Neighbourhood Watch is one of the biggest and most successful crime prevention initiatives ever and the largest voluntary organisation in the country. Behind it lies a simple idea and a central value that is shared by millions of people around the country…
…getting together with your neighbours can cut crime.
Join Sutton Neighbourhood Watch here:
The Metropolitan Police Safer Neighbourhoods Teams which are about local policing, encouraging police and local groups working to identify and tackle issues of concern in our neighbourhood.
There are 18 Safer Neighbourhoods Teams in Sutton and a Town Centre Neighbourhood Team, which are dedicated to our community and are additional to other policing teams and units in London. Each team is normally made up of six police and Police Community Support Officers. Their aim is to listen and talk to us to find out what affects our daily life and feelings of security. Then, they work in partnership with us and other agencies to find a lasting solution.
Our local team is headed up by Sgt Suzannah James and PC Jenna Buchman and PCSO Emily Olsen are our dedicated officers.
Phone: 020 8721 2730
Staying Safe in Sutton
Sutton is one of the safest London Boroughs but there have been incidents of crime recently as in other parts of the capital. Street crime is often opportunistic, so making yourself less of a target, moving with purpose and being aware of your surroundings will go a long way to keeping you safe. Here are some tips on how to stay safe and feel more confident when out and about.
Be prepared – Plan your route in advance. Carry a charged mobile phone and some cash and tell someone where you’re going.
Be assertive – From the moment you step out onto the street in the morning, look assertive and act and walk with confidence. This will always make you appear in control and much less vulnerable. Be aware of what is going on around you. Using a mobile phone, whether making a call or texting, wearing a hood or listening to a radio or music, all make you less aware of your surroundings.
Hide it – Keep your mobile phone and valuables out of sight. If you’re using your phone it’s more likely to be snatched from your hand as you will not be paying attention to your surroundings, so look around you. Keep any jewellery covered when you are walking down the street.
Never leave a mobile, any other device, wallet or purse on the table of a café, pub or restaurant and do not hang your handbag on the back of your chair.
When shopping, always keep your bag zipped or closed and if possible, in front of you. Men should not carry wallets in their back pockets. Be aware of distraction techniques – be wary if someone is trying to distract you in order to take your belongings. If you do not trust someone who appears to be too close to you for comfort, move away from them and if necessary be rude. Never leave your handbag or bag containing personal possessions on the back of a trolley in a shop or supermarket.
Walk on the pavement against the flow of traffic – When walking on the pavement, always face oncoming traffic, as it will make it far more difficult for thieves on two wheelers to ride up from behind and snatch your property. Also be aware of anyone approaching from ahead of you.
And finally – and this is so important to remember – If you are threatened with violence, do not risk your personal safety. Property can be replaced, you cannot.