Copers Cope Police Newsletter June 2015

Hello and thank you for reading this months Copers Cope Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) newsletter.

The team details and ward map along with other useful information can be accessed at

Your team includes

  • PS 48py Mark Shrubsole
  • PC 128py Steve Allen, Dedicated ward Officer ( DWO )
  • PCSO 7256py Julie Oldfield, Dedicated ward Officer ( DWO )

In the month of May there has been

  • 4 Residential burglaries, two of which have occurred in Copers Cope Road the other two took place in Downs Hill & Shortlands Grove.
  • 3 Burglary non dwellings ( sheds, garages etc ) these have occurred in Copers Cope Road, Montana Gardens and The Avenue.
  • 1 Theft of motor vehicle, this occurred in Downs Hill where a motor bike was taken from a drive way
  • 4 Theft from motor vehicles, these have occurred in Copers Cope Road, West Gate Road and two offences took place in Hackington Crescent.

However there has been a drop in reported offences, particularly burglary, in March there were 7 residential burglaries compared to May’s 4 and in April there were 7 burglary non dwellings compared to May’s 3. Motor vehicle crime has also dropped, in April there were 11 theft from motor vehicle offences compared to May’s 4.

Please if you can take simple steps to help prevent these offences take place, lock all windows and doors of your house even if you leave for just a few minutes. If you have an alarm please use it. Lock your car and take any valuables with you.

Street Surgery

We held a surgery on Saturday 9th May in Waitrose where we spoke to and gave crime prevention information to over 100 residents. Crime prevention advice given covered burglary, motor vehicle crime, cycle theft and mobile phone thefts.

We hold monthly surgeries and we hope you can come along and see us. Our next street surgeries are on the following dates:-

  • Thursday 4th June 2015 between 3pm and 4pm at Waitrose, Southend Road
  • Saturday 11th July 2015 between 3pm and 4pm at Waitrose, Southend Road


Our priorities are:
Motor vehicle crime Robbery – personal property

Crime Prevention

Front Door Security: Doors should be solid timber, not hollow, a minimum of 44mm thick, supported by three 100mm ( 4” ) hinges. The frame to be of sound timber, securely bolted or screwed to the walls every 600mm ( 23” ) around the whole frame.

– Fit a good automatic deadlocking latch cylinder lock a third of the way down the door.

– Fit a British Standard 3621 mortise deadlock with boxed staple a third of the way up the door ( avoiding joints in the timber ).

– Strengthen the door frame with metal reinforcement. A “ London Bar “ on the lock side and a “ Birmingham Bar “ on the hinge side.

– Fit a letterbox cowl / basket to prevent fishing for keys or access to lock handles.

Back Doors: Fit a British Standard 3621 mortise sash lock halfway up the door ( avoiding joints in the timber ).

– Fit key operated bolts to top ( max height 1.5m ( 4’ 11” ) and bottom of the door.

– Reinforce any weak door panels with either sheet metal or 9mm plywood.

Double French Doors: Fit key operated bolts to the top and bottom of each door securing it to the frame.

– Fit hinge bolts or interlocking hinges to any outward opening door.

Patio Doors: Fit patio door locks at the top and bottom of the opening section of the patio door.

– Fit an anti-lifting device to prevent the door being lifted and moved.

Window Security:

Sash Windows: Fit 2 key operated sash stops to the upper window. The maximum window opening should be 100mm ( 4” ) to allow ventilation when the house is occupied.

Casement ( Hinged ) Windows: Fit key operated locks on the opening side. If replacing windows fit those that have achieved British Standard 7950 and have laminated glass 6.4mm thick in ground floor and accessible windows.

Gardens: Secure your rear gardens by locking gates and fixing trellis to the top of fences. Trellis should support climbing plants but not climbing intruders.

Sheds: Secure your shed or ensure that tools that may prove useful for breaking in ( e.g. forks and spades ) are secured elsewhere.

Further information is available from and follow the link to Crime Prevention.


Copers Cope work closely with Trading Standards if you have been or know someone who may have been a victim of a rogue trader or any mass marketing scam then please report this to the Police.

If you think you have a rogue trader at your front door call Bromley Trading Standards on their rapid response number 07903852090

Operation Meebos

The team has continued to be involved in Operation Meebo this involves officers, whilst on patrol, to speak to and engage with persons going door to door cold calling and delivering leaflets.


Thank you for your time reading this letter, if we can be of further assistance please do not hesitate to call or e-mail us and we will get back to you as soon as possible and we will be more than happy to help.

If you need police for an urgent matter where you are in danger or fear always dial 999. If you wish to see a police officer for a non emergency matter, then please dial 101

Copers Cope Safer Neighbourhood Team Telephone 0208 721 2772

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