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This message is dated Wednesday 28th July 2021 - Ascot

Alert message sent 28/07/2021 12:22:00

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FIRST: More than 1000 homes secured from burglary

This week, the Thames Valley Police Neighbourhood Teams, the Royal Borough's community safety team, and dedicated volunteers, have helped distribute SmartWater kits to homes across Windsor and Maidenhead.

The kits include a solution which is dabbed onto valuable personal items and is almost invisible unless using a UV light.  Each kit has a unique DNA code registered to the SmartWater member, which enables marked items, if found, to be returned to their owners.

Officers will also work with local partners and businesses to scan for the solution on property for sale in second-hand outlets to ensure criminals aren't using the businesses to dispose of stolen property.

NEXT:  Shape the future of the Royal Borough

We are holding a public consultation to help finalise our Borough Local Plan.

The plan sets out a vision for the future for the Royal Borough up to 2033, and aims to guide and support future local regeneration and investment.

The consultation seeks feedback on modifications to our plan including reinstating three housing sites in Maidenhead, Sunninghill, and Horton.

Take part on our website before Sunday 5 September:


A fund of over £850,000 is available to help support low-income families in the borough improve the energy efficiency of their homes while reducing their carbon footprint.
The funding, which has been secured by the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead from the Government’s Local Authority Delivery scheme (LAD), will be used to improve the energy performance of the borough’s least energy efficient homes ready for winter.
This will help families phase out high carbon, fossil fuel heating and reduce fuel poverty.  Councillor Donna Stimson, cabinet member for climate change, sustainability, parks and countryside, welcomed the £850,000 grant.
She said: “As part of our commitment to achieve net zero carbon emissions in the borough by 2050, we have set ourselves some ambitious targets for carbon reduction, and I’m delighted that we have been successful in securing a substantial sum of money to begin to deliver on those commitments.
“The council’s approved Environment & Climate Strategy sets out our commitment to help the borough tackle climate change and use our influence and position to bring about positive change. Being awarded this funding is a demonstration of our ability to draw down funding from central Government to put our commitment into action.
“The future of our planet is in everyone’s hands and with our target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050, it means we all need to work together to achieve this.”
The work will begin immediately and will be carried out in partnership with energy efficiency installers who meet the high work standards required by the scheme. 
The LAD scheme was launched by the Government’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.
Councils were invited to apply for funding and demonstrate how their projects could support low-income families to improve their home’s energy performance. 
If residents are on a low income and own their home, they can apply for a grant via Heat the Home Counties by filling in the form at email
If you require digital assistance you can drop in to any library or email:
 Library opening hours can be found at:

For further information on what the council is doing to improve the environmental sustainability of the borough, or to read the Environment & Climate Strategy, please visit

NEXT:  Be wildfire aware
As part of their week-long campaign (Monday 26 July – Sunday 1 August), Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) reminds you to take simple steps to reduce the risk of a wildfire breaking out.

Wildfires can be very dangerous, spread quickly and threaten people, property, and livestock. They can start from cigarette ends and even discarded glass bottles which can magnify sunlight.

There are simple steps you can take to reduce the risk of accidentally starting a wildfire such as extinguishing cigarettes properly, not lighting a campfire in the countryside, and only lighting barbecues in designated areas and not leaving them unattended.


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.

Alternatively you can call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or email -





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



Hi, I am Valerie Pike, Chair of Windsor & Ascot NHW Association. The Association was formed in September 2019 and our objective was simply to help residents. In setting up the Association, we asked
How can each of us
·       help to make our community safer?
·       improve its spirit and neighbourliness?
·       help the Police to reduce local crime?
·       make our own home security better?
Starting up a Neighbourhood Watch scheme in your street is easy, and it’s free. Police statistics show that a Neighbourhood Watch scheme significantly reduces the probability of your house being burgled.
Neighbourhood Watch is about neighbourliness and making our communities and homes safer. It’s about being friendly and caring, and watching out for the elderly and vulnerable too.
Members of Neighbourhood Watch are assisted in a number of ways, including  having  free  home  security  surveys  conducted  by  a  local PCSO, to identify any areas in which security can be improved, and to advise  on  optimum  ways  to  safeguard  against  crime  and  improve personal and household security
But most of all Neighbourhood Watch is about helping the Police to keep us safe. They need the support of people who care. If that’s you - join us now!
Please contact us on and we will be delighted to assist.

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

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