Harrow residents have been warned to be cautious of a fake letter circulating in the area that claims to be from Harrow Council and the Metropolitan Police.
The letter, which is addressed to “Dear resident of the London Borough of Harrow”, claims that crime rates in the area have risen by 89% compared to the previous year, with a large majority of the crimes being related to record break-ins.
The letter goes on to say that Harrow Council is teaming up with the Metropolitan Police and a security group to help combat the issue. However, it states that the council is facing funding cuts and is unable to carry out its ambitious plans to protect residents’ homes without their help.
The fake letter urges residents to enroll in a security measure that provides a 24/7 panic alarm at a discounted rate of 35% for the first 150 members who pay £125.
It claims that the guaranteed response rate is less than six minutes after the press of a button. The letter asks residents to mail the completed form with the payment in an enclosed envelope before the deadline date.
Harrow Council has warned residents that the letter is a scam and that they should not respond to it.
In a statement posted on their social media channels, Harrow Council said: “We’re aware of this fraudulent letter circulating in Harrow.
“The content suggests we’ve teamed up with a security firm and asks for money.
“This is a scam. If you’ve received this please report via Citizens Advice Bureau or Action Fraud.”