Autumn Nights: Burglary on the Rise

Autumn nights

Autumn nights

Earlier this week, the Noel Park Ward Panel agreed that for the next period, burglary should be one of the top three priorities for local police. The rationale for this decision is obvious: in the autumn months, as the days get darker and Christmas approaches, burglary rates go up. Already, with reports of a door being forced and a house burgled on PMRA’s/SNW’s  Hornsey Park Road, the need was evident. In recent days it has become even more so. I have received word that yet another property has been burgled in the week, again on Hornsey Park Road. Beyond the confines of our association boundaries, police are reporting six homes burgled over the last 24 hours. At least one attempt at burglary was disturbed by a Haringey Ladder Resident as the offender stood on a wheelie bin and was climbing through an open window. Others were not so fortunate:

Two homes were broken into, one in Northumberland Park and one in Highgate where both  car keys and car were taken.

A resident's spade was used to force open a ground floor window on Durnsford Rd., N11.

A door was smashed, and the offender reached in and opened the night latch of a property on High Road N17.

The police are certainly doing their part – six people have been arrested in Haringey this week for burglary and the handling of stolen goods. But it is the duty of all residents to remain vigilant. The government has recently clarified laws permitting the use of necessary force in the defence of property, which is helpful, but ideally things should not get to the stage where people have to put those laws to the test. Many, though not all, burglaries can be prevented. As a part of their Autumn Nights Campaign, the Metropolitan Police have released a list of prevention tips:

Ten top burglary crime prevention tips for Londoners:

1. Mark or etch your property with your postcode, house or flat number or the first three letters of your house name.

2. Register items with a serial number at  HYPERLINK "" \t "_blank"

3. Do not leave your car keys, valuables or ID documents near a door, letterbox or window.

4. Always check who's at the door and don't open it if you feel anxious.

5. Close and lock all your doors and windows, even if you are only going out for a few minutes.

6. Keep your valuables out of sight.

7. Leave some lights on if it will be dark before you get home.

8. Fit a mortice lock to your front door and other external doors. Consider installing a burglar alarm.

9. Always keep sheds and outbuildings locked.

10. Cancel milk or other deliveries if you will be away for days or weeks at a time.

Other resources have also been made available, such as a new interactive house graphic as well as more general tips on burglary prevention in relation to the MPS’s Operation Bumblebee . Please inform yourself and others with these resources, and do what you can to prevent burglaries like the ones mentioned above from happening to you and your neighbours.


Ryan King is a committee member of the Parkside Malvern Residents Association and is the Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator for the Sunrise Neighbourhood Watch. He is a fourth year student at Highland Theological College of the University of the Highlands and Islands and serves as the assistant pastor of Grace Baptist Church (Wood Green) at 50 Park Ridings.


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