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This message is dated Wednesday 6th May 2020 - Ascot

Alert message sent 06/05/2020 10:29:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police


  1. STAY AT HOME AND SAVE LIVES

    Door-to-door scams:

    We’ve recently had reports from Windsor that a man was going door to door asking for assistance to get to hospital.
    In these circumstances, we advise you not to let anyone you do not know inside your home.

    Ask them to wait on the doorstep and confirm you will telephone whoever they like, for assistance. If you do go back inside while they wait, do not just pull the door closed behind you on the latch, make sure the door is locked

    How to protect yourself:

    Many legitimate businesses sell products door-to-door; gas, electricity and water companies need to visit to read your meters; and charities will often call seeking donations. But fraudsters may also knock on your door to part you from your money, or get into your home to steal from you.

    More advice and information against door-to-door scams is available on our dedicated website page:
    https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/fa/fraud/personal-fraud/door-to-door-courier-fraud/

    Bicycle theft:
    While out on foot patrol in the Town Centre, our PCSOs stopped two men who were acting suspiciously, near locked up bikes. On searching their backpacks, a set of bolt croppers was found. The two men were then arrested on suspicion of going equipped to steal cycles.

    Offenders stealing cycles often wear backpacks, which have part of the bottom removed.

    Inside, is a set of bolt croppers. They lay the backpack over a bike they wish to steal and appear to be rummaging inside. In fact, they are using the bolt croppers, inside the backpack, to cut the security chain / combination lock.

    If you see anyone acting suspiciously near cycle racks, please report it to us on the 101 number.
    At this time, the 101 number should be used for urgent purposes only. Use 999 for emergency calls or if you see a crime in progress. If you wish to supply the police with intelligence, please do so online, using this link:
    Report a crime | Thames Valley Police

    ASCOT
    Cavendish Meads – some#me over the last 10 days car entered and searched: CAR ENTERED BY UNKNOWN MEANS. Glovebox opened and searched – nothing stolen. Can everyone in the area please check any CCTV / Video Doorbell footage they may have and report any information to us

See the appropriate Car Crime advice below
 
Vehicle Crime Prevention Advice:

Under the current lock down, there is an increased presence of parked vehicles, which offenders can take advantage of.

There are several actions you can take to protect your vehicle:
Ensure that all doors are locked, and the windows are fully closed when unattended. A number of break-ins have occurred whilst the vehicle was not locked, often overnight. If you can, please double-check the vehicles as part of the nightly routine before going to bed. This could be as simple as a quick press of the fob from the window, the hazard lights will then confirm whether the car is locked or something is amiss, such as an unchecked door which may not have been closed properly.

 

Do not to leave the vehicle running or unlocked whilst unattended, no matter how short a space of time.

 

Do not leave any valuables or anything which can be mistaken as valuable in the vehicle - an opportunist would not know what is inside a visible bag. We can reduce the likelihood of a break-in by ensuring that the vehicle contents are not advertised. Even an item of clothing placed over something can be just too tempting for the offender. What could be in the pockets? What is underneath?

 

If your glovebox is empty, then leave it open to show that there is nothing in there worth stealing, likewise if the boot is empty then leave the cargo blind or parcel shelf open. However if they are not empty, then ensure they are fully closed or covered by the cargo blind or parcel shelf. Think inconspicuous - do not attract attention.

 

Never leave bank cards in your vehicle. There have been cases where some have been left in a clearly visible purse or wallet, in cubby holes, side pockets, glovebox or under the front seats. These are the first places that are searched by offenders.

 

If you do have to leave a bag in the vehicle, then think ahead, it can be placed in the boot at the start of your journey. This would reduce any attention at your destination

If you have a keyless entry vehicle, please consider placing the keys in a metal box or a signal blocker pouch, in order to prevent the signal from your fob being picked up, amplified and relayed to your vehicle by offenders. They would simply be able to drive your vehicle away without need for your keys at all.
Message sent by
Jeffrey Pick (Police, Community Engagement & Resilience Officer, Windsor & Maidenhead LPA)

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