Hundreds of homes made safer in Northolt

Ealing Council and police are urging residents to keep their homes and property safe this autumn.

The community safety team and local safer neighbourhood team are offering tips and practical advice to residents across the borough as part of an on going burglary reduction initiative.

Residents are being invited to book a home security survey where officers inspect the property checking things like the locks on doors and windows, vulnerable points such as garden gates and sheds. Each resident is given an individual report on their home highlighting things which may need attention to make it more secure.

During a recent initiative in Northolt officers visited more than 400 homes to carry out home security surveys, helping residents identify where their home might be vulnerable to anti-social behaviour and crime.

Councillor Ranjit Dheer, cabinet member for community services and safety, said: “These kinds of operations are very important and it’s great to see the number of residents who have benefited from the initiative. It’s shocking how many small things, which go unnoticed, can make your home an easy target for criminals. I would urge anyone concerned about the safety of their home to contact their local safer neighbourhood officer and book a home security visit.”

The officers also held road shows giving out crime prevention advice to around 150 local residents and distributing home protection kits which included timer switches and property marking pens. During the initiative officers assisted a number of vulnerable residents to make their homes immediately safer by replacing poor locks and showing them procedures to follow when home alone. They also identified a number of properties to revisit during follow up work being carried out over the next few months.

For more crime prevention information log onto www.ealing.gov.uk/staysafe or call 020 8825 7600 and speak to a member of the community safety team.