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This message is dated Friday 27th November 2020 - Ascot

Alert message sent 27/11/2020 16:10:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

A mixed 48 hours.
BUT SEVERAL CARS ENTERED AND SEARCHED and a Land Rover Defender stolen.

There is a perennial problem in Ascot of cars being left unlocked in the road and on driveways, even if  behind gates.  Our opportunist thieves are well aware of this and it acts as a crime attractor bringing them to your area.
They walk along roads and up and down driveways, simply trying car door handles.  If they find a car left unlocked they will enter and search it for the loose change left in the centre console, sunglasses left on the dashboard, or anything of value secreted in the boot.

Dear All

Here is the link to see the Mayor’s charity on line auction is as follows:-

The auction will open at 9 am tomorrow (Saturday 28 November) and close at 9 pm on Saturday 5 December.  Please do have a look – there is a wonderful variety of prizes to be won and all for such a good cause. 
If you have any queries please do not hesitate to let me know.
Kind regards and good luck!
Alison Singleton
Mayor’s Secretary

Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead
Town Hall
St Ives Road
Berks  SL6 1RF
Tel 01628 796223
NEXT: There was a burglary in Datchet – but the crime prevention advice is useful for everyone:
25/11  Wednesday, Datchet.  Attempted burglary in progress.  The owner was at home when a man in a hi viz jacket, knocked at the door.  They didn’t respond, so the man knocked louder.  Again the owner did not respond.  The man with 2 others, then walked around the house into the rear garden, where they tried to open the conservatory door.  As it was locked, they tried to force the lock.  The owner then knocked on a window and the men immediately made off, driving away in a white car.  The police were called and attended immediately.  They carried out an Area Search and located a car which matched the description given which contained 3 men who also matched the description given.  They were arrested on suspicion of attempted burglary.  Ref. No:  43200394215.  There is a message here.  The 3 men only attempted to break into the property, because they thought – no-one was home. – so if the doorbell rings, or someone knocks at the door – you do not have to answer – but you must let whoever is outside – that someone is home.  Turn on some lights, turn up the TV or a radio – to give them that message.  You could go to a window and wave them away.  Whatever happens – you must let them know someone is home and that the house is not an easy target !

NEXT: Some scams to be aware of:
Delivery scams


Hi Jeff. This scam is a plausible one.
No Subject:
Fwd: We tried to deliver your parcel today but you weren't in or there was no safe place to leave it.  Can you click on the link to arrange a further delivery.
No doubt they are trying to take advantage of extra traffic from Black Friday.
We have no orders unaccounted for, i.e. not expecting anything, the DPD tracking number does not exist, the source email is dodgy and we were both at home!

As a lot of us are buying more and more online, due to Covid, these scams will increase as we won’t know if it is true or not  and may therefore click on the link.
Most companies setting parcels to you send you the parcel delivery number, which you can check online.  Always be on your guard – breathe and take a moment to think before clicking on a link.

I have heard from local Parish Councils that fraudsters are sending bogus invoices for payment.  These say they are urgent and outstanding and the person authorised to make the payment, may not know what someone else has ordered.  Never make a payment without checking with everyone first.
The same happens to local Church and faith organisations – so please be on your guard.
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 -
25/11 – 26/11  Wednesday 6 p.m. / Thursday 1 p.m.  Lady Margaret Road.  Garage break.  Car on the driveway ENTERED BY UNKNOWN MEANS and searched.  Fob to the garage was in the ash tray.  Garage entered and searched and a large number of tools stolen.  Ref. No:  43200395652
26/11  Thursday 2.30 a.m.  Sunning Avenue.  CAR LEFT UNLOCKED behind metal gates, entered and an untidy search carried out.  Airpods and perfume stolen.  Ref. No:  43200395514
26/11  Thursday 1 a.m. / 7.30 a.m.  Hamilton Drive.  Car entered and searched – nothing appears to have been taken.  Ref. No:  43200396724
25/11 – 26/11  Wednesday 8.30 p.m. / Thursday 6.30 a.m.  Lawson Way.  A silver land Rover Defender index GL ** XUU stolen from outside a house.  Ref. No:  43200395042

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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Eyes, ears.....and Brain


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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