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Crime Update Friday 20th January 2017 - Maidenhead

Alert message sent 20/01/2017 11:19:00

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This message is dated Friday 20th January 2017 for Maidenhead.
 
A VERY GOOD END TO THE WEEK
 
Several cars entered and searched in Windsor – WHICH HAD BEEN LEFT UNLOCKED.  I always highlight in bright yellow and embolden a case where a crime took place because the owner had left their car, house, garage / shed left unlocked.  We have mainly ‘Opportunist thieves operating in RBWM.  They walk along our roads, just looking for opportunities.  Trying car door handles.  If they find a car unlocked they will search it and steal anything left inside, which includes perhaps a couple of pounds left in the centre console for parking charges and – as you can see from the messages – a pair of sunglasses.  If these cars / houses / sheds & garages had been locked…… the opportunist thief would have just walked on looking for another car left unlocked.  These are generally crimes, which need not have happened.
 
UNECESSARY VICTIMS !
 
Being a victim of any crime, is a very unpleasant experience and leaves us feeling more vulnerable and sensitive to crime.  It is best avoided, if possible !
 
I am unaware that people leave their houses or cars unlocked, intentionally.  I do know that some people leave cars unlocked, to prevent thieves smashing windows or forcing locks, but - if – NOTHING IS LEFT ON DISPLAY – it is unlikely that your car will be targeted.
 
One issue I raise quite often, is car signal jammers.  These can prevent cars from locking.  Key fobs, for whatever purpose, all use the same method and radio wave frequency.  Fobs, generate a pre-determined long series of random numbers, which they transmit to the car.  The computer under the bonnet receives and recognises this series and locks / unlocks the car.  As the computer and fob working together create these random numbers, they change them, each time the fob is used.  As a result there is no reason to try and intercept and copy the signal.  Hence, my fob, will only open my car, not the car parked beside it, though the same system of number generation is used.
 
All well and good – that sounds very secure.  There is a problem though.  As all fobs work on the same principal, a problem occurs, if two people in a car park, press their fobs, at the same time.  Two different sets of random numbers are generated and broadcast on the same frequency to the cars.  Both cars, therefore receive a mixed set of random numbers, which are not recognised, by the car’s computer.  What does the car do ?  NOTHING.  It will only respond, to the pre-set series of numbers it recognises.  That is the problem.  If you walk away from your car, pressing the fob over your shoulder, the car may not actually lock.
 
Opportunist thieves, simply stand in a busy car park and keep their finger pressed on a car fob, every time someone parks and leaves their car.  That prevents anyone in that car park, from locking, or unlocking, their cars.  They can watch for people who simply fob their cars and walk away.
 
My fob, has a very limited range, as do most fobs, to prevent this.  The thieves have a solution !  Most wireless gismos, also use the same frequency and system of random number generation – so, wireless remote up and over garage door fobs, can be used to do this and they have a much wider range.  Thieves have been known to walk up a road they want to target, with several of these devices.  They tape the button down and then place them in bushes around an area, using clothes pegs.  This way, they can seal off a whole car park or road.  Everyone will have experienced pressing our fob and nothing happening.  It could be the battery failing – or – another fob being used at that precise moment.  Thieves can now purchase on the internet – for a few pounds – jammers with much wider ranges.  They are the size of a cigarette package with several protruding aerials.  These very powerful jammers are often used in car / plant and machinery thefts, to jam the Tracker signals if one is fitted.  If you have a hands free mobile in your car, you may be talking to someone as you drive and the signal drops out – often, this is caused by someone driving past with a jammer operating in their car !
 
THE RULE IS:
 
EVERY TIME YOU LOCK YOUR CAR, USING A KEY FOB – YOU MUST CHECK A CAR DOOR HANDLE, TO MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ACTUALLY LOCKED YOUR CAR !
 
SIMPLE
 
KEYLESS CARS – a completely different problem.
 
The fob for keyless cars, broadcasts its signal 24 / 7.  That is how it works, so that as you approach your car, the signal is received and the car unlocks and will start.  That signal can be copied, as it is always the same set of numbers that are being broadcast.  There are ‘signal grabbers’ on the market.  A thief could walk past you and copy the signal, being broadcast by your key in a pocket.  If when you get home, you keep your keys in a bowl near the front door, the signal may be leaking out like Wi Fi, into the road, a thief could walk along and use a ‘signal grabber’, to copy it.
 
THE SOLUTION:
Keyless car fobs, but be kept in one of those inexpensive metal credit card cases, with the plastic car holders removed, when not being used – inconvenient, but necessary !  These are ‘Faraday’ cages which prevent signal transmission.
 
 
MAIDENHEAD CENTRAL:
maidenheadcentralnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
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NO CRIME TO REPORT.
 
RIVERSIDE & BELMONT:
maidenheadcentralnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
 
MAIDENHEAD WEST
BISHAM, COOKHAM, HURLEY, THE WALTHAMS, LITTLEWICK GREEN & KNOWL HILL:
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18/1 – 19/1  Wednesday 6.10 p.m. / Thursday 11.45 p.m.  Sutton Road, Cookham.  Car rear driver’s side window smashed.  Car and boot searched.  Nothing stolen.
 
PINKNEYS GREEN & FURZE PLATT:
maidenheadwestnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
 
MAIDENHEAD SOUTH
BOYN HILL, COX GREEN & WOODLANDS PARK:
maidenheadsouthnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
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NO CRIME TO REPORT.
 
OLDFIELD & BRAY:
maidenheadsouthnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
18/1  Wednesday 6.30 p.m. – 9.15 p.m.  Car park, High Street, Bray.  Car rear driver’s side window smashed – BRIEFCASE STOLEN FROM THE REAR SEAT.
 
 
MEMBERS’ COMMENTS:
 
Hi Jeff,
 
Could you publicise this for us ?
 
NEW Social & Wellbeing Activities Calendar for the Royal Borough
We are delighted to announce that the Social & Wellbeing Activities Calendar is now live on the WAM Get Involved website.
This Calendar contains details of a huge variety of activities going on around the Borough which can help improve the health and wellbeing of residents and help to tackle the loneliness and isolation we know to be a problem with many older residents in particular.
The Calendar can be accessed via the link on the homepage of the website www.wamgetinvolved.org.uk or click here to view: www.wamgetinvolved.org.uk/calendar
Groups can also now start to update the Calendar themselves, with details of additional activities. There is a link on the Calendar page to download the Guide for Groups to add activities.If you have any queries or problems please contact us at info@wamgetinvolved.org.uk
Our aim is for this to become the central point of access for anyone looking for information (whether it’s for themselves, family and friends, or clients) on Social & Wellbeing Activities to help older residents in the Royal Borough.
Colin Gault
WAM Get Involved

01753 524176/219112
Database: www.wamgetinvolved.org.uk
You can add your group details, events and volunteering opportunities to our online community database.
 
Thanks Colin
 
 
Eyes and ears.....................and brain
 
Jeff
jeffrey.pick@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
 
Message sent by
Jeffrey Pick (Police, NHW & Community Msg Co-ordinator, Windsor & Maidenhead LPA)

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