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This message is dated Friday 4th December 2020 - Maidenhead

Alert message sent 04/12/2020 13:03:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police


FIRST:-  A CASE OF A BOGUS BUILDER IN MAIDENHEAD:
 
The caller, a friend of the elderly victim, was delivering shopping, when saw a man on the roof and another standing nearby, installing some chicken wire. and thought it was suspicious.
 
When she has challenged the two men, they said "we must be at the wrong house" came down from the roof and quickly got into their van and drove off.
 
The suspects cold called the victim and said that she needed some chicken wire installing around her solar panels.  It would usually cost £500, but they would do it for £300.
They are described as:  1 – white, 30s, well spoken, dark clothing, dark hair.  2 white, 60s, thin, unshaven and generally unkempt.
 
Fortunately the friend arrived in time and no money changed hands.
 
PLEASE BE ON YOUR GUARD.  IF YOU HAVE VULNERABLE OR ELDERLY PEOPLE IN YOUR ROAD – PLEASE KEEP AN EYE ON THEM.  IF BUILDERS ARE SEEN ON THEIR PROPERTIES, OR A SKIP ARRIVES, PLEASE LET US OR AN RBWM COMMUNITY WARDEN KNOW.
 
 
We are still having a few house burglaries across RBWM, but more often, it is sheds and garages.  We have been having expensive bikes stolen from garden sheds – so if you have a valuable bike, you may have been followed to find out where you live and where you may keep the bike.
 
  • Protect sheds and garages with a ‘shed alarm’.  These are available from most online retail outlets – search for ‘shed alarm’.These need no fixing, as they are battery operated and can simply be placed freestanding, on a shelf.  They are easy to operate – you fob them on as you leave, close AND LOCK the door.  You fob it off, as you open the door.  They contain a heat and motion sensor – exactly the same as outside security lights.  They sound at 110 decibels, which in the early hours is extremely loud and will wake up neighbours and deter offenders.  Once it sounds – they will make off !  They are inexpensive and often at this time of year on special offer.In reality, it is a mini wireless burglar alarm.  If you don’t yet have an alarm, think about:
  • Putting up a dummy alarm box, if everyone else in the road, or the large majority of your neighbours, have an alarm.  Our Opportunist Thieves, are not experienced burglars.  They know little about alarms and just look for the easiest target.  In a street of alarmed houses, it will be the one without an alarm box on the front !  Simple as that.
  • Get a shed alarm, and use it as a mobile Burglar Alarm in your house.  We know the preferred entry point to most houses is the back, where the opportunist is not overlooked and rear patio doors / kitchen windows.  You read my reports – how often do you see - entry via forced rear patio door ?  Simply place the shed alarm in the room with the patio doors and fob it on when you go to bed.  You could – if they are on offer, buy a second, if you have another vulnerable point of entry.
  • Look for ‘Window Shock Alarms’.  These are quite small, discrete and really inexpensive.  They attach to vulnerable windows with double sided tape – with a red warning showing on the outside that the house is protected and alarmed.  Once turned on are activated if the window is bashed, or an attempt is made to force it – causing vibrations.
  • ‘Door Handle Alarms’ – once turned on, you simply hang them on a door handle.  If the door is moved – the alarm sounds
  • ‘Door Wedge Alarms’ – These are placed behind a door.  The top of the wedge is a metal plate.  If the door opens – it depressed the plate, making a connection and setting off the alarm.
 
ALL SIMPLE MEASURES ANYONE CAN TAKE TO PROTECT THEIR HOMES AND POSSESSIONS.
 
EVERY CRIME WE PREVENT ………. MEANS ONE LESS TRAUMATISED VICTIM !

 
CRIME
 
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 - www.crimestoppers-uk.org
 
 
MAIDENHEAD CENTRAL:
maidenheadcentralgeographical@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
SR.windsor&maidenhead@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
2/12 – 3/12  Wednesday 4 p.m. / Thursday 9 a.m.  Bell Street, business burglary.  Entry via rear door by unknown means – Front office searched.  Laptop and keys taken.  They then moved upstairs forcing doors and using keys to enter others.  Other laptops taken.  Ref. No:  43200408361
3/12  Thursday 7.30 a.m.  Hotel, King Street.  CCTV shows two men walking up the rear of the hotel where laptops had just been delivered.  They are seen loading 5 Macbook Pro laptops in their boxes into black bags and making off,  Ref. No:  43200306484
 
RIVERSIDE & BELMONT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
 
MAIDENHEAD WEST

maidenheadwestgeographical@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
SR.windsor&maidenhead@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
BISHAM, COOKHAM, HURLEY, THE WALTHAMS, LITTLEWICK GREEN & KNOWL HILL:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
 
PINKNEYS GREEN & FURZE PLATT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
 
MAIDENHEAD SOUTH

maidenheadsouthgeographical@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
SR.windsor&maidenhead@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
BOYN HILL, COX GREEN & WOODLANDS PARK:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
 
OLDFIELD, BRAY & HOLYPORT:

3/12  Thursday 9 p.m.  Farm, Ascot Road, Holyport.  Offenders entered the property causing considerable damage to the gates.  Two bronze statues of hares bolted onto a wall stolen.  Ref. No:  43200407779
 
MEMBERS’ COMMENTS:
 
Hi Jeff,

 
Hope your keeping well, just received this email this evening so sending it onto you.
 
Regards
 
Gurdip
 
It’s from the DVLA, to say his Road Tax payment has failed and he needs to make a further payment and update his bank details, by clicking on the Link below !!!!  It starts by asking him to enter his car index ! His bank card details etc. etc. ! It goes on to remind him that he will be breaking the law if he drives his car without doing this !
 
DON’T DO IT – DON’T LET IT BE YOU !

 
NEXT:- from CJ re the delivery additional charge scam:
 
Hi Jeff,

 
Just a note - it is the retailer who has the contract with the courier, so in the unlikely event of additional charges being due, these would be recovered from the retailer, who could then ask you.
 
You have the contract with the retailer, who often absorb delivery into the price
 
Many thanks.


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.
 
https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/
 
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Eyes, ears.....and Brain
 
Jeff
Jeffrey.pick@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
Message sent by
Jeffrey Pick (Police, Community Engagement & Resilience Officer, Windsor & Maidenhead LPA)

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