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Crime Update Wednesday 7th June 2017 - Maidenhead

Alert message sent 07/06/2017 13:46:00

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This message is dated Wednesday 7th June 2017 for Maidenhead.
First - my thanks to Ethi and her Woodside, Dinner Club !  I was invited to make an after dinner presentation and received a brilliant response from everyone there.  They came from all over RBWM.
Most presenters will tell you, a receptive audience, can make an enormous difference.  When we all work together and interact, everyone has a good time and we did laugh a lot.  I was talking about ‘Nottingham knockers’, when a member of the audience called me out, as his wife came from Nottingham !!  I won’t elaborate where the conversation went, but it did make us all laugh !
I always try and make NHW Start Up meetings and presentations amusing, enjoyable as well as being informative – A spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down.  No-one wants to come out and be bored rigid !  If you want me to come and speak to your group, refresh interest in your scheme, keep abreast of what is happening crime-wise in RBWM, simply email me at my police email below and I will be happy to come along.  As I said in a message last week, we are trying to ‘standardise’ our approach to NHW, so if you have not been a recognised scheme, but would like to be – just let me know and I will come and Start you up !
Hi Jeff,
Hope you are well.
Would you be able to include the following in a TVP alert, if you're planning to send one out in the next couple of days ... in the same way that you've done for us before?
It would be great if you could.
Thanks in advance,
Colin Gault
WAM Get Involved

01753 524176/219112
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As part of the annual celebration that is Volunteers Week (1st to 7th June) WAM Get Involved are providing a number of opportunities during the week to celebrate volunteering and community involvement in RBWM and to encourage more people to sign up to get involved !
So if you’ve ever wondered what’s happening in your area, need more information about how you can volunteer or would simply like to find out about local activities and services that would benefit you, your family and friends.
Why not drop by for a chat ... and find out about a whole range of charities and community groups who are involved in your area.
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7/6  Wednesday  1.32 a.m.  Ellington Park.  The aggrieved was in their car, when a lad rode up on a moped, kicked his wing mirror causing damage.
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5/6  Monday 1.50 a.m. / 12.35 p.m.  Garage, High Street, Wargrave.  CCTV shows 4 men on the forecourt stealing wheel caps.
6/6 – 7/6  Tuesday 6 p.m. / Wednesday 8.50 a.m.  Green Leys.  Wheel stolen from the back of a Vauxhall Corsa.
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Eyes and ears.....................and brain
‘You can play your part in helping to tackle the terrorist threat facing the UK’.
‘Everyone, from law enforcement, to businesses, to the general public, has a role to play in keeping the UK safe from terrorism and to effectively combat the threat.  Everyone needs to work together.  Our aim, is to encourage people to be more vigilant – ‘if you suspect it, report it’ – please report all suspicious activity to the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321’.
‘For more information follow this link:
Dear Jeff
Today I received a message from "H M Revenue and Customs – apparently I have a Tax refund !
It was clearly a scam – when I put my curser over the link it was going to an address completely unconnected with HMRC !  I immediately deleted unopened !
Please do include in your invaluable messages.
Scam Tax refund emails are going out by the thousand !
NEXT from Lindsey
Hi Jeff
I just had a call from a person who addressed me by first name and gave his name.
He then said, "I hope you remember me, I’m phoning you, because your electricity for my company name, is due for renewal”.  “I just wanted to let you know that as its due for renewal, we need to confirm some details.”
When I explained that my company doesn’t have its own electricity contract, he asked if I was paying a landlord… when I said no, he asked if I worked from home.
The point with this kind of potential scam, is that they rely on people being too embarrassed to say “No, I don’t remember you”.
What is really happening here, is that our brains are so involved with trying to remember the voice that we give answers to questions, before we realise what we are saying and how much information we are actually giving away. It's a common ploy of course, and extremely effective, unless we are tougher with our rebuttal, of their first sentence!  
Kind regards,
Thanks Lindsey.  We are all brought up to be polite and not to embarrass people.  To say we did not remember them, may cause embarrassment, so we avoid it and just go along with what they are saying.  It is exactly the same with Cold Callers at the front door.  People buy unwanted cleaning products from Nottingham Knockers through embarrassment or fear.
We are also trained, from early school age to be respectful and answer questions, when asked.  The first thing you learn on any ‘Media Course’, is that you do not have to answer a question, just because someone asks it.  That is why I say, no conversations with cold callers.  We always try and be helpful, which can be a problem – when faced with - “I called at the house next door, but there was no answer” !  we could easily respond with the truth – “Oh no, they are away on holiday in the Caribbean for the next Month” !  OR “Oh no, they work in the city and never get home before 9 p.m.” !!!  It is the same on the phone – we tend to give out personal information, without realizing we are doing it.
Dear Jeffrey
I should like some clarification about how the police want us to behave towards door-to-door salesman, such as “Nottingham Knockers”.
My wife and I initially felt sorry for these young men, who appeared on  a quite regular basis on our doorstep, selling dusters etc from a sports bag, explaining that they had been recently released from gaol and this was a way, of getting back into work.
Then we were told by a policeman that these young men are in fact scouting for vulnerable people and properties and that we should refuse to buy from them and report their presence to the police.
We have not been troubled by them for some time, but today, I was working in the back garden when a well-built, tattooed man in his late twenties, (I would guess) hailed me from the garden gate, which gives access from our front  garden to the back garden. I thought it might be somebody I knew so went towards the gate and as I approached the gate realised that it was a stranger with a Nottingham Knocker type sports bag on his back.
He started commenting on what a lovely property I had, was I the man of the house and stuck out his hand. I immediately became wary and he explained that he was on some sort of 'Scottish Probation Release' programme and would I like to buy anything?  Acting on previous advice from the police, I told him that we had been advised not to buy from people who came to the door.  He immediately became aggressive and asked me fairly unpleasantly, whether we had ever helped somebody like him in the past ?   I replied that we had in the past, but had accepted police advice not to.
He walked off with an angry demeanour. I found the whole encounter, which all happened in my garden, quite disturbing, because this aggressive stranger, had invaded my space.
Since I am aware that some of our neighbours are often away, I immediately phoned 101 and reported what had happened and 5 minutes later was able to photograph the man, as he walked back past out windows, so I was subsequently able to give a good description to the lady on 101- he is also on the CCTV of the neighbours.
Sometime shortly afterwards, a policeman arrived at our front door and I was able to show him a photograph of the young man and to explain what had happened.  he said that if he found the man in Marlow, he would talk to him but told me that the young man was probably a legitimate hawker, who had come out of prison and door-to-door selling, was a way of getting him back into work.
We appreciated the police arriving so quickly, but my wife and I are now confused. Should we take pity on these young men because they are legitimately trying to get back into work, or should we refuse tom have anything to do with them and report them to the police, because they are scouting looking for vulnerable people and properties to rob ?
What is police force’s view?
Kind regards
Hi Mike,
Unfortunately the police officer, gave the wrong advice.
For anyone to go door to door selling anything other than books or food - they need a Pedlars Certificate.
These are issued by any police force across the country, but will only be issued to a person of 'impeccable character' !  So - the minute anyone explains to you, that they have just come out of prison / making their way back into society - you know instantly, they don't have one !
What they will show you is a made up 'Hawkers Identification', that they have prepared and printed out themselves.  These have no value or authority.
The advice I have been giving out for years, is the correct advice.  You should not buy anything from anyone that cold calls at your door.
The function of a Nottingham Knocker / young unemployed lad - and now girl - going door to door, is to locate the addresses of potential victims - elderly, vulnerable elderly residents with a stash of cash in the house.
They can do this very easily.  The items you have purchased, will come to a note - usually £10.  They note how long it takes the person to get the note, then they look at the condition of it - if it is crumpled out of a purse, they are not interested.  If it is crisp and flat - and smells musty - it comes from an unused stash in the house.  Those addresses are recorded and the Knocker gets an additional payment for each address they find.
The addresses are then sold in prisons to whoever.  The tarmaccers / roofers / gardeners / double glazing people etc. start arriving to people on what is referred to as a Succours list !
You carry on doing what you have been doing.  It protects you and your community !
Message sent by
Jeffrey Pick (Police, NHW & Community Msg Co-ordinator, Windsor & Maidenhead LPA)

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