This message is dated Friday 18th January 2019 - Maidenhead
Alert message sent 18/01/2019 11:47:00
Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police
This message is dated Friday 18th January 2019 for Maidenhead.
FIRST: A reminder about cold callers and why no-one should buy goods and services at the door.
A man cold called a local resident at 11 a.m.. He said to the woman that opened the door, that he had arrived to complete some work, organised by her husband on the driveway. She then tried to contact her husband for confirmation, but was unable to get through. She told the man to hold off, until she could obtain confirmation.
At 3 p.m., she saw two men working on her driveway, filling in potholes and asked them to stop. They said they would finish what they were doing as it was free, in preparation for the tarmacking. Later she saw they had done more work, but had left.
When her husband returned, she discussed this with him and he knew nothing about it and had never discussed the driveway with anyone or requested anyone to do any work.
In their initial discussions, I believe the workman said the work would cost £1,500. They returned the next day asking for £5,800 to complete the work.
The man is described as olive skinned, brown hair, 30 - 33 years old, about 5’10, medium build wearing chinos and shirt & jumper, wearing a Hi Viz jacket.
Fortunately, these two residents were strong and secure enough, to say no - go away and don’t come back, we are giving you nothing as we did not ask to have the work done ! Others may not have felt so confident, feeling vulnerable and paid what they asked.
PLEASE, NEVER LET ANYONE START WORK, UNLESS YOU HAVE REQUESTED THEM TO DO IT, HAVE AN ESTIMATE AND A WRITTEN CONTRACT. PLEASE REMEMBER OUR NHW MOTTO: WE DO NOT BUY GOODS AND SERVICES AT THE DOOR.
If you equivocate / say you will think about it / - they will take this as a YES !
RIVERSIDE & BELMONT:
16/1 - 17/1 Wednesday 8 p.m. / Thursday 7 a.m. Hotel Car Park, Ray Mead Road. Car rear windscreen smashed - rucksack containing laptop stolen.
MAIDENHEAD WEST firstname.lastname@example.org BISHAM, COOKHAM, HURLEY, THE WALTHAMS, LITTLEWICK GREEN & KNOWL HILL:
16/1 Wednesday noon / 1.30 p.m. St Mary’s Centre, Cookham Road. Two tyres slashed, front and back passenger side.
PINKNEYS GREEN & FURZE PLATT: NO CRIME TO REPORT.
MAIDENHEAD SOUTH email@example.com BOYN HILL, COX GREEN & WOODLANDS PARK:
17/1 Thursday 4 a.m.. Wootton Way. CAR LEFT UNLOCKED SEARCHED. The owner’s CCTV shows a man approaching the car and open the passenger door. A few moments later a second man comes up and opens the driver’s side door and climbs in. After a few minutes, they both get out and move off. Loose change stolen. They are described as: 1. White, about 30 - 40 years old, wearing a red coat, blue jeans and white trainers. 2. White, about 30 - 40 years old, 5’8’’, grey top with pullover and grey trousers.
OLDFIELD & BRAY:
17/1 Wednesday 4 p.m. / Thursday 7.20 a.m. Harvest Hill Road. Building site entered and tools stolen from storage containers.
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