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This message is dated Thursday 10th January 2019 - Ascot

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This message is dated Thursday 10th January 2019 for Ascot.
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: have to report the discovery of a cannabis factory in Llanvair Drive.  It was discovered, after reports from neighbours and 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.
We have now begun a new Facebook Page !!!  We will be posting information there.
This is the link:
If that doesn't work, go into your Facebook page and type TVP Windsor & Maidenhead in the search bar and the page will come up.  After you have logged out, click on the left hand side ‘pages’ to visit again.
7/1 - 8/1  Monday 8.30 p.m. / Tuesday 10.30 a.m.  Summer Wood.  Garage break.  Offenders ENTERED A CAR BY UNKNOWN MEANS on the drive and searched it.  Using the up and over garage door remote, they then searched the garage.  The owner was sure the car had been locked.  Several bags of clothing, sunglasses and two bikes stolen.  1.  A very valuable, black, Specialized Camber, man’s mountain bike. - WITH FRAME NUMBER.  2.  A valuable, Specialized Rumor ladies mountain bike - WITH FRAME NUMBER.
The 101 number is still functioning properly, but I am afraid it may be slow to answer at the moment - if you are experiencing delays, you can always make contact with us using the online reporting system:

Eyes and Ears..........and Brain.
‘You can play your part in helping to tackle the terrorist threat facing the UK’.
‘Everyone, from law enforcement, to businesses, to the general public, has a role to play in keeping the UK safe from terrorism and to effectively combat the threat.  Everyone needs to work together.  Our aim, is to encourage people to be more vigilant – ‘if you suspect it, report it’ – please report all suspicious activity to the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321’.
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Jeffrey Pick (Police, Community Engagement & Resilience Officer, Windsor & Maidenhead LPA)

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