SNT – New distraction tactic being used by thieves

Dear Residents

A message from Inspector Robert Bryan

Dear Residents

A new distraction crime has been reported to us. Two women are pulling alongside elderly drivers and saying there is damage to the side of their car. The elderly person pulls over, gets out to take a look and is joined by the passenger, whilst the other woman walks around the car and steals handbags etc from the passenger seat. This has occurred near cemeteries, old peoples homes and shopping centres. Please pass this on to your friends and neighbours. If this happens to you, do not stop and drive home or to a safe place before checking the car as in all likelihood you are being scammed.

On 13 June, RAF Northolt has its open day. The roads around the base will be very crowded all day, but especially in the morning and late afternoon. If you are not going to the open day please avoid the area if at all possible.

Many thanks.


Insp Robert Bryan
Heathrow Villages Safer Neighbourhood Team
Email –
Tel – 020 8721 2557