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This message is dated Monday 9th may 2022 - Ascot

Alert message sent 09/05/2022 15:08:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police


NO CRIME TO REPORT OVER THE WEEKEND.

NO BURGLARIES

AND

NO CARS BROKEN INTO

FIRST:  A CAR PARK SCAM IN WINDSOR:


The aggrieved was leaving in her car, when a man came up and told her she had some damage on the back, caused by a shopping trolley and she should look at it, before leaving the car park.  She got out and went round to the back of the car, leaving her car doors unlocked and her handbag on the passenger seat.  While she was doing this, an accomplice opened the passenger door, searched her handbag and stole her credit and debit cards.  Ref. No:  43220197444

PLEASE DO NOT LET THIS BE YOU.  THIS IS A VERY TRADITIONAL SCAM AND THEFT WHICH TAKES PLACE IN SUPERMARKET CAR PARKS.  IT HAS TAKEN PLACE ALL OVER THE BOROUGH, MOVING FROM CAR PARK, TO CAR PARK.

NEXT:  Share your experiences in our community safety survey

The Royal Borough Community Safety Partnership brings together the council, police and other organisations to work together to reduce crime, anti- social behaviour, drugs and alcohol issues in the area.
We are running a short survey to gain a better understanding of how safe residents and frequent visitors of the borough feel and to gather your experiences of local crime and disorder.
Your valuable feedback, combined with other data and intelligence from our partner agencies, will help the partnership set its priorities for the year and inform and shape our community safety work and initiatives.

Please take part by Friday 3 June 2022 on the RBWM Together website - it takes less that 2 minutes.

https://rbwmtogether.rbwm.gov.uk/community-wardens/survey_tools/community-safety-survey

NEXT:  National Firearms Surrender: 12 – 29 May

This week members of the public will be encouraged to dispose of any unwanted, unlicensed or illegal firearms and ammunition during a national surrender taking place between 12 and 29 May.

There are a range of reasons why some people may have these types of firearms in their possession. They may be historical artefacts, an inheritance, or simply forgotten about in people’s homes. Others may be held legally, although no longer required. It is our job to make sure these weapons are disposed of safely to prevent them from falling into criminal hands.

Those with items to surrender should visit one of our front counters listed below. If individuals are unable to travel to a front counter, or have concerns about transporting a firearm, they should contact 101 to arrange collection.

NEXT: A BRAND NEW PILOT INITIATIVE !

Recently, I attended a meeting of the Union of Catholic Mothers and we discussed mobile phones – SMARTPHONES.  I stressed the importance of moving with the times – and technology - which is now much simpler than say 10 years ago.  Most scam calls can be avoided, if you can create a ‘contact list’ of friends, family and work colleagues.  Any 'unidentified' number – is then a possible scam caller.
After paying the monthly contract fee – calls are free.  People said they didn’t want to be on Facebook, but you can be on it, enter no details and take advantage of the free ‘Apps’ it provides.  The biggest advantage is of course ‘Messenger’, which is similar to WhatsApp & Snapchat.  Why are these Apps useful ?  You can Face time / make video contact via the phone / laptop / tablet / computer, with anyone, anywhere in the world, for as long as you like – FREE OF CHARGE.
Young people / grandchildren, do not communicate via letter, or telephone.  Make yourselves part of their lives and relevant, by video chatting to them.  This can have a huge impact on loneliness.  Agree with a friend to have a video session a couple times a week.  You don’t have to sit, face to face and chat !  You can prop the phone up and perhaps watch the same TV programme together and chat through it – like ‘Gogglebox’ on the TV.  You can also join other people into the video call !!!  Make a regular night of it, around any possible hobby you have.  You can sit and knit together !

This raised the issue of – I don’t know how to use a ‘Smartphone’ if I got one.  ‘I only use my phone to make occasional phone calls’.

This progressed to - 'what if we could provide learning sessions, with some young people' ?  They thought that would be a really good idea – as long as the youngsters didn’t move so fast, it was a waste of time and produce more confusion  !!

I took this suggestion back to our Police Cadet leader – PCSO Mat Wingrove – what did he think ?  He liked the idea and has now run a training evening with the cadets – not on how to use a Smartphone – they are all genius’ with that – but how to teach someone, who doesn’t know what an App is, the basics.

What is an App, what is a contact list, how to block unwanted calls, how to join WhatsApp and ‘face time someone’, where would they get an App and how to download it – very basic stuff to begin with, but we don’t want to make it so complicated / advanced, we turn people off.

Joan and her group of Catholic Mothers at St. Joseph’s, will be the guinea pigs.  If they think it works – would you like us to bring the Cadets to your group ?  If so – email me and let me know.

LAST:  ANOTHER SEXTORTION:

The aggrieved – a young man - had a video on his phone of himself committing a sex act. He received messages from an unknown person, threatening to post that video online and to all his family members, unless he transferred £2,000. The aggrieved said he couldn't afford that and they lowered the price to £50 and finally to £30, which he paid, to the account number given.
They have since come back demanding more.
The aggrieved believes they must have hacked his phone, to get the video as he has never sent it to anyone and they have no other way of obtaining it.

They have sent the video to him, to prove they have it and that it is not a scam, but a genuine threat.  They have also visited his Facebook page and sent him a screenshot of all his family and contacts.

This case is linked, like many others, to the Ivory Coast in Africa.

PLEASE – DO NOT SAY, DO WRITE, PHOTOGRAPH, VIDEO, TEXT, ANYTHING ONLINE OR EVEN IN YOUR PHONE, THAT YOU WOULD NOT BE HAPPY FOR YOUR FAMILY, RELATIVES, FRIENDS, NEIGHBOURS, WORK COLLEAGUES – EMPLOYER – AND EVERYONE ELSE IN YOUR PERSONAL CONTACT LIST TO SEE !!

YOU KNOW IT MAKES SENSE !


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.

Alternatively you can call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or email - www.crimestoppers-uk.org

ASCOT:
ascotNHPT@thamesvalley.police.uk
SUNNINGDALE:
NO CRIME TO REPORT

SUNNINGHILL:
NO CRIME TO REPORT

ASCOT & SOUTH ASCOT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT

NORTH ASCOT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT



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.police.uk


NEWS UPDATE FROM NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

A new year, a new logo, a new beginning

Why not start a new scheme in your street - A scheme is a group of members, usually in the same road or area, which has a coordinator to manage the scheme.
In the last week, we have had inquiries from various residents and we are delighted to announce that three new schemes are being set up.
There are many benefits to starting a scheme - awareness of types of crimes that affect our communities such as vehicle crime and advice on scams, access to CCTV,  for instance.

Neighbourhood Watch is not just about crime awareness though. It's about supporting communities and tackling issues within them like, loneliness and vulnerability.

Being aware of these issues will enable you to be proactive in your community to help those in our communities that need support.

Please contact us on contact@windsorascotnhwa.org.uk and we will be delighted to assist.
Valerie Pike, Chairman of Windsor & Ascot NHW Association. 

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

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