Safer Barking & Dagenham

We know how important it is for you to live in a safe borough, so that’s why alongside the police, we’re working really hard to maintain this.

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Not one person should feel unsafe when walking the streets of Barking and Dagenham whether that be during the day or at night. However, we know that many women have expressed concerns about safety in the borough. In 2021, we ran a survey where we asked women to let us know places they didn’t feel unsafe and why.

Over the last year, we have been working hard to input things to solve some of these issues and this has included:

  1. invested and brought in a new Community Safety Enforcement Team of eight officers to crack down on antisocial behaviour (ASB)
  2. increased enforcement patrols in ASB hotspots, such as Barking Town Centre and Dagenham Heathway
  3. extending the hours the Community Safety Enforcement Team work, so patrols take place seven days a week and from morning through to night time
  4. having weekly joint patrols with the police and regularly sharing information
  5. increasing lighting in dark areas highlighted by residents
  6. continuing to fund the Crime and Enforcement Police Taskforce that focus on specific issues that we ask them to
  7. extended Barking Market to Barking Station to reduce ASB
  8. in the process of overhauling our CCTV cameras and system

In January 2023, we will be launching our Safe Haven scheme, which will provide safe places for residents to go to if they feel unsafe while out in the borough. These safe places will be dotted around Barking and Dagenham and include places such as shops, cafes, libraries and more.

The safe places are currently going through training and will be ready to go live shortly. Keep an eye out for more information over the coming weeks.

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Meet the Police events

Coffee With a Copper (Abbey Ward)

Wednesday 8 February, 1.30pm to 3pm
St Margret’s Church, Barking

Wednesday 15 March, 1.30pm to 3.30pm
St Margret’s Church, Barking

Wednesday 22 March, 1.30pm to 3.30pm
St Margret’s Church, Barking

Wednesday 29 March, 1.30pm to 3.30pm
St Margret’s Church, Barking

Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) (Valence Ward)

Street meeting – directed at female dog walkers, 6pm to 6.30pm
Valence Park

VAWG Contact point, speaking to females using the library
Tuesday 28 February, 3.30pm to 4pm
Valence Library

VAWAG Walk & Talk/ interaction with shoppers
Saturday 11 March, 6pm to 6.30pm
Five Elms Shops, Wood Lane

VAWAG/Street meeting
Friday 26th May, 7pm to 7.30pm
Grafton Road entrance to Valence Park

Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) (Whalebone Ward)

VAWG Contact point, speaking to females using the restaurant
Sunday 12 February, 5pm to 5.30pm
McDonalds, Whalebone Lane South

Crime Prevention stall
Wednesday 22 February, 1.30pm to 2pm
Community Centre

Weekly enforcement stats


Monthly enforcement stats

Enforcement stats 1


Businesses inspected and advised by Trading Standards

Enforcement stats 2


Compliance visits carried out by our Private Rented Property Licensing Team

Enforcement stats 3


Inspections carried out by our Food Safety Team

Enforcement stats 4


Eyesore garden requests responded to