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Crime Update Monday 10th October 2016 - Maidenhead

Alert message sent 10/10/2016 14:05:00

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This message is dated Monday 10th October 2016 for Maidenhead.
I am sorry there have been no messages for two weeks – the end of September each year, is a very busy time for us internally with reports that need writing along with future Engagement and Communications plans for next year.  Normal service will now hopefully be restored.
One of those plans involves ‘Hate Crime Week’, which started on Saturday.
Incidents of everyday ‘hate crime’ continue to be under-reported throughout the Thames Valley and we have made it a high priority, to tackle ‘hate incidents’ such as racist, disability and homophobic crimes.  TVP believes that by taking robust action against perpetrators, supporting the needs of victims and working in partnership with external agencies, we can make the lives of those suffering hate crime safer, protect their families, their communities and prevent re-victimisation.
Francis Habgood the Chief Constable said of the activity this week, ‘Officers and staff work on a daily basis to support those who are vulnerable in our communities.  We all stand together to support a [positive change in attitude towards discrimination in its negative form and I encourage you all to engage with this work in supporting those most at risk’.
Your quarterly Neighbourhood Updates, written by the neighbourhood Sergeants are beginning to go online at your Neighbourhood Page – see the links below.
2 Cases just reported in Windsor – you need to be on your guard !
7/10  Friday 5 p.m.  Ellison Close.  Walk in Theft.  Two young men were seen walking about the area, knocking on doors asking if the owner wants gardening work done.  She showed them her garden, but they asked for a ridiculous amount and she sent them packing.  Later she discovered her purse was missing.
10/10  Monday  Vale Road.  Walk in Theft reported by the Aggrieved’s daughter.  A man often calls at the aggrieved’s house offering to do gardening work.  He completes half the work, asks for payment and leaves.  Today, the daughter was there.  The man rang the doorbell and introduced himself as ‘Jamie’.  He explained he had previously worked for her mother.  She showed him through to the garden, but when she heard how much he wanted, she sent him packing.  While they did this, she had left the front door open and after he left, she became suspicious, that he had kept her talking for some time.  When she checked, she found an organiser was missing from inside her handbag – paperwork, purse and contents, glasses and sunglasses, travel pass and cash stolen.  Very similar to the offence above - If this lad – or a couple of lads have visited you offering to do garden work, can you ring us on the 101 number asking for a member of the Windsor West Neighbourhood Team.
A third case in Old Windsor is also similar, but there is no evidence they are connected.
7/10  Friday midnight / 12.50 p.m.  Kingsbury Drive.  Distraction Burglary.  Now known to be two incidents – the first on the 1st September and a second about three weeks later – reported on 7.10, by the victim’s daughter.  The same man attended on both occasions on the first occasion with his mother.  The aggrieved says he has been before, with a white van selling compost and flowers.  She buys items, which he later delivers and leaves at the side of the house.  On the 1st September, he called at around 7 p.m. saying his mother was in hospital and he needed to borrow £50.  When she took out the cash, he saw that she had more and asked for another £20.  He then took the balance she had, of £60.  On his second visit, he said that his mother had died and he needed £40 to buy some flowers.  He is described as white, about 25 years old, tanned, well built / chubby, brownish hair, brushed to one side, no accent and calls himself ‘Dave’, but the mother calls him ‘Levi’.  She is described as an attractive slim lady, black shoulder length hair, about 60 who is hard of hearing.  If this couple have visited you, can you ring us on the 101 number asking for a member of the Windsor East Neighbourhood Team.
8/10  Saturday 2 p.m.  – 8.20 p.m.  Aston Mead.  Burglary.  The owner left the house ensuring it was secured.  When they returned, they saw a couple of doors open, cabinets searched and drawers pulled out.  Untidy search of the whole house.  Entry had been via a forced garden side gate where the padlock had been jemmied off and rear patio doors smashed.  The thieves had exited the property through the front door.  Jewellery box containing jewellery and two watches stolen.  You all know the Crime prevention Advice regarding jewellery boxes !  No valuable jewellery to be left in a box on a dressing table or in bedside cabinets.  A thief will simply pick it up and throw it into a pillow case along with everything else they take.  Jewellery must be separated out and hidden, where it will take a thief more than 5 minutes to find.  You know your house best and know where the hiding places are – BUT – YOU MUST REMEMBER WHERE THEY ARE – and let a trusted friend / relative know where they are in case anything happens to you.  During House to House enquiries........a neighbour did report seeing a man acting suspiciously at about 7.30 p.m..  He had been looking over the side gate, then going up to the front door.   When he saw he had been observed he walked away.  IF THIS HAPPENS – we need to know.  I have attached my handout – When to call the police once again.  Phone the 101 number and merely say that you have seen something suspicious, you feel we need to be aware of.  You don’t need a response, you are merely phoning to let us know.
Your Neighbourhood Page on TVP's Website - Click Here
4/10 – 9/10  Evenlode.  The owner of a car parked it up beside the play area and it has been vandalised over a period of days.  First it was keyed, then there was a crack in the passenger window and the last incident all four tyres have been slashed.. 
Your Neighbourhood Page on TVP's Website - Click Here
9/10  Sunday 8.15 p.m.  Winter Hill, Cookham.  Property being renovated.  The owner received a report from his alarm system on his mobile phone to say there were intruders in the property.  The video images being sent to his mobile phone, showed 2 men inside the property at that moment.  They had hoodies tied tightly around their faces, one was wearing gloves.  As the alarm sounded one of the men ran off.  The second man also ran off picking up a boiler as he went.
7/10  Friday 1 a.m. / 3.30 a.m. Bell Court, Hurley.  Garage break.  House being renovated.  Door forced open – nothing stolen.
7/10  Friday 12.15 p.m. / 1.30 p.m.  High Street, Cookham.  Car broken into headphones X 2 stolen.
7/10  Friday 8.40 p.m.  Business, St. Peter’s Road.  The owner received a report on his mobile phone, that his shop window had been smashed and the alarm activated, so he called a keyholder.  The keyholder went and examined the property and found a side window smashed and very valuable camera equipment stolen from around the window.
Your Neighbourhood Page on TVP's Website - Click Here
8/10  Saturday 2.15 a.m.  Cannon Lane.  A man walking up the street in a dark coat has smashed down a wall and walked off with several bricks !
7/10 – 8/10  Friday 8 p.m. / Saturday 8 a.m.  Boyn Hill Close.  Communal metal gates damaged. And mechanism broken off.
6/10 – 7/10  Thursday 10 p.m. / Friday 8 a.m.  Stamford Road.  Car stolen from outside a house – the owner still has the keys.  A black BMW 320i index BF ** HVK.  The car is fitted with a tracker, which shows the car at an address in Ilford.  Two points – TRACKERS.  If you have a performance car get the tracker activated.  They are now fitted when the cars are being manufactured, so that they are integrated within the engine and almost impossible to find and remove.  They simply need to be activated, when you agree to pay the charges.  Secondly – TRACKERS on all smart equipment, like smartphones, tablets / iPads etc.  These are very simple to install from the App Store – or preloaded if you have an Apple product, they just need to be activated.  Please do it today ????  To save battery power, you do not need to run them all the time, but if your gadget goes missing, you can use any computer to turn it on and locate the device !  This cannot be done, if you have not ‘activated’ the App on the device itself.
9/10  Sunday 4.45 p.m. – 5.15 p.m.  Church Drive, Bray.  Van window smashed wallet and contents stolen.
10/10  Monday 5.20 a.m. / 5.40 a.m.  Ascot Road, Hawthorn Hill.  Valuable dumper truck stolen from the garden of a house.  The hirer still has the keys.  They were awoken at 5 a.m. by noises outside and looked out to see two men removing the vehicle and driving it away.
Eyes and ears.....................and brain
Message sent by
Jeffrey Pick (Police, NHW & Community Msg Co-ordinator, Windsor & Maidenhead LPA)
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