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Crime Update Friday 23rd June 2017 - Maidenhead

Alert message sent 23/06/2017 09:25:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

This message is dated Friday 23rd June 2017 for Maidenhead.




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22/6  Thursday 10 a.m. / 4 p.m.  Laggan Road.  Burglary.  Thieves climbed over a rear garden fence to access the property.  The owners returned to find the bottom glass panel in the back door smashed.  Untidy search of the bedrooms.  Not known if anything stolen.

20/6 – 21/6  Tuesday 9 p.m. / Wednesday 11.30 a.m.  College Avenue.  Black paint sprayed along a car.

21/6  Wednesday 10 a.m. / 8.40 p.m.  North Town Moor.  Black paint sprayed along a car.

18/6 – 21/6  Jonathan Court.  CAR ENTERED BY UNKNOWN MEANS.  Searched.  Cash and SAT NAV stolen.







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21/6  Wednesday 10.35 p.m.  Camden Road.  A witness reported a man smash a car window, reach in and grab something and run off.




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Eyes and ears.....................and brain




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‘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:





FIRST a scam email into my police inbox !


It comes from the Package Recovery Unit, addressed to ‘Dear Esteemed Customer’ !  Apparently, I have a package / diplomatic pouch awaiting my collection.  It comes from the ‘European Financial Authorities’ and is highly classified !  It therefore needs my very urgent attention and should be dealt with promptly.  There is a large amount of cash involved !  Do I want to travel to Italy to collect it, or would I like them to deliver it to me………If I do, can I please supply them with full details !!!




NEXT from Malcolm the Sainsbury’s scam email:

It is addressed personally to Malcolm, it says that he has not claimed his gift card, despite being contacted recently.  The email goes on to say that he needs to do this immediately to avoid losing it, by clicking on the Link !!




NEXT another one from Malcolm:


This time, unaddressed from Audi.  As part of their promotion, he has won $900,000.00 !  Can he please let them have his full details to progress the transfer of funds !!




NEXT a phone scam from Rob:


Hi Jeff

At lunchtime today, I received a call from ‘Brian’, representing ATOL.  He told me that I was owed a refund on a fully inclusive holiday taken during the last two and a half years !


He asked if I was aware of this and I told him that I was aware of scams, before hanging up. His number came up as 0161 7110478 which has been subject of numerous Google enquiries.  No doubt I will now be pestered for some time to come !






The advice as always with these calls – just put the receiver down and disconnect them !  It is not rude to do this, while they are speaking !


Any conversation, means it is a real telephone line (the numbers for the calls are randomly computer generated) and a live number – with someone on the end of it that responds.  You may not fall for this particular scam, but the line is real with a potential victim attached.




A number of burglaries that take place in the summer months, entry is gained through insecure windows and doors, especially at the rear of the property. 

  • Ensure that windows and doors are closed and locked when you are out. Don’t leave small windows open believing them to be safe.
  • If you want to leave windows open while you sleep, fit window restrictors so they cannot be fully opened, or make sure they are not large enough to allow access to a burglar.
  • When out in your garden ensure that windows and doors to the front of the house are secure. It only takes a second for someone to get into your home and take things without you noticing.
  • Do not leave valuables on display in front of windows or in reach of open windows or doors.
  • Ensure that all barbecue and garden equipment and tools are securely locked up in a shed and out of sight. Tools can be used by the potential offender to break in to your home.
  • Consider fitting outside security lighting or a visible alarm to help deter burglars. Even using pea shingle or gravel on a driveway and spiky plants in garden beds can help.
  • Don’t leave any keys near entry points where they can be ‘fished’ or ‘hooked’ out through the window, letter box or cat flap.
  • Ensure any internal handle operated locks on UPVC doors are fully secured with a key.

Sheds :
Offenders see sheds as easy pickings because they are unprotected and lack basic security measures. The buildings often contain property that can be sold on or implements that can be used to force entry into the owner’s home.

  • Many sheds whilst being of good construction fall short on basic security.
  • It is easy to unscrew the ironmongery, steal contents and in some cases replace the screws to make it look as if the shed has not been tampered with.
  • By using tamper proof screws or coach bolts together with a good quality pad bar or hasp and staple and close shackled padlock, the shed owner will make it harder for the would-be thief.
  • It is also a good idea to bond any window glass in, with mastic to prevent easy removal.
  • Ensure all tools and equipment is locked away when not in use.
  • High-quality locks should be used on doors. Windows can be fitted with a grille or, as a cheaper alternative, chicken wire, to slow a thief down.
  • A shed alarm can also be installed.
  • Please register your valuables at
  • Installing security lighting as a deterrent, and plants such as thorny shrubs to act as a barrier at potential access points.
  • If building a shed, putting it where it is most visible to you and neighbours.

Going on holiday:

  • Make your home look occupied.
  • If you're out or going away, ask a trusted neighbour to open and close your curtains for you.
  • Ask a neighbour if they don't mind parking their car on your driveway and trimming your garden to make your home look occupied.
  • Cut the front and back lawns before you go away and trim any plants that burglars could hide behind.
  • Cancel milk and newspaper deliveries.
  • Before your holiday, don’t advertise that you are going away on Facebook, Twitter etc
  • Leave important documents and valuable personal items with other family members or a bank.

Double-check that you've locked all windows & doors. Set your burglar alarm

Message sent by
Jeffrey Pick (Police, NHW & Community Msg Co-ordinator, Windsor & Maidenhead LPA)

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