Tom Lundberg is the area co-ordinator for the Mondriaan’s Neighbourhood Watch.
The police have said that crime in this area is not very common or serious (usually), but we did suffer from some significant vandalism and anti-social behaviour in 2007, with a flare-up again in summer 2008.
There have also been some problems with public drinking around the property and the canal; theft of bicycles (even if chained – bolt cutters are very effective); car break-ins; and ‘bin- rakers’ in the rubbish cages (please be sure to shred any sensitive documents before disposal).
Please call the police if you see anything suspicious (101, or 999 if a genuine emergency), and let your apartment block co-ordinator (or me) know if you have any questions or concerns. Also, please be sure to close entrance doors to the apartment blocks securely, and do not leave expensive items (like bicycles) out in corridors so they are visible from outside the building (this encourages break-ins).
The police have been very impressed with the level of community co-operation and involvement here at the Mondriaan, and I hope we can continue with this.
I would like to thank those who have volunteered to participate in the Neighbourhood Watch and to thank our Community Police officers, who have not only been very helpful in carrying out their duties here, but have taken extra time to help us. Indeed, they have found a way to get Watch signs erected around the development at no extra cost to us.
Please let me (or your local co-ordinator) know if you have any questions or concerns – my e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.