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This message is dated Friday 21st June 2019 - Ascot

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This message is dated Friday 21st June 2019 for Ascot.
 
NO CRIME TO REPORT IN THE LAST 48 HOURS - APART FROM ISSUES RELATING TO THE RACING.
 
NO BURGLARIES
 
AND-
 
NO CARS BROKEN INTO
 
FIRST:-  I have just been speaking to the investigators, who go out to take statements and collect CCTV, from victims.  They say, the best thing that helps them at the moment and they recommend are ……… Doorbell cameras !  They say the footage is better, cleaner and sharper than most CCTV systems, particularly older ones.  At night, it is still full HDD colour, lit by security lights, as opposed to fuzzy black & white images of night time normal CCTV footage.
The advantage appears to be - you get a message directly to your mobile phone in real time that someone is on your driveway, up to no good.  You can pass that information to us immediately, so that we can respond - subject to resources being available - as soon as possible and catch someone in action.
 
They say they are always really pleased when someone says they have some doorbell camera footage, as it is always clear, in focus, close and in full colour HDD.  Another advantage - the offenders, are not always aware they are being videoed and are therefore, less likely to cover their faces, as they always do, if they see cameras of normal CCTV systems.
 
They are apparently very simple to install and becoming ever more popular and affordable
 
 
NEXT:-  re how to deal with suspect text messages, Katie sent this:
 
Hi Jeff,
 
You asked about advice in dealing with spam or fraudulent texts.
 
Which? has produced a clear guide:
 
https://www.which.co.uk/consumer-rights/advice/how-to-deal-with-spam-text-messages
 
Many thanks Katie, I am sure this will help everyone.
 
NEXT: This message was sent out across Nottingham:
 
Residents have reported that they have received an automated call on the telephone. The call threatens to cut off or compromise their internet connection and asks the resident to press buttons to speak to their internet provider.
 
Many scammers use the tactic of cold calling and pretending to be representatives of legitimate organisations, or threaten the disconnection of a service, with the intention of getting money off people. If you receive a call from your provider, they will already know who you are and have your payment details. Never give out your personal details or bank account details over the phone to someone who calls in this manner.
 
Victims of a scam who have suffered a financial loss, should report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via their website at:
 
www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_phishing
 
 
NEXT:  A reminder from RBWM Community Warden - Clive Dent:
 
Dear All,
A resident who is a Radian tenant, brought to my attention a recent incident regarding a bogus builder.
 
The tenant was standing outside her house and was approached by an older man, who told her that she had problems with her roof.  She informed him that the it was a Housing Association property and if there are any problems with it, she would speak to them. The man’s reply was “That’s OK, we work for them”.
Thankfully, she thought this might be a scam and did not engage with them further. The older man, then got into a white unmarked van where a younger man was sitting and they both drove off.
 
Unfortunately, she was unable to get the vehicle registration.
 
Can you remind everyone about our TVP NHW Motto ?
 
‘I am sorry, I do not buy goods or services at the door - thank you’ !
 
Regards
 
Clive Dent
RBWM Community Warden,
Communities, Enforcement & Partnerships
Tel: 01628 685636
 
Thanks for the warning Clive - these offenders, are always out there, looking for a potential mark.  Lots of people have lost huge amounts of money through these scams.
 
I circulated this message earlier this month from Rob Abell at Trading Standards.  It is worth circulating again:
 
Dear Jeff – It might be useful to make this available:
 
Kent County Council asked us to share the link to a film to demonstrate how easily people can become vulnerable and a victim of criminal abuse. This is a hard hitting film that was produced under the management of Kent County Council and funded by Kent Trading Standards, Public Protection team in collaboration with local authorities and associated police forces.
 
Many thanks
 
Rob Abell
Fair Trading Officer
Trading Standards & Licensing Team | Community Protection & Enforcement Services | Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead
It Shows how scammers and Fraudsters befriend and then defraud vulnerable people !!!  This is exactly how it happens - please circulate it as widely as possible.
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYvsuynSJQs
 
It is really difficult to watch, but think about the victims !
 
NEXT;  I have had loads of reports re Nottingham Knockers, right across the area - Young unemployed lads and now girls - going door to door, selling household products.  They are often no longer asking for cash, but using a remote card payment device.  They maintain they have to hold it very high, when you put in your PIN number to get a signal.  Please remember our NHW Motto:
 
‘I do not buy goods and services at the door - thankyou’ !
 
 
CRIME:
ASCOT:
ascotnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
SUNNINGDALE:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
 
SUNNINGHILL:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
 
ASCOT & SOUTH ASCOT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
 
NORTH ASCOT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
 
 
If you have any information relating to the above criminal activity e.g. did you or anyone you know witness one of the incidents? Do you know who the person(s) responsible are? Have you noticed any suspicious activity prior to any incident? 
Or do you have any CCTV footage that may be of help? 
If so, please email me, the police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
 
The 101 number is still functioning properly, but I am afraid it may be slow to answer at the moment - if you are experiencing delays, you can always make contact with us using the online reporting system:
 
https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/
 
 
Eyes and Ears..........and Brain.
 
Jeff
jeffrey.pick@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
 
follow us on Facebook:: https://www.facebook.com/TVPWindsorandMaidenhead
 
Over the last few months, NHW in Windsor, Ascot and Sunningdale, has seen a resurgence in interest and activity.  New schemes have been set up with over 100 new members joining.  We welcome the residents of Cedar Drive, Heather Close, Shrubbs Hill Lane, Dale Lodge Road, Woodend Drive, St Mary’s Hill, Clarence Road, York Road, York Avenue, Bexley Street, Russel Street, Green Lane, Springfield Close, who have joined the Association and are helping make a difference to the community, as a safer place to live. 
 
Go to https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/wsi/watch-schemes-initiatives/neighbourhood-watch/
 
Or
 
OurWatch.org
 
and enter your postcode, to find your nearest scheme and join.  Or start one yourself in your street. If one is in existence, but not mapped, it will not show.
 
If that is the case, please log in and map your area, or contact the Scheme Administrator for Windsor, Colin Meads.
Pc180f@gmail.com
 
Message sent by
Jeffrey Pick (Police, Community Engagement & Resilience Officer, Windsor & Maidenhead LPA)

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