Harrow Neighbourhood Policing Newsletter

Dear Watch Member,

We will now be providing a monthly newsletter to all those community members on OWL and across our social channels.

We hope this will give you a summary of everything we have been up to, and other local news and crime prevention tips.

Please see the attached image to view the Newsletter.  We will be posting these on OWL at the end of each month.


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Sophie Dunford
Communications Officer and VAWG Lead

Burglary Crime Prevention Advice

Dear Watch Member,

We would remind residents to take care to protect their homes from burglaries as the clocks go back on Sunday 29th October 2023.

There are some key things you can to do to keep your home secure this autumn:

  • Make sure your home is secure when leaving by locking all doors and windows.
  • Keep a light on if you go out especially during evening hours, or invest a plug light timer switch.
  • Never leave your keys and valuables within view or reach of windows and letterboxes.
  • Always lock your front door from inside – especially UPVC front doors that have handles even if you are home.
  • Check your outside lighting is in good working order and replace any faulty equipment.
  • Look out for your neighbours, if something doesn’t seem right, call police on 999.


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Sophie Dunford
Communications Officer and VAWG Lead
Email: [email protected]

Wreath Laying by Mayor of Harrow. Peace Garden, Pinner Memorial Park

On  Wednesday 25th October 2023 the Mayor of Harrow, Councillor Ramji Chauhan, laid a poppy wreath at the Dove of Peace War Memorial in the Peace Garden in Pinner Memorial Park. This was in memory of all those who have fallen serving their country or as a results of conflict.

The Dove of Peace was designed in 1995 by the pupils of Nower Hill School for the Peace Garden. It was created in that year to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the end of WWII:. It is an offically registered war memorial: https://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/11098

The Peace Garden is an area for quiet comtemplation within Pinner Memorial Park, which itself was purchased for the community by public subscription as an enduring war memorial and amenity for Pinner at the End of WWII.

Neighbourhood Watch: Autumn Nights Burglary and Vehicle Theft Prevention Advice

Dear Watch Member,

Autumn is here, winter is coming, the clocks will soon go back, and with it all comes increasingly longer hours of darkness.

Darkness that burglars and car thieves will use to their advantage.

And with Navratri, Diwali, Halloween and Bonfire Night celebrations over the coming weeks, it is possible there could be an increase in burglary offences.

Therefore it’s important to leave your home and its valuable contents secure whenever it’s unoccupied.

Here’s what we recommend you do before you go out:

  • close and lock all your doors and windows, even if you’re only going out for a few minutes
  • double-lock all doors
  • make sure that any valuables are out of sight
  • in the evening, shut the curtains and leave lights on
  • if you’re not home by sunset, it’s advisable to use a timer device to automatically turn on lights and a radio during the dark evenings
  • set your burglar alarm
  • make sure the side gate is locked
  • lock your shed or garage
  • secure currency and jewellery inside a discreetly hidden safe anchored to the floor.

Car thieves will target keyless entry vehicles overnight when cars are on the driveway and keys are in the house.

That’s why it’s important to take the following car theft prevention measures:

  • when at home keep your car key (and the spare) well away from the car.
  • put the keys in a screened or signal-blocking pouch, such as a Faraday Pouch, and check if the bag or pouch is still working every few months.
  • turn off wireless signals on your fob when it’s not being used.
  • apply a steering-wheel lock
  • install a driveway bollard
  • install an Immobiliser that prevents a vehicle from starting unless the correct fob, key or activation process is used. They can be personalised so that you’re the only one who knows how to unset it via a number of dashboard controls.

For further crime prevention advice please click here.

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Lee O’Brien
Pinner Safer Neighbourhood Team
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