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This message is dated Thursday 10th January 2019 - Windsor

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This message is dated Thursday 10th January 2019 for Windsor.
If you want me to come and do a Crime Prevention Presentation, covering Burglary - as part of our Winter Burglary Campaign, Car Crime, Scams and Frauds - just email me at:  My role is now Community Engagement & Resilience Officer.  Engagement - to come and meet as many of you as possible and Resilience - to train you up, not to be victims of crime.  It is not hard.  The vast majority of our crime is carried out by 'Opportunist Thieves'.  They are looking for us to have made a mistake.  Leaving cars unlocked, a house window open for ventilation.  A house in darkness at night, making it obvious, no-one is home, post piling up behind a glass front door, bins left out at lunchtime on bin day !!!  You get the picture.  If we all do everything we should do to protect ourselves and our property, we will reduce our chances of being a victim.

I use these messages as a means of alerting you to crime trends and practices, keeping you up to date on what offenders are doing today.  Read and bin them, but let the message filter through.

They are also an appeal for witnesses.  Every crime I report, may have been witnessed by someone, but they may not know, what it is they have seen, until they read about in in a message.  The Jigsaw principle.  You may have a tiny piece, which means nothing without the other surrounding pieces.  If anything draws your attention as odd or suspicious, go online to the Thames valley police website and drop us an email.  WE REALLY NEED YOUR EYES AND EARS !

NEXT: I have to report the discovery of a cannabis factory in Ascot.  It was discovered purely by accident, by a PCSO on patrol.  Over 1,000 plants have been recovered !
It is a large property which had been rented, for a phenomenal amount each month.  This is characteristic.  The criminals generally choose large houses in nice areas, so that their activities, do not stand out.  They generally rent for a year, paying 6 months rental in cash, in advance.  Renters are usually very eager to accept this deal of cash up front.  If you deal with rental properties, can you please be aware that some deals, are too good to be true ???  For neighbours, there are some signs to look out for.  Nowadays, there is no distinctive smell coming from the property.  Complicated carbon based air scrubbers are used, before any air leaves the building.  To instal these systems, they often, completely destroy the interior of the property.  The damage and repair costs, completely outweigh any benefits, of a cash up front long let !
To fool the electricity companies, who monitor usual use, they connect directly to the grid, stealing the power they need, to light and heat the plants, as well as ventilate any smell.  These connections are often, very dangerous.
As there is so much light in the house - to promote the plant growth, ‘facades’ are often installed, in the windows.  If to prevent the light escaping, the curtains / blinds were drawn 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, it would look suspicious and draw attention to the house.  So, small fake room sets, are built inside the windows.
The heat generated by the amount lighting required, used to be a tell tale signal and we would send over a helicopter, with heat seeking cameras, looking at rooftops.- particularly in the winter after snow / frosts.  Houses used, are now double insulated, to prevent this.  Again, installing this insulation, results in even more damage to the property.
What should neighbours look out for ?
If we have found one factory - there will be others - nice properties, which have been let, but where there isn’t much activity.  The houses are usually large - for the amount of floor space, for plants, but very well appointed, to avoid suspicion.  Generally, the property is filled with plants, leaving a small space in the middle, for the ‘farmer’ to eat and sleep.  Their job, is to feed and water the plants and make sure they grow properly.  Once they are established, he will crop them each fortnight and place the cuttings in a bag outside, for collection on in any garage.  It may well be therefore that black bin liners appear outside, on a day which is not, the bin day !  Or cars arrive regularly to pick up the bags, or disappear into the garage for half an hour and then re-appear !  The ‘farmer’ never leaves the house, or the crop, unprotected.
A lack of rubbish, may also be a sign that the house is not in usual occupation.  A single ‘farmer’ living inside, will have minimal rubbish each week.  Food supplies are dropped off and left outside for the farmer.  Black bags arriving and being dropped off, at odd times.
If you have any suspicions, that a rental property near you, may be being used as a cannabis factory, please let us know, by completing an online referral form - see below.  You may well be wrong, but every piece of intelligence helps.
6/1 - 7/1  Sunday 6 p.m. / Monday 5.45 p.m.  Albert Street.  Attempted garage break.    The door was bent to open it, no entry gained and nothing stolen.  Not much stolen.
8/1  Tuesday 2 p.m. / 10 p.m.  Flat, Park Street.  A parcel was delivered to the building, but was later stolen from the communal area.
6/1 - 7/1  Sunday 6.30 p.m. / Monday 3 p.m.  Duke Street.  Chained up motor bike stolen from the road.  A black Honda CB 125, index LO ** FWG
9/1  Wednesday 6.20 p.m. / 8.50 p.m.  Eton Court, Eton.  Car rear driver’s side window smashed - LAPTOP STOLEN FROM THE BACK SEAT.
7/1 - 8/1  Monday 11.15 p.m. / Tuesday 6 a.m.  Hemwood Road.  Offenders climbed over a side gate into the rear garden.  Then drilled the lock in rear patio doors.  After a brief search, the offenders picked two sets car keys for the two BMWs on the driveway, which they then stole.  The owner had left their iPad inside the car.  They were able to access the tracking system on the iPad and it was tracked to a road in Southall.  The local Met. police were asked to go and locate the 2 cars, which they did.  The two cars were located and have now been recovered.
7/1 - 8/1  Monday 5 p.m. / Tuesday 1 p.m.  Aston Mead.  The offender gained access by forcing the lock on the rear door.  Search of most rooms.
8/1  Tuesday midnight / 8 p.m.  Whiteley.  Burglary.  The owners returned home, to find their car missing from the driveway.  Unknown entry point, but the car keys had been stolen.  A silver Vauxhall Astra index CY ** ADU.
8/1  Tuesday 8.15 p.m.  Charity Clothing Bank, maidenhead Road.  A witness reported seeing people climbing into clothing bank stealing items.
9/1  Wednesday 1.50 a.m.  Nightingale Walk.  A resident reports several cars were broken into overnight. Lads were seen trying several car door handles.
10/1  Thursday 3.40 a.m.  Forest Road.  The owner heard a noise and looked out to see a man sitting in a car searching it.  they shouted and he immediately made off.  THE CAR WAS ENTERED BY UNKNOWN MEANS.
7/1  Monday 10 a.m. / 8 p.m.  Flat, The Green, Wraysbury.  Burglary.  Access to rear garden via fence hopping from neighbours’ gardens.  The offender then reached in through a window left open to climb in.  Untidy search of cupboards and wardrobes.  Nothing appears to have been stolen.
8/1  Tuesday  7.30 a.m. / 7 p.m.  Ruscombe Gardens, Datchet.  Burglary.  Entry via forced rear door window.  Untidy search of the whole house.  Not yet known if anything stolen.
8/1  Tuesday 4 p.m. / 9.50 p.m.  Welley Road, Wraysbury.  Burglary.  Entry via forced rear door.  Untidy search.  Pot of coins emptied and stolen.
8/1  Tuesday 2 p.m. / 3 p.m.  Montrose Avenue, Datchet.  Attempted burglary.  Window beside door smashed so that the offender could reach into the lock.  The owner was home at the time and may have disturbed the offender.  No entry gained and nothing stolen.
9/1  Wednesday midnight / 8 a.m.  Ouseley Road, Wraysbury.  Attempted burglary.  Attempt to force rear window, breaking the glass.  No entry gained and nothing stolen.
8/1  Tuesday 7.20 p.m.  Welley Road.  The owner reported seeing five lads had forced their way into a the rear garden looking up at the property. 
7/1  Monday 6.30 a.m. / 6.45 p.m.  Gregory Drive.  Burglary.  Offenders accessed the property via a rear garden gate and entered the house via a rear forced window.  Untidy search of the whole house.  Gold necklace stolen.  The wardrobe was emptied and searched - possibly looking for a safe in the bottom.  Safes are only as secure as their fixing.  Embedding a safe into MDF or chipboard in the bottom of a wardrobe, is not secure, as they can easily be levered out - Ideally they should be cemented into a wall cavity, or hidden between floor joists under a floorboard, covered by a rug !
We are currently experiencing high calls for service on 101. 
Please consider using our online reporting system but please note this reporting tool is not for use where a crime happening right now, the suspect is still at the scene, or anyone seriously injured or in immediate danger.

Eyes, ears.....and Brain
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Message sent by
Jeffrey Pick (Police, Community Engagement & Resilience Officer, Windsor & Maidenhead LPA)

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