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Crime Update Friday 24th March 2017 - Maidenhead

Alert message sent 24/03/2017 10:24:00

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This message is dated Friday 24th March 2017 for Maidenhead.
Dippers (pickpockets) in the town centre.  Please be on your guard and make sure wallets and purses are not placed where they can easily be stolen !!!
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24/3  Friday midnight / 6.35 a.m.  Portlock Road.  Burglary.  Thieves climbed over a rear locked garden gate, to access the garden, then forced a rear door.  They then searched the ground floor and stole a handbag and contents from the dining room.  The owner heard a noise and looked out to see a white van driving away.
23/3  Thursday 7.15 p.m.  Forlease Road.  A witness phoned the police to say he had seen two men walking along the road, walking up and down driveways and trying car door handles.  A red Renault Megane had been left unlocked so they got inside and started to search it.  They got out and continued to walk up the road, walking up driveways and looking into windows.  He called the police, who attended immediately.  They carried out an Area Search and located the two men who matched the description given.  Both were arrested upon suspicion of theft from a vehicle.  Thank you that resident !  This is exactly what everyone should do.  If you see something suspicious, rely on your instincts and call the police.  In this case it was a no brainer – they were obviously up to no good and the witness should have dialled 999 as soon as they realised they were walking up and down more than one driveway and certainly if they were seen trying car door handles.  Once again, many thanks to that resident !
This is a lesson for us all.  Opportunist thieves are out there 24 / 7.  Looking for us to have made a mistake and left a window open, or our houses / cars vulnerable.
22/3 8.10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Bridle Road.  CAR ENTERED BY UNKNOWN MEANS – the owner was sure it was locked, but found it with the passenger door ajar.  The cowling under the steering wheel had been removed and wires exposed possibly in an attempt to hotwire and steal the car. A Ford Focus.
23/3  Thursday 7.15 p.m. / 7.40 p.m.  High Street.  Bike locked in bike rack stolen.  A black & blue, Cannondale, racing bike.
22/3  Wednesday  10 a.m.  Blackamoor Lane.  The owner looked out to see a man going through his refuse bin.  He pulled out a polythene bag of paperwork getting back into a car and driving off.  The bag contained statements and paperwork the aggrieved had thrown out.  This does happen.  Nothing of a personal nature should be thrown in a bin with having been torn into pieces first.  Some people like to shred it.  Nothing like bank / credit card statement, pension letters should be thrown away in one piece.  They could be used to copy your identity and set up bank accounts.
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22/3  Wednesday 9.p.m.  Sawyers Crescent.  Bird feeder stolen from front garden.
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17/3 – 23/3  Fane Way.  Burglary.  The owners returned and saw their refuse bin was by the side of the road.  They opened the front door and found there had been an untidy search of the whole house.  Thieves appeared to have walked along a side alley, crawled under some undergrowth, then climbed over a fence, to access the property.  They then forced the rear door off it’s hinges.  There was then an untidy search of the whole house.  Jewellery boxes were searched and emptied out on the bed, but nothing is believed to have been stolen apart from some Pandora charms stolen.
22/3  Wednesday 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.  Pub Car Park, Holyport Street, Holyport.  Car passenger window smashed  AND A LAPTOP LEFT IN THE PASSENGER FOOTWELL STOLEN.
22/3  Wednesday 6.15 / 8.30  Pub Car Park, High Street, Bray.  Car rear driver’s side window smashed.  LAPTOP, Iphone AND OTHER WORK ACCESSORIES STOLEN FROM THE BACK SEAT.
Morning Jeff,
Just to say that there are scammers on the go, saying they are from TalkTalk and that there is a problem with my router which needs to be looked at via my computer!!
When accused of being a scammer, they put the phone down. They had ordinary looking phone numbers which I reported to TalkTalk, who were very interested and who confirmed that it was not their company involved.
Thought this might be of interest to TalkTalk customers.
Kind regards,
Thanks Malcolm.  TalkTalk is a problem in its own right.  The database of customers has been hacked and stolen several times now, so when they phone you, they have all your customer details – account numbers, billing amounts, payment dates and your name.  So when they call you, they really sound authentic.  They use this spin, to reassure you then go on about your router causing problems to other TalkTalk users in the area.
They then say, they will send you a replacement router – can they please have your address !  Shouldn’t they already have this if they are your service provider ??  Because people are getting an upgraded new router for free, they are usually happy to give the address, without questioning it.  Next, they say they would like to offer a credit for the amount of time the router has been malfunctioning.  Guess what they need to organise the credit - ……. Your bank account details !  Yet again, if TalkTalk is your service provider, wouldn’t you think they would have your bank details for the payment standing order ???  People are happy to hand these details over as they think someone is going to give them some money !!!
Hi Jeff,
Re the iTunes scam. I had an email from iTunes telling me i had made a purchase for £29.95 on18th or 19th March. I had been in New York 'til 18th and wasn't using my phone.
Again, the email looked genuine enough and said click on the apple/itunes link, if I hadn't made this order. I hadn't.  I did click on the link, which brought up an ‘alert’ indicating I was about to enter a restricted website with adult content.
It originated from Brazil I think ( It only showed on my phone, and didn't come through to my pc or tablet !
Many thanks Jo – one to be wary of !
Hi Jeff,
Bogus Boiler Protection
Just a warning to others that someone phoned me yesterday, saying that as I hadn't made a claim for my plan for at least five years, I could have a reduction in the fee. 
As always, seems to be the way with a lot of sales calls now, they were vague about who they are and who I was talking to, but they went on to say that they held two card numbers for my payment details and wanted to check which one was correct.
He told me the first four digits of my card and wanted me to read the rest to him, four digits at a time.  He said their system would automatically delete the numbers as it went and the information was therefore secure. 
I asked him for his name, and he told me he was Marcus Abdullah
He gave me a number that I could call back on 08443343851.  When I asked him for the name of the company, he said it was ‘Boiler Protection Network’.
I told him that I was not going to give him card details over the phone and that I had never heard of his company and that I had cover elsewhere.  He sasked "Was I sure? "
I replied yes and said goodbye.
I might add, he dared to tell me that I should never give bank account details out over the phone, but in this case it was fine, because their system was such that it deleted the info, as it went along so that the whole number would not be kept.
My response was that a lot of damage could be done with card details and I had no intention, of giving the details to him.
The reason I write, is that he was very convincing in many ways and It worries me that someone else could come unstuck.
Many thanks please let everyone know.
NEXT: the Windows / Microsoft / BT telephone scam:
Hi Jeff,
This morning I had a call from BT.
A man with a strong Asian accent, told me that he could see from his systems that my computer was running slowly.  He asked me to turn on my computer to check, but as his accent was so strong, it was difficult to understand him.
I was suspicious, but not sure. He asked me to turn on my computer and to press certain keys on the key board.
I then refused to do any more, turned off my computer and phoned BT.  They said that the call was not from them and they do not cold call people in any event.
I checked his number using 1471 but I expect it is false.
As Ann had typed in the programme code to hand over her computer to the scammer, I have advised her to change all her passwords.  I would have thought everyone would be aware of this scam by now, but it may well be that we have been calling it the Microsoft / Windows scam and people therefore do not recognise it, when the scammer comes through as BT.
Please spread the message – there are still people out there who are vulnerable !
Hi Jeff,
I have just had 2 calls from someone purporting to be from HSBC.
They had my correct full name and requested I call HSBC immediately, giving me the number to ring.
Being of a suspicious nature and thinking this might be a scam, I checked with HSBC.  They have confirmed that the two numbers I was given are not HSBC are not recognized, nor have they had any cause to phone me.
I don't know whether your Fraud chaps can do anything with the numbers.
Have a nice weekend,
Unfortunately not, as the calls are generally generated abroad.  If you have a phone that displays the number, they fake it, as they do with websites, to show a local number, but the call is in fact international.  We – the UK - therefore has no jurisdiction and any fraud that occurs as a result, is of course an international crime, as it does not actually take place here within the jurisdiction, but up in the ‘cloud’!
If you get one of these scam calls / emails, the people to inform, are the banks themselves or the company involved, as to protect themselves and their reputation, they usually follow them up !  They also have departments that trace SCAM emails.
If it is phone calls you are getting, you can register with TPS - the Telephone Preference Service which can block calls – a FREE SERVICE OFFERED BY BT – or you can by a BT call-blocker phone from Amazon, which only allows calls through from numbers you have pre-accepted.
Eyes and ears.....................and brain
Message sent by
Jeffrey Pick (Police, NHW & Community Msg Co-ordinator, Windsor & Maidenhead LPA)

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