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This message is dated Thursday 25th June 2020 - Windsor

Alert message sent 25/06/2020 11:23:00

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This message is dated Thursday 25th June 2020 for Windsor.
I have been asked by our Priority Crime Team to put a warning out to all residents in Windsor, Eton & Eton Wick, Datchet, Wraysbury, Horton & Old Windsor about the dangers of leaving windows and doors open for ventilation, during the hot weather - particularly ground floor windows and rear doors.
24/6  Wednesday 10.40 p.m., Penn Road Datchet.  The owners live on the ground floor, and had left the windows open for ventilation.  Suddenly, the owner saw an arm, reaching through one of the windows.  They shouted and the arm was retracted and the man made off.
The police were called, attended immediately and carried out an Area Search, unfortunately no-one was located.  While doing this, a man did make off from police, riding a silver & red bike, near Holmlea Close, but he was not located.  The bike was recovered and witnesses say they saw a man with it, acting suspiciously.  He is described as white, wearing a grey hoody.  Ref. No:  43200189901
If you have any information relevant to this attempted burglary, please pass it onto PC Nick Brown ( from our Priority Crime Team - quoting the above reference number
 If you are out and about on a walk for exercise and see anything / anyone, acting in a suspicious manner during the hot weather, particularly around houses where windows and doors will be left open for ventilation - let us know on the 101 number, as soon as possible.  If you feel the suspicious behaviour may be connected with a posssible crime, then dial 999, so that the police can respond immediately and investigate.  To carry out an Area Search, we need that intelligence, as soon as possible.

Can I remind everyone about our Summer Burglary Campaign, which deals with doors and windows, left open for ventilation, in the hot weather.
Windows can only be left open - if you are in that room.
At this time of year, we get ‘walk in thefts’ - or reach in thefts as in the above case.  Opportunist thieves are out and about, looking for anyone, who has made a mistake and compromised their security.

For example - if they hear you working in your garden - a hedge trimmer or mower - they may walk down any side access and try a back / side door handle.  Most people don’t lock these, if working in the garden, as they are going in and out.  The opportunist will simply try the door.  If it is open, they will enter and scout around quickly, looking for handbags left on kitchen counter tops.
If you return and disturb them, they will have a story already prepared.  You will be totally surprised, off guard and probably say - ‘What are you doing in my house’ ?  They will respond -‘I am looking for John / Harry / Peter - whatever, he said to meet him here, doesn’t he live here’ ?  You will be really confused and say- ‘NO’ ?  They will then say, before you gather yourself together - ‘Sorry, wrong house’ - and they are gone.
You will stand there for a few minutes, totally confused - did that really happen ?  Later, you will find a purse missing from a handbag.
If you are working in your garden - tedious as it is - you must lock any rear side access doors, as you go in and out.
No windows can be left open even on upper floors, if they are next to a porch, or perhaps a flat garage roof, which can be used to climb up.  Wheelie bins, must be put out of sight, as they are often used, to climb onto flat roofs.
Small bathroom transom windows, must also be closed.  Opportunists can reach in and open larger windows !

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.
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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) has achieved a reach of over 24,000 people in the past month alone, and is receiving multiple enquiries from interested residents. In just the last few months ten new NHW schemes have been 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.

For any questions relating to Neighbourhood Watch please contact the Windsor & Ascot NHW Association at

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Jeffrey Pick (Police, Community Engagement & Resilience Officer, Windsor & Maidenhead LPA)

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