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This message is dated Wednesday 1st July 2020 - Maidenhead

Alert message sent 01/07/2020 16:25:00

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This message is dated Wednesday 1st July 2020 for Maidenhead.
FOR INFORMATION:  The 6 dead sheep found by one of our PCSOs out on Patrol in my last message.  It has now been established, they perished by natural causes.  Vets have confirmed, it was likely caused by eating rhododendron and dog weed, growing in the fields nearby at the time.  The incident has now been ‘No-Crimed’.
NEXT:  We have had an input of cold callers right across the Borough, selling all sorts of things.  Many thanks, to the dozens of you who rang through to let us know, where and when they were there.  We immediately passed that information onto Trading Standards, who deal with cold calling specifically.
Some were saying, they were recently out of prison and were trying to make their way back into society, others, were apparently ex-military, on hard times.
I am grateful to those, who quoted our NHW Mantra at the callers.  It always helps, if we all use the same words, it means you and possibly everyone in that area, is security aware and are not therefore, a soft target.
NEXT:  Lots more bikes stolen.  If you own a bike you use around the town and leave in bike racks, please place it up against a wall and take a photograph.  Then turn it upside down and take a photo of the frame number, stamped into the metal between the pedals.  Email the photos to yourself and keep them.  We recover lots of bikes, but can never return them to the owner, as they cannot ‘prove’, the bike belongs to them, by providing the frame number - Carrera, produces thousands of blue Vengeance bikes.  How are you going to prove the bike we have, is yours ??

More often than that - they are never reported stolen.

We need to know when and how, bikes are stolen.  We have a good idea about our local offenders and if we see them on a different bike, from the one they usually ride, it would be really useful to have pictures of all the bikes stolen, so that we have a justifiable reason, to stop check them and ask for proof of ownership ?

NEXT: Some Feedback re video doorbells:
Hi Jeff
I installed the main named manufacturer, of video doorbell.  It has security lights, built in camera and alarm all for £185. My neighbour has a set from another company, quite similar, but no lights. The picture quality is very good.
These products are brilliant, particularly if you don’t have a burglar alarm.  They send a sound alarm and video footage, each time someone breaks the beam and steps onto your property.  You get this to your mobile phone, wherever you are - at home, work, on holiday, in bed asleep !  Depending upon your contract, this is stored for a period of time, in case you need to access it.
The most efficient and easy to install systems do require wifi, but there are hard wired versions, you can purchase
They can also be connected to additional cameras inside a house - for example - if you have pets, you like to watch.

You can also communicate through it.  So, if someone is standing on your porch looking confused, you can ask them what they need - and - they can respond to you - as if you are inside the house !  They do not only operate when the doorbell is pushed.  They record, each time the beam is broken.
You can scan through the footage regularly - even going back in time - to see if anything untoward has happened and if so, to send clips to your local Neighbourhood team at their group email below, or if you feel it may be connected with crime to the SR email below, setting out why you feel it may be useful to them.  The kind of footage they need is anything relating to crime - for example - someone trying car door handles, or walking about suspiciously during the early hours and I have reported a crime nearby.

NEXT: An unusual blackmail scam - this time for companies.  This is the type of email you may receive:
We have hacked your website and extracted your databases. How did this happen? Our team has found a vulnerability within your site that we were able to exploit. After finding the vulnerability we were able to extract your entire database and move the information to an offshore server.  We will then damage your reputation if you do not pay 2,000$ in bitcoin.
It goes on in graphic detail.  This is the first of these we have received and therefore, must take it seriously.  If we find that many companies have been similarly contacted, we can confidently assume it is a scam.
Before responding, always report it to Action Fraud, as the Police have ways of tracking the servers, from where the messages were sent
99% of the time, these are scams, so never respond and simply bin them !

I have attached reference numbers to each crime report. If you live in the vicinity of any of the crimes mentioned and have CCTV or a video doorbell, can you please check the footage. If you have any that might be of interest to the police, can you please make contact with us, quoting reference number given.
I have added a new email address below.  The first email address is directly to your local Neighbourhood Team.  The second is to our investigation team.  Please use it to send any intelligence / video doorbell / CCTV footage you may have, which is relevant to any of the crimes lists below - quoting the reference number.
Alternatively you can call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or email -

29/6 Monday 3.15 p.m.  Kingfisher Drive.  2 bikes stolen from outside a house.  1. A black Muddy Fox mountain bike.  2.  A red Apollo mountain bike.  Ref. No:  43200195276
26/6 - 30/6  Ray Lea Road.  Burglary.  Entry via rear garden and forced rear kitchen window.  Exit via the kitchen door.  Whole house searched - nothing stolen.  Ref. No:  43200196897
30/6  Tuesday 7.45 p.m.  Heathland Court, Blackamoor Lane.  2 locked up bikes stolen from an underground car park.  1.  A white mountain bike.  2.  A bright red & black, mountain bike.  Ref. No:  43200197019
28/6 - 29/6  Sunday 11 p.m. / Monday 9 p.m.  Lower Road, Cookham.  Car wing mirror vandalised.  Ref. No:  43200195476
29/6  Monday 3 p.m.  Altwood Close.  Burglary.  Entry via forced rear door.  Tidy search of the whole house.  Cash stolen.  Ref. No:  43200195258
30/6  Tuesday 5.20 p.m.  Altwood Road.  Report of a burglary in progress.  The owner saw and disturbed a man through a glass door attempting to break in.  They immediately made off.  No entry gained and nothing stolen.  He is very distinctive and we have a good description.  White, striking blue eyes, red hair, 2 gold teeth on either side, about 30, 6’, medium build wearing a black hoody.  Ref. No:  43200196920
30/6  Tuesday 9.05 p.m.  Sutton Close.  Burglary.  Access via the rear garden and then a kitchen door left open.  Handbag and contents stolen from the kitchen worktop.  Attempt to use the bank cards shortly after.  They have all been cancelled, when the theft was discovered.  Ref. No:  43200197078
28/6 - 29/6  Sunday 10 p.m. / Monday 9 a.m.  Rhylston Close.  Car passenger window vandalised.  Ref. No:  43200195787
30/6  Tuesday 9.40 p.m.  Brunel Road.  A witness reported someone smashing the window of a neighbours van, reaching in and stealing a stat nav.  Ref. No:  43200197108
30/6  3.20 a.m.  Graham Close.  Video doorbell footage shows a man attempting to open a car on the driveway.  The security lights came on startling him and he tiptoed away, to the house next door.  He is described as wearing a dark hoody and brown trousers.  Ref. No:  43200197175  This is a perfect reminder - your security may have been too good for the offender - you may have locked your car - so the offender moves on and you are completely unaware !  They are out there - PLEASE LEAVE NOTHING ON DISPLAY IN YOUR CAR - AND - THAT INCLUDES LOOSE CHANGE AND SUNGLASSES - AND LOCK IT !

Several reports of automated calls from "BT" and "Amazon".  They stating you need to push option 1 for fraud assistance either for an alleged overpayment, alleged renewal of contract or underpayment or fraudulent attack on your BT line.
Reports of elderly neighbours getting calls these as well - impacting on their mental health and well-being.  They find if it difficult to simply put the phone down. The reports I have say that these calls have increased, while under COVID lockdown."
Still a lot of the standard HMRC, TV Licensing, Windows and other scams out there - BE ON YOUR GUARD.
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.
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The Maidenhead Police Area NHW Association continues to flourish and is making great strides in reactivating and expanding Neighbourhood Watch within the town and its surrounding areas. Many new schemes have been established over the past year and, thanks to a number of new active Coordinators and despite lockdown,  Neighbourhood Watch in Maidenhead has continued to be active during these past months and a number of new schemes haver been started and others expanded.  Areas which may not have been fully covered in the past but now are, or are much improved, include:-   Calders Close, Grosvenor Drive, Ray Park Avenue, Somerford Close, Brampton Ct, In the Ray, Leighton Gardens, Camperdown, Addison Ct, Ray Mill Road East, The Pagoda, Grant Lane, Clappers Meadow, Boulters Ct, Boulters Lane, Boulters Gardens, Lower Cookham Road (A4094) (Between boulters lock and boulters carpark), Boulters Island, Horton Close, Waltham St Lawrence Parish, The Paddock, St Margaret’s Road and others.
Residents within these scheme areas can now benefit from the new initiatives being introduced by Neighbourhood Watch and Thames Valley Police.
If you have any questions relating to Neighbourhood Watch please contact the Maidenhead Multi-Scheme Administrator, John Diack at

Message sent by
Jeffrey Pick (Police, Community Engagement & Resilience Officer, Windsor & Maidenhead LPA)

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