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This message is dated Wednesday 9th September 2020 - Ascot

Alert message sent 09/09/2020 13:30:00

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NO CRIME TO REPORT AGAIN
 
NO BURGLARIES
 
AND
 
NO CARS BROKEN INTO

 
 
FIRST:-From someone who has a ‘Call Blocker’ phone:
 
Hi Jeff,
 
I agree- about using Call Blocker phones- we have had them for years and NO spam calls at all !
 
It’s VERY important, if you have elderly relatives- buy them a call blocker phone !!
 
For calls on your mobile - only answer from known friends/relatives is - unknown number - let it go to answer phone- if its serious they will leave a message !  If its fake, they will hang up.
 
Best 
 
Simon
 
EXACTLY - I could not have put it better, myself
 
NEXT:- Re the Amazon Prime Scam calls - Loads of you have received them.  Some of the calls, have been aggressive !
 
Thanks Jeff, for another pile of wisdom.

Particularly, regarding the recorded scam messages supposedly from Amazon Prime.  They say they are about to take £79 from our bank account - unless we press "1".
 
We get them quite frequently, despite being registered with the TPS.

M
 
Thanks ‘M’ - the answer ?  A Call Blocker phone !!!
 
 
NEXT:  Theft of catalytic converters.
 
There has been an increase of thefts of Catalytic Converters and the main cars targeted are Toyota Prius’, Honda Jazz’ and Transit vans.  If you have one of these types of car / van, please take extra precautions at this time.  It only takes a few seconds to jack up a car - they don’t bother to use jack points, but just raise the car up as near as possible to the exhaust system - which causes a lot of bodywork damage - then cut through the exhaust pipe with a small battery operated angle grinder.
It is noisy, but very quick and it often takes place, in public car parks.
 
What can you do to protect your car ?  You can have an identifying plate welded to the converter, but it is unlikely the thieves will see this, until the part has been removed.  When parking anywhere, make sure the car is boxed in, reducing access to the back and sides.  Always park in a well-lit - if it is dark - part of a car park and look for any CCTV cameras and park beneath them.  That will act as a deterrent, as the camera could pick up details of the car the thieves use, if not facial images of the thieves themselves.
 
Check your car regularly.  If you park outside your home, consider a video doorbell, covering the car !  They cost a great deal of money to replace, let alone any bodywork damage done.
 
BE ALERT, WHILE OUT AND ABOUT.  IF YOU SEE EITHER OF THESE MAKES OF CAR JACKED UP ANYWHERE - REPORT IT TO US AND TAKE DOWN DETAILS OF ANY CARS PARKED NEARBY AND DESCRIPTIONS OF ANYONE, APPARENTLY WORKING ON THE CAR !  You may not see their faces, but descriptions of what they are wearing, can identify known offenders to us !!!
 
NEXT:-A request from WAM get involved for FREE training sessions:
 
Hi Jeff,
 
Please could I ask you to pass on, these FREE training opportunities to your community contacts.  We cover the whole of Berkshire, so the referrals can come from anywhere in the county.
 
Both courses, provide useful skills for those looking for a new job, get back to work, or a volunteering role.
 
Volunteer Passport for Slough and Windsor, Ascot & Maidenhead residents
 
If you have been affected by redundancy, join the ‘Volunteer Passport’ training, to ‘Up Skill’, or start your Volunteering Journey:

Communications Skills - 10 September, 9.30am-11.30am
Safeguarding -17 September, 9.30am-11.30am
Equality & Diversity - 24 September. 9.30am-11.30am
Boundaries & Confidentiality - 1 October, 9.30-11.30am

These FREE courses start 10 Sept and comprise of 4 modules Communications Skills, Safeguarding, Equality & Diversity & Boundaries & Confidentiality. 
 
Fundraising From Trusts and Organisations Training
 
This training will take place on the following dates:
Wed 23 Sept (10am-12noon)
Wed 7 Oct (10am-12noon)
 
Charitable trusts expect high quality applications and competition is increasingly high, since the pandemic. This online session, will explore what funders are looking for; the benefits of partnerships working, how to identify the right funder for your organisation, and how to create the most compelling case.
 
Economic Abuse Awareness Training
 
With the introduction of economic abuse in the forthcoming statutory definition of ‘Domestic Abuse’, Surviving Economic Abuse, invites learners from traditional and non-traditional Domestic Abuse Stakeholders, to attend this training.
 
The aim of this training, is to raise awareness of ‘Economic Abuse’ and provide an opportunity for learners to consider how they can contribute to the economic safety of victim-survivors of economic abuse.
 
This course offers a level 3 accreditation.  
This training will take place on the following dates:
Thurs 15 Oct (9.30am-1pm)
Thurs 5 Nov (9.30am-1pm)
 
Link to the above courses and more training opportunities can be found via:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/slough-cvs-amp-wam-get-involved-training-amp-events-648623805
 
Kind Regards
 
Asma Aziz
WAM Gets Involved/Slough CVS
 
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
 
ASCOT:
ascotgeographical@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
SR.windsor&maidenhead@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
SUNNINGDALE:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
 
SUNNINGHILL:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
 
ASCOT & SOUTH ASCOT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.

 
NORTH ASCOT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.

 
 
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

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

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