Our Law Enforcement Team has stepped up patrols to help make women and girls feel safer this winter.
The extra patrols are taking place in Shepherds Bush Green, Hammersmith Broadway and Fulham Broadway. The patrols run from 6pm to midnight, every Friday and Saturday night.
More than 700 residents have shared their experience with harassment in streets and public places with the H&F officers across the first two weekends in December.
The public safety patrols will continue until 23 December, and are part of H&F Council’s efforts to introduce new powers to crackdown on street harassment.
Cllr Rebecca Harvey, H&F Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion & Community Safety, said: “Residents have told us how much of a positive impact our LET officers have on their neighbourhoods.
“We want to do more, so we’re increasing their reassuring presence in busy areas. If you see them out and about, please say hello.”
The nighttime safety patrols come with the earlier darkness in the winter. They are in addition to the LET’s daily patrols.
Specifically, H&F’s uniformed officers have increased their patrols around busy nighttime economy venues and in high-footfall areas locally, including:
- Chelsea FC football stadium on home game nights
- local pubs, clubs, bars and other nighttime venues along North End Road and New King’s Road
- transport hubs including Fulham Broadway, West Kensington and West Brompton tube stations.
- the Hammersmith Eventim Apollo
- local pubs, clubs, bars and other nighttime venues Hammersmith town centre and the Thames Path
- transport hubs including Hammersmith Broadway and bus station.
- the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
- Loftus Road stadium on home game nights
- local pubs, clubs, bars and other nighttime venues around Shepherds Bush Green and Uxbridge Road
- transport hubs including White City, Shepherds Bush and Shepherds Bush Market.
Meanwhile, our licensing team is visiting pubs, restaurants and other nighttime venues to step up their efforts against drink spiking and harassment, and improve safety through the Ask for Angela scheme.
H&F Council is working closely with local partners and specialist service providers to ensure residents have access to the best possible support.
If you’re experiencing abuse, you’re not alone. Help is at hand, free and confidentially:
In an emergency, always call 999.
For more information and support, visit the H&F women’s safety webpage.