This message is dated Wednesday 9th September 2020 - Maidenhead
Alert message sent 09/09/2020 13:52:00
Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police
FIRST:-From someone who has a ‘Call Blocker’ phone:
I agree- about using Call Blocker phones- we have had them for years and NO spam calls at all !
It’s VERY important, if you have elderly relatives- buy them a call blocker phone !!
For calls on your mobile- only answer from known friends/relatives is - unknown number - let it go to answer phone- if its serious they will leave a message ! If its fake, they will hang up.
EXACTLY - I could not have put it better, myself
NEXT:- Re the Amazon Prime Scam calls - Loads of you have received them. Some of the calls have been aggressive !
Thanks Jeff, for another pile of wisdom.
Particularly, regarding the recorded scam messages supposedly from Amazon Prime. They say they are about to take £79 from our bank account - unless we press "1".
We get them quite frequently, despite being registered with the TPS.
Thanks ‘M’ - the answer ? A Call Blocker phone !!!
NEXT: Theft of catalytic converters.
There has been an increase of thefts of Catalytic Converters and the main cars targeted, are Toyota Prius’, Honda Jazz’ and Transit vans. If you have one of these types of car / van, please take extra precautions at this time. It only takes a few seconds to jack up a car - they don’t bother to use jack points, but just raise the car up as near as possible to the exhaust system - which causes a lot of bodywork damage - then cut through the exhaust pipe with a small battery operated angle grinder.
It is noisy, but very quick and it often takes place, in public car parks.
What can you do to protect your car ? You can have an identifying plate welded to the converter, but it is unlikely the thieves will see this, until the part has been removed. When parking anywhere, make sure the car is boxed in, reducing access to the back and sides. Always park in a well-lit - if it is dark - part of a car park and look for any CCTV cameras and park beneath them. That will act as a deterrent, as the camera could pick up details of the car the thieves use, if not facial images of the thieves themselves.
Check your car regularly. If you park outside your home, consider a video doorbell, covering the car ! They cost a great deal of money to replace, let alone any bodywork damage done.
BE ALERT, WHILE OUT AND ABOUT. IF YOU SEE EITHER OF THESE MAKES OF CAR JACKED UP ANYWHERE - REPORT IT TO US AND TAKE DOWN DETAILS OF ANY CARS PARKED NEARBY AND DESCRIPTIONS OF ANYONE, APPARENTLY WORKING ON THE CAR ! You may not see their faces, but descriptions of what they are wearing, can identify known offenders to us !!!
NEXT:- A request from WAM get involved for FREE training sessions:
Please could I ask you to pass on, these FREE training opportunities to your community contacts. We cover the whole of Berkshire, so the referrals can come from anywhere in the county.
Both courses, provide useful skills for those looking for a new job, get back to work, or a volunteering role.
Volunteer Passport for Slough and Windsor, Ascot & Maidenhead residents
If you have been affected by redundancy, join the ‘Volunteer Passport’ training, to ‘Up Skill’, or start your Volunteering Journey:
These FREE courses start 10 Sept and comprise of 4 modules Communications Skills, Safeguarding, Equality & Diversity & Boundaries & Confidentiality.
Fundraising From Trusts and Organisations Training
This training will take place on the following dates:
Wed 23 Sept (10am-12noon)
Wed 7 Oct (10am-12noon)
Charitable trusts expect high quality applications and competition is increasingly high, since the pandemic. This online session, will explore what funders are looking for; the benefits of partnerships working, how to identify the right funder for your organisation, and how to create the most compelling case.
Economic Abuse Awareness Training
With the introduction of economic abuse in the forthcoming statutory definition of ‘Domestic Abuse’, Surviving Economic Abuse invites learners from traditional and non-traditional Domestic Abuse Stakeholders, to attend this training.
The aim of this training, is to raise awareness of ‘Economic Abuse’ and provide an opportunity for learners to consider how they can contribute to the economic safety of victim-survivors of economic abuse.
This course offers a level 3 accreditation.
This training will take place on the following dates:
Thurs 15 Oct (9.30am-1pm)
Thurs 5 Nov (9.30am-1pm)
Link to the above courses and more training opportunities can be found via: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/slough-cvs-amp-wam-get-involved-training-amp-events-648623805
WAM Gets Involved/Slough CVS
I have attached reference numbers to each crime report. If you live in thevicinity 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 - www.crimestoppers-uk.org
8/9 Tuesday 8 a.m. / 2p.m. Clock Tower, Jubilee Street. Locked up bike stolen from a bike rack. Ref. No: 43200282248
RIVERSIDE & BELMONT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
SR.firstname.lastname@example.org BISHAM, COOKHAM, HURLEY, THE WALTHAMS, LITTLEWICK GREEN & KNOWL HILL:
4/9 Thursday 10 p.m. Odney Lane. Attempted break in to tractor shed. Hole cut in metal wall and alarm sounded. No entry gained and nothing stolen. Ref. No: 43200280649
8/9 Tuesday 4.30 p.m. Bigfrith Lane, Cookham. Attempted burglary. Glass in read door smashed. No search carried out and not yet known if anything taken. Ref. No: 43200281669
7/9 Monday 8.35 p.m. Berries Road, Cookham Shed break Video footage shows 2 men arriving in a silver Passat. Not yet known if anything taken. Ref. No: 43200281921
PINKNEYS GREEN & FURZE PLATT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
SR.email@example.com BOYN HILL, COX GREEN & WOODLANDS PARK:
8/9 Tuesday 10.50 a.m. Brunel Close. Both passenger side car tyres slashed. Ref. No: 43200281046
OLDFIELD, BRAY & HOLYPORT:
8/9 Tuesday 7.50 a.m. Money Row Green. Shed and garage break. Property being renovated. Entry to property via forced side gate tools stolen. Ref. No: 43200280766
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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NEWS UPDATE FROM NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH June 2020
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 have 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, Lees Close, Auckland Close, Juniper Drive and others.
Residents within these scheme areas can now benefit from the new initiatives being introduced by Neighbourhood Watch and Thames Valley Police.
To search for your nearest NHW scheme, or to set up a new scheme, visit www.ourwatch.org.uk and enter your postcode.
If you have any questions relating to Neighbourhood Watch please contact the Maidenhead Multi-Scheme Administrator, John Diack at firstname.lastname@example.org.