Addison residents fight back against crime


Residents were provided with the opportunity to raise issues to their local police team and receive crime prevention advice.


By Alex Christian

Hammersmith and Fulham’s latest crime-fighting road show took place in its Addison ward on Wednesday night.

Aimed to tackle crime in the area, residents were provided with the opportunity to raise issues to their local police team and receive crime prevention advice.

Hammersmith and Fulham Council, alongside police, are taking the event ward-by-ward in order to drive down crime rates.

Police Borough Commander, Chief Superintendent Lucy D’Orsi, led the ‘How are we doing on crime’ meeting at Addison Primary School, near Shepherds Bush.

She said: “Crime is down in the ward but we still need to work in partnership with local residents to get the information which is invaluable to us and we will then act on it.

“With the clocks going back I urge residents to make sure their doors and windows are secured and if you spot anything suspicious please don’t hesitate to ring 999 or 101.”

She added that new innovative policing tactics, such as the sting car to catch people breaking into vehicles, is being implemented.

Hammersmith and Fulham borough has one of the higher crime rates in the capital – this September it had the third highest crime rate behind only Camden and Westminster.

However, there are 489 fewer crimes this year compared to 2011 with Addison ward one of the safest in the borough.

Chief Superintendent D’Orsi ran through the police’s main priorities in the ward including tackling burglary, robbery and drug-related anti-social behaviour before taking questions on local crime issues.

Derek Gadd, of Sterndale Road, said: “Theft from motor vehicles is my main concern as I have been a victim as well as my brother-in-law.

“It is not the most serious crime in the area but it is irritating and a nuisance and I feel more sting cars in the area could be useful.”

Supported by the borough’s Neighbourhood Watch Association, the road shows are organised by the council in association with the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime.

“Borough-wide we are winning the fight against crime,” Hammersmith and Fulham Council Deputy Leader, Councillor Greg Smith, said.

“These local gatherings, which are part of an even more proactive approach to tackling crime, are vital in helping the police to drill down and truly understand the issues on the streets so they can tackle the crooks head on.”

The road shows will continue to tour the borough with the next event held for residents in Hammersmith Broadway and Ravenscourt Park wards at West London Free School on November 27.

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