Ruislip Residents' Association

Crime Awareness

Ruislip Residents' Assocation has always enjoyed a constructive relationship with the local Police and Safer Neighbourhood Teams, which is of mutual benefit.  Our Executive Committee is updated regularly on local police concerns and our Association is represented on local consultative groups.  We also keep an eye out ourselves for any issues that might affect local residents.  This is an expanded section from our previous Police page because information is now included from sources other than directly from our Police liaison.

For more information on crime prevention locally please visit the Hillingdon Neighbourhood Watch website.

For public newsletters and bulletins issued by the police please visit the Police Updates page.

Ruislip Police are now dispensing "Smart water" kits to local residents, currently prioritising local known burglary hotspots. These kits provide a unique forensic code that enables the police to identify where recovered property came from following the burglary/theft of such items. Obviously publicising that your property is covered by "Smart water" acts as a deterrent to would be burglars/theives and so helps prevent crimes in any event. Safer Neighbourhood meetings have been held this month for Eastcote and East Ruislip and West Ruislip wards - crime figures were discussed and priorities for actions identified targetting burglaries, motor vehicle crime (theft of and from vehicles) and anti-social behaviour. In relation to crime prevention the police are advising residents that windows should be secured, wherever possible, particularly as in the hot weather forgetting open windows provides opportunities for crime. As for pvc doors - do not rely on "locking" only by using the door handle - you should always use your key to securely lock the door!
Published on 15 July 2017

Please note that the Police will be holding surgeries for local residents at the times and places set out below.  Please feel free to attend as these will provide opportunities to discuss local policing and any concerns you may have.

Friday, 16th June, at Eastcote Library, 2 - 3pm

Saturday, 17th June, at McDonalds, High Street, Ruislip, 5 - 6pm

Wednesday, 21st June, at NatWest Bank, High Street, Ruislip, 12 - 2pm

Published on 09 June 2017

The Met Police have forwarded to us the following note:

  • Following the incident in Manchester last night (Monday, 22 May), the Metropolitan Police has enhanced the level of officers on our streets to protect all our communities across the capital.
  • Over the next few days people will see an increased number of officers on duty - both armed and unarmed - who will provide a highly visible, reassurance presence across London.
  • This will continue for as long as is necessary.
  • Investigations continue by our counterparts at Greater Manchester Police and the Northwest Counter Terrorism Unit into last night’s horrific events and we will do all we can to support them in this work.
  • Members of the public concerned about individuals who may have attended the concert to contact the emergency number 0161 856 9400
  • To report anything suspicious to call 0800 789 321
First published on 24 May 2017.  Last updated on 05 June 2017

The police have recently announced that they will be holding surgeries for local Residents at the following locations and times. Please feel free to attend one of these opportunities to meet and dicuss local policing issues or concerns that you may have.

 4 March    -   2 to 3pm at McDonald's, Ruislip

 8 March    -   2 to 3pm at Manor Farm Library

28 March   -   5 to 6pm at Waitrose, Ruislip

29 March   -   3 to 4pm at Eastcote train station

Published on 02 March 2017

Crime Prevention/Advice – Protecting your family gold

What do I need to do?

Keep jewellery in a safety deposit box or a secure facility away from home.

Review your home security

Always check your doors and windows are secure. Consider where your home is vulnerable by thinking how would break-in if locked out. - Fit an intruder alarm, CCTV and/or security lighting.

How you would break-in if locked out? - Fit an intruder alarm, CCTV and security lighting.

If you must keep it at home, use an insurance approved safe which must be securely fixed. Remember, if you can lift it in, thievesucan lift it out.

Be discreet wearing your jewellery in public

Remember what is attractive to you is also attractive to thieves - Keep safe, keep it out of sight.

Photograph and keep a detailed inventory of each item of jewellery and keep it in a separate place. Include the value, date acquired, receipts, valuation certificate and any indentifying marks. If it is stolen, this gives the best opportunity to recover your precious items and convict the thief.

Have your jewellery professionally marked - so that it can be easily identified. Laser engraving your jewellery with your name and serial number acts as a hallmark unique to you. Many jewellers and the Assay Office offer this service.

You can also use a forensic traceable liquid that has a unique forensic code which is visible under UV.light and is registered to you. This helps police identify and return stolen goods.

Once marked, photograph your jewellery and register it at


Published on 31 October 2016

At a recent meeting of the Safer neighbourhood panels for West Ruislip and Eastcote and East Ruislip some useful points of information arose.

First, if you hear an alarm ringing and you see suspicious activity then you should call the emergency 999 number and not 101 – for these occasions the police will always turn out. Catching burglars or would be burglars is a priority for the police and they will respond to such a 999 call – contrary to any wrongful impressions / misunderstandings that they won't do so.

Second, the police do not recommend any particular alarm company despite what some company salesperson might tell you! So do not feel tempted to purchase an alarm from them just because you are told they come recommended by the police.

Another matter worthy of mention is that thieves are known to be using “jamming” devices to override fob car locking systems. Apparently you may still hear your car door lock “click” but nevertheless the device has overriden your immobiliser. So – best advice is to always maually check that car doors are actually locked before leaving your vehicle – high value vehicles and vans are known to be targetted in this way so don't give thieves a chance – double check just to be sure!

Published on 22 June 2016

Sgt Tristan Brown has written to us to ask if we have any members who would like to become neighbourhood watch co-ordinators. If anybody is interested in becoming a member of the scheme or would like some further information, they are more than welcome to email him (details below) and he will gladly assist.
Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) is the largest voluntary crime prevention group in the country. It is based on the idea of communities coming together to reduce crime and increase community cohesion. You can join as a member to create or support your local Neighbourhood Watch.
Benefits of Neighbourhood Watch schemes:
  • Reduces / prevents local crime and disorder
  • Reduces the fear of crime
  • Addresses issues relating to anti-social behaviour
  • Creates Safer Neighbourhoods
  • Builds community spirit and cohesion
  • Reassures members of the public
  • Enhances partnership working with other community groups
  • Assists in the detection and apprehension of criminals
  • Improves the quality of life and the local environment
Neighbourhood Watch Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How long would I have to serve as a member of Neighbourhood Watch?
A. You're under no obligation - serve for as long or as short a time as you wish. If you do decide to leave though, it helps if you can give your street co-ordinator a little notice, so they can fill the gap you will leave.

Q. Does being a member of Neighbourhood Watch mean that I can involve my family?
A. Generally speaking, yes - but do make sure that children don't become too involved, apart from making them aware of when they themselves are at risk. Neighbourhood Watch requires maturity, judgement and an adult sense of responsibility.

Q. Will membership give the impression that I am working for the police?

A. The fact is that you are not. Everything said and written about Neighbourhood Watch shows that you are in effect doing what every responsible citizen should be doing - helping the police and your neighbours to create and maintain a safe, crime-free community.

Q. I have a disability. Will it create problems? Are disabled people really welcome in the scheme?
A. Disabled people can often prove to be the most useful members. But if you have doubts, have a word with your Street Co-ordinator.

Q. Am I expected to patrol the streets?
A. Absolutely not. The police strongly discourage vigilantes and people who seek to take the law into their own hands. Apart from the risk of physical injury, there can be serious legal implications. If, however, you would like to play a more active role, you could always consider applying to join the Metropolitan Police Special Constabulary. As a Special Constable, you will be able to help the police on a voluntary basis as a fully trained officer in uniform.

In an emergency always call 999.
APS Tristan Brown | Team 3 North SNT  | Hillingdon Borough
MetPhone 741801 | Telephone 020 8246 1801
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Address Ruislip Police Station, 5 The Oaks, Ruislip, HA4 7LE
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Published on 27 May 2016

We have been contacted by a local resident who has been concerned at a spate of recent burglaries in the Ruislip Manor Area.
First published on 05 May 2016.  Last updated on 13 May 2016
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