Ruislip Residents' Association

Crime Awareness

Ruislip Residents' Assocation has always enjoyed a constructive relationship with the local Police and Safer Neighbourhood Teams, which is of mutual benefit.  Our Executive Committee is updated regularly on local police concerns and our Association is represented on local consultative groups.  We also keep an eye out ourselves for any issues that might affect local residents.  This is an expanded section from our previous Police page because information is now included from sources other than directly from our Police liaison.

For more information on crime prevention locally please visit the Hillingdon Neighbourhood Watch website.

For public newsletters and bulletins issued by the police please visit the Police Updates page.


The police have recently announced that they will be holding surgeries for local Residents at the following locations and times. Please feel free to attend one of these opportunities to meet and dicuss local policing issues or concerns that you may have.

 4 March    -   2 to 3pm at McDonald's, Ruislip

 8 March    -   2 to 3pm at Manor Farm Library

28 March   -   5 to 6pm at Waitrose, Ruislip

29 March   -   3 to 4pm at Eastcote train station


Published on 02 March 2017

Crime Prevention/Advice – Protecting your family gold

What do I need to do?

Keep jewellery in a safety deposit box or a secure facility away from home.

Review your home security

Always check your doors and windows are secure. Consider where your home is vulnerable by thinking how would break-in if locked out. - Fit an intruder alarm, CCTV and/or security lighting.

How you would break-in if locked out? - Fit an intruder alarm, CCTV and security lighting.

If you must keep it at home, use an insurance approved safe which must be securely fixed. Remember, if you can lift it in, thievesucan lift it out.

Be discreet wearing your jewellery in public

Remember what is attractive to you is also attractive to thieves - Keep safe, keep it out of sight.

Photograph and keep a detailed inventory of each item of jewellery and keep it in a separate place. Include the value, date acquired, receipts, valuation certificate and any indentifying marks. If it is stolen, this gives the best opportunity to recover your precious items and convict the thief.

Have your jewellery professionally marked - so that it can be easily identified. Laser engraving your jewellery with your name and serial number acts as a hallmark unique to you. Many jewellers and the Assay Office offer this service.

You can also use a forensic traceable liquid that has a unique forensic code which is visible under UV.light and is registered to you. This helps police identify and return stolen goods.

Once marked, photograph your jewellery and register it at www.immobilise.com

 

Published on 31 October 2016

At a recent meeting of the Safer neighbourhood panels for West Ruislip and Eastcote and East Ruislip some useful points of information arose.

First, if you hear an alarm ringing and you see suspicious activity then you should call the emergency 999 number and not 101 – for these occasions the police will always turn out. Catching burglars or would be burglars is a priority for the police and they will respond to such a 999 call – contrary to any wrongful impressions / misunderstandings that they won't do so.

Second, the police do not recommend any particular alarm company despite what some company salesperson might tell you! So do not feel tempted to purchase an alarm from them just because you are told they come recommended by the police.

Another matter worthy of mention is that thieves are known to be using “jamming” devices to override fob car locking systems. Apparently you may still hear your car door lock “click” but nevertheless the device has overriden your immobiliser. So – best advice is to always maually check that car doors are actually locked before leaving your vehicle – high value vehicles and vans are known to be targetted in this way so don't give thieves a chance – double check just to be sure!


Published on 22 June 2016

Sgt Tristan Brown has written to us to ask if we have any members who would like to become neighbourhood watch co-ordinators. If anybody is interested in becoming a member of the scheme or would like some further information, they are more than welcome to email him (details below) and he will gladly assist.
Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) is the largest voluntary crime prevention group in the country. It is based on the idea of communities coming together to reduce crime and increase community cohesion. You can join as a member to create or support your local Neighbourhood Watch.
Benefits of Neighbourhood Watch schemes:
  • Reduces / prevents local crime and disorder
  • Reduces the fear of crime
  • Addresses issues relating to anti-social behaviour
  • Creates Safer Neighbourhoods
  • Builds community spirit and cohesion
  • Reassures members of the public
  • Enhances partnership working with other community groups
  • Assists in the detection and apprehension of criminals
  • Improves the quality of life and the local environment
Neighbourhood Watch Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How long would I have to serve as a member of Neighbourhood Watch?
A. You're under no obligation - serve for as long or as short a time as you wish. If you do decide to leave though, it helps if you can give your street co-ordinator a little notice, so they can fill the gap you will leave.

Q. Does being a member of Neighbourhood Watch mean that I can involve my family?
A. Generally speaking, yes - but do make sure that children don't become too involved, apart from making them aware of when they themselves are at risk. Neighbourhood Watch requires maturity, judgement and an adult sense of responsibility.

Q. Will membership give the impression that I am working for the police?

A. The fact is that you are not. Everything said and written about Neighbourhood Watch shows that you are in effect doing what every responsible citizen should be doing - helping the police and your neighbours to create and maintain a safe, crime-free community.

Q. I have a disability. Will it create problems? Are disabled people really welcome in the scheme?
A. Disabled people can often prove to be the most useful members. But if you have doubts, have a word with your Street Co-ordinator.

Q. Am I expected to patrol the streets?
A. Absolutely not. The police strongly discourage vigilantes and people who seek to take the law into their own hands. Apart from the risk of physical injury, there can be serious legal implications. If, however, you would like to play a more active role, you could always consider applying to join the Metropolitan Police Special Constabulary. As a Special Constable, you will be able to help the police on a voluntary basis as a fully trained officer in uniform.

In an emergency always call 999.
APS Tristan Brown | Team 3 North SNT  | Hillingdon Borough
MetPhone 741801 | Telephone 020 8246 1801
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Address Ruislip Police Station, 5 The Oaks, Ruislip, HA4 7LE
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Published on 27 May 2016

We have been contacted by a local resident who has been concerned at a spate of recent burglaries in the Ruislip Manor Area.
 
First published on 05 May 2016.  Last updated on 13 May 2016

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has been alerted to a pension scam whereby cold callers continue to target members of the public aged 50 to 60 years old to release and transfer their pension early. Suspected firms who advertise and arrange pensions are offering investments in alternative commodities such as hotel developments or property in Cape Verde, and operate as unregulated collective investment schemes. 

Often, the cold calling ‘pension companies’ involved are neither regulated nor qualified to give financial advice and classify themselves as a ‘trustee’, ‘consultant’ or an ‘independent advisor’ and offer exceptionally high return rates for investors.

Some victims have signed documents that authorises a limited company to be set up using their personal details, including utilising a Small Self–Administered Scheme (SSAS). Whilst SSAS accounts and limited companies are essential for legitimate schemes, the fact that victims are unaware that this will happen suggests that the scheme may not have been fully explained to them, increasing the likelihood that there may be an element of fraud involved.

Protect yourself:

Further advice can be found at:
http://www.fca.org.uk/your-fca/documents/protect-your-pension-pot
http://www.fca.org.uk/consumers/financial-services-products/pensions/protect
http://www.thepensionsregulator.gov.uk/individuals/dangers-of-pension-scams.aspx

Ensure that you request that the risks and growth rates are explained and that you fully understand them before transferring your pension

Check whether the pension arrangement company is registered with the FCA. Registered companies can be checked using the FCA register online at: https://register.fca.org.uk/

Remember that if the offer seems too good to be true, then it generally is

If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it online http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud or by telephone 0300 123 2040.

Published on 26 October 2015

This is copy of a message sent via The Neighbourhood & Home Watch Network (England & Wales). This information has been sent on behalf of Action Fraud (National Fraud Intelligence Bureau)


Fraudsters have been phoning victims telling them that they have been placed in the wrong council tax bracket for a number of years and are entitled to a rebate. They normally say that this rebate should be worth about £7,000. Once the victim is convinced, the fraudster tells them that in order to receive the rebate they will need to pay an administration fee in advance. The payment they ask for varies between £60–£350. The victim provides the details and makes the payment, but then is no longer able to make contact with the person they spoke to on the phone. When they phone their council about the rebate and the fact that they are in the wrong tax bracket, the council will confirm that they know nothing about it and that they have been contacted by fraudsters.

The fraudsters have mainly been targeting both male and female victims who are aged 60 and over and live in the Sussex area, but it is likely that the fraudsters will also start to target victims in other areas. 

Protect Yourself:

  • Never respond to unsolicited phone calls.
  • Your local council won’t ever phone out-of-the-blue to discuss a council tax rebate. If you receive a call of this nature, put the phone down straight away.
  • No legitimate organisation will ask you to pay an advanced fee in order to receive money, so never give them your card details.
  • If you think you have been a victim of fraud, hang up the phone and wait five minutes to clear the line as fraudsters sometimes keep the line open. Then call your bank or card issuer to report the fraud. Where it is possible use a different phone line to make the phone call.

If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it online http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud or by telephone 0300 123 2040.

Published on 26 October 2015

The Little Book of Big Scams is a superb publication that is really VERY informative. Scams are a horrid crime that usually prey on vulnerable people. Whilst we have a low levels of such incidents in this area, they do take place and I am sad to say seem to becoming more frequent. My local police team are working hard with our partners and the community to reduce the opportunities for such crimes but I would be very grateful if you could read this little booklet and forward it onto any community contacts you have both within Hillingdon and further afield too.

www.met.police.uk/docs/little_book_scam.pdf
This Hyperlink is a formal MPS publication and the information within accurate.

I would also like to remind you and your residents, associates and neighbours that the police would encourage you to come forward with any intelligence and information concerning Scam offenders so that we can catch these criminals and bring them to justice. This can be done by contacting me, your SNT team or Crime stoppers on 0800 555 111


Thank you.

Inspector David George   
North Sector NPT ,  Licensing & ASB Lead   

Hillingdon Borough Police
Telephone: 0208 246 1816  (741816) |Mobile: 07500 097 182

Ruislip Police Station, The Oaks, Ruislip, HA4 7LE

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First published on 28 April 2014.  Last updated on 11 December 2015
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