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Crime Update Friday 28 th April 2017 - Maidenhead

Alert message sent 28/04/2017 12:32:00

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This message is dated Friday 28th April 2017 for Maidenhead.
FIRST – Two distraction burglaries on Thursday 27th.  Both could possibly have been avoided, if the aggrieveds had used their door chains !!!  Particularly the incident in Summerleaze Road, where the man simply walked in, past the Aggrieved !
Door chains are not put on at night, or kept on all day.  They are only used, when someone knocks on the door, or rings the doorbell.  The important part is not the door chain itself, though that does add security, but the rattling noise it makes, when you put it on.  It immediately tells the person outside that you are security savvy, aware and will not, be an easy target !  It is much easier to tell someone to ‘go away’ and close the door, if it is on a chain and only open a few inches.
Hi Jeff
Like Sara, I answered the door to a young man on Monday in Pinkneys Green.  He had a large bag, but didn't set about offering anything for sale.  Instead, he showed me what he claimed was a ‘Hawker's’ or ‘Pedlar's’ certificate.
This didn't have any official distinguishing title or layout, but he told a story of being on a rehab program, after being in a Young Offenders institution.
He made mention of having come from Reading, and he appeared to be alone.  He was not aggressive, but a bit grumpy at my hard line and I was almost, tempted to give him a small amount of money, but stuck to the routine of pointing out the 'we do not buy...' sticker on the door.
I called 101 and provided as much info of the encounter as I could recall. It would be useful to have a picture of an authentic Pedlar's Certificate - the website suggests they are specific to a local authority, so maybe there is variation in layout.
I have attached a handout, with an image of a genuine ‘Pedlar’s Certificate’ issued by the police and the fake Hawkers Licence, made up on a computer.  Anyone going door to door, selling anything other than books or food, must obtain, have on their person and produce, a ‘Pedlar’s Certificate’.  These can be issued by any police force across the UK, after a background check has been carried out.  To obtain one, the applicant must be ‘of good character’.  Any previous criminal activity, will show up on the background check and the application will be refused – hence the production of these bogus ‘hawkers licences’.  Once a Pedlars Certificate has been issued, it can be used anywhere in the country.
Hi Jeff
Just a thought about giving bank details as understanding, may help people in the remembering!!!
In the olden days, we wrote cheques and would happily give them to friends, businesses, strangers - anyone to whom we owed money. Printed on the cheque was our name, bank account (8 digits) and sort code (six digits). As this info is on all cheques (a birthday fiver from Nan, and refunds that come through the post etc.) as well as the few cheques we write these days, we can deduce that these 8 & 6 digits cannot be used fraudulently- in fact, outside of a cheque they can only be used by someone wanting to *give* us money (they are the basis of a BACS payment - how I pay my window cleaner, and most odd job men have this info on their invoice as a quick (AND SAFE) way to get paid.
No other info is needed, or is safe to be shared. If you really are due millions they only need the 8 & 6 nothing else! The 16 and 3 or 4 digit numbers are different, they allow businesses to take money.
We often do give this out if we are buying over the phone or online - we have chosen to pay (and trust) this business.
Hope this helps
Thanks Benta, those were simpler times, when a thief walked around in a striped Tshirt with a bag marked swag !!  Computers and the internet, changed all that.  Identity theft was unknown then.
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27/4  2.30 p.m..  Summerleaze Road.  DISTRACTION BURGLARY.  Elderly aggrieved lives alone.  There was a knock at the door and when she opened it 2 men were standing there.  One man walked straight inside and into various rooms.  He was saying that there was damp indie the property and she needed a de-humidifier.  The aggrieved responded that there was no damp in the property, but he insisted and could fit them for £2,500 and do it that day.  This confused her as she did not know what a de-humidifier was.  The second man then knocked on the door and was let in by the first man and went upstairs to check for damp.  The aggrieved became so confused, she didn’t know what to do and just let them wander about.  After about 10 minutes he came back down.  After them being there for 45 minutes, she asked them to leave.  After they had gone, she phoned the police.  The police attended immediately and went over the house.  Upstairs they found her jewellery box on the bed, but she could not remember if she had put it there.  She has since phoned back to say cash has been stolen. They are described as 1.  White, Roughly 5’7’’, black medium length hair, short beard, navy blue long sleeved sweatshirt, navy blue cotton workman’s trousers, Irish accent, he did not look like a workman.  2.  White, 6’, dark brown hair, may have had stubble, wearing the same clothes as the first man, no Irish accent.
Can everyone remember and pass onto everyone they know.  See the similar incident below in Hungerford Drive.
26/4  Wednesday 7.30 p.m. / 8 p.m.  High Street.  Locked up bike stolen.  A blue, GT Bicycles, man’s, racing bike.
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26/4  Wednesday  1.20 p.m. / 2 p.m.  Park, A404 Bisham.  Car front passenger window smashed and workbag stolen.  Paperwork later found strewn all over the road.
27/4  Thursday 8.30 p.m. / 10.10 p.m.  Dean Lane, Cookham.  Car rear windscreen smashed and tool bag containing tools and a handbag, stolen from the boot.
27/4  Thursday 8.40 p.m. / 10.30 p.m.  Pub Car Park, Bath Road.  Car rear windscreen smashed and Laptop stolen
27/4  Thursday 1 p.m.  Hungerford Drive.  POTENTIAL DISTRACTION BURGLARY.  Elderly aggrieved, whose husband suffers from dementia was looking out of her front window when a man walked up the driveway.  Her husband went to answer the door, but the man still rang the doorbell.  She overheard a conversation at the door, then the man walked in and went to the kitchen saying ‘There’s something wrong with the damp course or wet rot’.  The man then suggested he use hi damp meter to show them where the damp was.  He then went around the bungalow, moving items and eventually showed them where he said the damp was coming in and said he had seen it from the outside.  The gadget he held was black and about the size of a match box, which he held against the wall.  He then said he had found other areas of damp as he walked around.  The aggrieved then started to become suspicious.  He had no ID, but said he came from V & L, when questioned.  He asked for contact details and left.  Outside he again said there was something wrong with the damp course and suggested he get a de-humidifier from his car.  There was then discussion about their purchase, when they had moved in and their survey.  The aggrieved was concerned, but did co-operate with him.  After he had left, she phoned her granddaughter, who immediately called the police.  Nothing appears to have been stolen.  He is described as 35 / 40 years old, not pale skinned, 5’9’’, average build, with an Irish accent, dark brown hair, wearing a bark coloured jacket with an elasticated waist and jogging bottoms.  A similar incident occurred in Summerleaze Road – see above - was reported to the police the same day.  Can everyone remember and pass onto everyone they know
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26/4  Wednesday 7 p.m. / 7.30 p.m.  Larchfield Community Centre, , Desborough Crescent.  Small black money tin containing cash, stolen from the kitchen area.
27/4  Thursday10.45 a.m. / 11 a.m.  Golf Centre, Drift Road.  Office broken into.  Petrol strimmer X 3 and petrol leaf blowers X 2.  The offenders are described as wearing hi viz jackets and driving a silver / grey Renault van
27/4  Thursday 7.25 p.m. / 10.45 p.m.  Pub Car park, High Street, Bray.  Rear windscreen smashed and suitcase stolen.
Eyes and ears.....................and brain
Hi Jeff
Another scam e-mail received yesterday. It purports to be from BT informing me that my latest Bill is ready.
The artwork was a very good copy of the usual Bill notice. So much so that I used the sign in button and saw a very strange web page.
Alerted, I contacted BT and obtained the forwarding address
I then deleted the e-mail and did a full virus scan with Kaspersky Adaware and Spybot, with negative results.
Caught out this time because I did not hover over the address which was a Hotmail account. Thought it worth warning that it's about.
Hi Jeff,
Here is another one for your collection !
Really appreciate your emails, please keep sending them
It’s from PayPal.  Addressed simply to an email address, so no – Dear customer / Dear mike.  It goes on to say they have transferred £46.30 to another account, but it may take a little while for the debit to show.  If you want to query the payment……………………Please click on the link.
Very clever addition, to say the payment will take some time to show, so that you cannot check out the transaction – which obviously Mike did not make.  The only way to find out what is alleged to have happened………….is to click on the link !!!
Hi Jeff,
I recently received an e-mail purporting to be from Marks & Spencer, asking me to change my password.
It looked genuine with no grammatical errors and contained pictures etc. but I was suspicious as they gave no reason for changing it. I contacted M & S via their website and they agreed it could be suspicious and asked me to forward it to them. I did so and got the reply that it was not genuine!.
Dear Jeff,
I disagree with those who have said that your scam warnings are becoming repetitive.  It is exactly these warnings that keep us on our toes and stop us from becoming complacent.
Please keep on giving us all the information we need to keep safe.  Please help us to stop not only ourselves but others from being scammed.
By the way, I enjoyed myself yesterday with someone who phoned from Microsoft Windows - I said how excited I was that someone was finally coming to deal with my windows as I desperately needed some double glazing ….
He put the phone down pretty quickly!
Thanks again for all your helpful tips about how to keep safe, much appreciated.
Message sent by
Jeffrey Pick (Police, NHW & Community Msg Co-ordinator, Windsor & Maidenhead LPA)

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