New contact procedures and arrangements for regular face-to-face meetings are all up and running and the team is anxious to keep in touch and share information about those times when shoppers, householders, car owners and others might be at risk.
The two dedicated ward officers in the safer neighbourhood team – PC Daniel Bhogun and PC Nick Onslow – are holding weekly getting-to-know-you meetings in the Spires and operate a dedicated email link for sending out and receiving information.
Their main concern at the moment is to alert elderly shoppers, young mothers with buggies and customers at cash points of the threat of pick-pockets operating in and around Barnet High Street.
“Please be aware how easily it is to be distracted in the High Street. The most vulnerable tend to be elderly women and young mothers, so please be aware of this,” said PC Onslow.
PC Bhogun said he an PC Onslow try to be together in the Spires for their weekly contact meeting with residents.
“We tend to be in the area of W H Smith and we do like to talk to people and get to know them and pass on advice, so please come along if you can.”
“We would like to get to know more local people, so that we can address their concerns. We are readily available.”
The date and time of these weekly meeting is available on www.met.police.uk By inserting the postcode residents are referred to the High Barnet page which gives the details.
There is also an opportunity for enhanced contact with the police twice a week in the Chipping Barnet library when a police officer will be in attendance – between 11am and 12 noon on Tuesdays and between 3pm and 4pm on Fridays.
Residents can contact the safer neighbourhood team via the online watch link website www.owl.co.uk. Again, by inserting a post code, householders and businesses receive information affecting their area.
The High Barnet ward safer neighbourhood team covers an area that extends to Station Road, New Barnet, in the east; to Stirling Corner in the west; and to the Hertfordshire border in the north.
The team has four officers – PC Boghun and PC Onslow, police community support officer, Rick Celeste, under the High Barnet ward sergeant, John Sparks.
The team are keen to emphasise that they will continue to be based in offices at the High Barnet police station for the next three to five years. No decision has been taken about the future use of the building.
Although the police station front office is no longer open to the public – it used to be open from 12noon to 8pm Monday to Friday – its closure does not affect the response to 999 calls which have been handled by response teams based at the Colindale police station for some years.
So the advice is clear: dial 999 if you need help immediately; dial 101 if the matter is less urgent; or contact the safer neighbourhood team for local advice and information via the new procedures and face-to-face meetings that take place.