Jewish patrol cars out in force in London amid fears of copycat attack in wake of kosher store siege in Paris
Extra Jewish security patrol cars and police were out in force in North-West London yesterday following the kosher store siege in Paris.
The cars look very similar to police vehicles and bear the security group’s name ‘Shomrim’ – Hebrew for ‘guards’ – along the sides and back.
The Orthodox organisation, which works closely with the Metropolitan Police, tweeted from their @shomrimlondon account: ‘Following events in Paris we will have on extra patrols throughout NW London over Shabbos [ the Jewish sabbath].'
Shomrim volunteers receive police training and uniforms, including knife-proof vests.
Jewish security patrol cars (pictured) and extra police were out in force in North-West London yesterday following the kosher store siege in Paris amid fears of a copycat attack in the capital
'We ask the community to remain calm and vigilant.’
Tributes have continued to be paid to the victims of three days of terrorist atrocities which left 17 people dead.
Shomrim tweeted on Friday: 'Our thoughts and prayers are with the Jewish community in Paris, the victims and families of victims in today's attacks.'
Based in North West London, and with a sister organisation in North East London, the volunteers are trained by the Metropolitan Police and patrol the area regularly looking for anti-Semitic hate crimes, and general disorder in the neighbourhood.
The volunteer group, similar to a Neighbourhood Watch, are trained to safely track and detain suspects until police arrive, and run a 24-hour hotline for those in the area to report attacks.