Autumn Nights crackdown on crime and anti-social behaviour

Police in Harrow, Brent and Barnet have launched Operation Autumn Nights in a bid to hand out safety advice and crackdown on crime and anti-social behaviour around Halloween and before Bonfire night begins this year.
The Met’s annual Autumn Nights campaign is supported by everyday policing activities and includes the Neighbourhood Policing Teams engaging in more weapon sweeps in hotspots across the borough and taking more action against anti-social behaviour crime.
In 2017, the weekly average number of anti-social behaviour-related calls across the Met was 4,890. The number of these calls to police increased between Halloween and Bonfire Night, with 5,187 calls between 24 and 30 October 2017, and 6,991 calls between 31 October and 6 November 2017.
In Harrow, Autumn Nights will be supported by Safer Neighbourhood policing teams, youth engagement officers and volunteer police cadets.
Inspector Tanya Sprunks (photo), in charge of Harrow neighbourhoods, said “The police, Harrow Council and our partner agencies want to promote safe enjoyment of these seasonal celebrations.Inspector_Tanya_Sprunks
“Anti-social behaviour does increase at this time of the year and there have also been incidents of criminals using the darker nights to commit crimes such as burglary, theft and knife-related offences”.
During the Autumn Nights campaign – which will run in Harrow over Christmas and into the New Year, Safer Neighbourhood officers will carry out additional patrols and visit vulnerable residents to offer crime prevention advice and reassure them.
Councillor Krishna Suresh, crime and community safety member for Harrow Council said “The Council wants to ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable time during these festivities. Most young people behave sensibly and have fun. Anti-social behaviour ruins what could otherwise be a great night out, and it has damaging impacts on the community”.
Odd that the Tory community safety shadow Cllr Anjana Patel seems to be more engaged with certain ‘cultural’ activities rather than showing interest in safety/policing matters!!
Crime and police numbers in Harrow have been matters of concern