A group of men armed with crowbars and baseball bats tried to break into a property in South Ruislip before they smashed up two cars parked outside.
The incident happened on Thursday (November 10) in Portal Close at around 8pm.
During their attempts to get into the residential property, between four and six offenders were disturbed by the occupant, at which point they damaged the cars parked outside.
They then made off in a large 4x4 type vehicle towards West End Road.
DC Barrett with Hillingdon CID is investigating and is calling for witnesses to come forward.
Extra patrols will be in place thanks to the South Ruislip Safer Neighbourhoods Team who will be reassuring residents and looking to identify any suspicious behaviour.
If you were in the area at the time, if you saw anything suspicious or if you saw the large 4x4 you are asked to contact Metropolitan Police on 101 and ask for DC Barrett at Hillingdon CID.
You can also contact the South Ruislip Safer Neighbourhoods Team at Ruislip Police Station on 0208 246 1823.
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