This message is dated Wednesday 21st April 2021 - Maidenhead
Alert message sent 21/04/2021 16:00:00
Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police
NOT A BAD 48 HOURS – NO BURGLARIES TO REPORT.
BUT – we have had cars broken into and wallets stolen, containing bank cards ! Please remember our Clear Car Campaign:
Leave nothing on display. That does not mean, nothing valuable on display. A supermarket bag - could contain something valuable. A jacket left on a seat – could contain a wallet. A strategically placed covering – could hide a laptop.
I shouldn’t have to say it – but can everyone please lock their cars – even if parked behind gates.
You will see below - opportunist thieves walk around trying car door handles - if they find a car locked - they walk on looking for an easiet target.
As I have mentioned – you could have a window smashed, for a few loose coins left visible in the centre console, a pair of sunglasses on the dashboard. If not the cost of a replacement window – think about the time and disruption involved.
YOU KNOW IT MAKES SENSE !
FIRST: We have received reports of ‘Rogue Trading’.
We have received information about a White Ford Transit driving around RBWM, covered with signage on both sides and the back and a set of ladders on the top. We have multiple reports from Wraysbury in the last month, as well as previously in Maidenhead. Our grateful thanks to all those that phoned it through – that is exactly what we need, to protect vulnerable residents from being scammed out of their savings.
The white Ford Transit van contains three men, who are offering services such as gutter cleaning, driveway / patio cleaning, roof cleaning etc. in exchange for cash.
The phone numbers displayed on the van, are fake.
PLEASE REMEMBER OUR NHW MOTTO
I AM SORRY, I DO NOT BUY GOODS AND SERVICES AT THE DOOR – THANK YOU.
Then politely, but firmly close and lock your front door.
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
20/4 Tuesday 8 a.m. Simpson Close. Van break – no further details at this time. Ref. No: 43210166141
20/4 Tuesday 4.20 p.m. Heathland Court, Grebe Way. Car side window smashed – vandalism. Ref. No: 43210167122
21/4 Wednesday midnight / 7.45 a.m. Belmont Road. Car window smashed – vandalism Ref. No: 43210167934
19/4 Monday 10 p.m. /5 a.m. Heathland Court, Blackamoor Lane. Car driver’s side window smashed – wallet and contents stolen. Ref. No: 43210166180
19/4 – 20/4 Monday 10.30 p.m. / Tuesday 6 a.m. Simpson Close. Truck broken into – wallet and contents, together with a new Makita radio stolen. Ref. No: 43210166567
21/4 Wednesday 2.06 a.m. Powney Road. The owner has video doorbell footage of a man walking onto the drive and trying to open the boot of his car. As it was locked, he looks inside the car and then tries the car door handles. As it was completely locked he walked off. The owner has heard that a car nearby had a window smashed. Ref. No: 43210168056
20/4 – 21/4 Tuesday noon / Wednesday 9.30 a.m. Belmont Park Avenue. Car passenger window smashed – glovebox searched – unknown if anything stolen. Ref. No: 43210168074
RIVERSIDE & BELMONT:
19/4 - 20/4 Monday 5 p.m. / Tuesday 9 a.m. Ray Mill Road West. Nail pushed into tyre. Ref. No: 43210166794
SR.firstname.lastname@example.org BISHAM, COOKHAM, HURLEY, THE WALTHAMS, LITTLEWICK GREEN & KNOWL HILL:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
SR.email@example.com BOYN HILL, COX GREEN & WOODLANDS PARK:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
OLDFIELD, BRAY & HOLYPORT:
19/4 Monday midnight / 7.30 a.m. Hibbert Road. Car passenger window smashed – floral Cath Kitson bag stolen. Ref. No: 43210165088
19/4 Monday 6.20 a.m. Windsor road. Owner has video doorbell footage of a man walking onto their property and trying the car door handles. As the car was locked, he walks off. Ref. No: 432100166631 Do you live nearby ? Were you also targeted by this opportunist thief. If you have a video doorbell / CCTV can you check it please.
FIRST: Some useful advice from Mark
This might be useful to highlight on your TV Alert newsletter.
'Which?' provide a free Scam Alert Service, where you register your email address and they email regular scam updates. It's UK-specific so is totally relevant and appropriate to us.
You can register here: https://campaigns.which.co.uk/scam-alert-service/
All they ask for is your email address, first name and postcode.
And it is legit.
Here's the latest alert that they sent out today, just to give you an idea of what it looks like: https://conversation.which.co.uk/scams/dyson-v10-loyalty-program-phishing-email/
You don't need to be a member of ‘Which?’ to use this service and - it's free of charge.
If it helps one person, then it will have been worthwhile.
Note, I've absolutely no connections to ‘Which?’ in any way, shape or form, I'm not even a member; other than registered for these scam alerts.
My best regards to you,
Many thanks Mark – this is something we should all sign up to.
NEXT: HSBC Scam Texts:
I received a text message supposedly from HSBC, informing me that a payment had been attempted from my account using a new unrecognised device and if this was not me, to click on the link.
I believed this was probably a scam, so telephoned HSBC to check my account and they confirmed my suspicions.
Today, I have received an email from HSBC, advising me that I must activate the new ‘HSBC Secure Key Security’ system. They invited me to connect to my online banking space - by clicking on the link. I believe this to also be a scam.
On both occasions, I didn’t click on the links - but it may be worth informing others of these scams.
Thanks Debbie – done !
NEXT: It seems HSBC is the bank of choice for scammers:
I’ve just received a text purportedly from HSBC, but as I don’t have an account with them. ‘A payment was attempted from a new device……..’ I have deleted it.
I have presumed it’s a scam. However, it would have been so easy to click on the link !
Please could you put out a warning.
Many thanks. Jo
Many thanks Jo – Done. – it was the same Text, so they must have been sent out by the thousand !
NEXT: An Inland Revenue Scam:
I have just received a voicemail, purporting to be from HMRC.
If I “do not return the call, or have my solicitor call back, I should be prepared to face full legal consequences.”
I deleted it !
Many thanks Taras. Due to everyone sharing their experiences, most people will be aware of these attempted scams and therefore be protected. This is how we protect each other as the onslaught is never ending and increasing every day – and it is so simple to just click on the Link !!! Never do it. Our grateful thanks to you all.
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.