Merton gives residents the chance to win vouchers

Merton Council and the Metropolitan Police need you to help fight crime – and you could be up for a cash reward.

Safer Merton – a partnership made up of the council, police and the London Fire Brigade – was set up to tackle drugs, anti-social behaviour and crime. But officers need a little bit of help from residents to tell them what their biggest concerns are and where the borough’s safety teams should be concentrating their efforts.

Everyone who fills in a consultation form offering a few top tips will be entered into a prize draw and could win £200 of high street shopping vouchers.

But remember deadline for entries is 14 December.

New figures show overall crime across Merton has dropped by 5.5 per cent during the last three years while some individual crimes have fallen by even more. Burglaries in the borough have dropped by 38 per cent and the number of car thefts has fallen by 23 per cent.

But Safer Merton is not sitting on its laurels. The Partnership has just put together its first Strategic Assessment to help it decide what it needs to do in the future to make sure residents remain safe and feel secure.

Councillor David Simpson, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said, “It is very important that the community guide our work at a local level and this is a great way of making sure everyone’s voice is heard.”