It has been reported that 3 boys, ages 15, were robbed at 6.30 p.m. on Friday by a group of mixed race youths.  They were in KFC when they were threatened, had possessions stolen, and told not to look up or they would be stabbed.  The boys told the staff who said not to ring the police!  The police were called but, apparently, took an hour to respond. 

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Help For Heroes said:

Ian has a point regarding the lack of 'visible' police in Hampton. However, technology enables the police to respond quickly and accurately when required and they can be more efficient & mobile by focusing on a larger area in vehicles.

It would seem that this is not the case if it takes over an hour to turn up at the scene of the crime.

No doubt CCTV footage exists inside KFC, the group of suspects can be identified if they try to enter the area again.

KFC should contact the Police immediately if they identify any of the suspects following this incident.

Copied this from the Richmond Upon Thames Police Facebook page

A Joint Statement from Richmond Police and Richmond Council

On 22nd February at about 18:30hrs, police were called to a report of a robbery at KFC on High Street, Hampton Hill. Although understandably shaken by the incident, the victims were fortunately unharmed. They had a mobile phone and a quantity of money stolen from them by two suspects described as mixed-race teenage boys aged between 16 and 17. No arrests have yet been made, but enquiries continue.

The victims called Police and officers arrived on scene 47 minutes after the initial call. All calls to Police are graded based upon risk and immediacy. Calls where there is a clear risk to individuals or wider community, or where offences are occurring at the time, attract an ‘I-grade’ response. All ‘I-graded’ calls have a target response time of 15 minutes. The next level of response are ‘S-grade’ calls which have a target response time of 60 minutes. These are calls that still require a Police response but where the risk or immediacy has been mitigated. In this case the call was ‘S-graded’ as the suspects had left the scene and therefore the risk had been reduced.

We are aware of a perception that crime has increased exponentially in Richmond. We wanted to take this opportunity to reassure our residents that this is not the case, and that Richmond Police and Council continue to work together in partnership to make Richmond a safe place to live and work.

From January 2018 to January 2019 we have witnessed a 4.5% reduction in total offences reported in Richmond compared to the previous 12 months. During that time we have also seen significant progress in other areas, with a 3.8% reduction in burglaries, 6.6% reduction in motor vehicle offences, and 15.9% reduction in sexual offences. Richmond is still one of the safest boroughs in London, and we want residents to feel supported by their local council and police.

There has undeniably been a percentage increase in robberies over the past 12 months, with the number of robberies up by 50% on the previous 12 months. However, this equates in numbers to a total of 389 offences in 2018-2019. This is noticeably lower than figures in surrounding boroughs: for example, in 2018-2019 Hounslow reported 964 robberies, Wandsworth 920 and Hammersmith and Fulham 826.

Richmond Police and Richmond Council continue to tackle the increase in robberies, and we have already seen a 34% reduction in robberies reported on Richmond between November 2018 and January 2019 as a result. Through effective partnership work we hope to see further reductions in the coming months. We are aware that there is still work to be done, but where we have seen an increase in robberies the numbers remain low in comparison to other neighbouring areas of London, and we are doing all we can to tackle this increase robustly.

Seems a strange justification.  I guess as we are lower than Hounslow, Wandsworth and other surrounding boroughs that makes it more acceptable, I wonder what their excuses are? Houslow is a bit better than Kabul!

Thanks for the information.

Unfortunately, Police 's-grade' response is not a deterrent. Although this is not ideal, it isn't necessarily a huge problem nowadays.

We can make use of local retailer intelligence to identify threats as they happen. For example, the youths that attempt this type of crime are not as skilled as they think they are. Technology is their biggest threat. 

Working together lawfully in the community with the Police & technology (WhatsApp, CCTV, basic criminal profiling, community forums) will be no match for the criminals. They will be caught eventually, the odds are significantly stacked against them nowadays as is evident with some reduction in crimes.

Self-preservation & safety is paramount, but that doesn't mean that you shouldn't be prepared to identify, minimise & respond to risks using technology and basic criminal intelligence. For example, I could identify a threat/risk in KFC in less than a couple of minutes, could you? There is no reason why others can't learn this information.

This partnership with the Police to identify risks and to collect evidence (using technology) in order to convict criminals will help to protect the law-abiding society in the long term.

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