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Issue 152 - Summer 2017 

 

Working together for a safer Brent 

Too often we see lives ruined or lost to the tragedy of senseless violence. I’m sure each of us offered thoughts and prayers to those caught up in the horrific attack in Manchester last month

Any life lost as a result of violent crime is of course a tragedy for those most immediately affected. But it is also a tragedy for the community as a whole. As well as stopping us in our tracks, the shock, grief and fear that such events instil can also drive us apart. If we let that happen, then we will never succeed in keeping our streets safe

The good news is that, overall, crime in Brent is falling. Unfortunately, like many other cities across the UK, we are not immune to increasing violent crime. Through the Safer Brent Partnership, the council and police are working hard to get this situation under control. We will use every resource at our disposal to catch, prosecute and punish those who choose to carry weapons around this borough. We’ve bought in an additional 12 police officers who will be focused on tackling serious violent crime. We are also upgrading our CCTV network to improve evidence gathering and the chances of successful prosecution

But these problems need more than just enforcement if they are to be resolved. We each need to consider what more we can do as individuals and as members of our communities. We need to talk. We need to stand up and say that enough is enough. How do they not understand lasting consequences of their actions? What is going on in their lives for them to disregard the lives of others?

I know that these are incredibly difficult matters to deal with. But we have to try. Visit www.brent.gov.uk/timetotalk