This message is dated Friday 30th April 2021 - Ascot
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Can I once again thank those of you phoning through suspicious people and cars out and about in the early hours. This is really helping us to plan our resourcing and tasking. It helps us tie crime patterns together and enables us to respond to areas being targeted. Thank you – keep the intelligence coming.
NEXT: Thames Valley Police intensifies action to target and prevent catalytic converter theft.
From Monday 19 April, Thames Valley Police took part in a national effort to combat catalytic converter theft
Local officers across the force co-ordinated activity with force intelligence teams, roads policing officers along with partner agencies to prevent these thefts from taking place and to disrupt those conducting this criminal activity.
During the week, officers worked with local garages to advise on options available to protect catalytic converters on vehicles, such as installing protective cages or applying a property marking solution such as Smartwater to the catalytic converters, making them less appealing to thieves and easier to trace if they are recovered after being stolen.
Officers also joined some of our partner agencies in visiting 92 scrap metal merchants and other businesses that collect and buy metal to share advice on how to spot thieves who may be looking to dispose of stolen catalytic converters.
Patrols in areas that have repeatedly been targeted were also carried out and advice shared with residents and businesses in these areas.
Detective Superintendent Jim Weems, leading the operation for Thames Valley Police, said: “Catalytic converter theft is on the rise nationally as well as in the Thames Valley due to the increase in price for the precious metals contained within them. Offenders are organised in their execution of the crime and often steal a catalytic converter in minutes.
“This crime has a significant impact on victims who find themselves without their vehicle to get around and often have to join a waiting list to obtain a replacement.
“There are three steps to reducing your risk of falling victim to this type of crime, protect, mark and park: Protect your car by asking your dealer if they can give you any advice on locks or guards that are approved by the vehicle manufacturer and tested to Sold Secure Gold standard.
“Mark your catalytic converter with a forensic marker and register your converter to make it harder for thieves to dispose of.
“Park your car somewhere well-lit and overlooked, amongst as many cars as possible. Try to park so the converter can't be easily reached, such as close to a wall or fence. Try not to park at the end of the row if there are free spaces.
“This week of action intensified our work along with other forces nationally but this activity is by no means a one-off for us. We regularly carry out operations to disrupt offenders based on the intelligence that we are constantly developing and work that has been conducted this week to prevent these crimes will continue and help us to identify more offenders in the long run.
NEXT: We were heavily involved in the week of action locally, dealing with theft of Catalytic Converters:
During the week of April 19th, Officers from Windsor and Maidenhead Local Police Area, supported the ‘National Week of Intensification’.
This included 10 visits to local scrap metal dealers, to combat the rise in the thefts of catalytic convertors. The team of officers was led by Police Sergeant Sarah Noah. They conducted crime prevention site visits to ten scrap metal dealers across the LPA to carry out legislative checks and discuss crime prevention.
Hundreds of residential engagement visits were carried out with members of the public, in those areas, most heavily targeted by the thieves. The team were successful in reaching a vast number of people and were keen to share crime prevention advice as well as listening to any concerns they had.
We included numerous public venues in the patrols and received extremely positive feedback, from all those to whom we spoke.
Sergeant Sarah Noah said ‘I am extremely proud of the efforts and commitment of all those involved in this operation. Catalytic converter thefts can cause a huge amount of distress and inconvenience for those targeted.
As a local area, we are committed to continuing our fight to target those responsible and are working hard with the public, to make it more difficult for the thieves through prevention work’.
If you see anyone acting suspiciously, especially under a vehicle please report it. Obtain as much detail as possible, including descriptions and vehicle makes, colour and registration.
In the event that your catalytic convertor is stolen, please report via our website: www.thamesvalley.police.uk Sgt. Sarah Noah
NEXT: Elections next week
Elections for a new Police and Crime Commissioner for the Thames Valley, for Eton Town and Cookham Parish Council, as well as a referendum on the Windsor Neighbourhood Plan, are taking place on Thursday 6 May.
Due to the pandemic, we've made some small changes to the locations of some polling stations. So check your poll card carefully as it'll tell you with the name and address of your designated polling station.
If you're voting in-person, remember to wear a mask and bring your own pen or pencil. This will help to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.
Polling stations are open from 7am to 10pm.
Get involved in town forum meetings
If you’d like to have your say on issues affecting Maidenhead and Windsor town centres, we want to hear from you.
You can suggest discussion topics for the Maidenhead Town Forum
Agendas are published a week in advance, so you can see what councillors will be discussing, and get involved if there is a topic you’re interested in.
Your discussion suggestions will be added to a future agenda if appropriate.
The next Maidenhead Town Forum meeting is on Wednesday 18 May, and Windsor Town Forum is on Wednesday 26 May.
To learn about how to get involved, email email@example.com (for Maidenhead Town Forum) or firstname.lastname@example.org (for Windsor Town Forum). You can watch the meetings live on our YouTube channel
email email@example.com, or post it to the Mayor’s Parlour at the Town Hall, St Ives Road, Maidenhead SL6 1RF. The closing date for entries is Wednesday 30 June.
Councillors will judge entries on a ward-by-ward basis, with rosettes awarded to the winner and runners up in each.
If you have a friend, family member, or neighbour with an enviable green-fingered garden, you can also nominate them on their behalf.
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:
29/4 Thursday 11 a.m. / 3 p.m. Golf Club Overflow Car Park, Winkfield Road. Catalytic converter stolen from under a Toyota Auris. Ref. No: 43210182689
29/4 Thursday 10 p.m. Carbery lane. The owners were at home and found their front door ajar at 10 p.m. They went to investigate and found both their cars on the driveway had been entered and searched. A valuable set of golf clubs had been stolen from one car and a handbag from the other. The handbag had contained a set of house keys. Not yet known if anything stolen from the house. Ref. No: 43210181830
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org