Enfield Council is committed to tackling illegal car meets and ensuring public safety in our borough. Although much of our work goes on behind the scenes, we want to reassure everyone that we are actively taking measures with our partners.
In recent years, car meets and cruising events have gained popularity, attracting individuals engaging in antisocial and dangerous driving practices, causing disturbances and distress to residents. These events also pose a significant risk of serious injury to drivers and spectators.
Here's what we are doing to address this issue
- We collaborate with private landowners to deter car cruises and antisocial driving. This involves installing measures such as cameras and physical barriers to prevent these activities.
- We share information with the police to stay ahead of these events. Car meets are often organized on social media platforms, making it crucial for us to work together to respond swiftly and maintain public safety. During one recent event, 5 cars were seized, 2 drivers were arrested, and 50 Fixed Penalty Notices were issued.
- We use Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) to deter offenders. We are considering extending these measures throughout the entire borough.
- We are partnering with Transport for London (TFL) to implement camera solutions that address speeding on public highways
- We are exploring road surface solutions to prevent drifting at roundabouts, enhancing safety for all road users
- We are considering a borough-wide injunction to curtail illegal car meets and related activities
What you can do
We encourage residents to report car meets to the police promptly. You can do so by calling 101 during the event or by reporting online at the Metropolitan Police website. These reports are vital in helping us prioritize police resources effectively.
Additionally, we recommend residents join the Online Watch Link (OWL) initiative. OWL keeps residents informed about local crime and safety updates in Enfield Borough. You can register for free at the OWL website or download the OWL app to receive messages and alerts from your local Neighbourhoods Policing Team.
Together, let's ensure Enfield remains a safe and peaceful community for everyone.