 1stFEBRUARY - 31st MARCH 2009

Burglary Residential - Entry at rear of house : Ladysmith Road, 28th February
Petty theft - a number of petty thefts from flats : Sketty Road, 8th - 22nd February

As can be seen from the above report, very little crime has been reported over the part 2 months. This, of course is very good news but if anyone has any other incidents or crimes to report, we woul be glad to hear from you.


POSSIBLE BOGUS CALLER

A member of our Neighbourhood Watch who ives in Sketty Road reported that a man was seen walking along outside the house eyeing the upstairs windows which were partly open. He then rang the door bell to say that he was "calling about a paint job". He was told that no painting had been ordered or was expected.
There were two men driving a large bright red van with ladders on the roof. One man was in his late thirties with black hair, the other fortyish with sandy grey hair.

(date placed on website : 14th April 2009)


 

LADYSMITH NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

NEWSLETTER No. 1 JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2009

Dear Neighbour,

Recent crime reports show that there has been a country-wide incease in the number of burglaries. This trend has been reflected in the number of burglaries in our Watch area (see below). In our last Newsletter, we reported a burgulary which involved entry through a UPVC front door. Since then three further cases have been reported where entry has beenmade through unsecured UPVC doors.

The Police have issued a strong warning that this type of door is properly secure only when the door key is used after the door lever has been raised. If you have a UPVC door, please make sure that you and other members of your household are aware of the problem and that your doors are properly locked.

Anyone who is concerned about this problem, or about te security of the home in general, can ask the Police to carry out a Home Security Survey.

Roy Doherty

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH IN ACTION

Recently a resident in Sketty Road was surprised to find a Playstation - WII dumped in his front garden. He duly informed the Police. They searched their records but could find no report of this item being missing or stolen.

About two weeks later a family in Craddock Road returned from their holiday to find that they had been burgled.

When talking to neighbours about the burglary, they mentioned that amongst other items stolen was a Playstation. Fortunately the neighbours remembered that a similar item had been found in Sketty Road. The Police were informed and the Playstation was returned to it's righful owner.

A rare good news story - the point of which is that it pays to have concerned a watchful neighbours.

CREDIT CARD SCAM

Reports have been received about a telephone scam from a caller pretending to call from VIsa or Mastercard Security and Fraud department. The caller alleges that they are checking on a possible fraudulent transaction on your account and then askes for details from your card.
DO NOT give them any details from your card or account even if they appear to have some of the details already. Instead tell them that you will call your card provider for verification of their authenticity. If they are genuine they will be happy to comply.

VEHICLE NUMBER PLATES

The Police have reported that there has been a significant increase in the number of Vehicle number plated thefts (see below) To help counter this type of crime, Enfield Police are now providing free, tamper proof clutch head screws. These screws are available free of charge from all MOT stations through-out the Borough.
If you are unlucky enough to have your plates stolen, it is essential to report the theft to the Police without delay. THIS WILL AVOID BEING HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR CRIMES COMMITTED BY THE THIEF.

NEW NON-EMERGENCY NUMBER

The Police have recently introduced a new non-emergency telephone number for calls which do not involve an emergency. This number is 0300 123 1212. This new number is in addition, and does not replace, the Edmonton Control Centre number 020 8807 1212 which has been available for some years as the non-emergency number. If you have difficulty geting through to one number then you have the option of trying the other.

The Police emphasis that 999 should always be used in an emergency when, for example, someone suspected of a crime is known t be nearby, or someone is injured or in danger.
DIRE EMERGENCY : 999

CRIME REPORTS

31st November 2008 - 31st January 2009

Burgulary Residential

9th December : Ladysmith Road ; Entry at rear of house
16th December : Ladysmith Road ; Playstation stolen, two laptops dropped
27th December : Ladysmith Road ; Entry via upstairs window
29th December : Ladysmith Road ; Entry via unlocked UPVC door
5th January : Jules Thorn Avenue ; entry via rear window
7th January : Craddock Road ; Entry via unlocked UPVC door
7th January : Clydach Road ; Entry via unlocked UPVC door
14th January : Allotment Site ; hut broken into

Motor Vehicle Crime

30th November : Ladysmith Road ; attempted break into van
16th January : Ladysmith Road ; damage too and theft from vehicle
22nd January : Sketty Road ; number plates stolen

Miscellaneous Crimes

27th December : Ladysmith Road ; three bicyles stolen
24th Janaury : Allotment Site ; locker room

(date placed on website : 5th February 2009)


 

LADYSMITH NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH - MARCH / APRIL 2008 - No 2.

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH MEETING 2008

Our twenty-second Annual Meeting will be held on Thursady 24th Apri. As before it will be held at the Professional Development Centre, Kimberley Gardens, off Sketty Road at 7.30pm.
Our speakers will include local Community Police Team, local Councillors and a guest yet to be named.
The raffle is always popular and we will be holding one again to help raise funds for our Watch. We already have some prizes on offer but a few more would be appreciated and so any offers of prizes would be very welcome. The hire chareges for the use of the hall at the PDC have gone up considerably this year and, although we are a voluntary organisation, we receive no excemption or discount. Light refreshments will be served during the interval after which the raffle draw will be made.

We expect to have an interesting and lively evening. Do come along and support your Neighbourhood Watch.

Roy Doherty

WHO IS A WARDEN ?

We have 32 Wardens who, amongst other things, deliver newsletters, etc.

Recently one of our Wardens told methat although he does the deliveries, he had not realised that he was a Warden. In case others are in deoubt about their status, anyone who delivers newsltters and leaflets and generally keeps an eye on their strecth of the neighbourhood is a Warden, and of course, is welcome to come to the Wardens meetings ( see below for dates ).


WARDENS MEETINGS

Our next quarterly Wardens meeting will be held from 7.30 - 8.30pm on Wednesday,16th April at Kingsmead School, as usual the meeting will be open to anyone who wants to talk about local problems or just meet the Committee and local Police. For your diary, the following meeting will be on 9th July 2008.

CRIME PREVENTION SURVEYS

The Southbury Ward Community Police offer free crime prevention surveys to residents within the Ward, these provide advice and help on how to make your home more secure. To arrange an appointment, please telephone Southbury Ward Police on Tele. : 020 8721 2763

SPEEDING VEHICLES

The Southbury Ward Police have received a record number of complaints from residents about speeding vehicles along Southbury road and Carterhatch Lane. In response to these complaints, they have carried out a number of checks with a speed gun along both roads. If you have any concerns about speeding traffic, please contact the Southbury Ward Police on Tele. : 020 8721 2763

CRIME REPORTS ( 9th January - 31st March 2008 )

The crime reports show a large increase in car crime during February when 16 incidents were reported, mainly in Ladysmith Road. Our experienceis that this is not the complete picture and almost certainly

further incidents, such as minor damge to vehicles, were not reported to us or to the Police. We know that reporting minor crime is sometimes thought to be "too much trouble". However, if these incidents go unreported, the Police have no way of knowing how or where to allocate their resources to combat crime surges.


Intruders into allotment site x 2

Locker room allotment site broken into x 1

5th Feb
12th Feb
28th Feb

Motor vehicle crime - Damage







Ladysmith Road x 6

 

 

Mafeking Road x 1
Kimberley Gdns x 1

1st Feb
3rd feb
7th Feb
10th Feb
12th feb
16th Feb
17th Feb
8th Feb

Motor vehicle crime - theft from :

Ladysmith Road x 6

 

 

 

7th Feb
9th Feb
12th feb
20th Feb
15th March
8th Feb

Motor vehicle crime - theft of number plates Ladysmith Road x 1 15th March
Motor vehicle crime - car stolen Ladysmith Road x 1 2nd Feb            
Motor vehicle crime - motorcycle stolen Ladysmith Road x 1 18th Feb

USEFUL CONTACT NUMBERS

Dire emergency : 999
Southbury Ward (Sgt S.Gill) : 020 8721 2763
Town Ward   (Sgt P Agland) :  020 8345 1106 or 020 8721 2791


 

LADYSMITH NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH -  OCTOBER 2007
 
Dear Neighbour

Our Wardens meetings will continue to be held quarterly at Kingsmead School which has, once more, generously agreed  that we can use one of their classrooms for the meetings.
This gives me the opportunity to thank all of our Wardens for their help in running our Watch. There is no doubt that without your help we would find it difficult to deliver over 800 newsletters six times a year. A surprising number of you are "founder members" and have been working with us as Wardens since 1986. Perhaps we should issue a Long service Medal!
Although these meetings are mainly for our Wardens, anyone who wants to discuss a problem, or who would like to  meet the committee or one of the community police team (if available), is more than welcome.
For your diary, the dates for the next meetings are as follows: 17th October, 2007, 16th January. 9th April, and 9th July, 2008. Time 7.30 -8.30pm all Wednesdays by the way.

Roy Doherty

BOGUS WORKMEN

There has been a further case reported of dodgy workmen who call at the door offering to do jobs such as paving drives and repairing gardens walls etc.

In this latest case, the householder was asked if she wanted her front drive repaired. They were told that no work was needed at present. The householder went off to work the next day  When she returned that evening the work on the drive had been done and the workmen were demanding payment.

Wisely she called the police and the workmen backed off.

The police advice is that before agreeing to any work, ask for a written quotation or estimate, bearing in mind that a quotation is binding but an estimate is not. Workmen who call at the door should be avoided and do tell the police (and your Neighbourhood Watch) if they use intimidating and bullying tactics.

GRAFFITI

The police report that following a crackdown on local graffiti "artists", the Safer Neighbourhoods Parks Team have recently made six arrests which has lead to a reduction of offences in Enfield,

Anyone wishing to report graffiti should contact the Enfield Council Street Cleansing Unit, Telephone 8379 1000. They will endeavour to clean-up racist or otherwise offensive graffiti in 24 hours. Other graffiti will be tackled within 7 days.

"Bag a Tagger". This is a scheme whereby anyone who provides information leading to the arrest of a "Tagger" may be eligible for a reward of £500.

This information should be passed to the police at the Town Ward or Southbury Ward Safer Neighbourhood Teams or to the Edmonton Control Centre (see page 4 for telephone numbers)

DANGEROUS DRIVING ON THE A10

There have been complaints about very noisy motor bikes driven at high speed, at all hours, along the A10.

The police are aware of the problem and report that new, very efficient speed cameras will soon be installed along the route.

CRIME REPORT (4th August-30th September 2007)

Burglary residential
Sketty Road - August
Clydach Road - 13th Sept

Theft of pedal cycle
Ladysmith Road - July

Motor vehicle crime 
Vehicle stolen - Mafeking Road - August
Theft from - Sketty Road - August

Anti social behaviour
Young people on cycles abusing and obstructing traffic - Ladysmith Road - 5th September
Door bells rung in the early hours - Ladysmith Road - 5th September

Note: where there is no date given the police supplied the crime data.

HOME SECURITY
 
The local community Police are offering Security Surveys for anyone concerned about the security of their home.
Anyone wanting to have a Security Survey should contact the following -

Southbury Ward (all roads other than Ladysmith Road and Lambourne Gardens) : contact Sgt Stuart Gill Tel 8721 2763,

Town Ward (Ladysmith Road and Lambourne Gardens) : Contact Sgt John Mercer  Tel 8721 2791.


CORRECTION

Please note that the contact names and numbers were incorrect in the last edition.  The correct numbers are below.

USEFUL TELEPHONE NUMBERS

Dire emergency :  999.
Town Ward (Sgt J. Mercer ) :  020 8345 1106 or 020 8721 2791
Southbury Ward (Sgt S. Gill ) : 020 8721 2763
Edmonton Control Centre : 020 8807 1212




LADYSMITH NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH - AUGUST 2007

 

We have been pleased to welcome many new members over the past year or so and now seems a good time to remind people why we exist and what are the aims of this Watch. Briefly our aims are to foster a community spirit and to encourage people to look out for their neighbours. In this way we hope to deter and reduce crime We also aim to liaise with the local police and to draw attention to crime trends in our area. Our Watch started in 1986 and we cover over 800 households. We operate on the basis that everyone is a member unless they choose to opt out. There is a committee which meets monthly at members homes. The local police also attend these meetings. We have 37 Wardens who distribute newsletters, leaflets, etc. They also help keep an eye on their local neighbours. There is a Wardens meeting every three months to which any of our members can come.
The area of the Watch covers Ladysmith Road, Lambourne Gardens, Sketty Road and all side roads off Sketty Road. Also the East side of Southbury Road from Ladysmith Road to Bryn Y Mawr Road. Also the new estate at Cobham Close and Jules Thorne avenue.
There is an Annual Meeting held in April to which everyone is invited. Finally, our running expenses are funded by local businesses who advertise in our Newsletter. There is vacant advertising space available and anyone wishing to place an advert should contact the Editor, Ken Keen.

Roy Doherty

NEIGHBOURHOOD WEBSITE
A new independent  Neighbourhood Website  has been set-up by a local resident. This website provides a wealth of information and advice about crime prevention, security, contact addresses and much more. Ladysmith Neighbourhood is now affiliated to the website which means that we can use it to display information about our Watch. The address of the new website is
http://www.threeroadsinenfield.org/.

FRIENDS OF ENFIELD PLAYING FIELDS
A meeting was held on 30th July at the Enfield Ignatians RFC Building with the aim of setting up a new group called Friends of Enfield Playing Fields. The meeting was chaired by Alan Mitsellas, Parks Dept Outreach Team. He outlined the purpose of the group which, in essence, is to improve the appearance, facilities, conservation value and safety of the playing fields. He asked for volunteers to form a committee and a Chairman and other members were appointed to run the committee. Anyone requiring further information about the new group should contact - Alan Mitellas, Parks Outreach Group, Tel 020 8441 8272.

BOGUS CALLERS 
The local police have asked us to remind our members that that bogus callers still operate in this area. If anyone has any suspicions about a caller they should call the police on 999 if they feel threatened and the local Community Police (see contact numbers at the foot of this newsletter) if the need is less urgent. Please also tell the Neighbourhood Watch about any bogus callers with details of their scams, so that we can warn our members.

GRAFFITI
Many people will have noticed that there has been a huge increase in the problem of graffiti in Enfield. Unfortunately we have not escaped the blight in this Watch area and the "artists" have gone so far as to deface whole sides of houses. We have expressed our concern to the local Community Police who say they are aware of the problem. They say that most of the main culprits are known and action against them is being taken. Apparently the law makes it difficult for the police to prosecute unless they have an on the spot witness willing to come forward.

CRIME REPORT ( 1st June-3rd August 2007 )
The local Police have been unable to provide any details of events within our Watch area therefore the details in the table below have been compiled by local residents and may not be the true picture of crime in our area.  Please; if you know of any incident,  report it to your warden or me, Roy Doherty

Burgulary residential Jules Thorne Avenue 28th June
Criminal damage QEII Stadium & Sports Ground 11,12&15 July
Motor vehicle crime
Graffiitti sprayed on house
Fire started by youths
Garden walls damaged

Lambourne Gardens
Lambourne Gardens
Lambourne Gardens
10th June
14th June
18th June
Robbery
Man mugged and robbed at knife point
Ladysmith Road 3rd August

Damage to property
Road barrier and surround

Ladysmith Road 18th-26th July


HOME SECURITY
The local community Police are offering Security Surveys for anyone concerned about the security of their home. Anyone wanting to have a Security Survey should contact the following :
Southbury Ward   (all roads other than Ladysmith Road and Lambourne Gardens),
Contact Sgt Stuart Gill : 020 8721 2763,
Town Ward    (Ladysmith Road and Lambourne Gardens)
Contact Sgt John Mercer : 020 8721 2791.

USEFUL CONTACT NUMBERS
Dire emergency : 999
Southbury Ward (Sgt S.Gill) : 020 8721 2763
Town Ward   (Sgt J. Mercer) :  020 8345 1106 or 020 8721 2791