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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.


Not sure which Ward you are now located in? Then look at the list of streets in the RRA area (scroll down below the map).


(most of the roads in the RRA area to the east of St Edmund’s Church and including Copthorne Rise, Westfield Ave, Rectory Park, Hyde Rd, Mitchley Ave (east of St Edmund’s), Mitchley Hill, Tandridge Gardens, Holmwood Ave etc).

Contact Details

Tel: 020 8721 2470  

Website link: Sanderstead SNT

Email: ZD-SNTSanderstead@met.police.uk
Twitter @MPSSanderstead

Sanderstead Police Newsletter December 2018 - Updated 18/1/19

Sanderstead Police Newsletter November 2018 Updated 7/12/18

Sanderstead Police Newsletter October 2018 - Updated 13/11/18

Croydon Eye Newsletter from Croydon Borough Neighbourhood Watch - Summer 2018

Advice from Met Police about the use of drones

Ward Panel Meeting

The next ‘Ward Panel Public Meeting’ will be held at Riddlesdown Collegiate, Honister Heights, Purley CR8 1EX on Thursday 31 January 2019 at 6.30pm


(most of the roads in the RRA area to the west of St Edmund’s Church, and including Lower Barn Rd; Mitchley Ave (west of St Edmund’s), Buttermere Gdns, Derwent Drive, Honister Hts etc and Riddlesdown Collegiate).

Contact Details

Telephone; 07584 186578 - Please Note; this phone number is only available when the team are on duty. You can leave a voicemail if the phone is off, or call 999 in an emergency, or the non-emergency number is 101 to report crimes.

Website Link: Purley Oaks & Riddlesdown

E-mail; PurleyOaks.snt@met.police.uk

Twitter @MPSpurleyOaks

Purley Oaks & Riddlesdown Police Newsletter December 2018 Updated 31/12/18

The Next Ward Panel Meeting is to be held on Tuesday 19th February - 7pm at Christ Church, Brighton Road, Purley.


(in the RRA area, these roads are; the top end of Downs Court Rd and Cranford Close only).

Contact Details

Tel: 07920 233892 - Please Note; this phone number is only available when the team are on duty. You can leave a voicemail if the phone is off, or call 999 in an emergency, or the non-emergency number is 101 to report crimes.

Website link: Sanderstead SNT

Email: purley.snt@met.police.uk
Twitter @MPSPurley

Purley & Woodcote Police Newsletter December 2018- Updated 6/1/19

Purley & Woodcote Police Newsletter November 2018 Updated 7/12/18

Purley & Woodcote Police Newsletter October 2018 - Updated 13/11/18

Purley Oaks and Riddlesdown SNT Ward

New 15/1/19

House Burglaries - Friday 11 January

Purley Oaks & Riddlesdown (PO&R) SNT have made us aware of four recent burglaries in the Riddlesdown area. The times would indicate this was on Friday 11 January and maybe into Saturday 12 Jan.

Two burglaries were on Mitchley Avenue and two were on Ingleboro Drive. Access was gained via the rear of property on all occasions. Various items taken from jewellery to laptops.

Forensics have attended and have taken swabs. Two black males aged 15-20 years old were seen hiding in a front garden bush on Ingleboro Drive when a resident called police both had run away prior to police arrival.

If anyone has CCTV cameras in these streets and they are on the front of properties could you please check them for Friday and see if you have any one acting suspiciously and if so then please send the footage to the PO&R SNT. E-mail: PurleyOaks.SNT@met.police.uk

The Police advise, side access and rear of the property are where homes can be vulnerable. Side gates should be secured with a lock/padlock that is not reached by learning your arm over. If the gate is 6ft tall you can consider trellis or intruder excluder spikes on top. Bins should be behind the gate. Rear fences should be secure and can also have intruder excluder or trellis on top as this is not easy for suspects to climb/gain access. Sheds should be secured and do not leave garden tools out that can be used to gain entry.

This is the link to the Police crime prevention advice. There is good advice on locks, security and a walk around house showing what we recommend. https://www.met.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/


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

Keyless vehicle ignition systems and key fob jammers

New 28/4/18

The Daily Mail are currently running a campaign to highlight the issues of increased car crime, in particular relating to 'keyless' vehicles. Most of these vehicles are 'high end' cars but it also applies to other manufacturers like Volkswagen and Ford. They are trying to put pressure on car manufacturers to improve security on their vehicles.

Some criminals are using 'relays' by standing near your front door and relaying the signal from the 'keys' in the owners home to the vehicle to start it and drive off without the 'keys'. We believe 'relays' have been used nearby to steal vehicles.

In addition 'jammers' are being used to stop the vehicle being locked when you walk away from it, even though you may think it has locked. The RRA are aware that 'jammers' have probably been used locally to steal items from vehicles. The individual is nearby and is watching you 'lock' the vehicle but 'jams' the central locking system. This method applies to all types of key fobs that rely on a central locking system.

The advice is, to always ensure the central locking has worked when you leave your vehicle (the hazard lights should flash and listen for the clunk) and to keep any keys if you have a 'keyless' vehicle away from where the vehicle is parked and preferably in a metal tin, or a Faraday bag which can be purchased via Amazon etc. This stops the signal from the 'key' being transmitted to the vehicle.

Car Key Fob 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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