Hammersmith & Fulham's Law Enforcement Team has begun extra patrols to increase safety for women and girls.
“Women have been feeling unsafe when walking the streets for too long,” said Cllr Rebecca Harvey, H&F Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion and Community Safety. "Our LET has been a reassuring presence to many residents. But we want to do more so, we’re working with local people to take action. We also hope to launch a public consultation in the near future on the introduction of a PSPO for street sexual harassment.
"We welcome your views. Please tell us what we can do to help ensure women and girls feel safe in the borough."
H&F's LET patrols the borough day and night, seven days a week.
Running between 6pm to midnight, every Friday and Saturday in March, H&F’s uniformed officers will increase their patrols in high-footfall areas locally, including:
- Shepherds Bush Green
- Shepherds Bush Market
- Shepherds Bush town centre including Uxbridge Road, surrounding streets and tube/train stations
- Hammersmith Broadway
- Hammersmith flyover and Eventim Apollo
- Hammersmith town centre streets including King Street, Glenthorne Road, Angel Walk, Blacks Road, Macbeth Street and tube stations
- Fulham Broadway
- Fulham town centre and surrounding streets including North End Road, Lillie Road and North End Road Market.
In 2022, we asked hundreds of residents and visitors, specifically women and girls, how we could make H&F a safer and more equal place for everyone who visits, lives, works or studies in the borough. Since then, the LET has continued to work closely with local businesses and residents to address the concerns raised.
Last week, H&F Leader Stephen Cowan joined a LET patrol in Brackenbury Village. He explained: “Our LET is looking out for low level anti-social behaviour all the way up to drug dealing, sexual harassment and criminality.
“If you see them, say hello. If you know something that's going on in your area, tell them about it. It will help us crackdown on crime, which is always our number one priority.”
Shepherds Bush Green
H&F officers are also continuing extra patrols in Shepherds Bush to help ensure that the Green is once again a space for everyone to enjoy.
Here to help
Last year, H&F’s Law Enforcement Team conducted a total of 85,000 patrols around the borough, 50,000 of them in H&F’s streets.
- H&F's Law Enforcement Team 2022 report in numbers
- 5,000 investigations into residents’ reports
- 7,000 weapon sweeps conducted
- 85,000 patrols run
- 1,700 Fixed Penalty Notices issued
- 7,500 instances of fly tipping and waste issues investigated
Working alongside our CCTV control room and the police, our officers can deal with street-based crime where it occurs. Every LET officer is trained in how to support women and girls who may be experiencing street harassment or violence, and can provide guidance on how to access support through the Ask for Angela scheme or how to – safely – shut down harassment on public transport.
Hammersmith-based beauty giant L’Oreal and the Suzy Lamplugh Trust have teamed up to offer FREE bystander training to H&F residents and workers. It’s just part of H&F’s large programme of events to mark Women’s History Month.
In addition, the LET is running regular Monday surgeries at H&F’s libraries. Upcoming dates include:
This event has now passed.
Monday 6 March, 2pm and 4pm
Shepherds Bush Library
Monday 13 March, 2pm and 4pm
Monday 20 March, 2pm and 4pm
In an emergency, always call the police on 999.
To report domestic or sexual violence or abuse, contact the Angelou service on 020 8741 7008.
For advice on stalking or personal safety, you can contact the Suzy Lamplugh Trust on 0808 802 0300.
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