Welcome to the latest edition of Hayes Town News. This week we have a crime and crime prevention theme. There is some surprising news about the crime figures for Hillingdon plus some steps you can take to reduce the chances of being a victim. Plus all the usual local news and information.

David Brough
Hayes Town Partnership
Met Police
Yiewsley suffers more crime

The MyWestLondon web site has revealed the Metropolitan Police crime figures for June. These show that Yiewsley had the highest number of crimes out of the 22 Council Wards in Hillingdon. Hayes Town is part of the Townfield and Botwell Wards and they come 5th and 12th in the league table. Even though Townfield is relatively high it is still a lot lower than the 5th place Wards in other Boroughs and quite a number of the crimes are shoplifting. Being a victim of crime is not a nice experience for anybody but the headline 'Most dangerous places to live in Hillingdon' might be a bit misleading. Click here for more details.
roofing scam
Look out for roofing scams

One specially devious crime is the roofing scam when somebody knocks at the door to say they have spotted a problem with your roof and asks if you would like it fixed. Once they are up a ladder they can start demolishing your roof and then demanding money to put it right. I know all about this because it happened to a friend of mine who is not old or vulnerable. The simple answer is never to fall for these invitations and if you do have a roof problem call in a reputable contractor.
Bike theft
Local bike thefts on the increase

A reader of Hayes Town News has alerted me to a sudden spate of bike thefts even where they have been fitted with two types of locks. If you have a bike please be on the alert and try and keep it in a safe place
Online Watch Link keeps you up to date

To keep yourself informed about local crime have you thought of joining the Online Watch scheme? There are still not many Hayes members compared to other areas of the Borough. Local Police offer crime prevention advice and notify you which roads are being targeted for burglary and motor vehicle crime. There is also information about any events they are holding so that you can go along and speak to them. Click here for more information or to join the scheme.
Domestic abuse
Help available for domestic abuse survivors

Councillor Janet Gardner, the Council's Domestic Violence Victims Advocate, has asked me to publicise a new organisation set up to help survivors of domestic abuse. She speaks highly of the woman who has set it up who is a survivor herself. Click here for more.
Hayes Station works
Station works seem to be getting under way

The picture taken on a rainy day last week shows that signs of building activity for the new Hayes and Harlington Station are beginning to increase. I am still waiting to hear from Crossrail if the contractors Hochtief are on target for the deadline of December 2020 for the long-awaited lifts and booking hall.
takaa tak
Another new restaurant set to open

Following the successful opening of Loaded Burgers at High Point Village a notice has appeared saying that another new restaurant is to open at Stay City next door. The internet tells me that it is going to be a Takaa Tak Indian restaurant. Watch this space.
London Sport
London Sport monthly update published

The August edition of London Sport's monthly update has been published and it is packed full of information for community groups interested in getting people active. Click here to see it in full
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Hillingdon Community Trust deadline

Although the Hillingdon Community Trust has received its last year of funding from Heathrow Airport it has reserves and is still making one year grants. The deadline for applications is 2 September . Click here for more.
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