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Crime Update Monday 10th April 2017 - Maidenhead

Alert message sent 10/04/2017 16:31:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

This message is dated Monday 10th April 2017 for Maidenhead.
Just a reminder – if the text of these messages does not format properly, but spreads across the page too far for you to read, it can be fixed.  Just email me and I will forward your email to Charlie at VisaV (who wrote the software) to get it fixed.  He does it by return, so do not wait.  I don’t want you to ignore these messages, because they are too hard to read !

I did a talk to a group called ‘THROB’ on Friday evening – The Heart Rehabilitation Organisation of Berkshire.  A brilliant turnout of members from all over RBWM.  They made me absolutely welcome, were a brilliant and interactive audience – just as I like it.  Some were on my Alert Database and up to speed with scams, crime prevention and current Frauds.  Those that did not receive messages, were obviously more vulnerable, as they had much less knowledge and awareness.  I wanted to thank Lynn the Chair, for inviting me and making sure, I had a really good evening.  Thank you, if you were there, I had a fantastic evening.
I know this is the time for AGMs and public / community meetings – I am happy to come along and do a Crime prevention / Fraud / Scam presentation if my schedule permits !  Simply email me at my police email:
8/4  Saturday 12.50 p.m.  Filmer RoadDISTRACTION BURGLARY.  Possibly connected to another in Maidenhead the same day.  Two men called at the door saying they were police officers.  They entered and started to search the house.  Bank cards stolen.
And the one below in Calder Court.
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8/4  Saturday 10.30 a.m. / 12.10 p.m.  Calder Court.  Burglary.  The owner was sitting outside, but went in to have a nap.  She found 2 men on the upstairs landing.  She asked one of the men what he was doing.  He said there was a leak in the roof they may need to get scaffolding to rectify it.  They took her downstairs and asked her to look at a leak from the ceiling (they had previously thrown water up the wall and over the ceiling, to look like a leak).  She then became suspicious and asked for ID.  When they had none, she pushed  them out of the flat.  When she checked, cash had been stolen from her handbag and more from a carrier bag in the lounge.  They are described as 1.  White, but olive skinned, in his 50s, 6 ft tall, very fat with brown hair, dark clothing, local accent, but sounded drunk.  2.  White, in his 40s, 5’6’’ tall, medium build with short brown hair, again dark clothing and a local accent. 
9/4  Sunday 6.20 p.m.  Servite House, Ray Park Avenue.  Property being renovated.  6 single bed bases stolen.
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7/4 – 8/4  Friday 4.45 p.m. / Saturday 7.30 a.m.  Terry’s Lane, Cookham.  Burglary.  Property under construction.  Containers broken into – table saw and power tools stolen.
3/4 – 7/4  Strande Park, Cookham.  CAR ENTERED BY UNKNOWN MEANS.  The owner was sure it had been locked.  The car had been searched, cleaning equipment stolen and paint poured over the seats as well as the front windscreen being smashed from the inside.
9/4  Sunday 5.55 p.m.  Athlone Close.  Burglary.  The owner has found keys and cash missing.  Unknown how the thief entered or left the property.
8/4  Saturday 1 a.m.  Harrow Lane.  Car has had three windows smashed.  Vandalism.
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10/4  Monday 2.30 a.m. Company Yard, Green Lane.  CCTV shows 2 men climbing over the gates into the yard.  They have then pulled open a window into the office and climbed inside.  They then smashed the CCTV cameras.  They have carried out a search and stolen a jar of coffee.
6/4 – 8/4  Thursday 8 p.m. / Saturday 9.30 a.m.  Clare Road.  Someone has spray painted a black line along the side of two cars.  The spray can was found nearby.
7/4 – 8/4  Friday 8.50 a.m. / noon.  Vanwell Road.  Screw pushed into the side wall of a tyre.  Another had been pushed into the centre of the tyre.  Repeat victim.
7/4  Friday 11.45  Rugby Club sports Ground, Braywick Park.  Bench set on fire.
First from Ximena,
She has received an email from ‘Outlook Support’, this must be Microsoft outlook support, supposedly:
Your mailbox is filled up…….to avoid de-activation….kindly click on the link.
We need to think logically when these arrive….If the mailbox was full, how did this email get through – along with a load of others !!!!
NEXT from Lisa:
She is apparently dues a refund from HMRC !
‘Following a review of your previous…….you are eligible for a tax refund of £265.84
Click the link below to complete a re refund request……
NEXT from David:
Dear Jeff,
I read your emails with great interest.  You might be interested in the following. 
I only answer my phone, if I know exactly who is calling, I have caller display and they have to be in that, before I answer the call.
I also monitor calls by not answering until they leave a message on my answerphone, saying who they are.  If they leave a message, then I will consider calling them back, but no end of callers don't bother to actually leave a message - their loss not mine. 
I have recently been getting calls from 01216236854 and they hang up, without leaving a message. One tip I learned some time ago, is to put the number into Google.  Often it tells you who that number belongs to or that there might be a problem with it.
I have done that with this number and it says it is a Scam caller, pretending to be from Microsoft and trying to get into computers. So, avoid it like the plague is my advice. 
Keep up the good work.
Thanks David, I could not have put it better myself !
NEXT from Stephen:
Hi jeff,
I have just had a very authentic looking email from o2.  It starts, ‘Thanks for staying with o2’.  It then says they are going to take a large sum from my bank account and to see details, I should click on the link below.
Running my curser over the link, it shows the original sender was not o2, bur someone called Kratky at abc enterprise !!!
I was not fooled, but the look of the email was perfect.
As always -                            DON’T DO IT
NEXT from Lynne
Good morning Jeff
Please find attached a photo of a van leaving our estate in the morning on 5th April.
When I was putting my car in the garage, I noticed this van, parked at the end of the garages opposite.  There was a black guy on his knees by a garage which is heavily padlocked.
I stood and looked straight at him and as soon as he realised he was being watched, he got up and got in his van and left the estate.  I slowly, walked back to our apartment.
I was unable to get the number plate but took the attached photo which maybe you have software that would be able to read it.
Many thanks in anticipation
When I ask you to report anything suspicious to us on the 101 number, this is exactly what I mean.
Lynne, noticed the van, her attention was drawn as she thought the man was acting suspiciously.  She did exactly the right thing, she stood there and made sure the man was aware that he had been seen, could be identified and potentially, she may have called the police.  The desired effect – he immediately made off and a crime was avoided.  There is a very old now Crime Prevention technique.  For a crime to take place, there needs to be an Offender, a Target and the Absence of a Community Guardian.  Change any of these and a crime cannot take place.  There will always be opportunist thieves out there, who will always find something to steal.  WE are the Community Guardians.  If Lynne hadn’t been there, that garage would possibly, have been broken into and items stolen.  We have to make sure that in any suspicious situation, we make sure as Community Guardians, we make our presence known.  If you see a suspicious leaflet deliverer / car parked up, with the wrong type of people inside, go outside and make your presence known – trim your hedges, do a bit of tidying outside and make sure, they know, they have been spotted.  If they are up to no good, they will always leave immediately and a potential crime has been prevented.
If you are going to take a photo using your phone, you must only do so, if it is safe.  You must never put yourself at risk !
NEXT: I have received this update from Nottingham Police Alert system:
Nottinghamshire Police have issued a warning following a series of distraction burglaries, targeting homes across the county during the recent warm weather.
Homeowners are being targeted by rogue traders, proposing as home improvement works.
While residents have been in conversation, an accomplice has entered the property through unlocked doors or windows to steal items.
Chief Inspector Phil Davies from Nottinghamshire Police said: "It's only natural that people will be enjoying the recent fine weather - but it is so important that residents stay on their guard, to avoid being targeted by would-be criminals.
"Even if you're out and about in the garden, always keep windows and doors locked to deter opportunist thieves and never purchase goods or
services from anyone who calls unexpectedly at your home.
"We are also asking you to keep an eye out for vulnerable friends, family members and neighbours and make sure they are doing all they can to protect themselves and their properties."
Anyone with any information about these incidents or who witnesses anything suspicious in their area is asked to call the Police on 101.
I could not have put it better myself – particularly during these early warm days, as we work, or even just sit, in our lovely spring gardens.  Windows must only be left open, if you are in that room !  Rear / side doors must be locked if you are working or just going in and out of the garden – tedious I know, but we have opportunist walk in thieves.  If they hear a mower / hedge trimmer being used in a garden, they will assume a rear door has been left open for access.  They walk down the side and try the rear door handle.  If the door is open, they walk in to grab whatever they can – ideally a handbag left on a work top.  If you return and catch them in your house, they will always be prepared.  In our shock, you will ask who they are and what they are doing inside your home.  They will have caught you off guard and will say – ‘I am looking for Tom’.  You will probably reply – ‘Tom who’ ?  ‘Doesn’t Tom live here’ ?  ‘No’ !  ‘Oh, sorry, wrong house’ !  they will then make off, leaving you standing, wondering what just happened, until you notice the handbag / wallet, missing from the work top – then reality dawns !  As soon as the sun shines, these walk in offences start ! 
Eyes and ears.....................and brain
Message sent by
Jeffrey Pick (Police, NHW & Community Msg Co-ordinator, Windsor & Maidenhead LPA)

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