May update from Neighbourhood Watch
Teenagers on Bikes
It has been recently reported that two teenage males have been seen cycling on pavements in the area and acting suspiciously by looking into parked vehicles and another lone teenage cyclist has also been seen in the area looking into parked vehicles.
There have been two recent instances of car crime in Clifden Road, when one vehicle was broken into and a sat. nav. stolen, and a second vehicle was entered into but nothing appeared to have been stolen.
Neighbourhood Watch asks all residents to keep a close watch on anyone walking or cycling in the area who seem to be taking more than just a passing interest in parked vehicles and to dial 999 immediately if they suspect that a crime is about to take place.
Burglaries and Car Break-ins
There has been a recent burglary in York Road, plus an unsuccessful burglary attempt in Clifden Road.
Do ensure that property, including garden sheds, is safely secured at all times and that nothing of value is kept inside unoccupied vehicles.
It has been reported that a girl, aged around 17, has been calling on residents in the Chiswick area, claiming to be from Grey Court School in Ham, collecting money for a children's charity.
To make this scam look convincing, the teenager carried a folder that appeared to have the Grey Court School logo printed on it.
Grey Court School have stated that the teenager is not from their school and that the school has not requested their pupils to make door to door charity collections.
Please be prepared if someone tries to operate a similar money making scam in this area. If someone does, it is advisable to decline the offer, then report the matter immediately to the police by dialling 101. A police officer arriving on the scene would quickly be able to ascertain whether the caller is genuine or not.
Bogus Gas Board Officials in Hounslow
The Metropolitan Police are warning residents that people posing as Gas Board officials are attempting to enter people's properties in the Hounslow area. Should an unexpected and/or uninvited caller arrives at your residence stating that they are from 1) a utility company 2) the council 3) a charity worker 4) or any other company representative and asking to enter your property, the police recommend that you:-
a) Examine the identity card closely to see if it looks and feels genuine
There has been a noticeable increase of dog waste on the pavements in Hamilton Road. For families with young children the matter is becoming a great concern. Unfortunately there are irresponsible dog owners who simply do not use plastic bags to pick up dog(s) waste and deposit it into bins. Hounslow Council will prosecute any dog owner caught, who will then face a substantial fine when the case comes to court. Catching the perpetrators without assistance from local residents however is extremely difficult.
b) Ensure that the card is not time expired
c) Check closely that the photograph matches the callers face and check carefully to see if a second photograph has been placed over the original
d) Make sure that any telephone number shown matches telephone numbers you have for that company. If you are still unsure, telephone the number you have for the company and ask them if they have sent someone out to see you?
e) If the company does not know the caller, call the police by dialling 101 or 999
f) Keep the door closed and chain locked while you carry out these checks
g) If the caller does not have an identity card, makes an excuse of not showing it, or will not let you examine it closely, dial 999
June 6, 2014