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Crime Update Wednesday 29th March 2017 - Maidenhead

Alert message sent 29/03/2017 10:51:00

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This message is dated Wednesday 29th March 2017 for Maidenhead.
For information:
Met Police Officers were called to attend stand 317 at Heathrow Airport, regarding a Virgin flight being struck by red laser on approach to LHR.  The captain and 1st Officer say the incident happened to the right side of the aircraft.  They stated that they were at around 4,500ft over Wokingham area on course to land, when they witnessed a red laser beam, moving around to the right side of the aircraft.
The laser did not dazzle the pilot, as it did not make contact with the aircraft.
There could be an offence under Section 224(1) - Light Liable to Endanger.
The location of this offence is Maidenhead and should be shown to TVP.
We take these reports extremely seriously – particularly at this time.  If you know of anyone with one of these strong lasers – please let them now that if they shine them up at aircraft approaching Heathrow, they could expect a knock at the door !
A message from TVP Technical department about the issues being fed back about the new Alert APP.
Some of you may be aware that there have been login issues with the new Thames Valley Alert App, which was launched on Monday (27/3).
The Android app has now been updated with labels to show that the registered email address is the login username, and the login buttons can be seen more clearly when the app loads. Also, the keyboard will not obscure the input boxes.

The iPhone update is expected to be available within the next 24-48 hours.
Please pass on this advice to alerts users who may have experienced issues with the initial version of the app. The login issues were not due to technical problems but the new updates are expected to resolve them.
Thank you for your patience.
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27/3  Tuesday  7.40 p.m. / 9.20 p.m.  High Street.  Bike locked in a bike rack stolen.  Cable lock cut through.  A blue, Boardman, racing bike – WITH FRAME NUMBER.
27/3 – 28/3  Tuesday 4 p.m. / Wednesday 11.40 a.m.  Ray Mill Road East.  CAR ENTERED BY UNKNOWN MEANS – WALLET PHONE & SAT NAV STOLEN
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25/3 - 27/3  Harvest Hill Road.  Burglary.  Thieves climbed over a fence into the garden from Walker Road.  They then walked into the rear of the property through a rear door WHICH HAD INADVERTANTLY BEEN LEFT UNLOCKED.  The thief searched the whole house.  When leaving he tried to use the front door, but it was double locked.  Cash and alcohol stolen.
25/3 – 27/3  Saturday 7 p.m. / Tuesday 9.30 a.m.  Gainsborough Drive.  Burglary.  THIEVES ENTERED THE HOUSE BY UNKNOWN MEANS – Sony Playstation stolen.
27/2  Tuesday  Bissley Drive.  Car badly keyed.  Repeat victim, 3rd time.
27/3  Tuesday 1 a.m. / 8.45 a.m.  Hotel car park, Manor Lane.  Car window smashed and car searched – nothing stolen.
Hi Jeff:
Just a few thoughts you may wish to pass on; -
I keep as part of my contacts’ list, all the e-mail addresses for various genuine companies, such as Paypal, Apple that have e-mail address to send scam e-mails to purporting to be from those respective companies. For example Apple has two, and, so I name them SpamApple or SpamiCloud, so when I receive a spam e-mail from any company I just type spamCOMPANYNAME to pick the relevant one to forward it to.
Additionally as I use Outlook I can copy the e-mail header information and put that at the beginning of the e-mail so they can analyse it for source IP addresses etc. I don’t think this is so easily done with a tablet or mobile.
Another destination I send scam e-mails to is SCAMReporting (, As you can see that is SCAMReporting in my contact list. You may well have issued this mail address bit I was just making sure.
The main way I keep on top of these, (I haven’t been caught yet….), is especially simple when I don’t even have a PayPal or specific bank account, it is so obvious it is a scam e-mail.
Many Thanks,
NEXT: some good advice after an experience from Susan:
Hi Jeff.
This true story happened some years back, when my neighbour knocked on my door, asking to borrow my ladders and my son, as she had locked herself out, but had left an upstairs window open, hence the ladder and my son, hoping he could climb up and in.
My son said - 'have you still got a cat flap' - the answer was yes.
He disappeared around the side of her house & within minutes, opened her front door.
I was horrified and asked, ‘can you do that with my cat flap’ ?  The answer was yes, I have done several times.
That afternoon, I had a flat Chubb chain fitted an from that day, have never left the key in the lock and as it so happens, neither has my neighbour.
That’s no me giving you generic police advice – you heard it from one of your own !
NEXT Nottingham Knockers in the area. From Ann:
Dear Jeff 
I refer to your bulletin today about attempted break-ins on Courthouse, St Mark's and Portlock Roads on 24th.  These may possibly be linked to the break in, in Havelock Road.
On Tues 21st March, I reported to 101 that a Nottingham Knocker was calling at houses in Havelock Road.  Usual chat, "comes from Middlesbrough, just released from prison……….."
He did not display a Pedlars Certificate and although I have a police notice on my front door ‘I don't buy at the door’.  I had to reinforce this.  He muttered something, then moved on, to other neighbours with a rucksack, which looked very lightly loaded.
On Friday 24th, at approx 09.40 a.m., I heard noises outside in my back garden and initially thought it was one of my neighbours,  I went to unlock my kitchen door and saw a shadow, race past through the frosted glass.  I rushed to the front door and saw what looked to be a young lad, race off my driveway on a bike.
I have ensured that my high side gate has a padlock securely locked at all times now. Fortunately, the back entrance to my garage was locked.  
Thanks Ann.  FIRST – If the mention having been to prison, making they way back into life whatever – you immediately know they do not have a Pedlars Certificate.  These can only be issued to ‘those of good character’ and having been to prison immediately means they can never get one !  SECONDLY - there is no actual connection, between the young lads who call door to door and subsequent burglaries, other that the information they gather about vulnerable potential victims who may have cash in the house.  They do not carry out any potential burglaries.  Those are carried out by other offenders who buy the lists of potential targets.  That is why it is essential that no-one buy from them, but make them move on.  If you don’t interact with them, you won’t get on the potential target list !
FINALLYAnother, but this time old traditional style, scam !  This was in Bray.
Hi Jeff
On Tuesday, a large white van draw up on our drive and a young man knocked at the door.  He said his company had been doing an exhibition in Maidenhead, which had finished and he had plants, garden furniture and equipment over, available to sell cheaply.  He invited us, to look in his van.
We said no thank-you.
He did gave us a professional looking leaflet with an address and e mail.
We checked the e mail, but it was not genuine !
Maybe other people have experienced this ?  The young man seemed very convincing and the business cards look very professional. We are guessing this is a scam and if so people should be aware of this.
This is the type of scam we used to get.  They might have ex-exhibition carpets, paintings, TVs, clothes even- and very often – leather jackets.  The paperwork is easy to print out and business cards can be purchased online or even printed out at home now !
Remember the NHW Motto:
Eyes and ears.....................and brain
Message sent by
Jeffrey Pick (Police, NHW & Community Msg Co-ordinator, Windsor & Maidenhead LPA)

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