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Bromley borough commander vows to reduce crime

PUBLISHED: 11:41 05 January 2012

Bromley's acting Borough Commander Steph Roberts

Bromley's acting Borough Commander Steph Roberts

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Bromley's new top police officer says she expects 2012 to be a 'challenging year' but has vowed to reduce crime on the borough.

Borough Commander Steph Roberts has taken over from Charles Griggs, who left to become Borough Commander of Southwark.

She is acting as his replacement temporarily until a permanent post holder is found.

Ms Roberts said: “It’s with great pleasure that I take up this post for Bromley. Undoubtedly this is a high performing borough with a high public satisfaction rate and this clearly hasn’t happened by accident - it is down to the professionalism, hard work and commitment of the people working here.

“Although this is a temporary post for me there will be no complacency and we need to continue to improve performance and keep those standards high. I have a vested interest in keeping the borough safe as a local resident and I feel strongly about local issues.”

Ms Roberts said residents could take ‘simple steps’ to help reduce crime.

“As we enter the new year, I appeal for residents to remain vigilant,” she said. “Please ensure that you lock doors and windows fully and do not leave valuables in your car. These two simple steps would help to reduce crime in Bromley further, as car crime and burglary account for almost a third of our total crime. Your vigilance can make a difference.

“Without doubt 2012 will be a challenge for us all but even from my initial observations and the people I have met, I know that this will be a successful year for Bromley and I take this opportunity to wish you all a very safe and peaceful New Year.”

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