Day of advice and assistance to offer reassurance to Merton residents

Merton Council, The Metropolitan Police and London Fire Brigade are joining forces to hold a day of advice and guidance to help reassure residents about the safety of the borough. They aim to give practical hints and tips to make sure Merton continues to be a safe place for all those who live and work here.

The Safer Merton Reassurance day runs from 10am-5pm on Tuesday 27 November at Wimbledon Library and is free for all residents or anyone who works in the borough. The day will see representatives from Merton Council, Officers from the Metropolitan Police, and the London Fire Brigade’s safety experts showing residents all the different ways they can make their neighbourhoods more secure – and feel safer themselves.

Police will be on hand during the event to give general advice about keeping safe and also ready to update residents on actions being taken to curb anti-social behaviour and other key issues. Officers will also be marking up bikes, mobiles, MP3 players and other valuables with security pens

Officers from the Fire brigade should also be present for part of the day, offering people the chance to have a free home fire safety check and a smoke alarm fitted at a future date.

The Safer Merton Partnership, which is organising the day, brings together the Council, the police and the fire brigade, who all work in partnership to make the borough more secure and help residents feel safe.

Last year Merton was hailed as the best performing borough in England and Wales when it came to cutting crime.

David Simpson, cabinet member for Partnerships and Community Safety, said:

“The most up to date figures show Merton is one of the safest boroughs in London to live in, work, or even visit but residents still seem to worry about their safety.”

“The Council always strive to put residents first and so we hope the Safer Merton’s Reassurance Day will be a chance for people to see the hard work being carried out to improve their security and be reassured they do live in a safe area. We also want people to take away with them a few ideas on how to keep themselves, their families and their property extra safe.”