Monday, January 07, 2019

More Crime Prevention Advice From Mayors Office...But It's Not What We Want, We Want Action.


Police offer tame reassurance in the St Johns Wood and Maida Vale local paper, Wood and Vale. But afte almost three years of muggings, it's not what drivers want.....WE WANT ACTION!

It appears that the only help cabbies have had is in the form of the advise:

Be vigilant by being aware!
* keep the doors locked
* Never open the window more than is needed to hear destination 
* If approached and asked to get the ramp out, wait until you see the wheelchair, then turn off the engine and remove keys, manually lock the front luggage door, lock the drivers door... before getting the ramp ready. 
* Only deal with passengers through nearside window if possible and never open the drivers window more than a couple of inches.
* Never get out of the cab to deal with these gang members (a bilk is better than being violently mugged)


Therefore Diana Jordan has made an official complaint to the Mayor, on behalf of London's Taxi drivers.


To: Mayor <mayor@london.gov.uk>
Subject: Attacks in taxi drivers in Lisbon Grove

Submitted on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 5:39pm

First name Diana 

Last name Jordan 

Phone number xxxxx

Email xxxxxx


I am a: 

Member of the public 

Where do you live? 

City of London 

Have you contacted us about this issue before? 

No 

I want to: 

Make a complaint 

What is your message regarding? 

Attacks in taxi drivers in Lisbon Grove


Your message 

Why Are you not doing anything?

These men from Lisbon Grove have been attacking and robbing taxi drivers. Police are called and no one comes to help us. 

You take our taxes but we are not safe in London. It’s s group of young Arab men, robbing Taxi drivers every day. The police don’t do anything. 

This is absolute disgusting. 

https://taxileaks.blogspot.com/2018/10/london-taxi-trade-call-for-action-after.html

After Three Years Of Driver Muggings.

Yesterday, saw uproar on social media from the London Taxi Trade. Another driver, violently mugged for a few pounds in his money bag. 

After three years of this gang, mugging their way through the Taxi Trade, there are now calls for vigilante’ groups to set up honey traps from within the rank and file drivers.


The police at present appear to be ignoring calls from desperate drivers who have been attacked and in some cases are refusing to attend. 

We had one driver who phoned 999 after being threatened by an attacker with acid. After being held on the line for 20 minutes, he was told that they didn’t have anyone available to attend the scene. 

But as sure as eggs are eggs, if someone were to call the police and say that a group of London Cabbies were harassing three young Arab looking children.... the police would turn up by the coach load and the possibility of drivers losing their bills would be a sure bet, with police spokesmen in the media saying we can’t have Londoners taking the law into their own hands!!!!!

Drivers have been told not to ‘tool up for protection’ as they will lose their licence if caught with any type of weapon in the cab. 

But where are our largest trade org on this problem????
Have they again decided to 'wait and see' ???
Not a word in their inhouse publication, not a word from their online platforms.... and yet this org’s management is mainly made up of ex-police officers ????

Our representative orgs and Unions must demand action today from the police. 
It is unacceptable that our trade is being subjected to these dangers, with virtually no response or protection from authority. 

RINGING 101 IS A COMPLETE WASTE OF TIME, DON'T BOTHER...ALWAYS RING 999.
Trade leaders must seek immediate meetings with the Mayor and police commissioner and demand action!!!

CRIMES AGAINST TAXI DRIVERS HAVE BEEN SLIPPING DOWN THE LIST OF PRIORITY OFFENCES UNDER SADIQ KHAN.
This isn’t a new problem to our trade, this gang (labelled, the Lisson Grove Gang) have been mugging their wY through the Taxi Trade for over three years. 

More recently, the gang have extended their operational area from just around Church Street/Frampton Street Edgware Road....to Pread Street, Finchley Road, Marylebone Station, Park Lane, Piccadilly and Knightsbridge. 
There appears to be two groups:
First group at younger and use diversional tactics to distract the driver allowing other members of the gang to snach property such as mobile phones, money bags, satnavs....


Second group are older and use violence against the driver.
They know who the door locks work and at open windows, put their arm inside, unlock and open the door. Drivers have been dragged out of their cabs and assaulted. 

THIS CANT BE LEFT TO GO ON UNCHALLENGED.

The only protection we have at present is this advice from the Met :

Be vigilant by being aware!
* keep the doors locked
* Never open the window more than is needed to hear destination 
* If approached and asked to get the ramp out, wait until you see the wheelchair, then turn off the engine and remove keys, manually lock the front luggage door, lock the drivers door... before getting the ramp ready. 
* Only deal with passengers through nearside window if possible and never open the drivers window more than a couple of inches.
* Never get out of the cab to deal with these gang members (a bilk is better than being violently mugged)

Below is the reply from the Mayor's office received by Diana


Subject: FW: Attacks in taxi drivers in Lisbon Grove

Dear Diana,

 

Thank you for your email of 19 October to the Mayor of London. It was passed to his Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) and I was asked to respond. Please accept my apologies for the delay in responding. I have been liaising with the local MPS to try and get a clearer picture and understand what is being done about your concerns.

 

The Mayor is clear that this kind of criminality is completely unacceptable. Keeping Londoners safe is his top priority and together with the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) he is determined to ensure criminals are caught and punished. 

 

The MPS have been aware of these incidents since there was an increase in reports of thefts from black cab drivers in October. The issues you have raised are being addressed by a Detective Inspector from the MPS pro-active gangs unit alongside the newly appointed neighbourhood Inspector.

 

The Lisson Grove area is currently subject to enhanced patrol activity. This includes officers from the Violent Crime Taskforce, Territorial Support Group, RTPC Cabs Unit, and Westminster Gangs Unit. They continue to undertake overt and covert activity.

 

The MPS will of course follow up any investigative opportunities to identify the suspects involved in these matters and bring them to justice, and I understand there have been arrests made in some cases. The MPS has also issued crime prevention advice which includes:

  • Remain cautious when transporting groups of young men around the Edgware Road and Lisson Grove area;
  • Keep front passenger door locked and window closed when transporting such groups;
  • Be wary of requests distracting you to the back of the cab
  • Do not keep your valuables in view on the front passenger seat or console area;
  • Always lock your cab and keep possessions safe when exiting the vehicle;
  • Report all crimes to police immediately and ensure any cab CCTV footage is produced to police at the earliest opportunity.

 

I would also recommend you speak to your Dedicated Neighbourhood Ward Officers and PCSO about your concerns and pass on any information you have about these crimes. They are there to help. To find out who your local officers are, please visit www.met.police.uk and type in your post code to find out about your local team and how you can get in touch. 

Thank you for writing to us and sharing your concerns. I hope I have provided assurance that the MPS are investigating the problem.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Juliet Tewungwa

Corporate Development Officer

Mayor’s Office for Policing And Crime

Mayor’s Office for Policing And Crime | EmailEnquiries@mopac.london.gov.uk | Websitewww.london.gov.uk | Address City Hall ,The Queens Walk, London SE1 2AA


Below : Interview with a Mugging Victim


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

st johns wood?isn,t that where the local residents have had to pay private security firms to patrol the streets,shows how impressed they are with the local police "service"