Residents benefit from crime reduction in Northumberland Park
Residents in Northumberland Park are benefitting from a major reduction in crime following a successful operation to curb the amount of violence and anti-social behaviour taking place in the area.
Haringey Council and the Metropolitan Police joined forces to launch ‘Operation Marlin’ as they looked to reduce the crime most affecting Northumberland Park and help target those who are actively involved in criminality.
The intention was to work with partners and the community to make sustainable reductions in anti-social behaviour and provide a safe and secure environment for people to live and work.
The operation also focused on increasing confidence in police and authorities among all the communities and stakeholders and protecting the most vulnerable in the community, particularly children susceptible to victimisation, exploitation or criminality.
The response was immediate as there was enhanced CCTV usage on different estates and the targeting of known offenders and key individuals was established.
As a result, 150 arrests were made to date, 150+ stop and searches were carried out, nine warrants were issued to target problematic premises while seven closure orders were jointly issued and enforced by council and police.
There has also been a 15% reduction in robbery, 13% in knife crime and 11% in violence that results in injury.
There were also four Criminal Behaviour Orders issued and multiple Community Protection Notices issued.
Councillor Mark Blake, Cabinet Member for Communities, Safety and Engagement at Haringey Council, said:
“This has been a major success for our enforcement team working closely with the Metropolitan Police.
“The safety of our residents will always be our number one priority and this operation shows the good work that can be carried out in in helping to reduce crime and help us provide a safe and secure environment.
“I would also like to acknowledge the crucial contribution of Project Future and Project 20/20 supporting local young people in the area.”
Superintendent Nigel Brookes, who was leading the operation, said:
“Operation Marlin was put in place in response to concerns raised by local residents about how crime affected them.
“The reductions we have seen in violent crime demonstrate what can be achieved when the police and council work alongside the community to make the area safe for everyone.
“We are pleased to be putting additional dedicated Ward Officers in Northumberland Park from January 2019 to join the existing local policing team and build on the work carried out over the past 12 months. Tackling violent crime in our communities remains the Metropolitan Police’s number one priority.”