HOW TO REPORT A CRIME AND ANTI SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR

Please note that Neighbourhood Watch cannot take crime reports. If a crime is happening right now, or if you suspect something is about to happen, of if you are witnessing suspicious behaviour please contact the police now, using the information below. The sooner the police become aware of a problem, the more chance they have of apprehending suspects and protecting residents.


Reporting a Crime

Dial 999 in an emergency - if you see a crime in progress, if you suspect one is about to be committed, if you see someone suspected of a crime, or if you see someone who is injured, being threatened or in immediate danger. Deaf and deafened people should dial 18000 in an emergency.

For all other calls, such as reporting a crime or incident not meeting the above criteria, wish to speak to the local police or seeking advice on police matters, dial 101, or contact your local ward SNTeam. If you are concerned by antisocial behaviour and worry it will escalate into criminal activity, it’s best to report it to your SNTeam. You can find their contact details by clicking HERE or dial 101 and explaining your situation.

The above options require you to identify yourself and supply further information. If you prefer to call anonymously with information about a crime, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or fill out an on-line form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.


All you need to know about dropped kerbs, badly parked
or abandoned vehicles.

Dropped kerbs

If you have a dropped kerb that provides single access to off street parking, providing there are no other restrictions e.g. single or double yellow lines, the property owner can give permission for vehicles to park across a drop kerb.

If a drop kerb provides access to 2 or more properties, it is an immediate contravention for a vehicle to park in front of the drop kerb.

Full details on how drop kerb parking is enforced can be found on pages 42 and 43 of the Parking Enforcement Policy, published on the Councils website; Merton Parking Services Enforcement Policy Patrolling Civil Enforcement Officers (CEO’s) have no way of identifying whether or not a vehicle obstructing a single access drop kerb is there with or without the owners consent, therefore, enforcement action can only be taken if the property owner calls the council and reports it.

To report an illegally parked car, call 020 8545 4661, and select the option to report an illegally parked vehicle. The number is manned 9am-5pm with a voicemail facility at other times. Attendance is subject to officer availability and location, however, CEO’s endeavour to attend these calls as soon as practical.

Where CEO’s attend, they only issue PCN’s to vehicles in contravention. They do not operate a towing service.

Badly parked vehicles

If a vehicle is badly parked, and is more than 50cm from the kerb or if there are restrictions such as single or double yellow lines please call 020 8545 4661 and select the option to report an illegally parked car. As above, this number is manned 9am-5pm with a voicemail facility at other times. Attendance is subject to officer availability and location. Where CEO’s attend, they only issue PCN’s to vehicles in contravention. They do not operate a towing service.

If the vehicle is causing an obstruction or it is dangerous then the police may be able to assist and should be contacted on the non emergency number 101.

Abandoned Vehicles

What if I suspect a vehicle to be abandoned?

As long as a vehicle is taxed it may park in any area as long as there are no restrictions and it isn’t dangerous. If you wish to check whether a vehicle is taxed or if it has an MOT you can do so here https://vehicleenquiry .service.gov.uk/

If you wish to report the vehicle as abandoned it can be reported to Merton council at https://www. merton.gov.uk/streets-parking-transport/abandoned-vehicles or by calling 020 8545 3170. If the tax is out of date by over 2 months, you can contact DVLA at https://forms.dft.gov .uk/report-an-untaxed-vehicle/ or write to DVLA if you can’t report online. Enforcement Section, W070/D12, DVLA, Longview Road, Swansea SA7 0XZ.