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Crime Update Wednesday 22nd March 2017 - Maidenhead

Alert message sent 22/03/2017 16:30:00

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This message is dated Wednesday 22nd March 2017 for Maidenhead.
Fake £50 notes in circulation across the area.  Please be on your guard.
Just a reminder – we have Nottingham Knockers on the patch !
As always, if one of these young people – we have girls now as well as boys – comes to your door offering to sell household products from a large bag – the response must be the same wherever they go, to show, it is of no use trying to do anything here.
‘I am sorry, I do not buy goods and services at the door ‘!
The politely, but firmly close the door.  No Conversation !   Then call the police on the 101 number.
We are primed to be courteous and helpful.  If asked:
‘I tried the house next door, but there was no answer’ – Your response must not be….
‘Oh no, there is no one home.  The owners recently left on a six week holiday to the Caribbean, they won’t be back for at least 5 weeks…..’
‘Oh no, they are something very high up in the City, they are never home before 9 p.m…….’
It is just too easy to be helpful.  Loose lips……
Includes charity collectors, however wonderful the charity is.  Charity collectors generally cannot carry cash for Insurance purposes, so they generally ask for a Standing Order / Direct Debit.  In both cases, you cannot give your personal bank details to a stranger who calls at your front door !  Explain that you are happy to make your own arrangements in support of that charity.
There are also fraudulent Charity Collectors out there :
We have had a report from Aston Mead that a young man called saying he represented a charity – ‘The Cippenham Boxing Club’ who were organising a Help The Heroes Sponsored Walk.  The householder was very suspicious so phoned the police who attended immediately.  !  The police found a silver Vauxhall Astra, the man and two young men, going door to door with home made clip boards.  The two boys, turned out to be the man’s sons.  The police made contact with ‘Help The Heroes’ and the sponsored walk was totally bogus.  Apparently they had called at several addresses – were you one of them ?  Did you hand over any cash ?  If so please ring the 101 number and ask to speak to your local Neighbourhood Team – Windsor West. Well done that householder !  A man was arrested upon suspicion of Fraud by False Representation.
This went out in Windsor today, but contains some useful advice:
20/3  8.40 p.m. / 9 p.m.  Clewer Avenue.  Burglary.  The owner was upstairs watching TV when the heard a crashing noise and went to investigate.  They looked down the stairs and saw torchlight.  A man then started to walk up the stairs.  The owner challenged him and he immediately made off.  He had gained access via a forced rear kitchen window.  They knocked out an extractor fan and reached inside to open the window.  As they climbed in they knocked down a set of blinds causing the crashing sound.  Mobile phone stolen.  Several things here !  What do you do if you hear a noise downstairs ?  You turn on lights, put a chair against the door handle, turn up the radio and shout out that you are phoning the police, tell others in the house (whether or not there is anyone) to release the Alsatian and the Doberman, while dialling 999 to report a crime in progress.  You never – never - go downstairs with a bat !  Opportunist thieves will be high on adrenaline, which will act as an anaesthetic and were you to hit them, they would not feel it and most likely take the bat from you and hit you !  Leave it to the Police.
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20/3  Monday 3 p.m. / 5.10 p.m.  Lassell Gardens.  Burglary.  Thieves have forced a lock on a side gate to gain entry, walked around to the rear of the property and climbed in through a kitchen window.  The owner was sure it was locked, but there are no tool marks on the frame and the window is undamaged.  Untidy search of the whole house.  They took cash in a bag from under the bed, more from a purse and gold jewellery stolen.  There have been a series of burglaries specifically for gold jewellery in the last few weeks.  If you do own family gold jewellery, can you please make alternative arrangements for its safekeeping for the immediate future.
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20/3  Monday 9.30 p.m.  Bath Road, Knowl Hill Common, Knowl Hill.  Tracking company has phoned the police to say a movement sensor is going off on an excavator digger.  The owner attended the site and confirmed it had been stolen.  The digger had two trackers hidden inside it.  One had been removed, but the other, obviously overlooked, was still pinging. The police attended immediately and traced it to a Transit van on fake plates in High Wycombe.  The tracker was still pinging inside.  It was recovered.  Brilliant teamwork all round.
21/3  Tuesday 6 p.m. / 9.10 p.m.  Alwyn Road.  Burglary.  The owner returned to find the lights on and a very untidy search had taken place.  Thieves had climbed over a rear garden gate and attempted to jemmy a rear window, this was unsuccessful so they simply smashed the glass in the kitchen door to gain entry.  Very untidy search of the house and valuable electrical items ignored.  Family Gold jewellery stolen.  See the advice above.
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21/3  Tuesday 4.30 a.m. Cadwell Drive.  Burglary.  Entry gained through A REAR PATIO DOOR LEFT INSECURE.  The offender made a tidy search of the ground floor before being disturbed and immediately making off.  The burglary was not reported for 24 hours while the aggrieved established if anything had been taken.  This was a crime in progress and should have been reported immediately to the police, on the 999 number as a crime in progress.  That would have enabled us to put on a containment and carry out an area search, to look for the offenders and make an arrest.  Most evidence is gather in the Golden hour after an offence.  24 hours later…..the case will be cold.
21/3 – 22/3  Tuesday 5 p.m. / Wednesday 7.30 a.m.  Ascot Road, Hawthorn Hill.  Thieves have stolen car doors and the interior from a red BMW M3 !  The car is a collectors item.
19/3 – 20/3  Sunday 4 p.m. / Monday noon.  Bray marina, Monkey Island Lane.  Several boats broken into.  Canopies unzipped and an untidy search of the living areas. Discarded items have been recovered.
First some really good information and handouts from Paul Hay our IT Guru !
Hi Jeff,
I hope all is well. I thought I would share this with you.
I received a scam email pretending to be from London Borough of Barnet. It all looks pretty official and scary. I thought I would make up a slide to use in the future, but thought I would share it with you in case you wish to use it as an example.
It may make people feel better about ignoring these sort of threats.
Many thanks Paul – Paul has created 2 handouts for you to look at, which explains the problem and shows in a really simple way, what to look out for !!
They are attached.
NEXT I have just received an email reminder from Jacqui that the windows scam callers are still phoning trying to con people.  Please remain alert for the calls, they could say they are Microsoft, Windows or even BT !
NEXT: a very clever example of a scam from Roger.
It is a ‘Penalty Charge Notice, under the Traffic Management Act 2004’.  It has an offence date, a PCN reference number and a location.  It also has a large warning – DO NOT IGNORE THIS NOTICE.
It advises you click on the link to examine the evidence and to pay the £110 charge online.
Once you see the time, date and location, you will instantly know that you have not committed the offence.  The instant reaction, is to click on the link to let them know they have made a mistake !
NEXT from Karen.
Jeffrey - this one nearly got me and I'm really savvy with scam emails!!!
The scam email purported to be from the Apple Store, for a purchase of Clash of Clans, Box of Gems – a computer game.  $69.  There is a notice at the bottom:
If you did not authorize this purchase please visit iTunes – then click on the Payment Cancellation link !
NEXT from Jenny.
The old HM Revenue & Customs - Tax Return Notification – ‘After the last annual calculations of your fiscal activity we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund of £294.54.  There is then the obligatory link to GET STARTED and another for Refund Details
It does though fit the pattern – an inducement – the cash, and a threat – the refund will only be available until 31st March
NEXT from David another of the Gold Bullion letters:
Standard bullion Holdings in Hong Kong:
The letter goes on to say that there is a 25% discrepancy between the bullion price in the UK and that in China.  If you send them cash, they can buy  gold bullion there for you and return a 25% profit within 2 weeks……….
Thanks for the warning David
NEXT an appeal for volunteers:
Hi Jeffrey
I just wanted to say thank you for your weekly crime update, it has made us more security conscious and aware of what's going on in our area of Sunningdale.
I am a Community Fundraiser for the Royal British Legion in Berkshire, and I was wondering if it would be possible to ask, if anyone on your community page would be interested in volunteering on our Poppy Appeal please?
We are missing volunteers in our most crucial areas, which will be detrimental to the Poppy Appeal in our area. Volunteering is a great way of meeting like minded people, while raising funds for our war veterans and soldiers.
Many thanks for your support
If you are willing to help Gaynor, simply email me at the address below, and I will forward your details to her.
Eyes and ears.....................and brain
Message sent by
Jeffrey Pick (Police, NHW & Community Msg Co-ordinator, Windsor & Maidenhead LPA)
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