Residents ‘like’ crime page
Facebook group for South Ruislip encouraging people to be vigilant
The ‘Crime awareness group for the Ruislip & Eastcote area’ has 5,000 members and is still growing. It encourages people to be proactive and report anything suspicious to 101 and 999.
Alan Palmer, 58, created the group four months ago after his neighbour was burgled.
He said: “From the start the police have backed me and local police officers came to see me at my house.
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Mr Palmer believes the site is having a positive impact on the way residents in Ruislip and Eastcote respond to crime.
He said: “From burying their heads in the sand, many people have now become proactive with an overriding desire to help police and see those responsible for crime caught and dealt with.”
Members of Hillingdon Police post on the group and send messages to administrator, Alan.
Inspector Rob Bryan, from Hillingdon Borough’s Neighbourhood Watch team, said: “From a police viewpoint it is a great tool for us to let everyone know what crimes are verified, we will correct it as soon as possible.
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“Of course there is always a balance between awareness and increased fear of crime.
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Residents say the group has opened their eyes to local concerns and many are having burglar alarms installed as a result.
An Eastcote resident, who did not want to be named, said: “Bulletin messages on here have been the most effective means to halt or impede localised criminal activity.
“The most effective function is the fact that around 5,000 people are now networked.”
Eastcote and East Ruislip ward Conservative councillor, Nick Denys, is also a fan of the 2220 email firstname.lastname@example.org. uk
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“I’m glad to say that most people enjoy living in Eastcote and Ruislip and feel safe most of the time.
“Be assured, we are not complacent. Hillingdon Council works with the local police – including giving funds – to make sure they can have a dedicated high visibility response team here.”
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