A group of residents living at Dashwood Court in Hounslow invited their local Safer Neighbourhoods Team, Police Community Support Officers PC Danny Duprey and PC Seni Gulati for a coffee and chat about some of their concerns about anti-social behaviour and petty crime in the local park and nearby roads.
The policing team listened to our tenants’ concerns and assured them that they would be increasing their patrols in the local vicinity especially as they now know what to look out for. PC Gulati said, ‘The more evidence of crime that is reported by the community, the better will be the outcome of policing efforts to help keep everyone safe.’
PC Danny Duprey said he would call into Dashwood Court fortnightly during the summer to meet with residents and provide the reassurance of a street presence. PC Gulati stressed that if any resident sees anything suspicious to report it to the team. If it is a non-emergency you can call 101, but if you feel at risk please call 999, or if you are in the building pull your cord and ask Linkline to contact the police on your behalf. You can always discuss any issues you may have with our on-site housing staff during normal office hours.
Pam Cummins Intensive Housing Coordinator at Dashwood Court said, ‘The police were very supportive and have suggested ways they will make our tenants feel safer. The responsibility for some of the more practical steps such as improvements in street lighting and installation of CCTV lies with Hounslow Council, reporting helps to raise awareness and to shape local priorities.’
Resident Lorna Embury said, ‘It was a useful meeting with the safer neighbourhoods team and I’m glad that they will monitor our local area more regularly.’
Edith Saituru, Operations Manager said, ‘This year HCHA will be proactively working with our residents and engaging with their local ward safer neighbourhood teams to raise any concerns that our residents may have about the area they live in. By working in partnership with the local policing team we hope to make life safer for everyone in the community.’