Recent spate of robberies targeting young people prompts police to urge caution

Local policing team for Northcote helping to keep our streets safe

Secondary school children have been targeted in a recent spate of robberies in Wandsworth, prompting the police to issue a warning to parents and children regarding their safety.

“We share the concern of parents and community regarding these crimes and are taking them very seriously,” said the police in a statement. “A proactive robbery team are on the case and are working hard behind the scenes to identify these offenders.”

The police have increased patrols by Safer Schools and Safer Neighbourhood officers in the areas affected, and the council is working closely with the police and local schools involved to monior the situstino, give safety advice and encourage parents to report any incidents to the police.

The police advise that you and you children take the following measures to ensure your personal safety:

  • When travelling, pay attention to your surroundings and be aware of what is happening around you. Stick to busy areas and stay with your friends. Try to avoid shortcuts such as parks, especially late at night.
  • Using headphones and mobile phones distracts you from your surroundings, so please remember to look up and look out from personal electronic devices and pay attention to those around you.
  • Keep your airpods and mobile phones out of sight: these are the items that are most commonly stolen. If you are challenged, remember that you are more important than your belongings.

If you are a victim of robbery, please report it to police on 999 as soon as possible. Details to provide include your location, a description of suspects and their direction of travel. This will maximise police chances of tracing the suspects, recovering property and providing support as soon possible after the incident.

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  • If you would rather not speak to the police, you can also contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, or their dedicated service for young people at Fearless.org. Both are independent from police, and you can give information anonymously.