This message is dated Monday 15th November 2021 - Ascot
Alert message sent 15/11/2021 15:20:00
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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 - www.crimestoppers-uk.org
12/11 Friday 11.30 a.m. / 11.45 a.m. Supermarket Car Park. A man described as heavily tanned, very scruffy, with a heavy accent approached a customer loading their car. He asked if it was free to park there but got really close. As the man made off, the aggrieved’s wife, asked if they still had their wallet as it was all very suspicious. They found their wallet had been stolen. When they got home they phoned the bank to cancel the cards and were told there had already been withdrawals and the card used to make payments. The bank will try and recover the amounts withdrawn. Ref. No: 43210512103
15/11 Monday 5 a.m. Sovereign Court, Halfpenny Lane. Car rear windscreen smashed and golf clubs stolen. Ref. No: 43210515877
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NEWS UPDATE FROM NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be delighted to assist.
Festive Season Safety
Christmas is a time to relax and have fun but it can also be very busy and stressful. You may be out and about more than usual – for that essential Christmas shopping and to festive parties and other social events – and the last thing you need is to become a victim of crime. To help avoid this, consider some of the following advice:
Don’t get loaded down with too many bags. Try to keep one hand free.
Try and avoid taking young children into busy shopping areas. If it is unavoidable, make sure they know what to do, if they lose you, e.g. tell the nearest counter assistant that they are lost and NEVER to leave a shop without you.
Agree a meeting point with older children in case you get separated.
Be careful where you park your car, especially if you will be returning to it after dark.
If parking in a multi-storey car park, choose a well-lit space as close to the exit as possible and away from pillars. Reverse into position.
Keep car doors locked whilst driving in built up areas, especially if you’ve got bags of presents in the car.
Don’t leave lots of presents on show in a parked car as they could tempt thieves
Keep alert and aware of your surroundings, especially in busy shops and crowded streets where thieves and pickpockets may well be operating.
Keep a close watch on your valuables and try not to keep them all in one place.
Most of us like a drink or two but remember that alcohol will affect your judgment – don’t let it endanger your personal safety.
Remember, the most common date rape drug is alcohol, with victims being given drinks with a far higher alcohol content than they think.
Watch your drinks and food to ensure that nothing is added to them.
Never leave your drink unattended, even if you are going onto a dance floor or to the toilet.
If your drink has been left unattended, do not drink any more of it.
If something tastes or looks odd, do not eat/drink any more of it. Be aware though that some date rape drugs are colourless and tasteless.
If someone you do not know or trust offers to buy you a drink, either decline or accompany them to the bar and watch that nothing is added to your drink.
Know your own limit.
If you meet someone new at a party, don’t go home with them or invite them back to your home or accept a lift from them. Arrange a second date in a public place to get to know the person better.
Pay attention to your instincts. If you feel un-easy about someone, there may be a reason
When it’s time to go home, carry your keys, mobile phone and some money in your pocket, so you can give up your handbag or wallet and escape quickly if necessary on the way home.
The party’s over and you need to get home. You are likely to be tired and slightly the worse for wear so you need to be careful.
The ideal plan is to book your cab or taxi in advance or call a licensed cab company from the party and arrange for them to pick you up right outside the venue.
Never accept a lift from a minicab touting for trade. They are illegal and can be very dangerous.
If necessary walk to the nearest minicab office – Keep to well-lit streets and walk against traffic and in sight of other people whenever possible.
Always sit in the back of a cab and if you get chatting to the driver do not give away personal details. If you feel uneasy with the driver, ask him to stop at a busy familiar place and get out.
If using public transport, have your ticket, pass or change ready in your hand so that your wallet or purse is out of sight.
Always wait for the bus or train in a well-lit place near other people if possible and try and arrange for someone to meet you at the bus stop or station.
Take note of where the emergency alarms are and try to sit near them.
If a bus is empty or it is after dark, stay on the lower deck as near as possible to the driver.
On trains, avoid empty compartments or compartments that have no access to corridors or other parts of the train. If you feel threatened on any public transport press the alarm and/or make as much noise as possible to attract attention of your fellow passengers or the driver or guard.