Crime Prevention Day in Brockley

Recessions lead to an increase in the incidence of burglaries. Nationally, there has already been an increase and it is expected to get worse.

The anecdotal evidence we have about the situation in Brockley suggests that there is no reason to believe that Brockley is an exception to this national pattern. A few days ago, a local Tweeter reported their building had been broken in to. Last week we received an email from someone who listed a number of burglaries that had taken place near their house. We're aware that a burglary spree took place on our street recently before the perp was caught.

We've read enough Ben Goldacre columns not to try and infer too much from such unscientific data, but it is clear that taking sensible steps to protect your home from burglary is a smart move.

We are planning to speak to the local Safer Neighbourhoods teams to ask them for their insights and advice about the local picture, but in the mean time, we need to tell you about this:

Free crime prevention advice available today, between 2pm and 5pm from the Safer Lewisham Partnership bus that will be parked on Wickham Road.

You can contact the Brockley Safer Neighbourhoods Team (or get the details for the relevant Team for your house) by clicking here.

52 comments:

Anonymous said...

What bit of Wickham Road will this bus be parked at. It's a long road and I'm a slow walker.

Brockley Nick said...

The notice didn't say. Probably somewhere in the middle?! :(

Anonymous said...

Worth a drive then

Brockley Jon said...

Maybe down by the church at the bottom? That's where a lot of community stuff happens.

lll said...

It must be at or towards the Lewisham Way end of Wickham as I've been down the Brockley Road end on unrelated matters and saw no van.

Maradoll said...

The crime prevention day is happening when most people are at work. Statistically isn't that when most burglaries happen?

Exactly who is their target market here :)

angelofthewest said...

not to be contrary but: I have read an account of research from the US that claims this is a red herring. It said that the dominant crime trend in a recession is affected by the reality that people - and notably, ex-cons - tend to spend more time in, since they lack the resources to be out and about. More time at home with the family = less crime. Apparently it is accepted that one of the few things that can affect recidivism rates is living/spending time with one's family.

The researchers contended that while of course, some people who are career criminals will step up their activities, the rest - the many, who commit crimes of opportunity, or "in with the wrong crowd" kinds of crimes (include car theft, burglary, muggings) do not.

I'll reiterate - this is something i read, not something I necessarily believe......and is from the US context.

Brockley Nick said...

Sounds like Freakonomics to me.

A similar story I read once was that the NYC murder rate went down during the "zero tolerance" era of Giuliani, not because of policing policy but because ambulances got to the scenes of crimes more quickly, meaning that people were treated earlier and fewer incidents resulted in fatalities. No idea whether that's true, but it's a good story.

Property crime went down pretty steadily in the last decade and the common view is that this was in large part due to rising levels of prosperity and relatively low level of unemployment.

I'd be interested to see the study though.

max said...

About people staying at home I was told a rather interesting data, that in Lewisham in the south of the borough that is markedly residential there is less street crime and a higher incidence of domestic violence, in the north of the borough instead it's the opposite, more street crime and less domestic violence.

Graeme said...

Aren't these initiatives just re-hashed common-sense, or received street-wisdom? A bit like what you can do to insulate your home. I'd be interested to find out if they tell you anything that isn't immediately obvious. Here's a tip: don't leave your doors and windows open/unlocked, and try try to make your home look occupied when you're out.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Graeme. These are all job creation schemes for understretched Council employees.

By the way, there are two very unsavoury characters cycling slowly up Harefield on tiny bikes shouting obscenities at anyone foolish enough to cross their path or, in one case, be standing at the bus stop.

Shame as it's a lovely day....

Anonymous said...

angel of the west

I read the data another way - in a recession Govts need money and release cons early.....the cycle starts again unfortunately.

Monkeyboy said...

I think we should eat criminals. Thereby emptying the prisons, saving money, being kind to cows and not to mention the deterrent effect.

Anyone for another slice of mugger? It's fresh in. Mmmm......

Anonymous said...

A girl came round today purporting to be from BT offering cheap line rental in the area or something. Is it some sort of scam I am now worrying?????

Monkeyboy said...

maybe not but I know my elderly dad has swapped phone/gas/elec so often that he can't remember who he's with. Not so bad if your a cynical youngster and can spot the sharp salesman but does make my blood boil that these guys (assuming they are genuine) have no problem with bamboozling pensioners.

off to bed now...

Anonymous said...

Older people should live with or near their family not on their own or in homes.

patrick1971 said...

Walking home along Chudleigh Road yesterday I saw a whole group of young men (i.e. age 20-25 or so), dressed in that "smart but still scruffy" way, knocking on doors with clipboards. Couldn't quite hear what they were selling but it looked really dodgy. Some poor old dear was talking to them with the door on a chain. Hope no one got conned.

patrick1971 said...

"in Lewisham in the south of the borough that is markedly residential there is less street crime and a higher incidence of domestic violence, in the north of the borough instead it's the opposite, more street crime and less domestic violence"

This makes sense from a built environment point of view. In leafy suburban areas such as the south of the borough there is likely to be less street life; people have cars and drive to shopping centres. In the more built-up, inner city north of the borough, the population is a lot more dense, there are more shopping areas, more people on foot (fewer cars), and so more chance of street crime.

Ditto domestic violence. In poorer areas, there are likely to be multi-generational, crowded households, which may help to prevent some domestic violence (someone else is always around). In a wealthier suburban area, it's likely to be couples on their own, less chance of being overheard or seen by others.

Anonymous said...

Anon, sometimes it is not possible for old people to live with families, and increasingly so, unfortunately.

Apparently there has been a spate of burglaries in the Conserv Area so everyone there is on red alert.

Tamsin said...

Also the old don't necessarily want to live with their families - to be dependent on your children, feeling beholden and guilty for any attention and in the way if you pop into the kitchen for a cup of tea. A "granny flat" or separate house half a street away is the ideal, but way out of the reach of most families. And a state pension that is actually above the official poverty level might help.

(Anyone who wants to join - or knows anyone else who might want to join - Lewisham Pensioners Forum to campaign on just these issues, it's free and all you need to do is ring 020 8690 7869.)

(Sorry, Nick et al., I do hijack this blog for my own agendas, but a little bit of work promotion justifies the time I spend here in work hours!)

lb said...

"I saw a whole group of young men (i.e. age 20-25 or so), dressed in that "smart but still scruffy" way, knocking on doors with clipboards"

Sounds like the Jehova's Witnesses - I've seen them prowling round here a few times.

lb said...

Sorry, "Jehovah". Spelt like a true atheist, there.

Monkeyboy said...

Think I prefer the scam artists. Or perhaps they are in fact performing just another confidence trick. Oooohhh... controversial.

anon said...

The amount of love, time and money I spend on my children, they'll be the ones feeling guilt if they don't take care of me if I need it when I am elderly.

Families are meant to look after each other.

Moira said...

Someone's covered over the mural of Jimi Hendrix in black paint. The image was chosen as a result of a competition for the Brockley Max a few years ago. I despair and it makes me question why I bother to try and make Brockley a better place to live.

Brockley Nick said...

That's terrible - I haven't seen it - do you mean it's been vandalised with paint or that someone's painted over it properly? Not sure which would be worse...

Tressillian James said...

I agree Moira, it can seem like two steps forward, one back.

I think it is very sad that this has been covered up - to be replaced by what? More graffitti on the new black wall?

Headhunter said...

So the mural has completely gone or has it been vandalised with a bit of spray paint?

Moira said...

Its been very deliberately painted over, so the complete image has been covered.

Brockley Nick said...

What genius did that?

Moira said...

I'll contact the artists to see if anti graffiti paint was put o as I cannot remember, although I doubt it would be able to cope with that amount of paint.

The B Max Opening Night is going to be right in front of the those murals which isn't going to look great.

Would any of the councillors like to find some money to pay for a replacement which could be done during the festival?

Comment said...

Are they any cameras around there? The culprit could be narrowed down.

Headhunter said...

So just Jimi Hendrix's image has been painted over? Someone obviously wasn't a fan...

I doubt CCTV would help, they still haven't found out who burned down the Cutty Sark have they? Despite having CCTV footage. It's next to useless.

Moira said...

I'm of a mind to put a notice up there to the culprit. Any suggestions as to what should be said?

Headhunter said...

"Dear Bastard,
Thanks for ruining our community mural,
Love,
Moira"

anon said...

Put a bounty on the culprits head.

Anonymous said...

it's a shame about that mural but the ones to the left in the bright colours are awful and I would not be sorry to see them painted over.

Brockley Nick said...

Totally disagree - I think those are the best murals.

But anyway, am I missing something, this is not a "crime", it's just a bad decision by the owner of the wall, no?

Anonymous said...

if it was the owner why paint over one and not all of them?

Comment said...

This is becoming like an Agatha Christie, who had the motive and opportunity to do this?

drakefell debaser said...

Bastard is too tame.

Who ever did this doesn’t seem happy to just deface it so perhaps a round 2 is planned to put something on what is now a black background.

Also Jimi was there last night when I walked past at around 9ish so unless it was done early this morning I doubt it was the owner.

Moira said...

All the murals are on walls owned by Brockley MOT who gave their permission for them to be painted. It was the owner who alerted me yesterday when I popped in to ask if we could use their electricity (again) for the Opening Night. Apparently it was done a couple of weeks ago. (They also mentioned there's been two film crews filming the murals in the last few weeks - one's a BBC doc on Maya Angelou.)

Brockley MOT have always been very supportive of the festival and really like the murals.

Comment said...

The prize of kudos to the first person who posts a picture of the daubing offence.

drakefell debaser said...

If it was done a while back then I blame beer for the apparition I saw last night. Must have mistaken him for the woman next door.

tyrwhitt michael said...

He is still there on Google street view, but then so are the lovely trees around the station and the slightly less lovely plastic Speedicars sign......

The clever software has however blurred Jimi's face!

Tyrwhitt Road said...

Just had a great idea!

Do you think I could persuade the phantom painter, to paint out some of the dog s**t stencils at my end of Tyrwhitt Road?

Anonymous said...

It's not Jimi's face that Google had blured on the Street View, but Bob Marley's.

Headhunter said...

The dog sh*t stencils on Manor Ave and Geoffrey Rd are fading fast and have worn off a lot. Now they just look tatty.

wrong end of the stick said...

How can you tell it's Bob if the picture is blurred

Comment said...

Courtesy of flicker
the old mural, pre daubing

http://i44.tinypic.com/2ahwmkg.png

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