WHPARA works together with our local police teams in order to help make our area safer and to bring local concerns to their attention. If you have any questions about local crime or policing you can contact us at w-gen-enq.

In an emergency call the police on 999. For non-emergencies use the new number 101.

Advice from CRIMESTOPPERS on 0800 555 111

Hillrise Safer Neighbourhoods Team
The team is led by Inspector James Corbett and includes Sergeant David Wiggins, PC Edward Kemp and PCSO Karim Helmi. The Hornsey Road Police Station is no longer open to the public, but if you would like to meet a member of the team or discuss anything with them they can be phoned on  020 8721 2814 or emailed at Hillrise.snt@met.police.uk or via their website. If you need to report a crime phone 0300 123 1212 and ask for Holloway Police Station. As always the number for emergencies is 999, but a new number, 101, can be used for non-emergency calls.


Moped Crime

Recently a resident of Whitehall Park was robbed of her mobile phone on the street, at 1.30 on a Saturday afternoon (28/3/15), by two young men on a scooter or motor bike. The police have reported a marked increase in this type of crime locally, with snatched phones being the most common. They often strike in broad daylight, so be vigilant!

Bogus Callers

Bogus callers knocking on residents’ doors seems to be a common occurrence in the Whitehall Park area. It is usually someone claiming to be from a charity, such as Action for Blind People. They often say that they are not there to raise money but just to talk about the charity, though when asked for leaflets or information about the charity are unable to give any. One particularly persistent caller, a well-dressed and well-spoken woman, claims to be participating in a charity run for cancer and asks for sponsorship. Asked for credentials or a website she claims that it’s so last-minute it’s not up and running yet, and to go to the Cancer Research website. Of course, when you do there is no mention of her or her sponsored run. When she tried to get money from me she gave her address as a house in Gladsmuir Road, which i knew to be owned by one of our members. When I challenged her on this she became quite indignant, storming off saying she’d never been more insulted. I feel it’s something she might have to get used to. If I’d had my wits about me I would have got a photo of her. Perhaps other residents could be on the lookout and snap one, though I know of several locals who have fallen for her wiles.

You can download the Met’s flyer on bogus callers here and Citizen’s Advice have useful tips here (or you can call them on 03454 040506).


Distraction Burglaries

There has been a spate of burglaries in the area by two men operating as window cleaners. The suspects are both white, 40-50 years old with London accents and one is possibly bald. They ask if they can fill their bucket and while one does this the other is stealing your valuables. Gas, electric and water companies all run password systems and have identification, but some confidence tricksters may also show a, usually poor quality, form of ID. If someone calls at the door and they are not expected or known, or seem suspicious, don’t let them in. Deal with callers by appointment or when a friend or relative can be present. Confidence tricksters often prey on elderly and more vulnerable residents, so be vigilant, ask for identification and information and call the police if necessary.


Courier Scam

From Streetlife:

People selling their items on online platforms are falling victim to a new type of advance fee fraud. This involves a fraudster, posing as a buyer, sending an email to the seller (victim), agreeing to the full asking price of the item. They state that they are unable to collect the item themselves and will arrange for a courier to pick it up instead.

The fraudster then sends a fake payment confirmation email from a different email address, one which falsely purports to be from a payment platform. In the course of the email exchange, the seller/victim is requested to pay the courier fee. Once the payment is made the contact is broken, the item is not picked up and the money paid for the ‘courier’ is gone.

Advice from Action Fraud is to be very careful about any 'buyer' offering to purchase any item for sale online sight unseen and suggesting a courier collection.


The Metropolitan Police has comprehensive advice on crime prevention, including home and personal safety, fraud, bogus callers and vehicle safety on their website. There is also information on Islington’s website, including community safety, crime, policing and newsletters, on their Policing and Safety page.
If you are a victim of crime, call the police on 999 or the non-emergency number 101. Where you or someone you know has been the victim of a scam, report it to Trading Standards or Action Fraud. Charities such as The Silver Line run confidential chat lines that provide advice to older people affected by scams.

New Policing Model

There is a new approach to local policing, the New Policing Model, that was introduced in Islington and across the Metropolitan Police Service in Spring 2013. You can download the document here.
For more information and crime prevention advice visit www.met.police.uk/crimeprevention or (for young people aged 11-16) www.safe.met.police.uk.