Improving Safety in the Park

    How we keep the park environment secure and how you can keep yourself and your family safe when using the park.

Metropolitan Police, Online Watch site:

Harrow’s Safer Neighbourhood Board site:

Harrow Recreation Ground Crime Prevention Advisory Group

    Chair: Gerry Mahaffey

HRGCPAG works in partnership with council, police and local community, to help

  • Improve security and safety in Harrow Recreation Ground (Rec).
  • Prevent, as far as possible, crime within the park.
  • Make more efficient use of resources to deliver value for money for crime prevention.

The groups objectives are to:

  • Ensure as many as possible of the park’s gates are regularly locked.
  • Support the Harrow Rec gate lockers and co-ordinators.
  • Liaise regularly with the Harrow Rec Steering Group, council and police.
  • Agree a short term plan and help develop a long term plan (5 year maintenance and improvement plan).
  • ‘Design Out Crime’ through initiatives such as lighting and CCTV.
  • Fundraise where necessary for resources to support the aims and objectives.

 Please contact Gerry directly, or via the “Contact Us” page, with questions, information, or offers of help.

March 2022

Park Gate Locking Teams

    Very positive feedback has been received from the police and local residents on streets surrounding the Harrow Recreation Ground about the effectiveness of locking the gates, in reducing crime and anti-social behaviour.

    We now have seven volunteers, mainly dog walkers, to unlock in the morning including weekends and holiday/sickness cover. We have 15 volunteers, locking the gates in the evening at Cunningham Park, Beresford road, Roxborough car park, and the alleyway.

    We also now have a few volunteers for the Hindes Rd gate on a few days of the week, and intend to start locking daily, once we have sufficient volunteers.

    Our teams need more volunteers, in the evenings and/or the mornings.  Help is needed on Cunningham Park, and Roxborough Road alleyway gates, as well as Roxborough Road car park pedestrian gate at weekends. Locking times vary through the year but pedestrian gates are unlocked at 7am all year - early morning Dog walkers especially, may be interested in helping to unlock in the mornings.

    Anyone interested in volunteering to help lock/unlock any of the gates near to them, please contact me Gerry Mahaffey on 07794278271 or

Looking After Your Belongings in the Park

   Our local Safer Neighbourhood team recently posted this article about motorcycles in the park, with advice on how to remain alert and look after your belongings

January, 2022

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