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Crime Update Tuesday 16th January 2017 - Maidenhead

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This message is dated Tuesday 17th January 2017 for Maidenhead.
FIRST  Our first case of Central Heating Oil theft this year.  Reported to us from the Walthams.  The aggrieved is concerned that many others in the Walthams have heating oil tanks and need to be made aware
I agree !
I have attached our Rural Fuel Theft handout.
SECOND – Silver - Nitrous Oxide Capsules.
These are the small silver, or green pressurised capsules containing NO2 – Nitrous Oxide, used to make whipped cream, or insert into ‘Sodastream’ devices.
Hi Jeff,
Just before Christmas I found approximately 20 - 30 used nitrous oxide capsules, along with empty boxes which had contained them, outside my property in Ascot.
Since then, I regularly find these silver capsules thrown into my garden along with the associated balloons, used to inhale the gas. I have also found capsules elsewhere, in Sunningdale and Ascot.
Is there a huge increase in the use of these "legal highs" in our area and, if so, is there anything we can do about it ?
Kind regards
Unfortunately these capsules are now found everywhere – sometimes in large numbers, particularly if there has been a party in the area.  As Greg says, they use a ‘cracker’ to pierce the capsule – which looks like a short piece of pipe, which fits onto the capsule.  They attach a balloon to the other end, so that when they ‘crack’ the capsule, the gas is collected.  They then inhale the gas, within the balloon.  Young people are not permitted to buy these capsules from a shop, so they buy them online in boxes of 20 / 24, which are then simply delivered.  The gas filled balloons are sold at parties, for about £5 each.
If you have young people at home who are party goers, can you please keep an eye on any small parcels that are being delivered ????  Packets of balloons ??  Can you also keep an eye out for piles of used capsules ?  If say, there is a pile of more than 10 / 15, can you email the location to me ???
Regarding the law - possession of the capsules for a legitimate purpose, for personal use, is legal.  The criminal offence under the Psychoactive Substances Act, which came into effect on the 25th May 2016 – is ‘to Supply for Human Consumption’.  Online suppliers, get around the law, by specifying that ‘they are not for human consumption’.  This is the same Act that banned the sale of ‘Legal Highs’ in shops – where again, the shops simply printed on the packet – ‘Not for Human Consumption’ and could therefore sell them !
You or I, could go into a catering shop / go online and buy them for our whipped cream maker / soda stream perfectly legitimately, but a 14 year old lad / older teenager, could who could easily go online and buy a box of 20 / 24 capsules, could hardly maintain, they are for his ‘legitimate personal use’, particularly if he is caught with them in school, or at a party !  Young people may see this as harmless, but a police record for ‘supplying drugs’, does not look good on a C.V. !  Young people need to be warned about the consequences of their actions, that they may believe to be inconsequential !
Hi, Jeff,

Re. the lady who had her purse stolen from her car when she got out to check something, can I advise people to always lock their cars even if they're only getting out for a few minutes.
I've done this ever since I read some years ago of a woman in Langley whose car was stolen, when she was de-icing the windscreen on her drive.
Many thanks for this – a timely reminder – can I also add to lock your car – or at least take your car keys with you - when you go to pay for petrol after filling up at a garage ???
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13/1  Friday 12 noon.  Riverine, Grosvenor DrivePossible attempted Distraction Burglary.  The aggrieved was coming home, when a man came up to him in the street and said he had come to the flat to check a report of a water leak.  The regular maintenance man was on holiday, so he had been sent.  The aggrieved let him in and followed him wherever he went.  Later the man said he would need some money for materials to fix the leak.  The aggrieved responded that that would be the responsibility of the management company !  The man then left.  Nothing stolen.  PLEASE REMEMBER OUR NHW ADVICE:-
14/1  Saturday midnight / 10.40 a.m.  Norfolk Road.  Possible attempt to jemmy the front door.  Marks found around the frame – no entry gained and nothing stolen.
13/1 – 15/1  Friday 6 p.m. / Sunday 2.15 p.m.    Cordwallis RoadCAR ENTERED BY UNKNOWN MEANS – laptop bag containing LAPTOP STOLEN FROM THE PASSENGER FOOTWELL.
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15/1  Sunday 6.20 p.m.  Shepherd’s Close, Hurley.  Burglary.  Glass in side door to house smashed to gain entry.  Untidy search of the whole house.  Gold jewellery stolen.
14/1 – 16/1Saturday 11 a.m. / Monday 8.10 p.m.  Waltham Road.  First case this year reported to us of Central Heating Oil theft !  Thieves accessed the tank in the rear garden, removing protective fencing.  Can everyone please protect and watch their tanks at this time !!
13/1 – 16/1  Friday 12.30 p.m. / Monday 10 a.m.  Hillgrove Cottages, Lower Road, Cookham.  Front Index plate removed.
13/1 – 14/1  Friday 6 p.m. / Sunday 4.30 a.m.  Furze Platt Road.  Glass in front door damaged, possibly in an attempt to break in.  No entry gained and nothing stolen.
13/1  Friday 8.35 a.m. / 3.15 p.m.  School Car Park, Furze Platt Road.  Scooter stolen from school bike shed.  Lock stolen as well.  An NGT T6 scooter with red wheels with trees spray painted on it.
23/1  Friday 2.30 p.m. / 5.30 p.m.  Harrow Close.  Bike stolen from a garden.  A black Carrera Subway 2010 man’s mountain bike.
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15/1  Sunday 7.40 p.m.  Clare Road.  Burglary.  Entry via forced rear kitchen UVPC door.  Untidy search of the whole house.  Not yet known if anything stolen.
13/1 – 16/1  Friday noon / Monday 4 p.m.  Clare Road.  Aggrieved found their fencing damaged and the door to the garage was forced open.  Nothing appears to have been stolen.
17/1  Tuesday 1.30 a.m.    Hotel Car Park,Manor Lane.  Car rear driver’s side window smashed – The car does not appear to have been searched and nothing stolen.
9/1 – 14/1  Trenchard Road, Holyport.  Garage break.  Garage door forced open – nothing stolen.
Hi Jeff – thanks for publishing my recent advice re the TPS – Telephone preference Service.
On the subject of call blocking, and I think I have told you this before, the service is available free – you do not have to buy a new phone! Simply log on to your phone provider website and set the parameters that you want.
Elderly people can get their sons, daughters, grandchildren or even great grandchildren, to do this for them !
You have to be careful though with call blocking.  If you opt for calls to be blocked from withheld their numbers, this, as we have discovered, could be a doctor, hospital or friend. Anyone who calls you from a large organisation / switchboard will have a withheld number.  Telling the salesman/unwanted caller you are on the TPS listing, usually works.
Many thanks D.  When we dial out from the police station, we have to use the prefix number 9 to get an outside line.  When we do this, it appears on your phone as a withheld number.  This is a particular problem, if we phone mobiles !!  Mobiles of course, have a form of TPS – we all have a list of our ‘contacts’ – with their photos, that come up, if they call us.  No photo or name – we don’t answer the call !  Like lots of people, I no longer have a landline at home !  As I have a Smart mobile phone with an unlimited data contract, why would I need one ?  Those that do, have them as part of their internet wireless contract !  Only having a mobile – I never receive these scam calls and if the number is unknown – I simply never answer it.
Hi Jeff
Just had the following circulated at work. Easy to fall for, given the genuine look of the phone numbers involved.
Please be aware that a scam has recently been identified through mobile phone bills – it is not clear how you become subscribed to the service – under various names, two of which are ‘iFuntech’ and ‘payforit’, whether it is just by responding to a telephone call or responding with a text – but it is worth being vigilant.
According to forums online, it is believed that it originates from a call from 0203 540 5930 or 01567 380029.  Please block these numbers should you get an incoming call.  Do not ring them back if you have a missed call from them, and do not contact them by text.
The scam ‘subscribes’ you to a service at £9 a week which is added to your bill and looks like it is very difficult to unsubscribe.
I checked online and people have been having a problem with this number – If you get a call from a suspicious number – try searching:
NEXT from Karen:
A scam email from the Apple store.  ‘…..some of your account information is missing or incorrect…….please click on the link to verify your account information !!!
Thanks Karen.
If you ever get anything like this:
Eyes and ears.....................and brain
Message sent by
Jeffrey Pick (Police, NHW & Community Msg Co-ordinator, Windsor & Maidenhead LPA)
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