Published on:07 September 2017
A hard-hitting campaign which seeks parents’ help in protecting their children and tackling knife and gang crime has been launched by Enfield Council and the Metropolitan Police.
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A hard-hitting campaign which seeks parents’ help in protecting their children and tackling knife and gang crime has been launched by Enfield Council and the Metropolitan Police
The initiative will support increased police activity in Enfield, aimed at reducing serious youth crime and to help bring gang members to justice.
The campaign outlines some of the warning signs which might indicate a young person could be involved in knife or gang crime and asks for parents to look out for them so they can help keep their children safe.
Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Public Health, Cllr Krystle Fonyonga, said: “We have a very simple and very clear message for parents - ‘help us keep your kids safe’ by being alert to the warning signs and acting quickly if you suspect anything.
“We’re doing everything we can with our partners in the police to keep the streets safe but we want mums, dads and guardians to be our eyes and ears in our communities to help nip criminality in the bud and build stronger communities and a safer Enfield.
“If you carry a knife you are likely to either end up being stabbed with it, or if you are caught with it by the police you face a five year jail sentence. No parent wants that for their child. If you spot any signs of possible criminality, I’d urge you to get in touch with us so we can step in and help.”
Warning signs that parents could look out for are:
-Sharp knives missing from the kitchen
- A child having new accessories or clothes that their parent or guardian did not buy
- Staying out later at night
- Unexplained truancy
-Train or bus tickets for journeys to new towns or cities
- New mobile phones or sim cards
- Increased secrecy around their mobile phone
Parents who are worried and want advice can ring Childline on 0800 1111 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. The Met Police have various methods of contact, all of which can be found here: https://www.met.police.uk/contact-us/.