Cranford park Friends

Dear Friend,
The next meeting of the Friends Group will be on Thursday Feb. 25th at 7:30pm. The venue is Crane Community Centre, Fuller Way, Harlington, UB3 4LW. All are welcome, come and hear the latest news and have your say. There is plenty of parking, or use bus E6 to Cranford Drive.

I am pleased to attach a copy of the agenda and the minutes of the last meeting.

Annual subscription 2016
Your subscription is now due. The cost is just £5 (with no charge to the unwaged and those who volunteer regularly in the park). This is to cover the day-to-day admin costs of our group and holding the quarterly meetings.
There are three ways to pay:
1. By transfer to our bank account:
Cranford Park Friends account no. 01528947 Sort code 40-23-26.
Please tell the Treasurer you have paid by emailing your name to max.a.jason@googlemail.com or send to the address below.
OR
2. By cheque made payable to ‘Cranford Park Friends’. Please enclose with your name on a slip of paper and send to: Max Jason, CPF Treasurer, 109 Roseville Road, Hayes, UB3 4QZ.
Payment of your subs for 2016 is now due. The cost is £5 (free to regular park volunteers and the unwaged).
OR
3. In person at the meeting on the 25th.

Regards,
Bob Barton
Secretary
http://www.cranfordparkfriends.org

Advertisements

Crime Prevention Advice

Dear Ward Member,

Please find below a useful article I found in relation to home crime prevention. I hope you find the information useful, and please feel free to share it with other residents.

Regards

*****************************

Your garden could be the first step that a burglar takes on the way to getting their hands on your property. When looking at how best to secure your home, start from the outside and work your way in.

Paths, gates, fences and hedges – the advice:

Make sure you always lock any gates and keep fences in good repair

Gates, fences and hedges – the technical bit:

Walking on gravel is noisy, so can help to deter intruders.
Thorny plants or trellis on top of perimeter fences will help to deter intruders.
Front boundaries (hedges, trees and shrubs) shouldn’t exceed 1m in height (usually windowsill height); unless they are metal railings which allow natural vision through, to stop a burglar having a screen to work behind.
Side and rear boundaries should be a minimum of 1.8m in height. If it’s above 2m, planning permission may be needed. An additional diamond style trellising is difficult to climb and gives a framework for spiky plants like climbing roses.
An anti-climbing topping on gates, such a decorative spearhead design, make it difficult for them to be climbed over.
Wooden side gates and driveway gates should be secured on the inside with two substantial hasp and staples with closed shackle padlocks, one towards the top and one towards the bottom, to reduce leverage.
Lighting – the advice:

Police do advise that lighting can play an important role in reducing the risk of burglary because it makes homes look occupied and, therefore, not a target for most burglars. This lighting needs to be inside the home (and visible to those outside) and at entry points (doorways and windows). This type of lighting is particularly relevant during the daytime in winter as the evenings draw in, as early as 3pm, when many householders will still be at work. Burglary prevention lighting is not related to street lighting.
Lighting – the technical bit:

Dusk until dawn security lighting is best, particularly for the rear of your property where heat and motion sensor lighting are often activated by small animals. They can however be a useful addition at the front of your home so they turn on when visitors approach/you come home.
Install the lights so they are out of reach to avoid the risk of them being tampered with.
The use of low consumption lamps is recommended with the units fitted to reduce the light glare and light pollution. Go for good quality rather than quantity.
Garages and Sheds – the advice:

Always make sure you securely lock your garage and/or shed, and don’t keep any valuables in there unless you use additional security measures. Lock away any gardening equipment and tools, as burglars can use these to break into your home.

Garages and sheds – the technical bit:

Metal up and over garage doors can be secured with additional purpose made locks fitted to either side, approximately 300mm up from the floor to reduce the leverage points.
An external floor mounted solid steel locking ‘T’ bar with a closed shackle padlock will offer a good visual deterrent and make it difficult to force the door open.
Wooden garage double doors can be secured with two substantial hasps and staples and closed shackle padlocks, one towards the top and one towards the bottom.
Garage side or rear doors can be secured with the British Standard 5-lever mortice locks and two internal mortice rack bolts, one towards the top and one towards the bottom to reduce the leverage points.
Shed doors can be secured with two substantial hasps and staples and two closed shackle padlocks on the outside, one towards the top and one towards the bottom External hinge screws should be replaced with one-way clutch head screws to prevent them being removed and access gained this way.
Garage and shed windows can be secured with internal diamond mesh grilles which provide a good visual deterrent to opportunistic burglars.

PS 9 Barinder Gill
Heathrow Villages Neighbourhood Policing Team
Email – HeathrowVillages.snt@met.police.uk
Tel – 020 8721 2557

If you do not wish to receive further communications from your Local Policing Team please inform us by replying to this email

Total Policing is the Met’s commitment to be on the streets and in your communities to catch offenders, prevent crime and support victims. We are here for London, working with you to make our capital safer.

Consider our environment – please do not print this email unless absolutely necessary.

NOTICE – This email and any attachments may be confidential, subject to copyright and/or legal privilege and are intended solely for the use of the intended recipient. If you have received this email in error, please notify the sender and delete it from your system. To avoid incurring legal liabilities, you must not distribute or copy the information in this email without the permission of the sender. MPS communication systems are monitored to the extent permitted by law. Consequently, any email and/or attachments may be read by monitoring staff. Only specified personnel are authorised to conclude any binding agreement on behalf of the MPS by email. The MPS accepts no responsibility for unauthorised agreements reached with other employees or agents. The security of this email and any attachments cannot be guaranteed. Email messages are routinely scanned but malicious software infection and corruption of content can still occur during transmission over the Internet. Any views or opinions expressed in this communication are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).

Find us at:

Facebook: Facebook.com/metpoliceuk

Twitter: @metpoliceuk