Do you welcome “trick-or-treat”ers?

Effrablog has picked up mixed views on  trick or treating in our streets. But there seems to be a consensus that if you want to spend your evening giving sweets to scary children, put a pumpkin or something out. And if you don’t, don’t.

Similarly if you are a horde of over-excited children roaming the streets, better to focus on the homes that look as scary as you do….

Will this work? Is trick-or-treating a pain in the neck? Should children only be given nuts and apples? Effrablog encourages you to Have Your Say….comment below

Lock it and Stop it – free home security advice and locks

The ” lock it and stop it” van in partnership with AGEUK is available via the Lambeth Safer Neighbourhoods Team. This is a free locksmith service that can assess properties and offer security upgrades. If you would like this service please either e-mail or tel: 0207 926 5901/ 0207 926 5901
  • Advice offered:
  • The front door is often secured with just one (yale style) top lock, as most residents like to have easy access to their property and don’t wish to double lock doors. Unfortunately it is very easy for burglars to “slip” a single yale lock using a strip of plastic. Residents frequently under-estimate just how vulnerable their properties are. Homes are often unoccupied during the day, making them more vulnerable to burglary.

To address these risks Lock It & Stop It is able to assess the property and offer security upgrades by way of:

  • Upgrading the main front door with mortise double locks (this is the single most important security initiative that will make a difference)
  • Fitting window fasteners
  • Supplying residents with property marking kits & warning stickers
  • Our expert locksmith will also provide general advice on crime prevention.

The Lock It & Stop It service is funded by Lambeth Council and is provided at no cost to eligible landlords and residents. However, it is a short term scheme with limited funding, so it is important to get in touch sooner rather than later.

Remember remember the 2nd of November….

Good news: There WILL be fireworks in Brockwell Park this year. Confusing news: they WONT be on 5th November, but on Friday 2nd November….inside sources at Lambeth council reveal the reason for this is that apparently Friday fireworks are cheaper….

Whilst Effrablog is clearly very grateful to the council for their thoughtful and prudent use of taxpayers money, we are still none the wiser as to why fireworks cost different amounts on different days. Does anyone else know? If so, comment and share…

Next police community panel meeting: 25th October (updated with venue)

The next formal panel meeting between the police and community representatives from across Coldharbour ward in Lambeth – of which we are part – will take place on 25th October between 6.30 and 8.30pm . The venue has now been confirmed as the Loughborough Estate Management Board office, 10 Featley Road SW9. This is an opportunity for people from across our Lambeth ward of Coldharbour to raise issues of concern with the police, and also find out more about what’s going on.

Effrablog readers and residents are welcome to come – just perhaps drop a quick email to Murat from the police safer neighbourhoods team: Murat.Hassan2[at]