Res­i­dents ‘like’ crime page

Face­book group for South Ruis­lip en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to be vig­i­lant

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

“The site is a con­stant feed of the lat­est bur­glar­ies, IF WE have pub­lished any­thing that is fac­tu­ally in­ac­cu­rate, please con­tact the news edi­tor at steve.bax@ trin­i­tymir­ror.com or at Uxbridge Gazette, Trinity Mir­ror South­ern, c/o Trinity Mir­ror Colour Print, St Al­bans Road, Wat­ford, Herts WD24 7RG and, once at­tempted bur­glar­ies sus­pi­cious sight­ings.”

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.

Uxbridge Gazette is pub­lished by Trinity Mir­ror South­ern a sub­sidiary com­pany of Trinity Mir­ror PLC, which is a mem­ber of

the In­de­pen­dent Press Stan­dards Or­gan­i­sa­tion. oc­cur­ring in the area and to of­fer crime pre­ven­tion ad­vice.

“Of course there is al­ways a bal­ance be­tween aware­ness and in­creased fear of crime.

“This area is a nice place to live and work and rel­a­tively

We ad­here to the Ed­i­tors’ Code Of Prac­tice as en­forced by IPSO who are con­tactable for ad­vice at In­de­pen­dent Press Stan­dards Or­gan­i­sa­tion, Gate House, 1 Far­ring­don Street, Lon­don EC4M 7LG.

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Break­fast and Af­ter­school Club (Pinkwell School) safe – but equally I think it is right that ev­ery­one has a real idea about what is go­ing on so they can bet­ter pro­tect them­selves.”

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 ad­vice@ipso.co. uk

If you have a com­plaint con­cern­ing a po­ten­tial breach of the Code of Prac­tice, we will deal with your com­plaint di­rectly or IPSO can re­fer your com­plaint to us. Please go to http://www.trin­i­tymir­ror. ini­tia­tive. He said: “It is re­ally good that lo­cals are ex­chang­ing in­for­ma­tion to help make the lo­cal area even safer than it al­ready is.

“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.”

Call your lo­cal po­lice on 101 to re­port crime in your area. Al­ways dial 999 in an emer­gency.

The page is at face­book. com/groups/7625544 60446794. com/how­to­com­plain where you can view our Com­plaints Pol­icy and Pro­ce­dure. A “How To Com­plain” pack is also avail­able by writ­ing to the Legal and Com­pli­ance Depart­ment, Trinity Mir­ror PLC, One Canada Square, Ca­nary Wharf, Lon­don E14 5AP.

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