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This message is dated Monday 14th June 2021 - Windsor

Alert message sent 14/06/2021 14:21:00

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FIRST:  We had an incident by the river on Barry Avenue over the weekend.  A tourist was taking a photo of the river when someone came up behind her and snatched the phone and made off.  As we had almost no description as he came from the rear, an area search was carried out but no-one was located.  Two things:
  •  Be aware if you have an expensive phone of everyone around you when walking around with it, or leaving in on the table of a coffee shop while you are chatting and not paying particular attention to it.  Keep is hidden and safe.
  • Always activate find my phone if you have an iPhone or some other tracking software.  Mobile phones are very expensive to replace and if you have a contract of course – you still have to pay the monthly subscription – and buy a new phone !!!
  • The same applies to Laptops please – particularly if you are prone to leaving it in your car !!!

NEXT:  We have dippers (Pickpockets) in the Town Centre.  Please make sure purses and mobile phones are secure at all times.  In one case a mobile phone was stolen from someone’s back pack, which they were in a crowded space.  I will ask out Town Centre Team to carry ‘purse bells’.  If anyone tries to dip your purse / mobile – they tinkle and will alert you – just go up to them and ask for a pair – they are FREE !!

NEXT:  This from Steve:

Hello Jeff,

Had a ring on the door today at 12:21 Opened the door. No one there. Looked down the road and a chap was walking back to his van.
I asked him if he’d rung. He said he had and did I want to buy a memory foam mattress. I told him I didn’t and no one in the neighbourhood did either, thank you, stating that I was part of Neighbourhood Watch.
He gave me his card, said he had a door to door selling licence (as I’d asked) and said his name was John.
Reviewing the Ring doorbell footage, ‘John’ rings, turns his back, waits a moment then walks off. Not giving much time to answer the door which I thought was odd.

Hope all’s well.
Thanks Steve – who forwarded images from his video doorbell, of the man with full face and clothing in colour and the van, with its index plate clearly displayed !  This is exactly what we need.  I have forwarded this to the local Police Neighbourhood Team, the RBWM Community Wardens, Honor Ryan at Trading Standards and other officers who investigate crimes.  This is exactly what we need, so that we can follow it up !  Many thanks Steve.

12/6  Saturday 5.05 p.m.  Peascod street.  Locked up electric bike stolen.  A silver Carrera E bike.  Ref. No:  43210257440
13/6  Sunday 5.40 p.m.  High Street.  Bike propped against a wall for 5 minutes while the owner went into a shop stolen.  A black Tiger bike.  Ref. No:  43210258911


11/6 – 14/6  Friday 3.45p.m. / Monday 8.10 a.m.  Hanover way.  Sheds and storage units broken into and searched – nothing stolen.  Ref. No:  43210259757
10/6 – 12/6  Thursday 3 p.m. / Saturday 5.15 p.m.  Dedworth Road.  Black mountain bike stolen.  Ref. No:  43210256846


12/6  Saturday 2.05 a.m.  Ruscombe Gardens, Datchet.  The owner has video doorbell footage of someone walking along looking into parked cars.  Ref. No;  43210256607


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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 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 and enter your postcode. 

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

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

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