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POLICE AND CRIME REPORTING - All Croydon Police Stations to report 'non-urgent' matters 101 (Calls to 101 from both land lines and mobile networks cost 15 pence per call, no matter what time of day you call, or how long you are on the phone).

Met Police Website - Link


Croydon Police Station, 71 Park Lane, Croydon CR9 1BP. Open 24/7 - offers a full front counter service.

Berin Underwood House, 90 Windmill Road, Croydon, CR0 2XR. Open Monday-Friday 10am-6pm - offers a full front counter service during opening hours.



(this includes most of the roads in the RRA area except those listed for Purley SNT) Tel: 020 8721 2470  

Website link: Sanderstead SNT

Email sanderstead.snt@met.police.uk
Twitter @MPSSanderstead
Facebook facebook.com/metpoliceuk

Sanderstead Police Newsletter February 2018 - Updated 16/3/18

Sanderstead Police Newsletter January 2018 - Updated 16/3/18

Sanderstead Police Newsletter December 2017 - Updated 7/1/18

Croydon Eye Newsletter - Spring 2018

Crime Prevention Event

In view of the recent spike in residential burglaries, and theft from (and of) motor vehicles, in both the Sanderstead and Purley Wards, the RRA has organised with the Police Safer Neighbourhood teams, a Crime Prevention Event at St Edmund's Church Hall, Mitchley Ave, on Saturday 21 April. This will be from 10.45 am to 1.45pm. This event is for residents living in the RRA area.

It is a chance to come along to discuss with Police Officers how best to protect your home and to share a tea or coffee with your neighbours.

Burglary Prevention Sanderstead (and Purley Wards) - Posted 7/12/17

“Dear Ward Resident

Pre Christmas Burglary Prevention advice from your local Policing Team. We have decided to create this leaflet to keep you all informed, and provided top tips on house and general security. Please don't be shocked or alarmed by this. We purely wanted to create something that people could read and digest in the hope that simple security measures are thought of when in and out of your homes.

PC Dan Revell, PC Robert Brett and PCSO Sam Brooks, Sanderstead SNT

Croydon Eye Newsletter from Croydon Borough Neighbourhood Watch - Autumn 2017


The next ‘Ward Panel Public Meeting’ will be held at Riddlesdown Collegiate, Honister Heights, on Wednesday 24 January 2018 at 6.30pm

Summer 2017 Newsletter

Advice from Met Police about the use of drones


(includes Riddlesdown Rd, Riddlesdown Ave, Downs Court Rd, Brancaster Lane, & Purley Bury Ave)

Tel: 07920 233892. When the team are not on duty the phone will be diverted the central cluster phone at Addington Police Station where the messages are checked on a daily basis.

Website Link: Purley SNT

Email: purley.snt@met.police.uk

Twitter @MPSPurley

Facebook facebook.com/metpoliceuk

Purley Police Newsletter February 2018 - Updated 16/3/18

Purley Police Newsletter January 2018 - Updated 16/3/18

Purley Police Newsletter December 2017 Updated 8/1/18


The next ‘Ward Panel Public Meeting’ will be held at Purley Fire Station, 128 Brighton Rd, Purley, on Wednesday 21 March 2018 at 7.00pm

Crime Prevention Event

In view of the recent spike in residential burglaries, and theft from (and of) motor vehicles, in both the Sanderstead and Purley Wards, the RRA has organised with the Police Safer Neighbourhood teams, a Crime Prevention Event at St Edmund's Church Hall, Mitchley Ave, on Saturday 21 April. This will be from 10.45 am to 1.45pm. This event is for residents living in the RRA area.

It is a chance to come along to discuss with Police Officers how best to protect your home and to share a tea or coffee with your neighbours.

Purley Ward - Burglaries around Christmas time - Posted 13/12/17

“Dear Ward Member,

Please be aware that Purley and surrounding areas have seen a rise in Burglary in the last few weeks. Historically, burglaries spike at this time of year due to a number of reasons including longer hours of darkness, residents are often out Christmas shopping or with other related activities and Christmas presents are left out on display under trees.

Please, keep doors and windows locked. If you have a side access like a gate, make sure it can be locked. If you have fencing at the sides of your property then consider trellis at the top. Bins should be left behind side gates where possible to prevent them being used as ladders.

If you are expecting parcels, perhaps arrange with a neighbour to take them in. When parcels are left on doorstops this can signal that you are out.

Report suspicious activity and have a safe Christmas. Leaflet

PC Chris Woods & PC Robin Lambert Singer”


Advice received from Sanderstead SNT about Motor Vehicle Crime Prevention

(in pdf) - 17/12/17

Scam Alert received from Kenley RA- 11/5/17

"I wanted to alert you to a scammer who targeted Kenley last weekend.

The scam involves a lady knocking on the door of elderly residents late in the evening, typically a Friday or Saturday evening and claiming that her relative has been rushed to hospital, and she would like someone to drive her there. This rapidly turns into a request for money.

Unfortunately, a number of our residents fell victim to this scam and handed over cash. Many other residents had the knock at the door but were astute enough to turn her away.

The Police/Safer Neighbourhood Team are involved and think they know who might be the perpetrator, as it follows a very similar MO of a convicted scammer a few years ago. As in this article.

However at this time no arrests have been made and the perpetrator is still active.

Please can you alert your residents to this scam, and, report any suspicious activity to the police."

Crimes in your area - Enter you postcode  www.police.uk

Latest edition (2016/17) of the Information Network Bulletin brought to you by Croydon Council’s Trading Standards team with latest scams. Link

Car Key Jammers and Theft from Motor Vehicles - Updated 16/1/17

The RRA have received more reports over the weekend (14/15 January 2017) of thefts from vehicles in the Hill Close vicinity. Again no forced entry was made and car jamming equipment was possibly used. The Police have been advised.
WARNING, do not leave any valuables in vehicles and make sure your vehicle locks properly when activating the key fob, or if keyless that the card activates when you walk away from the vehicle (see information below from the Police).

“Whilst the ward of Sanderstead has some of the lowest crime statistics in the borough, residents still need to be vigilant and alert when it comes keeping their vehicles safe from motor vehicle crime.

During the weekend of Saturday 26th November to Sunday 27th November 2016, the ward saw six offences of theft from motor vehicle concentrated in two areas. For all six incidents, it appears that there has been no damage caused by the thieves to the vehicles. All of the vehicle owners are adamant that they left their vehicles locked when they parked up overnight.

Although it has not been confirmed, the thieves may have been using jamming equipment to stop the cars from locking.

Relatively low-powered jammers can have a range of about 75 metres, meaning fairly large areas, such as a whole car park or residential street, can be affected at the same time. They are also easy to buy online.

Most central locking cars have another indication the lock has been deployed, such as the indicator lights flashing, wing mirrors drawing in, or the horn giving a short toot. If you're close enough to the car you can also hear the central locking clunk into place. The only sure way to know your car is locked is to check manually by tugging the door handle after locking.

Our advice is to keep close watch on your cars and possessions so as not to offer any incentives to criminals, including manually checking that the vehicle is locked and taking any valuables with you when leaving the vehicle unattended.

Can I ask that you please take the following precautions with your vehicle in order to help us to reduce the chance of these incidents occurring in the future:

If you have any queries or would like further crime prevention advice, please contact the Sanderstead Local Policing Team on 0208 721 2470 or email sanderstead.snt@met.pnn.police.uk

Yours sincerely, Sanderstead Local Policing Team”

Staying Safe When Selling a Vehicle Privately - Posted 14/1/17

Whilst the ward of Sanderstead has some of the lowest crime statistics in the borough, residents still need to take steps to reduce the chances of being made victims of motor vehicle crime.

On 31st December 2016, a Sanderstead resident was contacted by a male who responded to a classified advert for the sale of their car. When the male arrived, he started to ask apparently legitimate questions you would expect someone to ask when interested in buying a car. The male asked to look under the bonnet and checked the oil level. He then put the bonnet down and asked the car owner if he could start the car. Once the keys were given to the male, he got in the car, started the engine and simply drove off.

On 1st January 2017, a resident in West London had their car stolen under very similar circumstances. Again their car was advertised online and the male drove off once the engine was started. Our colleagues in Surrey Police are also investigating a similar incident on the same day in bordering Tandridge beat.

Officers from the Metropolitan Police and Surrey Police are still investigating these three incidents and exploring whether they are linked to the same suspect. Although the buying or selling of a vehicle is usually straightforward, both buyers and sellers can leave themselves open to becoming the victim of crime. Do not let the excitement of buying or selling a vehicle compromise your safety or that of your money. This is one of the most expensive transactions most people ever undertake.

In light of these recent incidents, we advise the following:

security (these might be stolen keys!)

The Vehicle Safe Trading Advisory Group (VSTAG) was set up as the result of the Metropolitan Police having a significant number of fraud allegations reported to them by people buying and selling cars.

For more information on how to prevent yourself from this type of crime, please visit the VSTAG website at http://www.vstag.co.uk/ or speak to the Sanderstead Local Policing Team on 0208 721 2470 or email

Yours sincerely,

Sanderstead Local Policing Team

Warning for the Purley Ward Riddlesdown Residents from the Met Police (but also applies to Sanderstead Ward residents);

Dear Resident,

Please be aware that there are many companies plying for trade through leaflet dropping and cold calling at your door.

A couple of these companies are being investigated at present for rogue trading.

If any leaflets are posted through your door which offer driveways, tree surgery, general maintenance and cleaning please contact the team or trading standards at Croydon Council. We would like to know the details of the companies using these methods of advertising as there have been links to recent burglaries in the area.

Kind Regards,

Purley SNT Dedicated Ward Officer

Metropolitan Police | London Borough of Croydon, Addington Police Station | Addington Village Road | Croydon | CR0 5AQ

Telephone ( 07920233892 or 02086491041 Email

Anti Social Behaviour - Frequently asked questions Link

For Police Advice on Home Protection click on this Link

For advice on Car & Bicycle Protection, click on this Link

Police in Croydon issue vehicle crime prevention advice

Posted 20/10/15

Police in Croydon are appealing to the public to take some simple steps to help cut their chances of becoming a victim of vehicle crime.

Vehicle crime on the borough is showing a 14.3% increase during the six-month period April to September 2015, compared to the same period in 2014 - an increase of 258 reported offences, up from 1,450 to 1,658.

Inspector Kevin Fitzgerald is keen to raise awareness of the rise and is urging residents to act now and take simple steps to prevent their vehicles from being a target.

Inspector Fitzgerald said; “A majority of these incidents could have been avoided if drivers had taken simple crime prevention measures, as 50% of the vehicles were either left unlocked or with items left displayed in parked vehicles.

“During our daily patrols we regularly see valuables being displayed inside parked vehicles. With Christmas just around the corner, people will soon be out shopping and in many cases will be leaving their shopping inside vehicles whilst unattended.

“I urge residents to take simple measures such as locking vehicles, removing valuable items from view and ensuring no cables or satellite navigation players are on display. Please also do not leave work tools in your vehicles overnight.

“Over the next few months, both uniformed and under cover officers will be patrolling the borough to prevent offences and detect offenders. However, most vehicle crime is preventable. It can take as little as 10 seconds for a thief to steal something from your car - prevention is an invaluable tool in the fight against crime”.

Advice from the police includes:

Always lock your vehicle when you leave it.

Ensure all windows are closed.

Never leave valuable items in your car - Sat Navs, cash, credit cards, chequebooks, mobile phones, or other valuables.

Wipe away the Sat Nav mark on your windscreen.

Consider fitting anti-tamper screws to your number plate.

Never leave your car keys where they can be seen from the front door.

You can view the article by using the below link:



Need help?  112 is your life-saving number!

112 is the European emergency phone number, available everywhere in the EU, free of charge.

It is possible to call 112 from fixed and mobile phones to contact any emergency service: an ambulance, the fire brigade or the police.

When a person dials 112, a specially trained operator will answer the call.  Depending on the national organisation of emergency services, the operator will either deal with the request directly or transfer the call to the most appropriate emergency service.

Operators in many countries can answer the calls not only in their national language, but also in English or French.  If the caller does not know where he is, the operator will identify where the person making the call is physically located and will pass it to the emergency authorities so that these can help immediately.

112 operators do not provide traffic and weather reports, general information or answers to queries.  Calling 112 as a joke or calling and then hanging up is considered a hoax call.  Hoax calls not only waste the time and money of the emergency operators, but can also be dangerous.  If 112 lines or call operators are busy with hoax calls, someone with a real emergency may not be able to get the help needed.  In most countries, it is a criminal offence to make hoax 112 calls and a person can be judged for that.

112 does not replace the existing (UK 999) national emergency number.  In most countries, it operates alongside them.  However, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden, Malta and Romania have opted for 112 as their main national emergency number.


Advice from the Met Police about scams; The Little Book of Big Scams



Office usually covered Monday to Friday 10.00hrs to 14.00hrs Tel: 020 8555 1200 Extension 37637. Please do not report any crimes on this number, as there is no Police staff to process crime reports at this address.

If you have any information that might assist in solving any crimes in our area, please contact the Safer Neighbourhood Team (Purley SNT 07920 233892) (Sanderstead SNT 020 8721 2470). Alternatively you may call CRIMESTOPPERS - free on 0800 555 111. You do not have to give your name and address, and you may be eligible for a reward. Crimes may be reported to any police station, either personally or by phone.

Smart water kit available for Neighbourhood Watch - Leaflet Link or website

Croydon Eye newsletter produced by NHW Croydon - Summer 2017


The CBNWA charity is facing financial difficulties and the Committee have had to make further cost savings. Therefore, the fortnightly update will no longer be produced but the information that would have be included together with other relevant updates will be on our new website www.cbnwa.com . There will be no fortnightly update with immediate effect, for any communication with Neighbourhood Watch Croydon please use this email address only.

The charity will be sending out a weekly email letting you know what has been updated on the website with links to find the relevant information. We will be also looking to use Twitter more to keep people updated as quickly as we can.

As you will understand we are a small charity with limited financial income or support and we hope these changes will reflect our current situation as well as an improvement in regard to getting information out quickly.

All NHW co-ordinators will continue to receive all updates from the NHW office and do not need to take any action. If you forward updates to your watch please continue to do so.

Would you like to become a Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator in Riddlesdown? Then please read on.



by Malcolm Saunders of CBNWA

I am pleased to report that the coverage of Neighbourhood Watch is growing. It is better in Sanderstead and Purley Wards than in many other areas of Croydon. However that is no reason to be complacent. We still only cover less than one third of the roads in these two Wards. We need more volunteers.

Is your road or block of flats part of Neighbourhood Watch? If so, you should receive four ‘Croydon Eye’ newsletters per year to keep you informed about the latest scams and advice on the precautions you can take to protect your person and property. If you do not receive Croydon Eye then you are not in a Watch. Perhaps you would like to volunteer to act as the Coordinator for a Watch to cover your road or area?

As a minimum we ask our Coordinators to deliver the ‘Croydon Eye’ to their neighbours four times a year. The Watch can be as many, or as few, homes as you are prepared to cover; thirty to fifty is the norm. Some Coordinators go further in disseminating weekly crime alerts and, if appropriate, informing neighbours of current scams, or other criminal activity in their area. We also encourage Coordinators to ‘keep an eye’ on vulnerable neighbours.

If your road does not have a Watch and you feel you would like to volunteer please contact the Neighbourhood Watch Office. They will send you information about what is involved and help get you started. The telephone number is Tel: 020 8555 1200 Extension 37637 or follow this link

Some of the tips given in Croydon Eye are quite obvious. Such as checking that all doors and downstairs windows are closed (and locked) before leaving the house or going to bed. If you have a shed it is also worth checking that it is locked. Apart from the risk of losing contents they provide useful tools to help the burglar break in. Also think about how you secure your property. It is good practice to have two good locks fitted to your front door. Your back door should also be fitted with a good quality deadlock and suitable locks fitted to windows. Make sure your home looks lived in, even when you are away. A trusted neighbour can help and you can return the favour.

One of the most devastating crimes is distraction burglary where a burglar will try and con their way into your house, quite often pretending to be an official of some kind. Be on the lookout for this type of activity and keep an eye on your vulnerable neighbours. If you think you or your neighbours are being targeted then contact the police or your Safer Neighbourhood Team.  

Remember if a crime is in progress dial 999.

We also keep hearing about scams offering prizes or rewards; usually sent by email, but sometimes by post. For those not wary they can cost people their life savings – BE AWARE.

Some useful contact details.

Crime Stoppers     0800 555 111

Age UK  Croydon  0845 600 1090

Croydon Trading Standards   020 8407 1311 & Email

Action Fraud 0300 123 2040 Website

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