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Crime Update Thursday 25th February - 2016 - Maidenhead

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This message is dated Thursday 25th February 2016 for Maidenhead.
Can I first make a request:
I have mentioned several times that part of my new remit, is to go out and about talking to community / care groups – any group - that meets, to talk about crime prevention, to build ‘Community Resilience’ !
At the moment – that is generally about Fraud and Scams, as ‘acquisitive’ crime really is down considerably.  The rewards in terms of large amounts of cash from frauds / scams and the chances of being caught – virtually nil, make it a really tempting opportunity for criminals.  As a result, frauds and scams have increased exponentially, with huge cash returns.
If you go to / run / know, about any sort of group that meets on a regular basis, can you let me know who they are.  As I say, I am very happy to come out and give a short talk.  I usually come along with a PCSO and one of the RBWM Community Wardens – we work in very close partnership – so that anyone attending has a full picture of the support available to them.  I am also inviting local Borough / Parish / Town Councillors.
Yesterday I did a talk to a group in Maidenhead.  They had no links with other groups and were working and supporting their members, in total isolation.  The men that were there, new nothing about for example ‘Men in Sheds’.  Generally they did not know about the wonderful work done by OPAF (the Older persons Advisory Forum) or even Age Concern and the way these organisations, can support them.  If I can compile a list, then I can share them with everyone, as an attachment.  It may be – you are a local resident and want to join a group where you live, but have no idea what is available – let us begin the process – you may organise a book / wine / cookery / music / theatre / whatever club and would like new members – let me add you to the list !
Talking of groups – A date for your diary – MEN ONLY !
There are very few groups in RBWM set up specifically for men !  One, just set up by Radian Housing is – ‘Men in Sheds’ possibly to be re-named ‘Men’s Matters’ – What’s in a name ?  Their next meeting is on Friday 26th February at 11 a.m. in the Windsor Youth Centre, behind the Police Station here in Alma Road - Post Code SL4 3HD for your Sat Nav.  They will cover all sorts of issues, relevant to men !  This week it is healthy eating and we will have PCSO Les Bradfield along with his Fun Food Station – a free lunch !  I will be there to talk about scams / frauds and general crime prevention.
As we will be will help if you let Madhuri know you are coming – this is not vital if you decide to come last minute, but it helps with catering numbers and it means she has your contact details, for future dates and events.   Though this is run by ‘Radian’, everyone in RBWM is invited to attend.  Telephone Madhuri on 0300 123 1567 or email her at:
If you cannot make Friday....Madhuri is organising another event – Health Matters on Friday 4th March – again at the Youth Centre, Alma Road, Windsor.  All sorts of partner agencies will be there, to advice you on any matters of concern.  To find out more, phone or email Madhuri, on her above phone / email.  This event is open to both men and women !
Partners are spending a great deal of money and valuable staff resources, to put together these events, to help and support local residents.  If the numbers attending are less that overwhelming.......they will simply think it is not worth the investment ....and another really valuable resource, will simply disappear.  It really is a case of – use it or lose it !  We must all show our appreciation of their effort, to plug the many gaps that are appearing.
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22/1  Monday 11 a.m.  Market Street.  An elderly aggrieved withdrew £120 from a cash till.  While he was doing this, a man came up to him, asking to swap a £5 note for coins.  He obliged and made the exchange.  During this another man came up and distracted him while he had his wallet out.  When he got home, he found all the money was gone from his wallet !  He is now very distressed and did not want to report it to the police.  When we have a case like this, it must be reported as others may also have been targeted.  If it happens in the street, there is a possiboity of CCTV if we know the time and loation.  We all need to protect the elderly and vulnerable – Please try not to use cash tills in the open street.  Use one inside a bank / building society if possible or – use cashback at supermarkets !
21/2 – 22/2  Sunday 7 p.m. / Monday 7 p.m.  Kidwells Close.  Bike stolen from communal, fob entry bike shed in an underground car park.  ENTRY BY UNKNOWN MEANS – a valuable orange Pinnacle Ramin- man’s mountain bike stolen – with frame numberIf you own a bike....can you please make a note of the frame number !  You don’t have to write it down somewhere, just turn the bike over and take a photo with your mobile phone and save it somewhere – that will only take a few seconds.  If you lose / have your bike stolen, you can attach it, to an email to us.  As I keep pointing out, we have hundreds of bikes in the rear yards of every police station, which have never been reported missing / stolen / we cannot trace the owner.  We spend a great deal of police time and effort – which could be much better spent fighting real crime - checking every single one, against the police database.  People just don’t bother to report them and when the yard gets too full, they go off to the Bumblebee Auction site to be sold.  We would love to return some of those bikes to their owners !!!
22/2  Monday  5 p.m. / 7.50 p.m.  Ray Park Road.  ENTRY BY UNKOWN MEANS – Flat searched.  iPad mini, Lenovo laptop, Macbook Air, jewellery, fossil wristwatch, organiser, Modalu handbag and contents, car keys for 2 cars, iPhone, Camel Back rucksack, Nikon Digital camera, Panasonic digital camera, Sony Cybershot and a Panasonic 47’’ TV.  They would have needed a car / van to remove these items !  Did anyone see anything suspicious in the area before or after these times ?
22/2 – 23/2  Monday 10.20 p.m. / Tuesday 2.45 a.m.  Woodhurst Road.  Dark blue Range Rover Sport, stolen from driveway and electronic gates damaged.  Index BX ** NUJ.  Has a car matching this description, appeared in your road suddenly.  Thieves park stolen cars, ‘hidden in plain sight’ in a nearby road, where similar cars are parked and it won’t stand out.  This is to establish if a Tracker has been fitted.  If it does have one, it will be recovered within 24 / 48 hours.  If it is still there, it doesn’t have one and they can attach fake index plates with blu tak and safely, drive it away.
24/2  Wednesday midnight / 8.40 a.m.  Bath Road.  Locked bike stolen from a buike rack.  A red Apollo Feud, mountain bike.
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23/2  Tuesday 8 a.m. / 4.30 p.m.  Hambleden Walk.  Burglary.  ENTRY BY UNKNOWN MEANS – possibly an insecure rear door, but the owner was sure they had locked it – untidy search of the whole house – nothing appears to have been stolen.
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22/2 – 23/2  Monday 10.30 p.m. Thursday 8.15 a.m.  Barley Mead.  Garage break – The owner closed the electronic garage door when he came home.  In the morning he found the door wide open and 2 bikes stolen.  1.  A valuable light green & white, Macneil BMX bike.  2.  A valuable white & red, Bottecchia racing bike.
21/2 – 22/2  Sunday 10 a.m. / Monday 10 a.m.  Snowball Hill, Woodlands Park.  Construction site a children’s Hospice broken into.  The two offenders were disturbed jumping over a fence into the site and immediately made off in a pickup truck.  Nothing stolen.
Eyes and ears.

Message sent by
Jeffrey Pick (Police, NHW & Community Msg Co-ordinator, Windsor & Maidenhead LPA)

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