Ickenham Safety Survey

Ickenham (Police) Safer Neighbourhood Team would appreciate it if you could spare a few minutes of your time to complete its Virtual Ward Panel Survey.

This gives local residents the opportunity to raise concerns that affect them directly and help it prioritise what is most important to local residents and businesses.

Please click on the link below.

https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/JPQ3YX/

Thank you.

Catalytic converter thefts

WARNING!!!!

Your vehicle could be at risk

Catalytic converter thieves are active in Ickenham

They target HYBRID versions of TOYOTA  AURIS, TOYOTA PRIUS and also HONDA JAZZ, HONDA CR-V and LEXUS RX

If you see any suspicious activities please call 999 immediately

To reduce the risk of having your catalytic converter stolen, you should:

  • Park your car in a locked garage where possible, but if this isn’t an option, then park it in a well-lit and well-populated area
  • Park close to fences, walls or a kerb with the exhaust being closest to the fence, wall or kerb to make the theft more difficult
  • Avoid parking your vehicle half on the pavement and half on the road, as this may make it easier for thieves to access the catalytic converter
  • If parking in a public car park, consider parking alongside other cars and facing you bonnet towards the wall if possible. With the catalytic converter positioned at the front of your vehicle, this will make it harder for thieves to get close enough to steal it
  • If there is a fleet of vehicles, park the low clearance vehicles to block the high clearance vehicles. This will obstruct access underneath
  • If your catalytic converter is bolted on, you can ask for your local garage to weld the bolts to make it more difficult to remove.
  • Alternatively, you can also etch a serial number on the converter
  • You can even purchase a ‘cage clamp’ which is a cage device that locks in around the converter to make it more difficult to remove
  • Speak to your dealership about the possibility of adding a tilt sensor that will activate the alarm should any thief try to jack the vehicle up to steal the converter  

If you see someone acting suspiciously under a vehicle, report it to the Police.

COVID-19 scams

from NHW

The Government Test and Trace service is extremely important in the fight against Coronavirus, and of course it’s vital that the public get on board with it.

Unfortunately, criminals will use the existence of this service to exploit every opportunity they can to defraud innocent people of their money, or steal their personal details, and will now seek to use Test and Trace as a vehicle to execute scams on the unwary.

The Metropolitan Police Cyber Crime Unit have therefore issued an advice sheet: NHS test and trace Scams – how to stay safe 

NOTE:  If you have an elderly neighbour who is not online, then remember that scammers can use telephone methods with great ease on the elderly where health is concerned – so please take the time to print a copy of this single sheet to give to your neighbour.

Safer Neighbourhood Teams and COVID19: Update

Community Engagements

Further to our message earlier today that it was business as usual, a decision has been made to cancel all our advertised crime prevention stalls, and contact sessions. This decision has been made with the safety of all in mind, and to follow in line with the Government guidance on social interaction. That said we will still be on the streets, and will continue to Police your community to the best of our ability.

Stay safe

Safer Neighbourhood Teams and COVID19

Business as usual for ALL Safer Neighbourhood Teams

This notice is just to inform residents the Safer Neighbourhood Teams will continue working and operating as usual.  All advertised Drop In Surgeries, Crime Prevention Stands will continue at present, you will be notified of any changes.

In light of COVID19 precautions will be engaged during all community engagements.  We are not asking residents to come out especially to speak to us.  There are many ways you can make contact with your Safer Neighbourhood Teams.    If you click on the link below it will take you directly to the Met Police web site.

https://www.met.police.uk/a/your-area/

Community Safety Forum 25 Jan

We have been asked to inform you about the Community Safety Forum.

It is a free event organised by one of our West Ruislip Councillors with the local Police and Hillingdon Neighbourhood Watch who will speak on local crime prevention, particularly burglaries. This is a great opportunity for us to come to together as a community and understand what we can do to keep ourselves safe.

Date: Saturday 25th January, 2020

Time: 2pm – 4pm

(Stalls open from 1pm to 5pm)

Venue: Great Barn, Ruislip

Keep your vehicles safe

Tips from Met Police via OWL:

Key messages

General advice

  • Fit theft resistant number plate fittings – stolen number plates are commonly used to hide the identity of stolen vehicles. Use one way clutch head screws and adhesive to secure the plate.
  • When out and about – try to park your vehicle in a Park Mark approved car park which has an approved security standard, or if not, park in an area that is overlooked and well lit
  • Thieves are using sophisticated methods to steal vehicles with electronic keys – a scanner is used to locate the signal from the key. To prevent this, always keep the electronic key in a security pouch when not in use.
  • Fitting locking wheel nuts will reduce the likelihood of wheels and tyres being stolen.

Cars and vans

  • Leaving items on show is an invitation – power leads, SatNavs and mounts, stereo front panels, coins, sunglasses, tools, clothing and bags should be removed from the vehicle or placed out of sight.
  • Keys and ignition fobs should kept safe and out of sight and reach – the most common ways to steal a car or van is to take the keys or ignition fob, either when left in the vehicle or from your home through burglary. Try not to keep your keys in an obvious place such as the hallway or kitchen.
  • Always lock and close the windows of your vehicle when unattended – on the drive, the petrol station forecourt or when parking an unlocked vehicle is the easiest to steal or steal from.
  • Fit an alarm or immobiliser if your vehicle does not have one.
  • Set the steering wheel lock if your vehicle is fitted with one. If not, use a bar type steering lock each time you leave your vehicle.
  • Also consider using a gear stick lock.

Motorcycles and mopeds

  • Keep your motorcycle or moped in a garage, shed or designated bike store at home – storing it out of view is one of the best ways to prevent opportunist theft. Consider fitting a garage or shed alarm.
  • Fit an alarm, immobiliser, preferably with tracking capability and property mark any panels – alarms act as a deterrent. Tracking devices and property marking assist in recovery should your motorcycle or moped be stolen.
  • Lock the rear wheel to an immovable object or ground anchor and use a disk lock on the front wheel – making the vehicle less of any easy option will reduce the chances of it being targeted. Combine the use of a disk lock on the front wheel and a chain lock to a ground anchor.
  • Don’t rely on the steering lock – standard steering locks are easily defeated and your bike can always be lifted into a van if not secured.
  • Use a bike cover – covers are another hassle for an opportunist thief, if they cannot see what moped or motorcycle it is they are less likely to target it.

Caravans and trailers

  • Fit physical security and a caravan cover – fit a combination of hitch lock anti-theft device, wheel clamp and ground anchor, a physical barrier to theft is always a clear deterrent. Using a caravan cover and installing an alarm makes any theft more difficult and your caravan less attractive to thieves.
  • Register, record and property mark all parts of the caravan or trailer – register your caravan or trailer with the Central Registration & Identification Scheme (CRIS) and use overt and covert chips to mark it. If stolen, it may have its number plates, chassis, frame or CRIS numbers removed. Take photos, including specific fittings, marks or damage as these can help to identify your caravan or trailer.
  • Install an alarm and tracking system, including roof marking – if stolen, being able to track and identify your caravan or trailer is vital. Add clear roof markings, giving the year of manufacture and CRIS number, to assist police identifying your caravan. (2014 – CRIS SGBS000BYA1234567).

Goods vehicles and lorries

  • Lock it, remove it, alarm it – when leaving your vehicle unattended, first remove valuable items and cash from view, lock it and take the keys with you or leave in a secure drawer or office at work. Overnight, remove tools from vans or if parking up with an empty trailer, leave the doors open. Always set the vehicle alarm and keep fuel tanks locked.
  • Plan journeys, have an itinerary, no hitch hikers – have a route planned, including lay-overs, so someone else knows where you are due to be. Where possible use safe lorry parks or park where visible to passing traffic. Avoid insecure locations like remote laybys and quiet industrial estates. Do not pick up strangers as you have no idea what their intentions are.
  • Lock your vehicle and check it – even when on the move, making deliveries or refuelling, keep you vehicle locked and the keys with you. Before you start off again, visually inspect your vehicle, has anything changed, if so why.