The Operations Team continue to deliver ongoing initiatives that seek to reduce crime and antisocial behaviour and improve our public spaces.
Between September and November 2016 our operations team reported 162 issues affecting the quality of the local environment. Detail of the work undertaken is summarised below by both issue and location.
31% of our reports during the period have concerned waste left on the street, both missed collections and fly tipping. The team is in regular contact with the Borough Monitoring Officer to report these issues and ensure a speedy resolution.
This quarter has seen a 16% increase in reports of begging. There has also been a dramatic 151% increase in the reports of rough sleeping. This is largely due to the zero tolerance programmes that neighbouring borough Westminster has put in place on rough sleeping.
Representatives from the Police, Safer Street Team, Camden Cleansing operatives and The Partnerships Ambassadors will be undertaking joint patrolling at peak footfall times in hot spot areas of Tottenham Court Road addressing antisocial behaviour. The primary objective is to encourage rough sleepers to seek support from the council.
If you are concerned about an individual sleeping rough please The Camden Safer Street Team (CSST) can be reached on 08088 0005 and via email@example.com to help ensure they are provided with the best support.
With the addition of Ahmed Moustakalle, as street operative, to the team The Partnership has seen approximately2000 bags of waste collected within the area, above and beyond the service provided by Camden Council.
Fitzrovia Business Against Crime (FITZBAC)
37 members are now signed up to FITZBAC.
34 of our open door members are now members of the FITZBAC radio scheme.
The standard MPS information sharing agreement template has been completed and we are now asking the Police to join the initiative.
A target photo file consisting of photographs of 4 of the most prolific suspects is currently being circulated to those members that have signed up to FITZBAC.
Shoplifting, ASB and counterfeit money continue to be concerns on a daily basis for our retail members. The most common crimes to be reported are those involving theft of personal property from cafes and pubs. The police are actively engaged in reducing these offences by undertaking plain clothes patrols asking businesses to make their customers aware of the issue and looking after their belongings. ‘Table surfing’ is a particular issue.
Antisocial behaviour, cleanliness, street drinking and drugs are all an increasingly common factor. Together with the Partnership, the Warren Street Underground Station Manager, Police and Council are seeking possible solutions to these ongoing problems.
Please help by reporting all incidents to the relevant authorities. Details of which can be found in our Contact Card.
Counter Terrorism Training and Support
The Euston Community Security Zone steering group meetings, chaired by The Fitzrovia Partnership continue to address the flow of information and advice to you our members. The participants of the group represent a number of significant businesses and institutions operating in the area.
To assist business with their planning for major incidents we have started to build a further library of useful information that will soon be accessible through the Members Area of the website.