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This message is dated Friday 26th April 2019 - Windsor

Alert message sent 26/04/2019 13:54:00

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This message is dated Friday 26th April 2019 for Windsor.
More really good advice, if you have a keyless car:
Hi Jeff,
Much is being made of the risks associated with keyless entry fobs, with recommendations to cut the risk including faraday cages and keeping in the microwave or fridge.  However, many, if not all, such fobs include a lock button that overrides the keyless function, even deadlocking with a double-press so that the doors cannot even be opened from the inside. If used this way the car can only be opened and started using the unlock button on the fob.  If you want to cut the risk of your car being stolen by the use of signal amplifiers, simply use the fob the traditional way.
Pc Phil Collings is overseeing all the Courier frauds, so that one person sees them all and can then make plans to combat them.
One of his ideas was to create a talking head video, to show people exactly what happens, that everyone can then circulate to their friends, families, work colleagues and neighbours.
I asked for two volunteer actors, to represent actual victims and Sue and Angus immediately volunteered.  We will be filming this on Monday and will circulate it as soon as we have done the editing !
I can no longer attach images of any kind to Alert messages, so it will go out on Facebook and Twitter.
As I cannot put images in messages, a lot are going out on Facebook.
So - follow us on Facebook:
Relating to Courier Scams - where mobile phones are delivered to you - by mistake - and a courier will be sent to collect them, I have had this in from Jane:
Hi Jeff.
Re Courier scams. I had this happen to me in February.
Luckily your training paid off and I realised it was a scam, but I'm still trying to sort it out. The company which sent the phones, promised to ring me several times, but didn't.  Eventually, they said it was sorted out and could I return the phone to them.
I still get a weekly letter, saying I owe them money and my credit rating will be effected and they will send in the bailiffs.
Then I get another letter saying, it's sorted and so it continues. I too reported it to 101 and Action Fraud who were not very helpful.
These scams come and go.  We had some at the beginning of the year, then they dropped off, but have started again.
If you get a call from someone purporting to be a delivery company, to say a package has been placed on a van for delivery and has already been dispatched, so cannot be called back and a courier will come to collect it after delivery, tell them you understand it is a scam and that you will not be handing the package over, but taking it to the police station.
If a parcel is delivered, you must not hand it to anyone asn your identity has been copied and purchased on a card, which will be chargeable to you.  Make contact with that company and explain what has happened and return the phone - making sure it has to be signed for at their end and you have proof of postage.
Then you need to carry out a credit check, to make sure they have not purchased anything else, or taken out loans in your name !
NEXT:  Supermarket Car Park Scam:
Hello Jeff
I would like to report a distraction theft in the car park of a supermarket in Dedworth today, Thursday, at about 1230.
My wife had just put her shopping into her car. Locked it and went to take the trolley back.  On returning and unlocking her car, she was approached by a white female and a man seemingly with strong accents. They asked for directions to Burnham, where they were to meet her sister.  They said they were unsure where they were.  My wife suggested they ask in the shop.  My wife got into her car and came home.  She noticed an Asian male joined them, as she left. She has good descriptions of all of them.
Later that day, my wife received a text message from her bank, regarding possible fraud involving her debit card. Oddly, this was message had a suspected Scam attachment, from her phone company !
Thinking at first that it was a scam, we discussed it and I asked my wife where this card was. She could not locate it. She immediately alerted the bank and roughly £125 had been taken from her account, but there had been a further attempt to withdraw £250 cash, which failed.
All the successful purchases, were via "contactless" methods. The card was cancelled.
This one card must have been taken from her wallet inside her handbag, which was zipped up and on the front passenger seat, in matter of seconds. Just the one card was taken leaving others untouched and not even taking £100 in cash. Obviously, they knew what they were doing and quite professional.
My wife is quite shocked that this could happen to her, as she is very aware of such cases, but was drawn in by people asking for help. Taken off guard, this could happen easily to anyone.
Another warning to us all.
The woman, was slim  with dark long hair, mid twenties, wearing blue torn jeans (horizontal tears around the knee ).
The man was in his fifties. Chunky build with a large face especially his nose with pock marked skin.
Best Wishes
Thanks Rod - Can everyone be on their guard and remain aware.
A very similar incident happened in a supermarket car park in Ascot:
25/4  Thursday 4.50 p.m. / 5 p.m.  Supermarket Car Park, London Road.  The aggrieved had parked near the trolleys.  She had finished shopping and loading her car, leaving her handbag on the front street.  She returned the trolley and returned to her car.  She noticed some damage to her car front lights.  A man came up to ask if she had a problem. And she responded that someone had hit her car.  He said he had witnessed the bump and took the aggrieved to a car, where a woman was sitting, who denied hitting the car.  The man then walked off and another witness said they saw him walking to the aggrieved’s car, opening the door and taking something from inside.  The aggrieved’s handbag and contents were stolen including cash, credit cards and iPhone.  All the cards have been cancelled and nothing has been removed from any accounts.
The man is described as white, 5’6’’, Irish accent, round build wearing grey and white clothing.
24/4  Wednesday noon / 6 p.m.  Riverside Station car Park.  Car vandalised - windows smashed.
24/4  Wednesday 5.10 p.m.  Rugby Pitch, Home Park.  A witness reported 7 young people (5 boys and 2 girls) swinging on the rugby posts causing damage.
24/4 - 25/4 Wednesday 8 p.m. / Thursday 4.50 a.m.  Bell Lane, Eton Wick.  Right wing mirror stolen and mirror from the passenger side wing mirror stolen from a grey, mini van transporter.
24/4  Wednesday 2 p.m. / 7.30 p.m.  Sidney Road.  Possible attempted burglary.  The owner returned to find foot and hand marks around front & back door as well as a window frame.  No entry gained and nothing taken.
23/4 - 24/4  Tuesday 3.50 p.m. / Wednesday 8 p.m.  Riverside Station Car Park.  Car rear windscreen smashed - suitcase stolen from the back seat
25/4  Thursday 8 a.m. / 7.40 p.m.  Douglas Lane, Wraysbury.  Vamoose Burglary.  The owner returned to find a pane of glass smashed in the front door.  Search of kitchen and their car missing from the driveway.  A silver Mercedes C Class index SN ** JJL.  The car later made off from Surrey Police.
26/4  Friday midnight / 9 a.m.  Slough Road, Datchet.  Vamoose Burglary.  Entry to property via forced patio doors.  2 sets of car keys and car stolen from driveway.  A black, BMW 3 Series FD ** HHW.
22/4 - 24/4  Monday 8.30 p.m. / Wednesday 7.15 a.m.  Ferry Lane.  Garden bench stolen. From a front garden.  The offender had cut through a chain locking the bench down.
24/4 - 25/4  Wednesday 0.05 a.m. / 7 a.m.  Church Road.  CAR ENTERED BY UNKNOWN MEANS and the door left open.  CCTV shows a young man walking onto the property wearing a grey tracksuit, he opened one car and searched it.  He then tried the car door handle of a neighbour’s car, which was locked.
24/4 - 25/4  Wednesday midnight / Thursday .10 a.m.  Church Road.  Attempted theft from a car.  Video footage from a doorbell camera.  The footage shows a man on the drive attempting to force the driver’s door.  He has a torch in his mouth and in his hand, wearing a hoody, with hood up, covering his face.  He then notices the camera and walks away.   Another house was also targeted.  These Doorbell cameras are brilliant !!!
Hi Jeff
Recently, I received a few email from Qatar Airways, requesting me to view my bookings (-- I never make) in browser by clicking through a link.
Obviously I won't do that, however, just in case someone click through it with curiosity.
Please remind our community.  Thank you.
Best Regards
Absolutely right George.
We are currently experiencing high calls for service on 101. 
Please consider using our online reporting system but please note this reporting tool is not for use where a crime happening right now, the suspect is still at the scene, or anyone seriously injured or in immediate danger.
Eyes, ears.....and Brain
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If no such group exists in your area, consider establishing your
Own group.  For more details, contact Colin Meads, the NHW MSA for Windsor at:
Message sent by
Jeffrey Pick (Police, Community Engagement & Resilience Officer, Windsor & Maidenhead LPA)

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