the police are encouraging residents to form neighbourhood watch groups and are trying to get as many people involved as poss. Does anyone here have experience of this kind of thing?
I think I might join but on the other hand I think it may be quite risky and alienating.
The huge police presence after the london riots will gradually lessen and the gangs will be back. They use our road as a link between two main getaway points and on their way through they tend to damage cars and property. They carry knives and are involved with drug pushers and a neighbourhood watch scheme may be a deterrent.
The police have been busy cleaning up. Last night we had an armed police raid in the neighbourhood (this is quite unusual here in London). The previous couple of days police were doing home visits from long lists of people who'd taken part in the looting and rioting. Also knives, cash tills, metal bars and some drugs were found buried in flower beds on public property around here. Police ahve been going around with metal detectors.
Perhaps we ought to just move