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This message is dated Wednesday 7th August 2019 - Ascot

Alert message sent 07/08/2019 15:38:00

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This message is dated Wednesday 7th August 2019 for Ascot.
First:  I have had a series of three videos made, using a team of local actors - my grateful thanks.  They deal with three, of our common scams.
The first is now available - it deals with 'Courier Scams' - where a delivery company phones you, to say they are delivering a package - but it is not for you.  It is too late though, to take it off the van.  When it is delivered, can you accept delivery and sign for it.  A courier will then arrive, to collect the package and deliver it to the correct person !
The video is nearly complete, there is a piece to add at the end - The Area Commander Supt. Colin Hudson, talking about these horrendous crimes.  It will be added shortly, to make it complete - but I thought you might like to see it in the meantime.
The person in the video is an actor, but the facts she delivers, are from a recent case.
NEXT: I have just received this request from Sgt Ryan Powell who heads up our Problem Solving Team:
Hi Jeff,
There were 12 Burglaries in the past 7 days across RBWM.  80% were through open windows !
Please emphasise the crime prevention advice again. You could also share that 2 people were charged with Burglary last week.  We are doing our bit, but we really need the public's help!
This is why we are carrying out our ‘Summer Burglary Campaign’.  Can I please ask everyone to lock up their houses at night.  Windows can only be left open, if you are in the room !
NEXT: A warning re a current telephone scam:
Hi Jeff - can you circulate please ?
We have received a call from Leslie Dunne House (sheltered housing).  One of the residents received a telephone call from a scammer stating they needed to draw £600 from her Visa account.  Could she please press 1, on her mobile phone to start the transaction.
Luckily the lady put the phone down and contacted the bank.
On this occasion, nothing was taken from the lady’s account due to her being quick to stop this in its tracks, however - another person, may not be quite as alert.
I was asked if I could make you aware of this.
With kind regards
Deb Beasley
Community Safety Technical Officer
NEXT;  This happened in Dedworth
6/8  Tuesday 2.30 p.m.  Lockets Close.  The owner answered the door to two men, who offered to carry out some work on her roof.  She said, nothing needed to be done and she didn’t want them to do anything.  One of the man then removed a ladder from the roof of their van and went up on the roof.  They removed 5 or 6 tiles from the roof and dumped them on the grass in the front garden.  They then left saying they would be back the next day.  She dialled 999 and was told to dial that number again if they returned.  The police were now aware and would respond immediately.  PCSO Tara Harris and PCSO Joel Luck have visited the aggrieved and offered reassurance.
If you do get anyone at the door like this - you must make it very clear - NO - I DO NOT BUY GOODS OR SERVICES AT THE DOOR !  Firmly but politely, close the door..  If a ladder goes up, phone us immediately.  Do not put yourself at risk, by confronting the person.  If you can - again without putting yourself at risk, photograph the offender and their van.  Never be unequivocal - a perhaps / maybe / I must ask my husband etc .- the offender’s ears - is a yes !



30/7 - 4/8  Park Crescent.  The aggrieved has found that someone has tried to chip away the lead from around their porch.  They didn’t get the lead, but caused a lot of damage.  I have also heard from Richard that there was a theft of lead nearby in Woodside.  So can everyone be on their guard and look out for suspicious people on roofs !!

The Lions Club of Windsor:
Windsor Lions, the leading local community service club, enjoyed a celebratory fish supper with their friends at Thames Valley Adventure Playground (TVAP) recently after presenting them with a cheque for £3,000 to refurbish and extend their sand pit.
The work, which was funded by the Lions and carried out by volunteers from local businesses, was done to commemorate a founding member of the club, Lion John Peters.  John, who sadly passed away last year, had been heavily involved with TVAP, along with his wife Rosie since its foundation over 40 years ago. 
Past President, Lion Bob Tavinor, who organised the evening, said ‘Windsor Lions and TVAP go back a long way and it’s a fantastic way to mark John’s passing, with this ongoing legacy for the playground.’
The Thames Valley Adventure Playground, provides a chance for children & adults, with all types of special needs, to enjoy the fun, freedom and friendship, afforded by the opportunity to play and share experiences, in a safe and stimulating environment, with users travelling from Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, London and beyond.
Wheelchair-accessible roundabouts and swings, elevated walkways, allowing someone with profound and multiple difficulties, to enjoy the excitement of 'climbing' trees, multi-sensory rooms to stimulate and relax, with specially-trained staff, to provide help and support - these are just a few of the things on offer.
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:
Eyes and Ears..........and Brain.
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Message sent by
Jeffrey Pick (Police, Community Engagement & Resilience Officer, Windsor & Maidenhead LPA)

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