Met Box, the new police posting box scheme has arrived at Merton’s Civic Centre.
The easily recognisable blue box, now placed in the Civic Centre Link area, enables members of the public to fill out and post incident cards, or get in touch should they have any concerns or suggestions that they feel are relevant to the police.
Due to its convenient and straightforward nature, Met Box has already demonstrated its ability to connect with all branches of the community, and bridges the gap between the council, police and residents who had been previously difficult to reach. Met Box enables those who would not normally approach the police to give information anonymously.
The Met Box aims to collect as much information as possible to detect and combat crime in Merton. The boxes, which are positioned in various public locations around the borough, will be emptied regularly to ensure a speedy response.
Superintendent Pete Dobson at Merton Police said:
‘This innovative idea will really enable us to capture concerns or issues that matter to people in our community. For those who may not have internet access, or feel more comfortable in surroundings such as their local shop or library, Met Box opens yet another channel of communication to police.”
Edith Macauley, Merton Council cabinet member for community safety, engagement and equalities said:
“We hope the introduction of the Met Box will make more people aware of a police presence in the borough and help them get in touch with any concerns.
“We are proud Merton is regarded as one of London’s safest boroughs, but we know that fear of crime is the biggest concerns for our residents. We hope by working together and supporting the police on their initiatives like the Met Box we can help residents feel safer.”