From Tristan Brown of the Met….
Welcome to your weekly update. Within these updates I will focus on local crime and the issues effecting you and the local community. My last crime update has been very well received with some excellent feedback. If you feel you have prevented a crime, seen some suspicious activity, and you believe other readers would benefit from knowing, please reply and it will considered for entry in to the next crime update.
I aim to send these updates on the Monday of the following week. However, this will be dependant on shift patterns and availability of data.
05-04-16 to 06-04-16 – Overnight – East Mead, Ruislip – Suspects have attempted to gain entry to the property by damaging a rear door. Ref 0906756/16
05-04-16 – PM – Sacred Heart RC Junior and Infant School, Herlwyn Ave, Ruislip – Two male suspects have been seen to enter school playground and attempt to gain entry to the school via the hall doors. Ref 0906780/16
08-04-16 – PM – Whitby Road, Ruislip – Suspect’s have forced an upstairs window (accessed from a flat roof) and carried out an untidy search within. Several items of property stolen. Ref 0906969/16
26-03-16 to 10-04-16 – Bempton Drive, Ruislip – Tool marks found to front UPVC door and side window smashed. Ref 0907085/16
Motor vehicle crime
07-04-16 to 08-04-16 – Overnight – Warren Drive, Ruislip – Motorcycle stolen from front garden of property. Registration FX51ONG. Ref 0906894/16.
06-04-16 to 07-04-16 – Overnight – Beverley Road, Ruislip – Vehicle damaged. Large scratches along both near and offside. Ref 0906991/16
Theft – Person
No incidents reported.
No incidents reported.
No incidents reported.
If you were a witness to any of the above crimes or have any information, please call 101 or make contact by either of the means below.
Over the last couple of weeks we have been receiving reports of suspicious activity possibly concerning drug use/supply. Please report any incidents of this nature to us. This information is crucial if we are to build a picture of what is happening and where. We collate this information, look at trends and work to identify and arrest offenders.
Burglary and its prevention and detection will remain our priority. There are some simple steps residents can take to safeguard themselves. These include the fitting of an alarm or dummy alarm box. Ensuring all windows and doors are locked. UPVC doors need to be locked with the key as well as lifting the door handle. Use a timer to illuminate a lamp at dusk. The list goes on and there are further suggestions in the leaflets below.
Don’t be a victim of burglary. Follow this advice.
Have you been a witness to any suspicious behaviour that may be of interest to your local Police officers? Please let us know. All information is gratefully received.
From our newsletter
Last week a North Hillingdon elderly resident was contacted by someone pretending to be from the Surrey Police. These fraudsters can seem very believable and unfortunately they were able to con the resident into withdrawing money and handing it over to a courier believing it was being taken to the police.
Police, banks or other agencies or companies will not ring up and ask you to withdraw money ever. Do not withdraw money and hand it over to a courier because someone claiming to be in authority has told you to. Don’t ring any numbers given to you by the fraudsters and if they tell you to hang up and ring 101 to check, don’t as this is also a scam – they leave the line open and simply pretend to be the police. Hang up and ring someone you know first so you know they are off the line. Then ring 101 and report to us immediately.
THEFT FROM TRANSIT VANS
Our neighbouring police forces are seeing an increase in theft of tools from Ford Transit vans. The vans are being opened with devises that apparently over-ride the locking mechanism – no key needed and they don’t have to force entry. Sadly, in this day and age of modern technology, it seems there is always a devise available to bypass keyless entry. Our advice is to empty your van over night. Whilst this is not always practicable, a solid lock across all doors is also recommended. Whilst many van owners put them on the back doors, the other entry points are often overlooked.
As keyless entry becomes more widespread, our advice for all vehicle owners is to consider using a good old fashioned steering wheel lock.
FAKE £50 NOTES
Shop owners – please be aware that a number of fake £50 notes are doing the rounds. Please be very cautious of anyone trying to break a large note or asking for change from it. Those trying to offload these notes often target small businesses with single members of staff. Please ask your employees to be vigilant and if they are concerned, call police straight away.
Do you own a dog?
From Wednesday the 6th of April, it is now law that all dogs must be registered and micro chipped by the time they are eight weeks old. This falls under the Animal Welfare Act 2006. Dog owners are also required to keep their contact details up to date.
If local authorities discover a dog without a microchip, owners will have 21 days in which to have one fitted or face a fine of up to £500.
For further information, have a look at www.dogstrust.org.uk/help-advice/microchipping/
Latest scam email
Have you received an email from an unknown source requesting payment for an outstanding invoice? Does the sender know your address? You are likely to have received the latest scam email.
Earlier in the week we were contacted by a concerned resident who had received such an email. They all follow a similar format:
Dear **** *****,
Regarding the amount due 1635.14 GBP, we act on behalf of Particle Technology Ltd in order to collect the outstanding account value of your debt.
We would like to remind you that the amount above was due for payment on 31.03.16 but as no payment has been received, your invoice is now considered as overdue. Please find a printable version of your invoice at the following link:
Original invoice will be sent out to:
*, ******* ***********
Ruislip, Middlesex HA4 ***
In order to avoid further costs, please forward the payment to us and transfer the amount due not later than 12.04.16
People are falling victim to this scam. Don’t be fooled by the fact your name and address are known. Clicking on the link (which I have disabled in the above message) will install a virus on to your computer. This virus then encrypts victims’ files and demands a ransom be paid before they can be unlocked.
Are you interested in setting up a neighbourhood watch scheme for your road? Get in touch and we will be pleased to help you.
Ruislip Manor SNT 0208 721 2549 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cavendish SNT 0208 721 2550 Email: email@example.com
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