This message is dated Thursday 15th November 2018 for Maidenhead.
FIRST - We are about to start our official Winter Burglary Campaign on 1st December !
I have been drip feeding the relevant Crime Prevention advice, since the beginning of October, when the evenings drew in and clocks changed. I have attached:
- NHW Handout - How to do an Onion Home Security Survey
- Details of Guard Cams
- Details of Fake TVs
- Details of Camera Doorbells
Please send these attachments onto everyone you know in your personal address books, to protect them, as the darker evenings draw in.
The number one deterrent though - is a burglar alarm.
If you don’t have one, or cannot afford one, get a dummy box put up !
I have been tasked with organising Community Meetings, in 'Maidenhead West' and 'Maidenhead South' to begin with, to promote 'The Winter Burglary Campaign', as they appear to be the hotspot areas.
That means - to begin with - before 10th December, when I next go on A/L, meetings in the Cookhams, The Walthams, Hurley, Cox Green, Woodlands Park, Boyn Hill, Holyport and Bray !
I need some help please. In some of these places, we have active NHW groups and I would appreciate it ,if you could find a local venue such as a local church hall / community centre - and a date. I will then promote it via the Alert system and come along with appropriate PCs / PCSOs / RBWM Community Wardens, so that we can have a complete update of crime prevention and any other issues you may have. It would be best if the meetings could be on a weekday evening, between 7 p.m. / 9 p.m.
I am really looking forward to making contact with you all. If you can help. PCSOs, as we speak, are making contact with community centres and other venues on their patches.
I have been chatting to CID and they would like to remind everyone that we have recently had a few burglaries, where entry has been gained via the first floor - which is very unusual. They believe, this may be because people are only setting the ground floor zone of their alarm when leaving properties, rather than setting the whole thing. Can we please remind everyone with an alarm,
- to set the ground floor when they go to bed - if they have a house - and
- all zones, if they go out during the day / evening / holidays.
They also asked me to remind everyone:-
What lights do you leave on, if you are not going to get home and it will be dark after work ?
On a normal night - when the house is fully occupied - go outside and have a look. That is what it must be like, if you are not home. If you have children / grand children at home………that can mean every light in the house. They know how to turn lights on, but have never learnt to turn them off !
NEXT - this happened in Ascot - but could happen anywere !
A old scam has re-emerged - this was the second recently. The first was in a supermarket carpark. A scammer came up to the driver and said their car had been bumped in the car park and took the driver to see the damage. While there, an accomplice stole her handbag from the front seat. This one was in Ascot, but it could happen anywhere - be on your guard:
12/11 Monday 12.30 p.m. Supermarket Car Park Ascot. The victim of a scam was driving home in her car, when she was flagged down by another motorist, who told her there was a cable hanging down under her car. She parked up and went to investigate. The passenger of the other car was holding a short piece of wire. The driver of that car was hanging around suspiciously. She was asked to look under the car. When she got home, she found her purse had been taken from the handbag on the front seat. The Fraud department from her bank contacted her to say there had been several suspicious activations from her account. Later she found other cards had been used. Again, please let everyone you know about this scam. There have been several in the past involving people saying in car parks, that someone has bumped the victim’s car. BE ON YOUR GUARD.
NEXT: - OUR SECOND DISTRACTION BURGLARY IN A COUPLE OF MONTHS - IT HAPPENED IN OLD WINDSOR, BUT IT COULD HAVE BEEN ANYWHERE:
13/11 Tuesday 5.35 p.m. Queen’s Close. DISTRACTION BURGLARY. The elderly owner answered the door, to a man who said he was from the ‘Water Board’. He explained that needed to be turned off, as ‘nasty brown stuff’ would come out. He came into the house to the kitchen and helped the owner move stuff from under the sink. While he was doing this distracting the owner, it is believed an accomplice came into the house and stole cash from her purse in the living room. At the Morning Briefing, Detective Inspector Will Crowther, informed me that he believes his team has identified this offender and they are currently searching for him. Please be on your guard, until he has been apprehended. In the last case, he asked the aggrieved to run a bath full of water upstairs, while he stole cash from downstairs. Just a reminder - ‘The Water Board’ no longer exists ! We are supplied with our water now by ‘Thames Water’. If you have contacts at day centres, lunch clubs etc. Please let everyone know.
NEXT: A BOGUS BUILDER INCIDENT:
12/11 Monday. 2.45 p.m. Walker Road. This has come to us via Trading Standards. The victim agreed to have some roof work done, for which they paid £23,000, but very little work has been carried out. PLEASE - if you see a builder’s board / van / skip, appearing outside the home of an elderly / vulnerable neighbour, ALWAYS let us know. We will never reveal that you have told us, as soften these people are fiercely independent. We will arrange for a PCSO / RBWM Community Warden, to ‘happen’ to walk past and make enquiries, to make sure everything is legitimate.
SOME GOOD NEWS: I have asking our local CID department, to let me know much more about the really good work and arrests they make, for me to circulate, so that you are much more aware of the huge amount of work being undertaken behind the scenes, rather than my just reporting the crimes. As a result, I have been asked to circulate this by DS Anna Davison, from our Local CID department: There are very strict rules about what the police can and cannot release, but there are of course, things we can say:-
Burglary Arrests – Two males were arrested on Tuesday (13/11/18) in relation to several burglary offences across both Thames Valley and Surrey Police areas. Detectives are currently completing an extensive investigation and both males currently remain in custody.
There is another update in the Distraction Burglary below - AND:-
They also said at our morning police briefing, that they had more news today about another group of burglars - who come from abroad - that have been targeting us. They are working on the offenders today and hope to have good news for me to circulate, tomorrow !!
NEXT: From Wayne Eveleigh, who has recently been promoted to Senior RBWM Community Warden ! Congratulations !
Could advertise the 9th Annual Windsor Toy Run for us, please ? Father Christmases’ riding motorbikes !!
It will take place at noon on Sunday 25th November, leaving from Ascot Race Course - Car Park 2.
For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Find us on Facebook @ The Windsor Toy Run.
Senior Community Warden
Communities, Enforcement and Partnership Service
The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead,
Town Hall St Ives Road, MAIDENHEAD, SL6 1RF
13/11 Tuesday 5 p.m. / 6.15 p.m. King Street. Locked up bike stolen. A white & blue, Carrera Kraken, mountain bike.
15/11 Thursday 1 a.m. Frascati Way. The police while out on patrol located a person, who had been reporting as missing. He had with him a bike, which the police believed to have been a stolen bike. He was arrested on suspicion of theft of a pedal cycle. The bike is a black, Dunlop, mountain bike. Have you lost this bike ??
RIVERSIDE & BELMONT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
BISHAM, COOKHAM, HURLEY, THE WALTHAMS, LITTLEWICK GREEN & KNOWL HILL:
15/11 Thursday 3.50 a.m. Business, Station Parade. The owner received a mobile alert and saw on their remote CCTV to their phone, people inside the premises. Police attended immediately with a tracker dog. A window had been smashed. Not yet known what was stolen, but the dog tracked to an area, where a small cash box was found.
PINKNEYS GREEN & FURZE PLATT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
BOYN HILL, COX GREEN & WOODLANDS PARK:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
OLDFIELD & BRAY:
14/11 Wednesday midnight / 7.40 a.m. Trenchard Way, Holyport. On Wednesday, the rear index plate was stolen from a car. This was replaced on Wednesday, but now the replacement has been stolen !
FIRST:- Some advice for anyone travelling abroad on holiday !!
The attached received today may be of interest.
I was hacked in May, while travelling in China where all WiFi is ‘unsecured’ even in Western owned hotels.
Apparently my contacts were being targeted with that old scam- -i.e We are on holiday and all our cash and passports have been stolen and desperate for monetary assistance to enable repatriation.
This scam is fairly well known these days and my contacts recognised as such immediately.
Everyone needs to be careful, when travelling abroad and using hotel / open networks.
Your work in educating public in these areas, is appreciated.
NEXT: a scam email from Christine:
She has received an email from a company to say that she is using old security settings. Could she please follow the link they have set out below, to update them, or her service will be interrupted !!
DON’T DO IT !
NEXT: from Gaynor.
She has received an email from the Xero billing team, which contains an invoice. It goes on to say her account will be debited from her credit card.
For more details, she was to click on one of several enquiry links, they set out in the email.
DON’T DO IT !
I am afraid the PEC are slow to answer at the moment - hence my recommendation that you let us know using the online reporting system:
Eyes and ears.....................and brain
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