With social media awash with speculation over the rise in the number of burglaries in Eltham North ward, the local police Safer Neighbourhood Team has invited a wider range of local residents to the next Ward Panel meeting which will take place on Thursday 29th November 2018 from 5pm to 7pm at the McDonalds on Eltham High Street.
The Ward Panel normally consists of Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinators and other residents who have expressed an interest in supporting the police locally, however as there has been a lot of concern about burglaries and general crime locally (much of it expressed on the Eltham SE9 facebook group) a decision was taken to invite other residents. If you have not received an invite and would like to attend, please email PCSO Janice Wilson on SNTRG-.ElthamNorth@met.police.uk before Thursday, copying in either Cllr Charlie Davis (Charlie.Davis@royalgreenwich.gov.uk) or Spencer Drury (firstname.lastname@example.org).
With the closure of Eltham Police Station by the Mayor of London it is increasingly hard for residents to speak with local police but PCSO Janice Wilson has been organising regular Community Contact Meeting around the ward. In recent weeks both Charlie and I attended meetings, finding ourselves the only residents to turn up, so clearly we all need to work on advertising these events so that residents are aware of them and know the purpose of attending. Unfortunately the new shift patterns for the police mean that the meetings have to fit in with their shift patterns rather than when residents are more likely to be available (once again reflecting some conflicting priorities).
The next set of Community Contact Meetings are as follows:
- Thursday 29th – 15:30 to 16:30, MacDonalds, Eltham High Street
- Saturday 8th – 12:00 to 13:00, The Eltham Centre Café, Archery Road
- Friday 14th – 15:00 to 16:00, The Eltham Centre Café, Archery Road
- Thursday 20th – 17:00 to 18:00, The Eltham Centre Café, Archery Road
- Thursday 27th – 11:00 to 12:00, The Eltham Centre Café, Archery Road
- Thursday 03rd January – 12:00 to 13:00, The Eltham Centre Café, Archery Road
The last Ward Panel Meeting in September received a report that there were no burglaries in Eltham North for the month of July, which was the most recent data available, so the sudden increase has come as something of a shock. According to the Metropolitan Police service the figures for burglary in Eltham North were as follows: