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This message is dated Monday 8th February 2021 - Windsor

Alert message sent 08/02/2021 15:21:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police


A GOOD WEEKEND – NO BURGLARIES TO REPORT.

WE ARE SEEING AN INCREASE IN THEFTS OF CATALYTIC CONVERTERS.  IF YOU CAN PARK IN A WELL LIT AREA – COVERED BY YOUR VIDEO DOORBELL / CCTV !


NEXT: I have received a report of another possible Covid 19 vaccination scam call.  Can everyone be on alert for these please and warn everyone you know – we are obviously not reaching everyone that needs to know.  I put out the correct procedures being followed last week.  If – anywhere in the conversation – someone asks for bank details or a payment of any kind – replace the receiver – it is a scam call !

NEXT:  YET ANOTHER SEXTORTION CASE !!!!

A woman has been the victim of a very common romance scam.  She met a man on a dating website and it now appears it may have been two men, purporting to be one man.  The ‘man’ posed as a doctor, working for the UN.

Over the course of several months, she believed they were getting in to a real and deep relationship.  During their conversations, he asked her for and she sent him, differing amounts of money – sometimes, hundreds of pounds at a time.
He claimed he needing it for various reasons including - airline tickets and also - that he had been taken hostage and needed to pay a ransom to gain his freedom.  The hostage story, is fairly common in these scams, as it means they can ask for much larger sums of money and play on the sympathy of the victim.

The aggrieved has calculated that she has sent him, many, many thousands of pounds, since their first contact.

The transactions have been done using Bitcoin as well as online gaming vouchers – as of course all transactions using these are both completely untraceable.

She is at last convinced that she has been the victim of a romance scam and made contact with the police.

We have clearly not reached all potential victims of these Romance Scams.  Please pass this onto everyone you know.  The victims are not always stupid to believe the stories they are being told.  The scammers are really good to ‘groom’ and suck people in.  Victims are both men and women, young and old.  The giveaway immediately – is a request for any form of financial assistance.  Particularly if the transactions use an untraceable form such as Bitcoin.  Even bank to bank transfers are not safe, as the scammers remove the money from the receiving bank immediately and pass it through dozens of accounts, almost always overseas, which are then untraceable.


PLEASE – PLEASE – PLEASE – PLEASE – DO NOT LET IT BE YOU – OR ANYONE YOU KNOW !

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

WINDSOR:
CENTRAL WINDSOR:

windsorcentralgeographical@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
SR.windsor&maidenhead@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
6/2  Saturday 0.30 a.m. /1 p.m.  Duke Street / Vansittart Estate.  A black Renault Clio index WJ ** WRP stolen from outside a house.  Ref. No:  43210051678

ETON & ETON WICK:
6/2  Saturday 3.20 p.m.  Wallace Walk, Pocock’s Lane.  Van break – door jemmied with a crowbar – valuable tools stolen.  Ref. No:  43210051791
6/2  Saturday 2.35p.m.  High Street, Eton.  Locked up bike stolen.  A white Specialized Crosstrail, hybrid bike.  Ref. No:  43210051616

WINDSOR WEST
windsorwestgeographical@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
SR.windsor&maidenhead@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
CLEWER, DEDWORTH & OAKLEY GREEN:
7/2  Sunday 11.30 p.m.  Memorial rec, Dedworth Road.  Car damaged and vandalised.  Ref. No:  43210053293
5/2  Friday 9.22 p.m.  Perrycroft X 2.  1.  The owner of a car heard noises of an angle grinder outside and went to investigate.  They disturbed the offenders who had stolen his catalytic converter.  They immediately drove off in a green Mazda.  2.  A second catalytic converter had also been stolen from a BMW 316i.  Ref. No50988

CLEWER EAST & PARK:
5/2  Friday 2 p.m.  Football Ground, Stags Meadow.  Youths seen for the second time congregating in the stands.  The property is locked and secured.  Ref. No:  43210050505

WINDSOR EAST
windsoreastgeographical@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
SR.windsor&maidenhead@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
DATCHET, HORTON & WRAYSBURY:
NO CRIME TO REPORT


OLD WINDSOR:
5/2  Friday 9.41 p.m.  St. Luke’s Road.  Catalytic converter stolen from under a car.  3 men were seen getting into a car and driving away with their lights off.  Ref. No:  43210051009
5/2 – 6/2  Friday 5 p.m. / Saturday 2 p.m.  St. Andrews Close.  Catalytic converter stolen from under a Honda Jazz.  Ref. No:  43210051780

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

Jeff
Jeffrey.pick@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk


NEWS UPDATE FROM NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

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 contact@windsorascotnhwa.org.uk

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

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