Digital crime alerts launched in Brent

9 May 2019

A new crime alert system fit for the digital age has been launched in Brent. From today, residents will be able to sign up to receive email updates about burglaries, rogue traders and other incidents direct from local police and council officers. Brent Council is sponsoring the scheme, in partnership with Metropolitan Police North West London.

Online Watch Link, or OWL, is an alert system which gives people information about crimes in their area, as well as tips for staying safe. It helps give communities a direct line of communication with local police, with officers able to appeal for information on a road-by-road basis. The system can also be used to help locate missing people or in the event of emergencies, such as flooding.

In the first 3 years of using OWL, Hertfordshire saw a 32% reduction in burglary and a 54% drop in overall crime in the area where most homes used OWL.

Cllr Tom Miller, Lead Member for Community Safety, said: "It's important that we provide local people with information about crime in their area so they can make more informed choices about home security, among other things. I hope everybody takes advantage of this new alert system to better protect themselves and to help the authorities in creating a safer Brent."

Neighbourhood Superintendent, Mr Louis Smith, said: "I am delighted to have the Online Watch Link in Brent and thank the Council for funding it. OWL is already a great success in Barnet, with thousands of residents linked in and using it. OWL in Brent will make communication between police and business, community and other groups more tailored and more effective. I encourage everyone in Brent to sign up."

To sign up to OWL, visit: