by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2006-09-26
Members of the Jewish community in Barnet, north west London which includes areas including Golders Green, Edgware and Hendon are being encouraged to not suffer anti-Semitism in silence by reporting any incident they may encounter to the police.
A new campaign organised by the Barnet Safer Communities Partnership, Barnet Police and Community Security trust was recently launched at Edgware United Synagogue.
Under the slogan, "Stop Antisemitic Crime, Report Antisemitic Crime", the campaign aims to encourage members of the community to report all forms of anti-Semitic attacks.
Posters and leaflets will also be distributed throughout the Barnet area.
Both my senior management team and I are committed to working closer with the Jewish Community to reduce these vile incidents and increase our support to victims," said chief superintendent Stephen Kavanagh of Barnet Police. "If we are to better understand what is going on and how to combat it, reporting to the police is vital.
The Community Security Trust emphasises that local Jewish help and support is vital to the work the police is doing. "We urge anybody who experiences or witnesses an antisemitic attack to report it immediately to the Police and the CST," said Mark Gardner, director of communications. "The more information that we have about the crimes, the better our policing and communal security response will be.