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This message is dated Friday 22nd March 2019 - Maidenhead

Alert message sent 22/03/2019 16:22:00

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. This message is dated Friday 22nd March 2019 for Maidenhead.
The aggrieved, who lives in Windsor, received a phone call on the 15th March, from someone purporting to be a police officer.  The PC explained that someone had used his bank card, to remove £300 from an ATM machine and spent £449 in a shop.  Shortly afterwards he was called by someone who said he was a sergeant from the Fraud Department.  The Sgt explained that as there had been fraud on his bank account, he should place all his funds into a safeguarding account. To ensure his money was safe. He could either transfer £20,000 into the safe account, or withdraw £14,000 in cash and the other £6,000 in foreign currency.  The aggrieved chose the latter and withdrew the foreign currency from a supermarket.  He was asked for all notes to be placed into a paper envelope and not to touch it.  A man purporting to be a police cadet came and collected it.  He and a member of the fraud department arranged to come back next week, when he had the rest of the cash. The aggrieved now believes something was odd and realised it was a scam and reported it to us.  He was alarmed that he had given the scammer all his personal details, so they knew where he lived.  Police PCSOs have visited him to day, to ensure he is OK.
The advice given:
Call Blocking
Most service providers offer some form of call blocking service which would mean that it may be possible to block the number that is calling. If victim contacts their service provider direct they should be able to advise the victim.
Telephone Preference Service
Although I appreciate this instance has been identified as a scam call I would recommend victim registering with the Telephone Preference Service which is a central opt out register where you can record your preference not to receive unsolicited sales or marketing calls.
CIFAS – Protective Registration
Sadly it is not uncommon for victim’s details to be added to what is known as a “Victims List” which gets sold onto other scammers. For a fee of £20 for 2 years “Protective Registration” will assist in protecting against identity fraud and from fraudsters using personal details to apply for products and services.
Credit Reports
It is recommended that the victim keeps a check on their credit report. The 3 main credit reference agencies in the UK are Experian, Call Credit and Equifax. Further details can be provided on this if required.
JUST TO ADD - I have had reports of Nottingham Knockers in Windsor  - The young lads and now girls who go door to door selling household products.  this week in Frances Road and others.  Please be on your guard and remember our NHW Motto
NEXT: I have been asked by Sarah at Trading Standards, to send this message out:
Dear Jeff,
Please can you put into your alert the following:-
We have been made aware of a spate of doorstep crimes, relating to the power washing and sealing of driveways, in the Maidenhead area. We have very few details other than no paperwork is being given. A reasonable quote is given at first and work starts immediately. Payment is soon requested - in cash. As the work progresses, the price is escalated and consumers feel intimidated, into giving large amounts of cash for little/poor quality work.
We only have a description of three men, one with an Irish accent who may be driving, a white transit type van.
If anybody is offered driveway work from a cold call, we would advise them not to deal with doorstep traders. If they see anybody doing this type of work on driveways of neighbours’, particularly if they are elderly or vulnerable and are concerned if it is safe to do so, take down any vehicle registrations and report the matter either on the police non emergency number 101, or alternatively / as well as, to ourselves, via the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 04 05 06.
Many thanks.
Sarah Stevens
Trading Standards Officer
Trading Standards Service
Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead
20/3 - 21/3  Wednesday 6 p.m. / Thursday 6.30 p.m.  Summerleaze Road.  Site broken into and fuel storage containers broken into, but nothing stolen.  900 litres of fuels stolen from lorries.
21/3  Thursday 4 p.m.  Car park, St Cloud Way.  A witness saw a boy and girl spraying graffiti in a stairwell.
20/3  Wednesday 7.45 p.m.  High Street.  A witness reported a car with its rear window smashed.  Not yet reported to us - unknown if anything stolen.
20/3  Wednesday 2.30 / 5.30 p.m.  St. Ives Road. Locked up bike stolen from a bike rack.  A black, Trek Allant, hybrid bike.
20/3 - 21/3  Wednesday 8 p.m. / Thursday 7.20 a.m.  Farm, Drift Road.  Caravan stolen.  The aggrieved lives in it !  It is a white & grey, Hobby Prestige caravan.
20/3  Wednesday 5 a.m. / 6 a.m.  Great Hill Crescent.  Garage break.  Marks found on the garage door frame, but the van outside also targeted.  Gardening equipment stolen.
20/3  Wednesday 7.45 p.m.  Beaufort Place.  A witness reports their neighbour’s car has been broken into.  Window smashed, but not yet reported by the owner.  Not known if anything stolen.
At a recent meeting speeding was raised with regard to Braywick Road.  I have followed this up with tony Carr and the outsourced Highways department.  I have had this reply:
Hi Jeff,
We don’t have any particularly recent surveys for the Braywick Road. I will get some fresh surveys ordered. However the last surveys that we carried out in 2012, would indicate that the ‘typical’ speed of traffic in each direction was around 42mph. There are a small proportion of speeding drivers, who are probably very visible to local residents, but the overall figures would indicate that there isn’t a speeding problem. It is nevertheless a very busy section road and I can understand that people would have difficulty crossing, especially at busy times. The Council is planning to introduce a signal controlled crossing within the next 12 to 18 months.
Although there are speed cameras on this section of road, one has been damaged due to vandalism and I’m not aware of the last time that the other camera was used. The Council has decided, not to fund repairs to the damaged camera, due to ‘wet film’ cameras now being obsolete. We have recommended that this site be upgraded to new digital cameras, but I understand that TVP, have identified other sites as being a priority for upgrades. I understand that one reason for this has been a reduction in the number of speeding offences that had been detected, which would suggest a decrease in overall traffic speeds.   
In the past, TVP have deployed a mobile camera van in the area that has enforced both directions on the Braywick Road as well as the service road, but again I’m not sure the last time that this was used. I would hope that this was still an option for TVP to address speeding concerns, raised by local residents.
Realistically, speed camera enforcement is the only practical means of speed management, on a busy dual carriageway such as this.
Please let me know if there are further queries about this.
Tony Carr BSc (Hons) MSc CMILT MCIHT
Principal Engineer
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Jeffrey Pick (Police, Community Engagement & Resilience Officer, Windsor & Maidenhead LPA)

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