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POLICE AND CRIME REPORTING - Both Croydon Police Stations can be used to report 'non-urgent' matters or telephone 101.

To also report a crime, anti social behaviour, traffic accident (and lost and stolen vehicles), fraud, lost and found property, missing person, civil dispute etc, go to ‘Report’ on the Metropolitan Police Website; met.police.uk


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.

Updated 16/3/19


Not sure which SNT 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 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, Riddlesdown Collegiate, Brancaster Lane, Riddlesdown Rd & Ave etc).


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: Purley Oaks & Riddlesdown

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

Twitter @MPSpurleyOaks


Update 19/9/20 - Weekly crime update from the Purley Oaks & Riddlesdown SNT

"Dear Residents

Due to a glitch in the system a number of crimes are still showing up on our figures so I am having to manually change them. As you will see the main crime on the ward at present is around motor vehicle crime.  I will be sending an email out shortly about a white Audi that has come to notice in the Selsdon/Sanderstead area so please have a read and pass that on (see below).

For those of you who are on Nextdoor you will have seen we took the speed gun out yesterday and pulled over numerous vehicles that were speeding. The fastest we stopped was 37mph on Riddlesdown Road. We also did Mitchley Avenue but no motorists were going over the limit. All driver details were checked and words of advice given. We will be making more use of the speed gun on the three wards as officers have now be trained on it."

Report about a white Audi:

"I just wanted to make you all aware of recent reports in the Sanderstead area of a Suspicious vehicle that’s been going around and seen to attempt to steal from parked cars if vehicles are left unlocked.

This vehicle has been seen on the following roads between the following dates 04/09/2020 – 17/09/2020.

Onslow Gardens, Sanderstead,

Sanderstead Court Avenue,

Farleigh road,

The Glen, Shirley

Weybourne place, South Croydon

The vehicle is an White Audi (possibly A4) Estate and is believed to be on false plates . I’ve attached photo of the Audi that I believe is the same one at each location.  

Possible registrations are:





Witnesses have advised there is usually 2 males, and passenger gets out whilst driver remains in the car.

They both always wear masks so we can’t get a positive description but are both believed to be white males with approximate ages 20-30 years old for both suspects.

Please keep your eyes out and report if seen."

Update 23/7/20 - Weekly crime update from the Purley Oaks & Riddlesdown SNT

Update 4/7/20 - Weekly crime update from the Purley Oaks & Riddlesdown SNT

Police advice on catalytic converter thefts

Police advice about storing of keyless fobs

DIY home security survey - October 2019


Purley Oaks & Riddlesdown Police Newsletter March 2019 Updated 7/4/19

Purley Oaks & Riddlesdown Police Newsletter January 2019 Updated 6/2/19

The Little Booklet of Phone Scams - Posted 22/6/19


(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).


Tel: 020 8721 2470 - 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: Sanderstead SNT

Email: SNMailbox.SandersteadSNT@met.police.uk

Twitter @MPSSanderstead



Sanderstead Police Newsletter August 2020 Updated 7/9/20

Police advice on catalytic converter thefts

Sanderstead Police Newsletter July 2020 Updated 5/8/20

How to Report Crime & Anti Social Behaviour details

Sanderstead Police Newsletter June 2020 Updated 6/7/20

Scams advice during coronavirus outbreak

Burglary advice

'Test and Trace Scam Advice' from the Met Police - 9/8/20;

"We are urging members of the public to be vigilant following reports of fraudsters posing as people from the NHS Test and Trace service. Please read the following advice in the attachment."

Advice from the Purley Oaks and Riddlesdown Ward SNT


10 tips to help you beat the scammers

“In our next crime advice segment we are going to cover 10 tips to help you beat the scammers.

1. Be suspicious of all "too good to be true" offers and deals. There are no guaranteed get-rich schemes

2. Do not agree to offers or deals immediately, Insist on time to obtain independent/legal advice before making a decision.

3. Do not hand over money or sign anything until you have checked the credentials of the company or individual

4. Never send money to anyone you do not know or trust, whether in the UK or abroad, or use methods of payment that you are not comfortable with.

5. Never give banking or personal details to anyone you do not know or trust. This information is valuable so make sure you protect it

6. Always log on to a website directly rather than clicking on links provided in an email

7. Do not rely on glowing testimonials, find solid independent evidence of success

8. Always get legal/independent advice if the offer involves money

9. If you have been scammed or spot a scam please report it and get help. Contact Action Fraud

10. Do not be embarrassed to report a scam. Scammers are cunning and clever there is no shame in being deceived. A lot of the time they catch us off guard and we make a quick decision which is not ideal. Report them to make it difficult for them to deceive others.”

Advice from the Purley Oaks and Riddlesdown Ward SNT- Courier Fraud


“Dear residents

At our ward panel we were asked if we can give out bitesize crime prevention advice on crimes, we will do so on here for you to see and pass on. Please email us if you would prefer a certain subject cover

We will start with courier fraud

What is courier fraud…..criminals call you claiming to be from the police or fraud department of your bank. They claim they are conducting an investigation, often saying it involves corrupt bank employees or police and ask for your help or say your account is at risk. If they manage to convince you, they instruct you to carry out a task which effectively involves you handing over your money. These include…..

Asking you to attend your bank branch to withdraw a large sum of money which they will then collect from you for evidence, they may claim the money may be counterfeit, or that it is going to be sent off for forensic analysis

Asking you withdraw large amounts of foreign currency which will also be collected

Ask you to provide pins details over the phone and then place your pin and car in the envelope and a courier will collect it from your

The criminals want to avoid detection and may give you instructions such as….

Informing you it’s an undercover operation involving the bank/police

Give you a cover story to tell bank staff or police e.g. the money is for building work

How to protect yourself…..

Be extremely wary of unsolicited phone calls from your bank or the police, particularly if they are requesting personal info.

End the call, call back on a different phone line or on a mobile, if that is not possible wait at least one minute before calling back. Use either the telephone number on the back of your card or go the banks website for your number

Speak to friends or family before carrying out any actions.

Never share your pin with anyone

Never hand over any bankcard or make purchases following an unexpected call”


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


Tel: 07769 135246- (new number 9/6/20) 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 & Woodcote SNT

Email: PurleyandWoodcote.SNT@met.police.uk

Twitter @MPSPurley


July 2020 Newsletter Updated 28/7/20

June 2020 Newsletter Updated 16/6/20

April 2020 Newsletter - Updated 8/5/20

The Little book of Cyber scams - 1 March 2019



Advice received from Sanderstead SNT about Motor Vehicle Crime Prevention

(in pdf)

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


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.



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.

Would you like to become a Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator in Riddlesdown? Then please contact the CBNWA website

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

Some useful contact details.

Crime Stoppers     0800 555 111

Age UK  Croydon 020 8683 7100


Croydon Trading Standards   020 8407 1311

E-mail trading.standards@croydon.gov.uk

Action Fraud 0300 123 2040 Website

Purley Oaks and Riddlesdown Ward - Keyless car thefts

New 2/1/20

As posted on 31 December (crime reports above), the Purley Oaks and Riddlesdown SNT have reported there has been thefts of two Range Rover Vogue's locally, in late December.

They have given out this advice for owners of all keyless entry vehicles:

"Dear Residents

Please below advice I have put together for you regarding keyless car thefts. We had two over the Xmas period and they were both Range Rover Evoque's

Preventing keyless car theft

What is keyless car theft?

The process criminals use to steal a car via keyless theft – also known as relay theft – is relatively simple. First, they buy a relay amplifier and a relay transmitter. They identify a house with a nice car parked outside and, by using these gadgets, can detect whether the car features keyless entry and go. One criminal then stands by the car with his transmitter, while a second waves his amplifier around the perimeter of the house. If the car key is close enough the amplifier will detect its signal, amplify it and send it to the accomplice’s transmitter. This transmitter then effectively becomes the key, and tricks the car into thinking the real key is nearby, whereupon the thieves are able to open the car, get in and drive away. The whole process can take as little as 60 seconds and can be completed in near silence

How to prevent it?

• Owners shouldn’t forget to take standard security measures, ensuring their car is properly locked and keeping keys far away from doors and windows

• Investigate whether it’s possible to switch their key’s signal off, as some offer this function – though it’s not always obvious. Check your manual to find out if your key has this function, or ask your dealer if it the system can be disabled.

• You could purchase a security device such as a steering wheel lock, a driveway parking post, or even a wheel clamp. Even if the thieves are able to access and start your car, these should prevent them from driving away – and many criminals will consider bypassing these too much hassle.

• Tracking device.

• Consider purchasing a Faraday pouch to keep your car key in. These pouches contain signal-blocking materials that stop your key transmitting its code, preventing crooks from being able to detect and amplify the signal. However research is needed to check the bag works as some have not during testing.

David Eaton, PCSO Purley Oaks & Riddlesdown SNT"

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