Crime Update Wednesday 8th March 2017 - Maidenhead
Alert message sent 08/03/2017 15:07:00
Information sent on behalf ofThames Valley Police
This message is dated Wednesday 8th March 2017 for Maidenhead.
A reminder as to why these messages are so important:
So that you know what is happening crime wise in your area. It acts as a reminder that crime happens anywhere at any time. The Opportunist Thieves are walking around every day. If I report a crime in a road near to you, they have probably walked down your road as well, looking for potential targets. Make sure….that is not you.
Opportunist thieves are out there 24 / 7, walking around looking for someone who has made a mistake – left a ground floor window open, left a wheelie bin close to a flat garage roof, they can use to climb up, a side gate without nice shiny locks on the outside, which means they can simply reach over the top and undo a bolt, to access the rear of a house, walking along roads and onto driveways trying car door handles. These messages are a reminder, to make sure you – You – make sure your property is secure and you have done whatever you can, to make sure it is not easy to steal.
After every burglary, we ‘Cocoon’ the road (talking to neighbours about security) and Local CID, do ‘house to house’ enquiries. You would be amazed, at how often Neighbours heard noises, saw someone suspicious hanging around or even, saw a suspicious car driving around or even on the victim’s driveway, which they had thought was odd – BUT – they did nothing about. We have all lived a little and our instincts are there to protect us – rely on them. If your attention is drawn to someone in the road, or a particular car, your brain has a reason. You may not know why your attention is drawn, it just is. Your brain has worked out, they are moving too slowly, paying too much attention to doors and windows. Minute body language signs. If their behaviour was perfectly normal, your brain would simply say, within known parameters – ignore. The minute you look at something and think – I wonder………… Pick up the phone and dial the 101 number. Think of it as part of the jigsaw. You have seen something, it may be nothing; explain that to the PEC operator. You don’t need a visit from a policeman, you are just providing us with intelligence. The word to keep in your mind is Vigilance. It may be an old car, 3 or 4 up with teenagers, which are completely out of place in your road. They may be waiting somewhere quiet, to do a ‘job’, or hiding up after a’ job’, until the roads are quieter and any responding police, are out of the way. We have all seen leaflet / flier / free newspaper deliverers, walking up and down driveways, pushing stuff through letterboxes. We totally ignore them, because our brains recognise they are about their business. A suspicious flier deliverer, taking too much time to do that, looking in windows, examining door locks, looking for alarms, immediately rings bells in our head and draws out attention. Rely on those instincts and protect your community.
One of the most important parts of the messages – ‘NO CRIME TO REPORT’ ! This is a reminder, that it can be done ! Pinkneys Green 3 or 4 years ago, would have been full of entries, but residents there have really worked hard, to do whatever is necessary to protect themselves and their community, from crime. This includes being vigilant and helping us, by reporting suspicious incidents to help them. This message shows, that is does work.
Finally, if you see a crime near you, please check your CCTV, as you may have been targeted, someone walking on your property to check your security, but deciding against it. External Security lighting may have come on, you may have an alarm, good visible locks and security. Make your home looks too hard to bother with - and they walk on !
I provide messaging, but it only works if communities do their bit ! I have to build both Community Engagement and Community Resilience – that is why I embolden and highlight CARS ENTERED BY UNKNOWN MEANS – that is a needless crime, taking police resources from where they may really be needed. Ascot, does much better than anywhere else with NO CRIME TO REPORT – so keep up the good work out there and - spread the message.
MAIDENHEAD CENTRAL: email@example.com Your Neighbourhood Page on TVP's Website - Click Here 6/3 – 7/3 Monday 6 p.m. / Tuesday 3.40 p.m. Fellstead Court, Bath Road. Flat broken into – front door forced open as well as damage around a window frame which looks out onto the roof of the bin store. No search, just cash on a surface stolen. 6/3 Monday 8 a.m. / 6 p.m. Stafferton Way Multi Story Car Park. Car keyed. 5/3 – 6/3 Sunday 1.45 p.m. / Monday 9 a.m. Belmont Crescent. CAR ENTERED BY UNKNOWN MEANS – Audi electric car charger stolen
PINKNEYS GREEN & FURZE PLATT: firstname.lastname@example.org 5/3 – 6/3 Sunday midnight / Monday 4.25 p.m. St. Marks Crescent. Burglary. Entry via rear ground floor sash window – the catch was slipped possibly with a knife. Tidy search of the house. iPad mini, X Boxes X 2 stolen. 6/3 – 7/3 Monday 6 p.m. / Tuesday 10 a.m. Cannon Lane. Car keyed. Repeat victim. May be a parking issue with neighbours. 2/3 – 8/3 Burcot Gardens. One yard of Fence, including fence posts stolen.
Malcolm has received an email to say that a company is holding a credit against his name of 1,293.93 GBP. It goes on to say:
‘You can also set up direct deposit into your account so this never happens again’. To do this ……… CLICK HERE !
If he doesn’t do this within 24 hours, they will release this amount into their ‘shared members pool’ and he will get nothing.
So a benefit, a terrible event and then a threat – and a LINK All SCAM emails take this form and are therefore easy to recognise.
NEXT: A poster from Men’s Matters – the community Group for all men over 50. It advertises three sessions offering a free course on how to lose weight – after reaching 50 ! New Windsor Community Centre Thursday 16th March Thursday 23rd March Thursday 30th March