All emergency services will be stretched over the coming weeks so only contact them in an emergency or use the various online resources.
In an emergency ALWAYS call 999
… for everything else, it’s 101!
Metropolitan Police, Dedicated Ward Officer (East Finchley).
Use of Social Media
Social media is an excellent way of sharing news of all kinds, often folk want to share unpleasant experiences with the wish to make others aware and be safe.
Sadly occasionally these can snowball, gathering all kinds of rumour and things that have happened in a much broader area or time frame. I am pleased to say that often community members will make a challenging or reassuring post.
I would like to remind folk to please report any crimes, anti-social behaviour or worrying suspicious behaviour directly to the police at the time of the incident before posting on social media, and adding that police are aware. This will help ensure we all have the correct facts, can act accordingly, and enable police to give you their best service.
You can contact the police either online at www.met.police.uk and follow the links, or by phoning 101 or 999 in an emergency.
The Safer Neighbourhood Team is here to support and we are happy to respond to your concerns, queries, but we are not a 24/7 team, and crime must be reported centrally as above to allow the best police response for you need.
A message from our neighbourhood Sergeant for Finchley on staying safe
We spoke with the neighbourhood Sergeant for Finchley, Chris Thompson, about staying safe during the coronavirus pandemic.
He told N2United…
“I am aware of the many offers of assistance in the community and if there is one positive to be taken from this current situation it is the fantastic community spirit that has brought an outpouring of compassion for the more vulnerable residents. With that in mind I would ask everyone to be vigilant around the possible abuses that this opens up. It is likely that many of us will need to enlist the help of our neighbours in the coming weeks. I would recommend that people speak to neighbours that are known to them if possible, or at least a familiar face from the local area. This will not be possible for everyone, especially the very elderly or otherwise vulnerable. That being the case, please be vigilant on your vulnerable neighbours behalf and report anything you believe to be suspicious.
If you have concerns around any individuals or documentation you receive then please notify your local policing team through the web portal or 101”.
Neighbourhood Sergeant, Finchley Cluster
North West BCU – Barnet, Harrow & Brent
MetPhone 789015 | Telephone 0207 161 9015
Local Scam Warning
Jan Lovell, of the Safer Neighbourhood Team in East Finchley, has issued a warning that there are reports of people knocking on doors saying they are doing coronavirus tests on behalf of the NHS or a local GP surgery. Jan asks everyone to note that there are no such initiatives. If anyone knocks on your door, ignore them and call the police.
These are thieves trying to take advantage of vulnerable people. For anyone online, be wary of unsolicited emails claiming to be health or virus related. Never click on links or attachments in suspicious messages and never respond to unsolicited messages. Never give away personal or financial details online.
Phone calls, emails and texts
“Please apply all the scepticism and good sense in regards to phone calls, emails and texts as you usually would. Be particularly aware of any links in emails, do not click on them. If you are concerned by any requests or advice in an email, text or phone call, please go on line to the government and NHS sites for information.
There are reports of people knocking on doors saying they are doing coronavirus tests on behalf of NHS/your surgery etc. Please note, there are no such initiatives. If anyone knocks on your door, ignore them and call the police.”
Known Scams during the Coronavirus Pandemic
One victim reported losing over £15k when they purchased face masks that were never delivered.
Coronavirus-themed phishing emails attempting to trick people into opening malicious attachments or revealing sensitive personal and financial information – Do Not Open.
One common tactic used by fraudsters is to contact potential victims over email purporting to be from research organisation’s affiliated with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organisation (WHO).
They claim to be able to provide the recipient with a list of coronavirus infected people in their area. In order to access this information, the victim needs to click on a link, which leads to a malicious website, or is asked to make a payment in Bitcoin.
Crime Prevention advice for empty commercial premises
The coronavirus has necessitated businesses close across London leaving many empty buildings: this will likely be the first time your building is going to be empty for an extended period of time.
There is a concern that your property could be at risk of being targeted: this could potentially come in the form of an illegal occupation, the theft of stock or criminal damage.
The risk factor to your premises will naturally be dependent on a number of factors: area, local criminality, size, stock, security and this is an ‘aide memoire’ for assisting you in your decision making, more… (links to Police advice .pdf)
The Business Crime team are available for strategic support and connectivity via email at email@example.com