London Borough of Barnet

Community safety

Barnet is one of the safest boroughs in London. It has a low level of crime, according to recorded crime figures.

However, the council is determined to reduce this level further. We believe the best way to create a safer community is to work in partnership and share expertise.

Barnet Safer Communities Partnership

We do this by working as part of the Barnet Safer Communities Partnership (BSCP), which brings together representatives from the Metropolitan Police, Barnet Council, London Fire Brigade, the criminal justice system and other statutory and voluntary organisations involved with crime reduction and community safety.

The Partnership aims to:

  • reduce crime, re-offending and anti-social behaviour, and
  • ensure people in Barnet feel safe.

It is doing this by focusing resources on the crimes which cause the most harm or risk to individuals or communities. It uses a mixture of intelligence, prevention and enforcement, based on a strategic assessment of crime in the borough.

To find out more about its aims and achievements, read the Partnership's three-year strategy.

The Partnership's Strategic Assessment 2014-15 Key Findings report provides a snapshot of recent trends in the borough and how the Partnership is working to reduce levels of crime and anti-social behaviour

Have your say on Community Safety in Barnet

The Barnet Safer Communities Partnership wants to hear YOUR views on crime and anti-social behaviour. This will help us develop our Community Safety Strategy for 2015 onwards.

We want to know about:

  • Your perceptions of crime and anti-social behaviour in your local area
  • Your views about how well the Safer Communities Partnership is tackling crime and anti-social behaviour in your area
  • What you think the priorities should be for the borough and for your local area

How can you get involved?

To book a place at the public meeting or for further details, please contact Barnet Community Safety Team on 0208 359 6071 or email

Barnet Safer Neighbourhood Board

This is to advise you that all Barnet residents and businesses are cordially invited to attend the first public meeting of the Barnet Safer Neighbourhood Board on Tuesday 16 September 2014 to be held in Simpson Hall, Metropolitan Police Training Centre, Peel Centre, Colindale London NW9 5JE at 7.30pm.

The Board is composed by a mixture of lay people and members of other voluntary organisations who have an active interest in crime prevention, detection and the safety of Barnet residents. The Board operates under specific terms of reference which can be found on the Barnet Council website but in essence it was set up by the Mayor of London and the London Assembly in order to monitor the effectiveness of the local police and to hold it to account where necessary and to ensure the best value for money for local people. It is also important that the Board should obtain and retain the confidence of local residents that the concerns of residents and businesses are being addressed.

The purpose of this public meeting is therefore to introduce residents to the Board which is politically neutral and advise all present of our activities. There will be a question and answer session at which specific issues can be put to the Board. In addition, we have three guest speakers. In alphabetical order these are:

  • Andrew Dismore AM – London Assembly member for Barnet and Camden
  • Councillor David Longstaff – Barnet Council member in charge of Safety and Community Engagement
  • Chief Superintendent Adrian Usher – Barnet Borough Commander, Metropolitan Police

All three speakers will be able to offer an insight from their own perspective as to how the needs of the local community can be met by resources at the disposal of the police and the contribution that the Barnet Safer Neighbourhood Board can make to this process. In addition it will provide an insight into how the work of the Barnet Safer Neighbourhood Board fits in with the work of other organisations in the same field. The meeting is mainly therefore, intended for local residents to raise issues of concern and to have them addressed as far as possible. This is why there will be a question and answer session at which we would encourage active participation from the public. The Board therefore urge you attend for what we hope will be an interesting and informative evening. .

Please note that security will be present at the venue and if travelling by public transport the nearest Underground station is Colindale. In addition buses 204 and 303 pass nearby. There are limited car parking facilities outside the complex due to parking restrictions so the advice is to come by public transport if possible.

The Barnet Safer Neighbourhood Board looks forward to welcoming as many of you as possible on 16th September 2014. If you have any queries please contact the Board Chairman, Roger Kemp at

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