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This message is dated Wednesday the 24th June 2020 for Windsor.
 
FIRST:  A CASE OF ‘BOGUS BUILDERS / COLD CALLER’ IN ASCOT.
 
In February the two elderly householders were at home and answered the door.  4 men stood there - three young and an older man.  They said they could deep clean the patios, front and rear as well as clearing out the gutters.  It was agreed and the men carried out the work, breaking some windows in the process.  They then demanded £7,000 for the work.
 
The homeowner didn’t have this much and it was settled at about two thirds and a cheque handed over.
 
Yesterday, the 23rd, the men returned, saying the cheque had got wet, so they couldn’t present it to the bank, could they have another.
 
The homeowners had sought advice after the last incident and had in fact cancelled the cheque anyway.  After the visit, the men said they would be back today, to collect a replacement cheque.  The homeowners phoned the bank to say, they would issue another cheque, to get rid of the men, but could it please be cancelled in advance.  The bank agreed.
 
The police were called and attended, giving advice and reassurance.  Neighbours were also spoken to, to keep an eye out for any builders arriving and if they did, to call the police on 999.
 
Can everyone please be on their guard.  Dealing with cold callers, rarely works out well.  They generally do a poor job and charge excessively.  It can also lead to protracted involvement, they come back and back.
 
SO - PLEASE REMEMBER OUR NHW MOTTOS:
 
I AM SORRY, I DO NOT BUY GOODS AND SERVICES AT THE DOOR
 
AND
 
NO-ONE COMES INTO YOUR HOME, UNLESS YOU KNOW THEM, OR THEY HAVE MADE AN APPOINTMENT

 
If you have elderly or vulnerable neighbours, can you please keep a discrete eye on them.  If you see builders vans / skips appearing outside their homes, please let us know, using the group Neighbourhood email below.  We will never reveal that you have made contact with us, but send out a PCSO / RBWM Community Warden, to happen to walk past on their regular patrols and call in to see what work they are having done and establish if the correct, or any paperwork has been completed.  In the above case, when the cheque was handed over, the ‘builders’ didn’t want a name on it - possibly to enter ‘pay cash’, or because they didn’t want the home owner to know any names.

NEXT: ANOTHER SEXTORTION CASE:
 
I seem to be reporting at least one of these, each week - and those are the ones reported to us.  These affect both young and older people - who should know better.  In this case, a girl was befriended in a Snapchat, chat room.  After ‘grooming’, she was persuaded to send intimate photos of herself.  Immediately the tone changed and she was told that unless she sent more pictures, the ones she had sent, would be sent to her parents and others in her personal address book.  At this stage the police were called.  It was a group Snapchat room and other girls, may have done likewise.
 
If this happens to you - always phone the police.  We have ways of tracing the perpetrator of these threats and dealing with them.
 
Can I re-iterate once again:
 
PLEASE DO NOT SAY, OR DO ANYTHING ONLINE, OR ON THE PHONE THAT YOU WOULD NOT BE HAPPY FOR YOUR FRIENDS, COLLEAGUES, RELATIVES AND PARENTS TO SEE.
 
 
NEXT:  Can I remind everyone to lock their cars when they park up either on their driveway / behind locked gates or on the highway.

 
If you have a manual key fob, you must check that the lights flash and that you try a car door handle every time you lock the car.  The signal can be blocked.
 
If you have a keyless fob, the signal can be copied and there are lots of electronic gadgets available that can do that.  So, all keyless fobs must be protected at all times.  When you get home, they must not be placed anywhere near the front door, but must be at least 30 feet from the pavement / public space outside.  You should purchase a specific key container - which contains a Faraday cage, to prevent anyone accessing the signal.  They are inexpensive and available from online sales outlets.  Storing the keys in one of these, will prevent your car being opened, searched or stolen.
 
You will need to buy 2 and they are often on offer - buy one get one free - for the spare key !!!
 
NEXT:  We have an unauthorised encampment on Sutherland Grange off the Maidenhead Road.  The Police and the Council are working closely together to resolve this issue.

 
CRIME:
 
I have attached reference numbers to each crime report. If you live in the vicinity of any of the crimes mentioned and have CCTV or a video doorbell, can you please check the footage. If you have any that might be of interest to the police, can you please make contact with us, quoting reference number given.
 
I have added a new email address below.  The first email address is directly to your local Neighbourhood Team.  The second is to our investigation team.  Please use it to send any intelligence / video doorbell / CCTV footage you may have, which is relevant to any of the crimes lists below - quoting the reference number.
 
Alternatively you can call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or email - www.crimestoppers-uk.org

 
WINDSOR:
CENTRAL WINDSOR:

windsorcentralgeographical@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
SR.windsor&maidenhead@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
23/6  Tuesday 8 a.m. / 9 a.m.  Grove Road.  CAR ENTERED BY UNKNOWN MEANS - car searched and cigarettes stolen from the passenger door pocket.  Ref. No:  43200188536.  This means an offender was walking around the Town Centre roads, trying car door handles.  Can everyone check any video doorbell / CCTV footage and send anything suspicious to the SR email, quoting the ref number please.
21/6 - 22/6  Sunday 7 p.m. / Monday 3.45 a.m.  Albany Road.  The owner locked their bike into a bike rack outside a shop.  When they returned, it was gone.  Ref. No: 43200186410
 
ETON & ETON WICK:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
 
WINDSOR WEST

windsorwestgeographical@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
SR.windsor&maidenhead@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
CLEWER, DEDWORTH & OAKLEY GREEN:
23/6  Tuesday 8 p.m. / 10 p.m.  Fuzzens Walk.  A small house window smashed.  Ref. No: 43200189010
23/6 - 24/6  Tuesday 7 p.m. . Wednesday 6.30 a.m.  Burton Way.  Wheelie bin stolen.  If you are disposing of any paperwork, which contains any personal information, it must be torn up.  Shredding is good, but not vital.  Utility bills if left intact, can be used to steal your identity.  Other personal information in the form of credit card /bank statements are also useful for offenders.  So anything with a name / address (envelopes), or containing personal information must, be torn up.  Ref. No: 43200188521  Do you have video doorbell CCTV footage of the bin being wheeled away ?  If so please send it to the SR email above, quoting the ref number.
23/6  Tuesday 6 a.m.  Ash Lane.  The police while out on active patrol, came across a group of residents standing in the road.  The owner of a van had heard a noise and went out to investigate.  They found that 2 men had smashed the rear window of the van and were stealing tools from inside.  He challenged them and they immediately made off to Forrest Road, discarding the tools, which were later recovered.  The police immediately carried out an area search of the entire area, but no-one was located, who matched the descriptions given.
22/6  Monday 7.15 p.m.  Meadow Way, Fifield.  CAR ENTERED BY UNKNOWN MEANS - loose change stolen.  Ref. No:  43200187075
 
CLEWER EAST & PARK:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
 
WINDSOR EAST

windsoreastgeographical@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
SR.windsor&maidenhead@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
DATCHET, HORTON & WRAYSBURY:
22/6  Monday 4.20 p.m. / 5 p.m.  Staines Road, Wraysbury.  Burglary.  Entry via side gate into the garden and then a forced front door - which may have been noisy as a lot of damage was done - untidy search of the whole house and jewellery stolen.  The owner believes they may have disturbed the offender, as they heard running footsteps and the rear hedge has been damaged.  Ref. No:  43200186981.  Do you live nearby and have a video doorbell / CCTV.  Can you please check it.  If you have footage of any suspicious activity, can you please forward it to the SR email above, quoting the ref number.
24/6  Wednesday 11 a.m.  Holmlea Walk.  Bike left a garden stolen.  A turquoise blue, BMX Drone Raptor bike.  Ref. No:  43200189068
 
OLD WINDSOR:
23/6  Tuesday 8 a.m. / 9 a.m.  Windsor Road.  Catalytic converter stolen from underneath a Toyota Yaris.  Ref. No:  43200188371
 
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.
 
https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/
 
follow us on Facebook:
 
https://www.facebook.com/TVPWindsorandMaidenhead
 
Eyes, ears.....and Brain
 
Jeff
Jeffrey.pick@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk

 
NEWS UPDATE FROM NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

The lockdown has resulted in many neighbourhoods drawing closer together in supporting local residents with needs, and in neighbours spending a lot more time talking to each other over fences or across the road. This has improved community spirit to no end, and a great way to keep this spirit alive is for residents to join their local Neighbourhood Watch scheme, or start up a new scheme if there is not already one covering their respective street.

Neighbourhood Watch is not just about looking out the window and being alert for any crime in the neighbourhood, it is much more than that. It serves as a valuable resource for crime prevention, in supporting the Police with things such as local home security surveys, installing crime prevention aids in homes for the vulnerable and elderly especially, helping those vulnerable and elderly residents with any other needs, and in drawing residents together in supporting one another.
 
The Windsor & Ascot NHW Association is making great strides in reactivating and expanding Neighbourhood Watch within the various parishes of Windsor & Ascot. Its Facebook page (@WindsorAscotNHW) is receiving multiple enquiries from interested residents and serves as a means to highlight local issues relating to crime and residents in need. New NHW schemes are continuously being set up with active Coordinators, and residents within those scheme areas can now benefit from the new initiatives being introduced by Neighbourhood Watch and Thames Valley Police.
 
To search for your nearest NHW scheme, or to set up a new scheme, visit www.ourwatch.org.uk and enter your postcode. 

For any questions relating to Neighbourhood Watch please contact the Windsor & Ascot This message is dated Wednesday the 24th June 2020 for Windsor.
 
FIRST:  A CASE OF ‘BOGUS BUILDERS / COLD CALLER’ IN ASCOT.
 
In February the two elderly householders were at home and answered the door.  4 men stood there - three young and an older man.  They said they could deep clean the patios, front and rear as well as clearing out the gutters.  It was agreed and the men carried out the work, breaking some windows in the process.  They then demanded £7,000 for the work.
 
The homeowner didn’t have this much and it was settled at about two thirds and a cheque handed over.
 
Yesterday, the 23rd, the men returned, saying the cheque had got wet, so they couldn’t present it to the bank, could they have another.
 
The homeowners had sought advice after the last incident and had in fact cancelled the cheque anyway.  After the visit, the men said they would be back today, to collect a replacement cheque.  The homeowners phoned the bank to say, they would issue another cheque, to get rid of the men, but could it please be cancelled in advance.  The ban agreed.
 
The police were called and attended, giving advice and reassurance.  Neighbours were also spoken to, to keep an eye out for any builders arriving and if they did, to call the police on 999.
 
Can everyone please be on their guard.  Dealing with cold callers, rarely works out well.  They generally do a poor job and charge excessively.  It can also lead to protracted involvement, they come back and back.
 
SO - PLEASE REMEMBER OUR NHW MOTTO:
 
I AM SORRY, I DO NOT BUY GOODS AND SERVICES AT THE DOOR
 
AND
 
NO-ONE COMES INTO YOUR HOME, UNLESS YOU KNOW THEM, OR THEY HAVE MADE AN APPOINTMENT
 
If you have elderly or vulnerable neighbours, can you please keep a discrete eye on them.  If you see builders vans / skips appearing outside their homes, please let us know, using the group Neighbourhood email below.  We will never reveal that you have made contact with us, but send out a PCSO / RBWM Community Warden, to happen to walk past on their regular patrols and call in to see what work they are having done and establish if the correct, or any paperwork has been completed.  In the above case, when the cheque was handed over, the ‘builders’ didn’t want a name on it - possibly to enter ‘pay cash’, or because they didn’t want the home owner to know any names.
NEXT: ANOTHER SEXTORTION CASE:
 
I seem to be reporting at least one of these, each week - and those are the ones reported to us.  These affect both young people and older people - who should know better.  In this case, a girl was befriended in a Snapchat, chat room.  After ‘grooming’, she was persuaded to send intimate photos of herself.  Immediately the tone changed and she was told that unless she sent more pictures, the ones she had sent, would be sent to her parents and others in her personal address book.  At this stage the police were called.  It was a group Snapchat room and other girls, may have done likewise.
 
If this happens to you - always phone the police.  We have ways of tracing the perpetrator of these threats and dealing with them.
 
Can I re-iterate once again:
 
PLEASE DO NOT SAY, OR DO ANYTHING ONLINE, OR ON THE PHONE THAT YOU WOULD NOT BE HAPPY FOR YOUR FRIENDS, COLLEAGUES, RELATIVES AND PARENTS TO SEE.
 
 
NEXT:  Can I remind everyone to lock their cars when they park up either on their driveway / behind locked gates or on the highway.
 
If you have a manual key fob, you must check that the lights flash and that you try a car door handle every time you lock the car.  The signal can be blocked.
 
If you have a keyless fob, the signal can be copied and there are lots of electronic gadgets available that can do that.  So, all keyless fobs must be protected at all times.  When you get home, they must not be placed anywhere near the front door, but must be at least 30 feet from the pavement / public space outside.  You should purchase a specific key container - which contains a Faraday cage, to prevent anyone accessing the signal.  They are inexpensive and available from online sales outlets.  Storing the keys in one of these, will prevent your car being opened, searched or stolen.
 
You will need to buy 2 and they are often on offer - buy one get one free - for the spare key !!!
 
NEXT:  We have an unauthorised encampment on Sutherland Grange off the Maidenhead Road.  The Police and the Council are working closely together to resolve this issue.
 
CRIME:
 
I have attached reference numbers to each crime report. If you live in the vicinity of any of the crimes mentioned and have CCTV or a video doorbell, can you please check the footage. If you have any that might be of interest to the police, can you please make contact with us, quoting reference number given.
 
I have added a new email address below.  The first email address is directly to your local Neighbourhood Team.  The second is to our investigation team.  Please use it to send any intelligence / video doorbell / CCTV footage you may have, which is relevant to any of the crimes lists below - quoting the reference number.
 
Alternatively you can call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or email - www.crimestoppers-uk.org
 
WINDSOR:
CENTRAL WINDSOR:
windsorcentralgeographical@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
SR.windsor&maidenhead@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
23/6  Tuesday 8 a.m. / 9 a.m.  Grove Road.  CAR ENTERED BY UNKNOWN MEANS - car searched and cigarettes stolen from the passenger door pocket.  Ref. No:  43200188536.  This means an offender was walking around the Town Centre roads, trying car door handles.  Can everyone check any video doorbell / CCTV footage and send anything suspicious to the SR email, quoting the ref number please.
21/6 - 22/6  Sunday 7 p.m. / Monday 3.45 a.m.  Albany Road.  The owner locked their bike into a bike rack outside a shop.  When they returned, it was gone.  Ref. No: 43200186410
 
ETON & ETON WICK:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
 
WINDSOR WEST
windsorwestgeographical@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
SR.windsor&maidenhead@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
CLEWER, DEDWORTH & OAKLEY GREEN:
23/6  Tuesday 8 p.m. / 10 p.m.  Fuzzens Walk.  A small house window smashed.  Ref. No: 43200189010
23/6 - 24/6  Tuesday 7 p.m. . Wednesday 6.30 a.m.  Burton Way.  Wheelie bin stolen.  If you are disposing of any paperwork, which contains any personal information, it must be torn up.  Shredding is good, but not vital.  Utility bills if left intact, can be used to steal your identity.  Other personal information in the form of credit card /bank statements are also useful for offenders.  So anything with a name / address (envelopes), or containing personal information must, be torn up.  Ref. No: 43200188521  Do you have video doorbell CCTV footage of the bin being wheeled away ?  If so please send it to the SR email above, quoting the ref number.
23/6  Tuesday 6 a.m.  Ash Lane.  The police while out on active patrol, came across a group of residents standing in the road.  The owner of a van had heard a noise and went out to investigate.  They found that 2 men had smashed the rear window of the van and were stealing tools from inside.  He challenged them and they immediately made off to Forrest Road, discarding the tools, which were later recovered.  The police immediately carried out an area search of the entire area, but no-one was located, who matched the descriptions given.
22/6  Monday 7.15 p.m.  Meadow Way, Fifield.  CAR ENTERED BY UNKNOWN MEANS - loose change stolen.  Ref. No:  43200187075
 
CLEWER EAST & PARK:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
 
WINDSOR EAST
windsoreastgeographical@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
SR.windsor&maidenhead@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
DATCHET, HORTON & WRAYSBURY:
22/6  Monday 4.20 p.m. / 5 p.m.  Staines Road, Wraysbury.  Burglary.  Entry via side gate into the garden and then a forced front door - which may have been noisy as a lot of damage was done - untidy search of the whole house and jewellery stolen.  The owner believes they may have disturbed the offender, as they heard running footsteps and the rear hedge has been damaged.  Ref. No:  43200186981.  Do you live nearby and have a video doorbell / CCTV.  Can you please check it.  If you have footage of any suspicious activity, can you please forward it to the SR email above, quoting the ref number.
24/6  Wednesday 11 a.m.  Holmlea Walk.  Bike left a garden stolen.  A turquoise blue, BMX Drone Raptor bike.  Ref. No:  43200189068
 
OLD WINDSOR:
23/6  Tuesday 8 a.m. / 9 a.m.  Windsor Road.  Catalytic converter stolen from underneath a Toyota Yaris.  Ref. No:  43200188371
 
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.
 
https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/
 
follow us on Facebook:
 
https://www.facebook.com/TVPWindsorandMaidenhead
 
Eyes, ears.....and Brain
 
Jeff
Jeffrey.pick@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
 
NEWS UPDATE FROM NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH


The lockdown has resulted in many neighbourhoods drawing closer together in supporting local residents with needs, and in neighbours spending a lot more time talking to each other over fences or across the road. This has improved community spirit to no end, and a great way to keep this spirit alive is for residents to join their local Neighbourhood Watch scheme, or start up a new scheme if there is not already one covering their respective street.

Neighbourhood Watch is not just about looking out the window and being alert for any crime in the neighbourhood, it is much more than that. It serves as a valuable resource for crime prevention, in supporting the Police with things such as local home security surveys, installing crime prevention aids in homes for the vulnerable and elderly especially, helping those vulnerable and elderly residents with any other needs, and in drawing residents together in supporting one another.
 
The Windsor & Ascot NHW Association is making great strides in reactivating and expanding Neighbourhood Watch within the various parishes of Windsor & Ascot. Its Facebook page (@WindsorAscotNHW) is receiving multiple enquiries from interested residents and serves as a means to highlight local issues relating to crime and residents in need. New NHW schemes are continuously being set up with active Coordinators, and residents within those scheme areas can now benefit from the new initiatives being introduced by Neighbourhood Watch and Thames Valley Police.
 
To search for your nearest NHW scheme, or to set up a new scheme, visit www.ourwatch.org.uk and enter your postcode. 

For any questions relating to Neighbourhood Watch please contact the Windsor & Ascot NHW Association at contact@windsorascotnhwa.org.uk

NHW Association at contact@windsorascotnhwa.org.uk
 
Message sent by
Jeffrey Pick (Police, Community Engagement & Resilience Officer, Windsor & Maidenhead LPA)

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