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Northwood Hills falls prey to 864 crimes - 50 more than last year
A TOTAL of 864 crimes were committed in Northwood Hills in the past year - 50 up from the previous figure.
However, Sergeant David Wright, of the Northwood Hills Safer Neighbour Hood team, said the increase was 'probably due to more people reporting crimes'.
From June 15 2009 - 2010, there were 86 assaults, including actual and grievous bodily harm, with the majority of offences taking place inside people's homes.
Meanwhile there have been 12 robberies, most of which have taken place close to Northwood Hills tube station, or nearby cash machine facilities at the post office and Tesco Express, all in Joel Street.
There were also 88 thefts and some 65 burglaries in both residential homes and commercial properties across the town.
The town also fell victim to 119 vehicle crimes in the past year, including theft and damage.
Sergeant Wright said: "Thieves are breaking into homes for the sole purpose of stealing cars, mainly because people leave their keys close to the front door.
"This is a problem across the borough and indeed, throughout the country, where thieves are stealing cars to order.
"Thefts of number plates and catalytic converters are also increasing, particularly with larger cars such as 4x4s, as they are easier to access."
There were also more than 400 other crimes including domestic violence, blackmail, sex offences and arson.
Sergeant Wright added: "We are obviously a little bit disappointed with the figures but Northwood Hills remains one of the top three safest wards in the whole of Hillingdon.
"Having said that, it is important not to be complacent and to remain extra vigilant.
"We rely on the public to be the eyes and ears of the town and they are a great help, which we can't do without.
"If anyone sees anything it is crucial they contact the Northwood Hills safer neighbourhood team immediately on 0300 123 1212."
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