Upminster Police Meeting – Update
A meeting was held this afternoon (16/3/18) attended by the Julia Lopez MP, Cllr Ron Ower, Cllr Linda Van den Hende along with a Police Inspector, sergeant, constables, PCSOs and Cllr Jason Frost. Also in attendance were seven residents who had written to the MP requesting a meeting to discuss crime and anti-Social Behaviour in Upminster.
The main points to come out of the meeting were as follows:
- Concerns expressed over lack of police numbers and presence in the area
- Concerns expressed that people are travelling into the area to commit crime
- Police stated that the crime figures recorded for the area were not high
- Crimes reported on social media were not always reported to Police
- It is important that crimes are reported to police
- More police officers will only be allocated if there is evidence that crime is escalating, so a case be made
- Response times which dipped as the Tri-borough policing structure was being piloted have now returned to pre-pilot timings
- The Police are working to improve 101 call handling
- Residents encouraged to join Police Ward Panels and StreetWatch
- Concerns expressed regarding what value for money Upminster and Cranham residents are getting for their Council Tax
- ShopWatch initiative discussed (linking businesses in the area to alerts)
- Suggestion that the monthly Residents’ Association Bulletin could carry a Police Column with contact details – we are happy to do this.
The top message to come out of the meeting is that crime needs to be reported, either through 101, dedicated police team number or on-line HERE.
If it is an emergency, call 999.
Cllr Ron Ower