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This message is dated Monday 19th October 2020 - Windsor

Alert message sent 19/10/2020 16:47:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

Our grateful thanks for intelligence:

While compiling today’s messages, I see in the police computers, dozens of reports from members of the public, phoning in suspicious people out and about in the community, particularly in the early hours.
This is exactly the intelligence we need.  Our Shift Response Teams, are out and about, patrolling in cars and on foot, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  They cannot be everywhere.  Each morning at 8.30 a.m. the police plan that day’s response with various ‘tasking’ events, based on the previous 24 hours crime - and - intelligence received from you.  Your input, is therefore vital.
We concentrate and calculate our resources, where we think, they will be needed most, in case of an emergency or a crime in progress.  We prefer them to be responding and patrolling in a targeted manner.  If you report a crime in progress or need a policeman urgently, you need them to be as close as possible, so they can respond within minutes.
This Police area stretches from just outside Staines, to just outside Reading and from the M4 (and a little bit the other side) down to Ascot.
Reactive and proactive targeting, is therefore essential and that is where you are a great help.  Keep those calls coming !
As the Town fills with visitors at the weekends, they park their cars and leave many of their possessions on view, as they cannot carry them around.  This leads to easy pickings for our Opportunist Thieves.  It therefore comes down to local residents, who are aware of what is happening, to work with the police, to protect those visitors, who are so valuable to the town.
If while out and about, you see anyone acting suspiciously in our car parks near or perhaps looking into cars - 999 it immediately.  It is a crime in progress and if we get the intelligence, a location and a description of possible offenders, we can attend immediately, carry out an area search for someone matching the description given and prevent a crime from happening, as well as making a visitors day to RBWM a pleasure, as opposed to a very unpleasant experience - which they will later recount, to friends and colleagues.
As a result of the thefts from cars in our car parks, we are organising additional police patrols of those areas and you will see large blue ‘Police Operation in Progress’ signs going up !
Please help us to help you and our visitors.

An elderly victim attended her bank today, to organise a large transfer of savings.  As this was an unusual transaction, the Banking Protocol was activated.  The aggrieved said that they wanted to transfer the money, to their bother in law.  The bank employee became suspicious, as the aggrieved had no brother in law !  It is not yet clear exactly what happened, but it appears they received a telephone call from someone who said they were the bank’s fraud department and asking for their help to identify the fraudster, by asking them to transfer their savings and was given a script to follow, if questioned by anyone at the bank.
Fortunately the Banking Protocol caught this fraud, before any funds were actually transferred.

Public hearing sessions on the Borough Local Plan continue 
The second round of public hearing sessions to examine the emerging Borough Local Plan for the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, are taking place in October and November. The second week of these sessions starts on Monday 19 and runs daily until Thursday 22 October. 
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the hearing sessions are taking place virtually, meaning that members of the public and other interested parties can observe the discussions online via the RBWM YouTube channel:-
This second week of hearing sessions will run as follows:
  • Tuesday 20 October: 9.30am to 5.30pm
  • Wednesday 21 October: 9.30am to 5pm  
  • Thursday 22 October: 9.30am to 4.30pm
For more information visit the RBWM website:
NEXT:  We are in Romance Fraud Month !!!
As you will have read from these reports - we in RBWM,  have suffered from online Romance scams.
The public are being reminded to stay safe online, as reports of Romance Frauds / Scams have risen 26% in a year.
Police forces across the country are working together with partners, including Match Group, to tackle romance fraud, with a combination of awareness raising and enforcement activity, co-ordinated by the City of London Police.

The multi-agency campaign, running throughout October, aims to raise awareness of romance fraud and provide clear and unambiguous protection advice to the public, following a 26 percent rise in reports to Action Fraud in the last year.
Criminals are experts at impersonating people. They spend hours researching you for their scams, especially when committing romance fraud. We’re reminding everyone to stop and think: fall for the person, not the profile, it could protect you and your money.”
Romance fraud, or dating fraud, occurs when you think you’ve met the perfect partner online but they are using a fake profile to form a relationship with you. They gain your trust over a number of weeks or months and have you believe you are in a loving and caring relationship. However, the criminal’s end goal is only ever to get your money or personal information.
There can be a perception that the people who fall victim to romance fraudsters are of a certain age or gender, but the reports we receive show that literally anyone can be taken in by these calculating criminals.
Between August 2019 and August 2020, Action Fraud received over 400 reports a month, from victims of romance fraud in the UK. Losses reported by victims during this time totalled £66,335,239, equating to an average loss per victim of just over £10,000.
For more information go to:
NEXT:  A reminder - End of British Summer Time
British Summer Time comes to an end on Sunday 25 October, when the clocks go back one hour at 2am during the duty day of Saturday 24 October.
In practical terms, this means that at 2am on Sunday the clocks are returned to 1am.
Traditionally, we see an increase in burglaries after the clocks go back, as people are at work as it gets darker and their houses are unlit - If it is dark and there are no lights on in a house - obviously - NO-ONE IS HOME.
We have already started our ‘Winter Burglary Campaign’ - Use this time to make any necessary changes to protect your home, if it will be dark over the winter months and you are not home:
  • Set electric timers on side lights and a talk radio station, which can be heard from the front door.  You can now purchase adaptors for central light fittings, which have dusk to dawn sensors which can turn them on, when it gets dark, if you don’t have sidelights.
  • Purchase a ‘Fake TV’, from major online retailers.  These cost less than £20 and once plugged in, can be left to do their job.  They go in an upstairs, front facing room.  They have 2 settings - Winter / Summer and an internal dusk to dawn sensor.  In the summer, they come on as it gets dark and stay on for 4 hours.  In the winter, they come on and stay on for 7 hours.  They contain LED lights and cost virtually nothing to run.  It is a small box, which just flickers colours - even around the edges of drawn curtians and it gives the appearance of a real TV being watched from the outside - THE HOUSE IS OCCUPIED - so, plug it in, set it, turn it on and forget it.
  • What lights to leave on, if you are not home and it is dark, or you go out ?  Simple.  Your house must look like someone is home, like every other occupied house in the road - so it does not become a target for opportunist thieves looking for easy pickings.  When your house is occupied on a normal night - go outside and have a look.  That is what you must re-create, if it is dark and you are not at home.  If you have young people in the house ………. that is often, every light in every room.  Do your best.  The cost in electricity, is nothing, compared with the costs of being burgled.
  • If you don’t have one, consider getting a burglar alarm.  They are now wireless, simple and quick to fit, and no-where near as expensive, as they used to be.  Having an alarm, is NOT an indication that you have something inside worth stealing.  They are fitted as standard, in all new houses.
  • Think about purchasing a Video Doorbell.  This will send the footage of anyone approaching your home, to your mobile phone, wherever you are in the world.  You can also speak though the microphone, to anyone who approaches the house !
  • There are also ‘Guard Cams’.  Again available from major online retailers.  These are external security lights, which contain a hidden camera.  If the beam is broken and they are activated, they record in full HDD colour and can also send the footage directly to your mobile phone.
AND FINALLY !  Halloween and Trick or Treating:
In these times, can you as members of the community, let me know if you think families will take their young children out Trick or Treating in your area.  We are hearing - probably not - and instead some areas are organising ‘Community Walks’ to see decorated houses.  If it is going to be a traditional Trick or Treat event, the Police will need to organise additional officers for patrols.  Please let me know the views from your community, so that we can make decisions about where to concentrate our resources.  Community Feedback is essential, for our planning process.
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 -
16/10 -17/10  Friday 11 p.m. / Saturday 7 a.m.  Clarence Road.  Shed break - side gate forced and shed hinges removed - Bike stolen.  Ref. No:  43200328959
18/10  Sunday 10.45 a.m.  Riverway.  Burglary  Reported by a witness.  The witness saw their neighbour’s garden gate open and their rear kitchen door forced open.  Not  yet known if anything stolen.  Ref. No: 43200330099
16/10  Friday 10.20 p.m.  Victoria Street.  Neighbourhood Officers out on patrol, spotted a youth writing graffiti on a roadside Electrical with a permanent marker.  He was taken to the police station for a ‘Community Resolution’.  Ref. No 432000328269
18/10  Sunday 12.15 p.m.  Car Park, Central Station.  Car rear windscreen smashed - Laptop bag containing a laptop stolen.  Ref. No:  43200330174
17/10  Saturday  Midnight / 8 a.m.  Central Station Car Park, Thames Street X 3  1.  Car rear windscreen smashed and car searched - Laptop, digital camera, clothing and shopping bags of new clothes stolen.  Ref. No:  43200328607.  2.  Car passenger & driver’s window smashed, car searched - iPad, sunglasses & cash stolen.  Ref. No:  43200328634.  3.  Car passenger Windsor smashed, car searched - nothing stolen.  Ref. No 432003209111
17/10  Saturday 7 p.m. /8 p.m.  Prince Consort Cottages.  A set of golf clubs placed in the back of a car stolen.  Ref. No:  43200330709
15/10 - 16/10  Thursday / Friday.  Allotments, maidenhead Road.  Shed broken into and tools stolen.  Ref. No:  43200328430
17/10 - 19/10  Saturday 5 p.m. / Monday 10.30 a.m.  Orchard Avenue.  Shed break.  Door forced - sporting goods including 2 paddle boards stolen.  Ref. No:43200331464.  Surely - someone saw something or has some footage on a video doorbell / CCTV !   2 paddle boards !
16/10 - 17/10  Friday 4 p.m. / Saturday 6.45 a.m.  Dedworth Road.  Car badly keyed on its bonnet.  Several other cars in the area similarly damaged.  Ref. No: 43200330123
15/10 - 16/10  Thursday / Friday  Dairy Cottages.  Shed break - tools stolen.  Ref. No:  43200328447
14/10 - 16/10  Wednesday 2 p.m. / Friday 8 a.m.  Camm Avenue.  Car’s petrol cap damaged, so that you can no longer fuel the car.  Ref. No:  43200326927
18/10  Sunday 11 a.m.  Greenacre.  After an altercation while driving - The car in front suddenly stopped and the driver got out.  They walked to the car behind, opened the door, turned off the car and removed the car keys.  They then walked back to their car and drove off !!!  Ref. No:  43200330101  A lesson for us all !
16/10  Friday 4.15 p.m.  possibly over the last 12 0- 16 days - Aston Mead.  Metallic grey Volvo XC60 index RE ** UUK stolen from outside a house.  The car is believed to have aa tracker and we have been contacted by Essex Police.  Ref. No:  43200327554
16/10 - 17/10  Friday 6 p.m. / Saturday 9 a.m.  Vale Road.  Bike locked in car port stolen.  A dark colour, Raleigh Pioneer. Ladies mountain bike.  Ref. No:  43200329082
15/10 - 16/10  Thursday 10 p.m. / Friday 8.15 a.m.  Rectory Close.  Bike stolen from outside a house.  A grey Crossfire, man’s hybrid bike.  Ref. No:  43200329899
18/10  Sunday 2 a.m. / 3 a.m.  Epsom House, Paddock Close.  Bike stolen from front balcony.  A grey & orange Carerra Vandetta bike.  Ref. No:  43200329995
19/10  Monday 035 a.m.  Dedworth Road.. A witness reported seeing 2 men steal a bike and make off.  Police were called and attended immediately, carrying out an area search, but no-one was located.  Ref. No:  43200331003

17/10  Saturday 7.15 p.m.  Straight Road.  Attempted burglary.  Rear patio doors damaged - but no entry gained and nothing stolen.  Ref. No:  43200329337
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 lockdown has resulted in many neighbourhoods drawing closer together in supporting local residents with needs, and in neighbours spending a lot more time talking to each other over fences or across the road. This has improved community spirit to no end, and a great way to keep this spirit alive is for residents to join their local Neighbourhood Watch scheme, or start up a new scheme if there is not already one covering their respective street.

Neighbourhood Watch is not just about looking out the window and being alert for any crime in the neighbourhood, it is much more than that. It serves as a valuable resource for crime prevention, in supporting the Police with things such as local home security surveys, installing crime prevention aids in homes for the vulnerable and elderly especially, helping those vulnerable and elderly residents with any other needs, and in drawing residents together in supporting one another.
The Windsor & Ascot NHW Association is making great strides in reactivating and expanding Neighbourhood Watch within the various parishes of Windsor & Ascot. Its Facebook page (@WindsorAscotNHW) is receiving multiple enquiries from interested residents and serves as a means to highlight local issues relating to crime and residents in need. New NHW schemes are continuously being set up with active Coordinators, and residents within those 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 and enter your postcode. 

For any questions relating to Neighbourhood Watch please contact the Windsor & Ascot NHW Association at

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

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