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This message is dated Friday 27th August 2021 - Maidenhead

Alert message sent 27/08/2021 14:16:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

FIRST: A black Range Rover – was stolen - obviously to order in Windsor.  It is a keyless fob entry.  The owner still has both keys, but they must have been left near enough to the outside, for the signal to be copied - or 'relayed'. 

The gadget costs many thousands of pounds and is used in organised crime.

Can I ask everyone who has keyless entry fob, to check how far the signal from the fob travels, enabling the car to be opened ?  Some manufacturers have reduced the distance.  It will take two people – one to stand at a distance with the fob and the other, to try and open a car door.  Get the person with the fob, to walk closer and closer, until you find the exact distance range where the car will open.  That is how far the signal travels and can be copied.  That is the distance, the fob must be kept inside, from anyone outside, who has a signal copier.

More simple, is to make sure the fobs are always kept, when in the house in a ‘Faraday’ cage.  A metal box made specifically for the purpose.  These are easily available and are made to protect contactless credit cards.  They are very inexpensive.  Remove the plastic sleeves from inside and always, keep your fobs inside when not in use.  If you don’t have one of those, keep them in a fridge !  Biscuit tins do not work !

I used to say you could also keep them in a microwave – as that is a Faraday cage - to contain and prevent the microwaves from escaping – until someone forgot they were in there and cooked their dinner !  The keys exploded inside and the microwave, was destroyed !!!!  The advice was changed !

If you have a high value performance car – Range Rovers are always a target – the key fobs must be protected at all times.

Which have produced this advice video which you need to watch:


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 -

25/6 – 26/8  Wednesday 7 p.m. / Thursday 6 a.m.  Clivemont Road.  Office and changing room broken into.  Locks forced and power tools stolen.  Ref. No:  43210382914

25/8  Wednesday 11.40 p.m.  Ray Mead Road.  Wires in a green roadside box tampered with or stolen.  In the past 4X4 cars were used to pull the cables out of the ground !  Ref. No:  43210382707
25/8 – 26/8  Ray Park Road.  4 wheel hubs stolen from a Volkswagen Caddy van.  Ref. No;  43210383956



25/8 - 26/8  Wednesday 4.30 p.m. / Thursday 7.20 a.m.  Recycling & Amenity site, Vicus way.  Workers found the gate open and a tools store broken into. 5 petrol saws, 2 rotating lasers, 3 rotating laser protectors, 1 pipe laser, 1 Hilti breaker and a compactor plate stolen.  Ref. No:  43210383135

26/8  Thursday 9.40 a.m.  Trenchard Road, Holyport.  A van was making a deliver, when they returned, they found a parcel containing a mattress topper had been stolen from the back.  Ref. No:  43210383207

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Maidenhead Neighbourhood Watch Association is growing fast, and with more members joining every day, we need to ask for volunteers to join us on the association to help keep the association going and keep Maidenhead safe!  
Here is a shortlist of the positions we have available: 
Multi-Scheme Administrator (MSA) 
Secretary of the Association 
Board members of the Association 
Vice-Chairman of the Association  
Please visit our website: and from there you will be able to see all the different ways you can get involved to help support your local community. There is no time commitment or dedicated hours, but we do ask if you can attend the association meetings (One 60 Minute meeting every 2 months) 
If you have any question about any of the positions available, please feel free to contact us at 
I look forward to speaking with you soon. 
Kind regards, 
James Cooper HNDip, MBCS 
Chairman – Maidenhead Neighbourhood Watch Association & Vice-Chair for Thames Valley Neighbourhood Watch Association
Message sent by
Jeffrey Pick (Police, Community Engagement & Resilience Officer, Windsor & Maidenhead LPA)

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