This message is dated Wednesday 23rd December 2020 - Ascot
Alert message sent 23/12/2020 11:58:00
Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police
MY FAVOURITE MESSAGE – NO CRIME TO REPORT IN THE LAST 48 HOURS
NO CARS BROKEN INTO
Can I take this opportunity to wish everyone a very happy Christmas
KEEP SAFE – AND WELL !
A THANK YOU ! I put out a burglary in my last message, where a safe was stolen and I asked you all to keep an eye out in case it was abandoned anywhere. It has been found !
In Cedar Drive, Sunningdale, behind some parking bays, hidden in the trees. If you live in that area – can you check any CCTV / Video Doorbell footage that you may have, to see if you have any images of this taking place ???
FIRST:– THE CASE FOR A VIDEO DOORBELL:
Thought the following might be of use / interest ?
We live on Maidenhead Road in Windsor. Over the last 3 weeks, we've had 3 separate instances of someone walking on to our drive, committing an offence (vehicle interference / theft) and then leaving. Here are the details:
09/12/2020, 07:43, Male, trying car doors. Reported to TVP, subsequently arrested and prosecuted.
17/12/2020, 05:41, Male, trying car doors. Reported to TVP.
22/12/2020, 03:39, Male, steals cycling shoes off doorstep, Reported to TVP.
I mention it in case you want to include in the newsletter. Let me know if you need any more info.
Thanks Jon, this is really useful. If you don’t have CCTV / a Video Doorbell – how would you know if or not you have been targeted ? We receive a lot of footage of people walking along roads / up and down driveways, trying car door handles. If the cars are locked – they simply walk on. Video doorbells record all these incidents and according to the settings used, will send an alarm to you – even if asleep, that someone has walked onto your property – that is brilliant !
What if you have not been a victim of crime, because your car was locked ??? If you have video footage of someone walking onto your property – we need it. Even a poor quality image, could identify a known offender, by their clothing, stature, size, walk. Even if no offence takes place, it would also identify the route the person took – which again could identify an offender.
ALSO – as you can see from the crimes I list, the time frame is often ‘overnight’. Video footage could tie this right down to a particular hour / half an hour. We can then adjust our resources accordingly. If we know an offender is out there, in particular chosen roads, between 1.30 a.m. / 2 a.m., we can really target additional patrols and taskings, rather than having our response teams driving around the whole of RBWM for 8 hours, in the hope of seeing something.
SO – even if there is no evidence that someone has been on your property or tried your car door handle, look at the footage – particularly if you see from one of the Alerts, that crimes have been occurring near you !!
PLEASE – HELP US TO HELP YOU !
OUR AIM IS TO REDUCE CRIME, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, THE NUMBER OF VICTIMS
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
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
ASCOT & SOUTH ASCOT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
FIRST:- SEXTORTION CLAIMS
I have had some Porn Scam emails recently. In my case the password is an old Yahoo one.
Happy Christmas to everyone out there and thanks for all your hard work during 2020.
Thanks Liz. Liz refers to an ‘old password’. In the email from the scammers demanding money for visiting porn sites and saying they have video proof, which they will send to everyone in your contact list, they quote a password in the first line, as an attempt to show the email is genuine and they mean what they say. What we have found, is that the password quoted is in fact genuine, but is an old one.
IF YOU GET ONE OF THESE - BIN IT – DO NOT RESPOND.
NEXT: SCAM FROM SUPPOSEDLY THE DVLA
The scams are getting worse, I know my vehicle tax was paid, so this is a scam, but the layout is getting better more worrying.
I have deleted this without clicking any link or replying
The email purports to come from the DVLA. It says the payment for tax failed and the car is presently therefore untaxed. Click on the link and enter you bank details, to re-send the payment.
BIN IT – DON’T DO IT – DON’T LET IT BE YOU !
NEXT: THE – ‘HOME INSULATION SCAMS ARE STILL OUT THERE !!
I just thought I'd drop you a note about a scam call I received yesterday. it was a Home Insulation scam.
The caller was a very well spoken & pleasant-sounding man, who first tried to establish that I was the homeowner (& failed). He then explained that his company were in the area, doing surveys. He then that it was at the government’s behest, because the government had classified insulation products such as fibreglass & rockwool, as "degradable substances", as they compress over time and the government was recommending that they be topped up, every 4 to 5 years.
He finished with the question "If that makes sense ?" He was obviously expecting a positive response, to indicate that I was hooked.
I just replied - "It sounds like a scam to me." Without another word, he hung up.
I think we both have a pretty good idea of where this was going, if I had agreed with him.
I can imagine it might be easy to get caught by this if you don't have your wits about you!
Kind regards John
Thanks John. The advice is – as soon as the conversation goes this way – JUST PUT THE PHONE DOWN !!!!
NEXT: A BT SCAM
Good afternoon Jeff,
Yet another scam that could be very worrying for vulnerable people. It was a recorded message supposedly from British Telecom that my land line and internet services would be cut off soon, due to a payment failing to go through. Press 1 and enter your bank details again to rectify.
the call has been ignored and the number blocked !
Exactly Amy – JUST BIN IT – DON’T DO IT – DON’T LET IT BE YOU
NEXT:- A REALLY STRANGE SCAM EMAIL !
I hope you are well. I have just received this scam email.
I do not know this person, the email looks dodgy and there is a tell tail link at the bottom to click on.
May be worth circulating.
Kind Regards Brian
Thanks Brian. The email comes from a woman called Hannah, who supposedly used to work with Brian. If you hover over the email return address – it bears no relation to the ‘apparent’ sender. It goes into detail – like a Christmas Round Robin – how her marriage failed, on and on !!! She would love to hear from him as to how his life has been – please respond !!!
BIN IT - DON’T DO IT – DON’T LET IT BE YOU
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NEWS UPDATE FROM NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
Christmas best wishes from Valerie Pike, the Chair of the Windsor & Ascot NHW Association and her Executive team. Many thanks for your continued support during 2020. We will always be here to help and support you through 2021.
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 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 www.ourwatch.org.uk and enter your postcode.
For any questions relating to Neighbourhood Watch please contact the Windsor & Ascot NHW Association at firstname.lastname@example.org