A Swedish furniture company has joined the fight to drive out criminal behaviour in North West London.
IKEA in Brent Park has sponsored a car for the next 12 months that will be given to Stonebridge Safer Neighbourhoods Teams (SNT).
The car will mean that the SNT will be able to react much more quickly to local problems, get to the community faster and transport prisoners to the police station much more easily.
The car will also be used to transport heavy equipment to police surgeries and crime prevention events.
Last year, a van was used to help catch van thieves who were stealing from IKEA customers. The perpetrators were caught by the SNT officers using unmarked vehicles like the new sponsored car. Due to their previous success, IKEA decided to fund the car while Brent Police will pay for the fuel costs and minor vehicle repairs.
Member of the Stonebridge Safer Neighbourhoods team, PC Hamish Watson, said: “I am very grateful to IKEA for providing us with this car. This will benefit our team greatly and allow us to carry out our duties in relation to the vast community we serve without impacting on the core response fleet. It will enable us to be deployed within the local ward and ensure a better service to the community.”
IKEA Wembley store manager, Juvencio Maeztu, said: “Here at IKEA Wembley we are committed to contributing positively to our local community, so we are pleased to show our support by assisting the Safer Neighbourhoods Team with their work.
“Working together we hope to ensure a safe and enjoyable shopping experience for all of our visitors.”