Met Police are now organised in groups of boroughs to reduce costs. They aim to keep up the number of officers visible on patrol or available on call.
Police advise that most burglaries involve entry at the rear of the house when the occupants are absent. Ensure that your back gate is secure and locked, back door and French windows double-locked, keys removed from door and window locks and concealed; a security-light is desirable.
A resident reports theft of a handbag from the boot of a car. She thinks it was spotted at Tesco car park by a thief who followed the car (in a smallish silver van) until it was parked again.