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Information and advice on crime prevention and how to report a crime or tension.
The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Community Safety Partnership is made up of representatives from the local authority, Metropolitan Police Service, health, London Fire Brigade, National Probation Service, London Community Rehabilitation Company, Victim Support and community and voluntary sector to work together to address crime and disorder and ensure local communities feel safe.
The Hate Crime, Intolerance and Extremism and Tension Monitoring Meeting under the Community Safety Partnership are responsible for monitoring local tensions by analysing the state of community activity and managing concerns or risk or factors. This action may prevent or minimise the risk of disorder, fear of crime, perceptions of safety, illegal or criminal activity, damage, and violence, which can occur when tensions are heightened.
Feedback from local communities is key to assessing local tensions, the Hate Crime, Intolerance and Extremism and Tension Monitoring Meeting monitor:
If you are aware of any of the above, please report with details and any supporting evidence to Metropolitan Police Service on telephone 101, or by using our online form.
If you are looking to report antisocial behaviour (ASB), which can include verbal abuse, threatening behaviour, and illegal parking, please look at our ASB page on how to report these.
The Metropolitan Police has practical advice about how to protect yourself or your business from crime.
If you or another person are at immediate risk of harm you should call the police on 999.
If it's a non-emergency situation you can call the police on 101 or report it online.
While the police, council and Community Safety Partnership work hard to prevent crime, one of the best ways to reduce crime is for residents to be aware of how they can prevent themselves from becoming victims of crime or scams.
Becoming a victim of crime can be extremely distressing and criminals look for signs of vulnerability or valuables to target. The tips you can find in this section can help you to improve your resilience and make you less likely to be targeted.
Here are some tips to deter burglars:
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It is very distressing to be robbed at any time, but especially over Christmas. To help stop this, please make sure you:
Going away or leaving windows open in summer can make homes vulnerable to burglary. To reduce this risk:
If you do become the victim of burglary, make sure you report it. They will be able to investigate the crime and return any recovered property to you. Reporting also helps the police to spot any areas which have been targeted by burglars and do intensive work there to ensure your neighbours are safe.
Be sure to report to the police if you see people hanging around acting suspiciously, knocking on doors or unusual marks or tags appear outside homes. These can all be signs of people finding targets to burgle.
Stealing vehicles and stealing from vehicles is a major priority crime across East London. There is a lot which you can do to secure your vehicle, such as:
If you do have anything stolen from your car please report it. Even if it’s something small and you don’t think it’s worth investigating, the police will be able to spot any areas which are being targeted by thieves if they know about all thefts.
If you spot a scam or have been scammed, report it and get help by contacting Action Fraud (and the police if the suspect is known or still in the area). Don’t be embarrassed to report a scam or fraud if you have been a victim – scammers are very clever and there is no shame in being deceived by them. Reporting scammers makes it more difficult for them to scam other people.
0300 123 2040
Top tips for spotting and avoiding scams are: