Home and car security – 5 March 2019

We have become aware of a number of attempted and actual thefts and burglaries recently in our area. In particular, cars with keyless entry appear to be at risk and we advise taking extra precautions. You can find some advice here – though simply wrapping your key fob in tin foil has been proposed to stop car thieves – see here.

In addition, we would strongly recommend fitting a burglar alarm to your house, as this is the best way of making your house unattractive to would be burglars. And do follow all the usual advice about home security …

Burglaries in Madeira Avenue – 14 December 2018
We are aware that in the last fortnight there have been two burglaries in Madeira Avenue, Bromley, with access being obtained by breaking in at the rear. Do remember to take the usual precautions when you leave your property unattended. Thieves are after Christmas presents.

London Community Watch
A new collaborative body of Neighbourhood Watches across London was formed in March 2017 with the objectives of sharing and working together to create a platform from which everyone can combat crime more effectively. All queries relating to membership of Neighbourhood Watch in any borough may be directed to the new body. You can access its website at:


or contact them direct at:


What is Neighbourhood Watch?
Nothing more than keeping an eye out for suspicious or unusual activities in your road - if you see something that arouses your suspicion CONTACT THE POLICE.

Recently, a resident saw unusual behaviour in Warren Avenue and called the police which resulted in an immediate arrest.

Also, on another occasion, a resident called police when they heard the sound of breaking glass and a theft of a high value vehicle was thwarted.

YOU can do this to and help prevent crime in your area.

Some roads in our area have NW Coordinators, who coordinate activities in a particular road and who are the focus for receiving and disseminating information. These roads are (NOTE: only part of a road may be covered by the NW coordinator):

  • Blyth Road
  • Bracken Hill Close
  • Brackenridge
  • Cawston Court
  • Erin Close
  • Farnaby Road
  • London Road
  • Ravensbourne Avenue 
  • Ravensmead Road
  • Riverpark Gardens 
  • Warren Avenue 

Further information can be obtained from the Met. police website or from neighbourhoodwatch. See also their page on Protect Yourself And Your Property.

See also Rogue Traders and Scams for further crime prevention advice.