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Police – CAVENDISH & MANOR – CRIME UPDATE – W/E 10/04/2016

From Tristan Brown of the Met….

Operation Bumblebee Poster 1 – When a stranger calls…

Operation Bumblebee Poster 2 – UPVC Security

Operation Bumblebee Poster 3 – Improving Security 

 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.

 Crime Prevention

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.


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.


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

Best regards,
Willie Ferguson


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.

 Neighbourhood Watch

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: manorward.snt@met.police.uk

 Cavendish SNT    0208 721 2550            Email:  cavendish.snt@met.police.uk

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North Hillingdon Safer Neighbourhoods Policing: JANUARY update

Latest update from Insp Rob Bryan:


Dear Readers,

Happy New Year and I hope you all enjoyed a safe Christmas. This month I want to share with you some of the successes across Hillingdon Borough as seen through the eyes of our Borough Commander, Nick Downing. Each week Mr Downing sends out an internal communication highlighting good work. At the end of last year he sent out details of our overall successes. Whilst this has been written for an internal audience (so includes some police jargon) he is happy for me to share it with you:

Seasons greetings to you all.

The festive season is upon us. I hope that you will all have some time with your family and friends to enjoy the holiday period. Those of you, who are working both Christmas and New Year, stay safe.

Christmas for me is a time for reflection, looking back on what we as a team have achieved.

I hope that you have all noticed by now that I rarely talk about targets, instead standing by our borough vision, ‘To make Hillingdon the safest borough in London with the most confident and satisfied communities with the best and happiest staff’. I am a believer that if you do your best in everything that you do and are happy in your work then we will be the safest borough in London.

Some headlines and stats to share with you that I hope will make you proud at what you as a team have achieved for our community.

MOPAC 7 crimes on the borough have reduced by 26.5% over the last 4 years. This is the best in the West and fourth across the whole of London, a phenomenal effort.

Over that period burglary has reduced by over 42%. The biggest reduction in London and with a 21% reduction in residential burglary this year. Outstanding

During the period of Bumblebee the borough has the biggest reductions and the highest detection rate in London. Outstanding. Clearly helped last week by the conspiracy charge against David Appleton that linked him to 24 residential burglaries.

So not only do we have some of the best reductions in crime we have the best conviction rate at crown court across the whole of London. That is testament to your outstanding investigations and commitment. Amazingly we have the 3rd highest amount of cases that go to crown court! Quite an effort from a small borough.

80% of victims are now satisfied with the service you provide. We have seen the biggest increase across London.

Our immediate response times currently stand at 88% so not only are you providing a high quality service you are responding in a safe and timely.

Your response to domestic abuse has gone from strength to strength and we now have a detection rate of over 47%, the 3rd best in London. Not only that but  with the increased support of our brilliant IDVAS and VSS our victims are getting the support they need at the time they need it.

Although violence is up we have one of the lowest increases in London at just over 9%. Enhanced licensing activity, anti-violence initiatives, good initial investigations and relentless secondary investigation has made a real difference.

We have the best CAD to CRIS compliance in London which demonstrates to everyone that we are the most ethical. Well done to you all.

We have delivered almost 5000 met trace kits across the borough, making our community safe. We have even launched our very own Christmas Song, ‘let it glow’. (See it on our twitter account)

We are one of the only boroughs to have kept the borough tasking units and what a key decision that was when the recent events in Haringey led to them being on daily deployments, duties changing at short notice and working double shifts so that we could continue policing the borough. Thank you

Thanks to you, we have more public space protection orders and criminal behaviour orders than any where else in London. An integral part of our prevention and disruption work.

Our staff survey results were recognised as being some of the best in London but we cannot be complacent as having read every comment I recognise that there is a lot more that we need to do to make you the happiest team. I need your help to make that happen and commit to keeping you informed on our progress.

Our PCSO’s have been inspiring, keeping smiles on their faces whilst facing uncertainty about their jobs. I am delighted to hear that we will be keeping them. The borough will be a better place for their continued support.

Our war on drug dealers across the borough has been very impactive. In 2 operations over 40 dealers arrested and charged. Most have pleaded guilty. Activity that very few boroughs in London attempt.

Our cadets were recognised by the Home Secretary when she presented them with the Lord Ferrers award for volunteer team of the year. An outstanding achievement by some astonishing and highly committed young people.

We have one of the highest amounts of volunteers in London, supporting us on a daily basis with providing a front counter service at Ruislip, supporting our outstanding public access officers with a triage service at Uxbridge and assisting now in the CID and counter terrorism offices.

This year we have seen the seamless transition of our management and property support teams into local delivery support services. Their commitment to maintain a high level of service has been outstanding. 

Our scenes of crimes officers have teamed up with the West area forensic converter team based at Uxbridge to deliver the best forensic detection performance across London. Another outstanding achievement associated to the borough.

I hope that when or if you read this you like me will be proud of what we as a borough have achieved. This isn’t by chance; this is only achieved by you doing your best every day. We are one team, undoubtedly the best team and a team that we should all be proud of.

Thank you one and all. I wish you a safe, happy and peaceful festive season and look forward to achieving even more next year.



Inspector Rob Bryan

Hillingdon North Safer Neighbourhoods

Hillingdon Borough

Phone 020 8246 1816 | Mobile 07500097182 | E-mail robert.bryan@met.pnn.police.uk | Twitter @MPSHillingNorth
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Burglary in Northwood and Eastcote part of the Borough

Not our ward but wanted to share this with you….

Police Message

It appears there is a team of burglars working our area, currently in the  Northwood and Eastcote part of the Borough.

 They are travelling into the Borough in high powered cars on false plates. 3-4 persons working as a team, possibly in more than one car.

These are “professional” burglars who are unlikely to stop for police if escaping a break-in but will do so before the crime in the hope of  blagging their way out of it. We have extra cops in the right areas but it is a constant game of cat and mouse. If we  stop them we have a  good chance of nicking them.

 What we need is more calls into police when something suspicious is  seen. I’ve given you some idea what to look out for. Please keep your eyes peeled.

Alison Fanton

Police Sergeant 21XH

 Northwood and Northwood Hills


Minutes of the South Ruislip Residents Association Quarterly Meeting Held at St Mary’s Church – Wednesday October 28th 2015

Minutes of the South Ruislip Residents Association

Quarterly Meeting Held at St Mary’s Church On

Wednesday October 28th 2015

In attendance were 62 residents and 10 committee members.  Councillors present Allan Kauffman & Teji Barnes.

Apologies were received from: Cllrs Judy Kelly, Gem Duducu, Michael White and Eddie Lavery.  Lynne Kauffman, Colin Hook, Hazel Hook, Kris Borucka, Geoff Quantock, Mrs Josie McFadden, Mrs Wills

1.0  Opening Remarks & Welcome & Matters Arising from the Minutes & Signed Minutes. 

Amendment to last minutes of 22nd July 2015  From “2.0  ARLA.  Judgement in favour of building the ARLA development and against Sainsburys…”. To “Judgement in favour Sainsburys development….”  [Apologies Secretary]

2.0  Newsletter/ Chief Road Steward

Apologies for the delay in getting the newsletter out.  With Henry moving away, the move, in the end, all happened very early for our Chief Road Steward.  He has worked very hard to do a great job for a number of years and SRRA greatly appreciate it.  With the speed of the handover there were some delays with taking over the system so apologies for any wrong numbers, miss-deliveries etc.

We are looking at a new team for the Chief Road Steward’s role and will update on progress as we go.  Thank you to the committee for pitching in and helping get the newsletters out and especially to Lynne Kauffman for spending a couple of days organising the newsletters to go to

A couple of people have agreed to help, maybe working as a team.

3.0  Police

Sgt Kerr, appealed for email addresses from the audience so that he can keep them informed of local activities.  Follow on Twitter @MPSSouthRuislip. Dispersal notice made in Bradfield Road where a joint operation was held with immigration services.

Local traffic checks with a number of drivers charges for driving at 40+ in a 30mph zone.  5 not wearing seatbelts and a number of other offenses picked up.

They attended the Polish War service.  As well as Knife crime talk at youth club and bike marking at Victoria Road retail park.

Burglary still looking at.  More police in high vis-jackets.  Burglaries are currently approx 50% of last years rate in South Ruislip.

Theft from motor vehicle.  Don’t leave Sat Nav, mobile phone and laptop on display.  Don’t leave Bluetooth on in cars as thieves use to detect items.

Anti Social Behaviour, at the moment mostly from vehicles.  If you see ASB from someone in the vehicle take details and pass to Sgt Kerr.  He will write to offenders and threaten confiscation of the vehicle in future.

Rolling out Smartwater use in South Ruislip.  Free and well worth taking if offered by the police.

From the audience question about advise about cyclists on the pavement and being advised to muzzle the dog walking with it.

Police Ward Panel for South Ruislip.  Looking for ward panel members.  Need a few more people increase the variety of opinions.  Meeting important to discuss what the priorities are.

4.0    Shirley Kirk from Dementia Friends

Discussion from Shirley Kirk discussing the benefits of greater community awareness of issues of dementia.

People as young as thirty have dementia and it’s not a natural part of aging, not inevitable.  It is caused by diseases in the brain.  It’s a set of symptoms.  Not a disease itself.

If the mind is like thousands of fairy lights.  Dementia makes the lights go out, which lights will be individual. Alzheimer’s is a common cause.  It’s progressive.  Worth knowing the type of dementia someone has so have an idea of the course.

Emphasis is on living with dementia not suffering.

More information at https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/

Shirley happy to run sessions to train Dementia Friends for local groups.

5.0    Smart Water

Presentation from officer Sgt Webber.  One in seven households will get a pack of traceable water, Smart water   This is applied to property and the Met routinely will trace stolen items using UV light and the manufacturers lab assistance.  It is strong evidence to link the robber with the address.

For quantities across the borough they will receive 10k, then another 18k.  Where are the kits?  Pushing kits towards the North of the borough.  Worth taking if offered.  Roads either side of addresses with Smartwater also see reductions.


6.0    Chairman’s Report

6.1    ARLA

Work has started at the site on the commercial side.  Bellway Homes has submitted an increase in housing for the site.  An extra 30+ residences.

As a group we dislike the changes and increase in density.  Have organised a petition to be signed at end of meeting.  Also dislike the low density of parking.

Sid met with managers from Bellway homes and are looking to get rid of overlooked gardens and replace with these with flats.

6.2    Library South Ruislip

Site by the library to be developed for circa 30 flats which will pay for the library and youth centre.  Other sites being looked at by the council for possible development.

6.3    Sainsburys

Discussion with Sainsbury held re tidying up some of area by Station Approach. Meeting with head of PR there.

6.4    LIDL

Plan to develop the Rover Motor Sales room.  There was a planning application, now a road traffic survey entered in.  Two referral points.  Now to be heard at Major applications on 18th November. [Editor: Which as passed]

6.5    HS2

Hybrid bill plodding along.  Committee report stage now.

7.0    Treasurers report

Balance £781.74 and Reserve Account £12,358.25.

8.0    RAF

RAF Open day.  Will be purely RAF families next year.

9.0    Community Voice

The last meeting was held with the chairs of the local Clinical Commissioning Groups.  As the second largest borough in London, Hillingdon, wants to improve service especially with added health with higher birth rates and migrants.  They are keen to improve hospital hubs and have identified 5 possible sites.


10.0    Doug Lewington Spoke on Biggin Hill

Re Letter to residents associations from Biggin Hill.  Which stated that the RAF’s expansion of civil flights was anti competitive.  Sid Jackson pointed out this had been subject to a judicial review and findings on the RAF Northolt website.  Biggin Hill is a commercial argument which the SRRA does not plan to get involved with.


11.0    Mrs Nurse

John Clifford sadly announced that Mrs Nurse, an active member of the SRRA including previously  died in tragic circumstances.  Mrs Nurse was taken to Hillingdon Hospital.  Funeral arrangements to be announced.

12.0    Stonefield Park

Children’s play area there is in need of renovation, Elaine made a request for signatures to secure resources from Chrysalis Fund.  Elaine was seeking adventure playground development to make it more suitable for 8-10 years olds.

13.0    Remembrance Service

Parade at the Polish War Memorial 10.30 and finishes at 11.15.  08/11/2015

14.0    Litter Collection

Litter pick 3rd Saturday of the month.  About 15 members taking part.  Starts at the library in South Ruislip.

15.0    Waste Food Caddy

Councillor Allan Kauffman brought in a food caddy to demonstrate it’s use and how fox proof it was.

16.0 Nurses at the Surgery on Thursday in South Ruislip

Discussion re no nurses on Thursday at South Ruislip Doctors.  With no nurses patients with bandages etc needing daily changes have to go to Mount Vernon as Dr’s not providing them.  Noted that the doctors provide the level of care so it their decision rather than NHS as a whole.  If not happy with service could be worth taking up with Primary Care Trust CQC who police the surgery.

17.0    SKLPC Complaints 

Iris Ellis a resident of Harvey Road brought up issue of SKLPC complaints. When festival in place again parking difficult on the S bend.  Very intrusive with music and floodlights.    Thanks to Allan for getting police over and Antoi Social Behaviour sport from the council andpolice but took a long term and Iris was expecting an improvement over last year when numerous discussion with Hillingdon Council had taken place.

Suggested to involve Boris Johnson and visit at a constituency surgery held every fortnight.

Meeting Close at 21:48

North Hillingdon Local Policing: January Circular

Our latest from the Inspector Rob Bryan, direct from the email received.  Please email the Inspector if you wish to receive this information directly :

Dear Reader,

I hope you have all had a pleasant Christmas and have an equally enjoyable New Year. Our Festive Open Day at Ruislip Police Station was a great success again this year with over 300 children and their families in attendance to see Santa and many other treats. Organising the open day is a labour of love undertaken by the volunteers who work at Ruislip Police Station. Without them it simply would not happen. One of our volunteers, Sandra, was rewarded for her hard work on this event by receiving the David Brough Community Safety Award. Very well done.

Whilst on the subject of volunteers, I wan to acknowledge the brilliant job they do opening the police stations at Ruislip and Northwood for additional hours above what the police do. But their numbers are dwindling which makes it harder to keep those front offices open. If you want to volunteer with the police, or know of anyone who does, please drop me an e-mail and I will ensure your details are passed on.

Designated Ward Officers:

I am often told that the bobby on the beat is rarely seen anymore. The Local Police Model which replaced the Safer Neighbourhoods Model a few years ago has reduced the number of officers on each ward. That is a fact that will not change. But it should not have completely wiped out our local visibility so it is a concern to me to hear that my officers are not seen all that often. I can assure you that our Borough Commander, Nick Downing, is keen for that visibility to exist and he ensures your Dedicated Ward Officers are not abstracted for other work. There have been a few changes of personnel recently so this is a good opportunity for me to let you know who your DWOs are:

Cavendish – PC Stuart Nagle and PCSO John Dickens (stuart.i.nagle@met.police.uk)

Eastcote & East Ruislip – PC Sharon Brown and PCSO Gemma Robinson (gemma.robinson@met.police.uk)

Harefield – PC John Foley and PCSO Hermant Parihar (john.foley@met.police.uk)

Ickenham – PC Rebecca Lord and PCSO Jo Witt (rebecca.lord2@met.police.uk)

Manor – PC Louise Ball and PCSO Gurbinder Sandhu (louise.e.ball2@met.police.uk)

Northwood – PC Dave Bell and PCSO John Usher (david.bell@met.police.uk)

Northwood Hills – PC Max Christmas and PCSO Ricky Soler (max.christmas@met.police.uk)

South Ruislip – PC Allan Webster and PCSO Anna Hegarty (allan.j.webster@met.police.uk)

West Ruislip – PC Jan McCormack and PCSO Paul Brighton (paul.a.brighton@met.police.uk)

2 PCs are currently sick or on light duties. Where that is the case I have put the PCSOs e-mail address above.

I encourage you all to e-mail your local DWO and let them know about local issues, or just let them know that it would be good to see them in your area. They do patrol and may be able to tell you when they were last in your area. Alternatively, your e-mail may prompt them into visiting your area.

Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter – burglary statistics: 

I have been concerned about the “lag” in burglary stats that are presented on the monthly NHW newsletter. I am working with Hillingdon NHW to make these numbers a bit more relevant. Instead of presenting the last two months figures, I hope to be able to present the last thee or four weeks figures (prior to going to print). It is a work in progress so watch this space and please let me have your feedback once it is up and running.

If you want to be removed from my Distribution List please let me know via the Reply button. 


Inspector Rob Bryan

North Cluster

Hillingdon Borough

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December Police Newsletter SRRA

Please see below Inspector Rob Bryan’s police newsletter in full.  We hope you find this of interest.

Dear reader,
After last month’s circular, I received a lot of positive feedback about how hard the local police officers and PCSOs are working. Thanks very much for that feedback. I will return to the theme of highlighting all their good work every few months. Today I will just mention PCSO Paul Brighton who covers West Ruislip ward. Because of his hard work and dedication (he is the one you see out on the pushbike all the time) he has won a Hillingdon Police Excellence Award. He will be awarded this by the Borough Commander later in the month. Well done Paul.
Last month I also raised a topic about doing my best to squash rumours that you often hear from a friend of a friend. I offered to look into any grapevine rumours and provide the facts. I received no requests all month. A cynical person might assume that gossip is more interesting than fact! But I will take it to mean there are no wild stories currently circulating that require a correction.
Crime figures:
There have been stories on the news recently about police under recording crimes so I thought you would like to know the facts as I see them.
Violence with injury (GBH, ABH and robbery) have seen a 20%+ increase across London and the UK. This is primarily due to a change in recording standards. In the past, if we were called to a pub fight and it was all quiet on our arrival, no crime was recorded. That was contrary to the National Crime Recording Standards and we have now corrected that error. From what I see, police in Hillingdon are extremely ethical in how crime is recorded. Stats from the London Ambulance Service and hospitals show a reduction in persons they see as a result of violence. Nevertheless we cannot just put this increase in violent crimes down to changes in the way we record crime – those acts of violence have always been there, just not recorded. I can reassure you that this issue has been gripped at the highest level and extra resources are being put into combating violence. The London-wide plan is called Operation Equinox and involves increased late night patrols in town centres, more licensing visits and test purchases and increased proactivity in arresting those who commit acts of violence.
Burglary has also seen an increase in the north of the Borough. At this time of year when the clocks change, opportunist burglars do strike. The spike we are seeing is bigger than previous spikes, but I also want to reassure you that it is not an epidemic. Ironically even with this spike, because of low numbers earlier in the year, Hillingdon may still see a decrease in burglaries compared to last year. Operation Bumblebee runs each year to combat this spike. In the north that includes cocooning (visiting addresses around a burglary to provide crime prevention and seek out leads), additional resources from the Borough Tasking Team and TSG and proactive targeting of suspected offenders. I would ask that you circulate the crime prevention advice below as widely as possible.
Crime Prevention advice:    
A third of residential burglaries show no signs of forced entry suggesting either a door or windows were not properly secured. The following tips, if followed by everyone, would make it so much harder for burglars to operate in our area:
Don’t leave your keys within easy reach of doors, letterboxes or windows (the burglar can fish them out with a coat hanger).Close and lock all doors and windows. If you have multi-locking door handles, lift the handle, lock it with the key and remove it. Remember – LIFT – LOCK – REMOVE. Put the key in a safe place out of sight in case of fire (This should be done when you go to bed too, not just when you go out. Entry via improperly locked doors counts for a high proportion of our break-ins). Lock garages and sheds so garden tools and ladders can’t be used to break into your home and keep side gates locked. Use timer switches linked to lights and a radio so it appears that someone is at home (that extra hour of darkness since the clocks changed makes it very easy to spot which house is empty). Install a visible intruder alarm system  burglars don’t want to be seen or heard. Keep side and rear boundaries high to restrict access and front boundaries low to remove hiding places. Photograph and mark valuables and sentimental items with your postcode and house number. Register items with serial numbers at: www.immobilise.com
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Inspector Rob Bryan
North Cluster
Hillingdon Borough
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