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20-Aug-2012 10:17 AM
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24-Aug-2012 03:39 PM
A reminder that all suspicious incidents MUST BE PHONED THROUGH TO THE POLICE AT THE TIME – NOT THE NEXT DAY. That way we can assess the situation, what officers we have on and where they are. Please remember, we have response teams on in Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. During the early hours they are driving around continuously in areas we believe are suffering from crime – our hotspots – which are suffering most crime, or from which we receive most calls. That way we can respond as quickly as possible, where we think we may be needed. We manage the projection on a daily basis. We generally therefore have someone to respond to your call unless a crime of greater priority happens at the same time.
Please phone and let us make the decision.
I mention all this because the following email arrived in my inbox yesterday:
A neighbour has just knocked on our door to alert us to the fact that three men were wondering around his property last night at 1 a.m.
Another neighbour also saw them and shouted at them from his bedroom window. He asked them what they were doing on private property and they immediately ran off.
‘We will be vigilant but thought you should know’.
I asked if the incident was reported to the police? The answer was NO!
If you don’t want to bother us because they have not broken into your house or done anything wrong or gone away, please think about your neighbours who may not be so fortunate. I would have dialled 999 if I spotted people in my garden at 1 a.m. We would have put on a 'containment', carried out an area search to locate the men and find out what they were up to at that time of the morning. THIS IS THE SECOND SUCH INCIDENT I HAVE REPORTED IN ABOUT A WEEK! We must all do our bit! It takes seconds to dial 999 (for a suspected crime in progress) or 101 for less urgent calls. At that time of the morning, they will not be inundated with calls. If we had caught and chatted to them last night, they may think better than to be out again in this area. We have to show these people that we are on the ball!
24-Aug-2012 03:45 PM
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21/8 Tuesday 7.45 p.m. An owner locked their bike into a bike rack on the Eton Bridge and went for a walk. When they returned, the bike was still there and they then went for a boat ride. On returning, they saw their bike being wheeled away by a man and a woman. He challenged and detained them, while he called the police. There were extra officers nearby, due to a police operation in the town following residents concerns about thefts in the centre. They received a call re the incident over the police radio and attended immediately. They arrested a man and a woman.
TWO CASES OF HANDBAGS BEING DIPPED AND PURSES STOLEN IN THE TOWN CENTRE
28/08 4:35 p.m.. The aggrieved along with a friend, was walking from the shopping centre down the stairway to the coach park, with her handbag over her shoulder. A person came and stepped in front of her, slowing her down. She also noticed someone behind her, but no physical contact was made. She believes that the man behind, unzipped her handbag and removed her purse. She was unaware her purse had been stolen, until she reached her car. She immediately cancelled her cards, but was informed by the bank that there had been several unsuccessful attempts to use the cards. She cannot describe the man behind her, but the man in front was- Eastern European in appearance, about 50 years old, 5’6’’, plump, bald, wearing a dark jumper and grey trousers.
THE SECOND USED THE METHOD I HAVE BEEN PUBLICISING FOR MONTHS – UNFORTUNATELY OUR TOURISTS DON’T RECEIVE MY MESSAGES – IF YOU SEE ANYONE SITTING HAVING COFFEE IN THE TOWN, WITH THEIR MOBILE SITTING ON THE TABLE – PLEASE BE A GOOD CITIZEN AND ASK A WAITER / WAITRESS TO WARN THEM?
28/8 12.50 p.m. – 1.30 p.m. Café in the Town Centre. 2 people were sitting at the table having lunch. A man approached the table and spread some greetings cards across it. They declined to purchase any and the man gathered the cards up and walked away. One then noticed their mobile phone which had been on the table was missing !!! They ran after the man shouting and he simply handed it back ! He is described as Eastern European in appearance, quite tall, dark spiky well groomed hair, clean looking, wearing a polo shirt, slightly woolly in texture and dark trousers. The police attended and carried out an area search but the man was not located.
Tamara (Town Centre Sgt Tamara Tatton) is organising a Crime Prevention session on Saturday in the Town Centre to combat dipping and a Burglary Road show next Wednesday 5th September in the Atrium of Waitrose, between 12 noon – 2 p.m. If you have not collected your purse bells from the police station, she will have some there.
12-Sep-2012 01:45 PM
Many of you have been in NHW for many years and will remember the work we all did for the ‘Safe as Houses’ Initiative funded by the Home Office 3 or 4 years ago. Many of you will have joined us after that took place. As part of our bid we produced short videos of various security devices we felt would be really useful to our members to combat crime and placed them on YouTube. Under the initiative, we made these available free of charge – but those days are long gone, in the current economic climate. We feel those items are still really useful and I am therefore promoting the short videos for you to view. The PCSO explaining how each piece of equipment is used, is our own PCSO Dave Bullock, from the Inner Windsor Neighbourhood Team. There are also two short ‘Into clips’ which have brief details of all the items described. These, feature Ch. Supt. Tim De Meyer our Area Commander at the time, who is now responsible for Neighbourhood Policing at HQ. All the equipment for the bid was supplied by SOLON who run a retail arm – Redline Security to see the stock, or call on 01352 762266. You can purchase at email Solon Security
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14-Sep-2012 10:10 AM
12/9 Wednesday 2.30 a.m. The owner of a car was awoken by their alarm sounding and the car lights flashing. They looked out and saw two youths wearing hooded tops, running away. She phoned the police who were patrolling in the area and attended immediately. Two people were located in a road nearby and arrested. The owner checked the car and found nothing had been stolen and the car was not damaged in any way. What they did find, was that the car fob did set the alarm – BUT DID NOT LOCK THE CAR! We have had several cases recently where people were convinced they had locked their cars, but they were entered ‘BY UNKNOWN MEANS’ – meaning there was no damage. For insurance purposes the car would be classified as LEFT INSECURE. If, as in this case, there are occasions where your fob will cause the car lights to flash and set the alarm, but not lock the car – it is even more vital that you check a car door handle.
14-Sep-2012 04:56 PM
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8-Oct-2012 06:04 PM
Can I remind you about all the ‘found’ and ‘recovered’ bikes in the rear yard at Windsor Police Station? Ray has received no emails so far and we really do want to return these bikes to their owners. One thing Ray did say to me this morning that was significant – he never gets bikes in which are property marked !!!!
31-Oct-2012 11:37 AM
The owner was at home. The doorbell went and she answered it believing it to be someone she knew. The man claimed to be a friend of her neighbours who had lost something in her rear garden. She allowed him through the house into the garden. When he came back into the house, he asked her if she had change for a £20 note. She went to drawer where she kept an envelope of cash and her bank card. He snatched this from her hand and ran off. He is described as white, about 40, well built, average height, clean shaven, sandy coloured short hair, possibly local accent.
In all cases of Distraction Burglary, the victim invites the offender into the house. Please discuss this issue with elderly / vulnerable neighbours / friends / relatives / work colleagues.
Please advice all these people not to open the door to anyone after dark. Please explain to them the implications in a way that they will understand without increasing their fear.
7-Nov-2012 12:02 PM
Today I had a phone call, obviously from a call centre, with an Indian-sounding female. She asked for me by name and sought to reassure me that she wasn't selling anything. She only needed a few minutes of my time, to answer a few questions about other residents in my road - she even knew its name. I didn't answer her questions, but asked her some of my own. When I asked who, or what Berkshire Opinion Poll is, and what associations or affiliations it has, she rang off. My wife took another identical call this evening and when she asked what the call was about, they again rang off. I have Googled this name and it doesn't appear, so it must be fictitious.
Does anyone have any further experience of this outfit? I suspect it's another scam of some sort.
Any ideas anyone ? Please never give out any personal information about yourself or your neighbours to anyone over the phone. We did have something similar several years ago, where a company was calling to locate elderly and vulnerable people who lived in your road !!!!
My husbands cousin was playing games on Facebook when her PC locked up. A display, which covered the whole screen, removed access to all toolbars. It said it was a police message and that the computer had been locked for viewing illegal porn. The instruction was to contact a certain company and pay them £100, whereupon they will unlock it. As you know this is a scam. Luckily she had the good sense to ask her husband to check on his computer and they were alerted to the problem.
This has become quite a problem and if you are not too computer literate it may cause you concern as there is no way on screen to cure it. There is help to resolve the problem on the web however. This link shows you exactly how to do it.
8-Nov-2012 10:08 AM
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21-Nov-2012 03:41 PM
‘You snooze - you loose’!
We have a slight burglary spike across the Borough, so it is even more important that you phone through anyone out and about that you feel is suspicious / out of place / walking up and down driveways. I have had loads of email reports of Nottingham Knockers (young unemployed lads / straight out of prison, trying to go straight selling household products, from large shoulder bags) right across the area – we are awash with them! Due to this current spike can you PLEASE phone through on the 101 number, anyone going door to door. That includes Nottingham Knockers, double glazing, roof moss, soffits – whatever – even leaflet deliverers ! If they are legitimate, they won’t mind answering a few questions from a PCSO. Full descriptions please particularly recognisable features / tattoos / piercings / hair colour / style etc. etc. etc. They may not be offending today – but looking for potential future targets !!!
There has been a continuous stream of metal thefts from driveways / cars (Catalytic converters) / houses being renovated / public buildings, etc., in the last few months. New legislation is about to come in which may help to prevent this.
Can you please send any car indexes / photos and descriptions of scrap and flatbed lorries to him please? Jeff Tewkesbury in Slough - [email protected]
We have had our first DISTRACTION BURGLARY – for months. Someone knocked at the door and explained that they had lost their ball over the garden fence and could the owner help them look for it. They took the man through the house to the conservatory, towards the garden. They were unable to turn on the outside lights, so they went to find a torch, leaving the man alone. The torch was in a handbag, which could not be found. The man then asked to change some money. The owner started to become suspicious and asked the man to leave – which he did. The handbag was missing. Later they got a phone call from ‘the police’, asking for the PIN numbers for the cards in the handbag. By then the owner was really suspicious and did not give them. The handbag has been recovered discarded nearby. Lots of learning here. The basic rule is that ‘NO-ONE COMES INTO YOUR HOME, UNLESS YOU KNOW THEM – OR THEY HAVE MADE AN APPOINTMENT’. NO-ONE WHO APPEARS AT YOUR DOOR UNANNOUNCED, EVER COMES INSIDE – WHATEVER THE EXCUSE.
IF SOMEONE IS IN PANIC AND NEEDS SOMETHING – TELL THEM TO WAIT ON THE DOORSTEP, WHILE YOU DO THE NECESSARY. As you go back inside, lock the door and do not leave it on the latch – then phone the police on the 101 number.
7-Jan-2013 04:54 PM
Can I remind everyone that received new mobile phones, laptops, bikes, Sat Navs and TVs etc., to make sure they take appropriate precautions, to keep those items safe.
If you, or a member of your family were lucky enough to get a new Smartphone for Christmas, there are several ways you can protect it. The first thing, is to record the phones unique ‘IMEI’ number. It is usually printed under the battery, or can be accessed, by keying *#06# into most phones. If the phone is stolen, using the IMEI number, your service provider can block it.
The next step is to register the phone / Android tablet, Ipad on http://www.immobilise.com This site is run by the Home Office and is a secure site. You can record all your possessions on this site, easily and quickly. If an item does not have a serial number, you can allocate one to it, together with a description. The police have access to the site and can check recovered items against it. This enables them to return stolen phones and any other property they find that you include on this register, which is completely free of charge.
The third thing to do, is to download a 'tracker' app onto any Smartphone / IPad, Android tablet, etc. You do not need to activate it until the phone / tablet goes missing, but you need to know how to use this facility. I have just returned from a skiing trip and my son would activate his GPS tracker, as we left each morning. At the end of the day, we would have a map of every piste we had skied, overlaid onto Google Earth, including every turn we had made, the distance we had skied with the speeds we had achieved, along with graphs showing altitude, etc., etc. One day we skied 35 miles, with a top speed of 34 mph!!! These apps are now very accurate.
Next – property marking with a UV pen. I have handed out thousands of these and PCSOs may still have a few, otherwise they are available very cheaply at DIY stores. One pen will easily cover everything from your TVs and PCs, to games consoles, games, DVDs and cameras.
Sat Navs are among the items most frequently stolen from glove boxes in cars. Please only have it in your car when you need to use it and remove it, when not in use – no sucker marks left on the windscreen please, otherwise you run the risk of a smashed passenger window!
Bikes – new bikes need to be marked and protected with a good chain or D lock. When kept in a garage, the garage should have an alarm – even a portable personal alarm attached to the door will do and the bike well secured inside – perhaps chained to ladders ? You can buy specific bike locks with alarms, which sound if the bike is moved. Bikes can then be registered online at either www.immobilise.com or Bike Register. We are sorting out the best advice as we speak and I will publish more details shortly.
After Christmas, everyone’s house is filled with new gismos and gadgets, which all have a resale value. We all need to take extra precautions for the next month or so, to protect, what we have all worked so hard to buy!
Eyes and ears.
16-Jan-2013 03:51 PM
1. I have had increased reports about calls from the Windows / Microsoft Scam. This is where a company calls you, saying they work for Microsoft / Windows and they can see from their records / equipment that your computer is running slowly. They can assist and speed it up. None of this is true. They don’t work for Microsoft and in any event, Microsoft cannot ‘see’ anything about your computer / laptop. The scam works – when they ask you to type in some text and press ‘run’. This installs a proxy programme into your computer and they can take control of your screen and of course hard drive. They run a diagnostic programme which always comes up with unnecessary temporary files etc. While doing this they are also copying anything they want from your hard drive and of course, installing any programmes they want at the same time – online paypal / bank / building accounts and of course passwords – possibly access programmes. At the end of all this, when they maintain they have cleaned your computer, they admit there is a charge – minimal - usually £67. They will of course want to be paid over the internet.....That involves you giving them a Barclaycard and of course your security number on the back !!!!!!
2. Nottingham Knockers – These are the young lads going door to door, selling household products. I have a report that they were in Frances Road yesterday. This is also a scam. The lads can keep whatever they earn over a small amount they have to pay their boss for the bag and contents. They know the products are ‘substandard’, you know they are. Usually, people pay them something, just to go away.
The scam works this way:
Phase 1 - you buy rubbish, knowing it is rubbish, you can therefore easily be parted from your money – Just the target group are looking for.
Phase 2 – How long does it take you to go and get the cash ? if you come back quickly with a purse / wallet – they are not interested. The longer you take, the more interested they are.
Phase 3 – You return with a ‘note’ in payment – they are not interested in cash / coins, only notes. The condition of the note, can tell them if you have a ‘stash’ in the house – a crisp, clean, flat note is what they are after. They are not interested in crumpled notes from a purse / wallet. A crisp, clean flat note – means a stash.
Phase 4 – They smell the note. The longer it has been stored in the house, the mustier it might smell – the longer it has been stored, the more there is !!! If you tick these 4 boxes, they note your address. This is passed back to the boss and they get an extra payment, for each address supplied – this is the whole purpose of the exercise – to locate elderly and vulnerable people, with stashes of cash in their houses.
Those addresses are then sold amongst the criminal fraternity. After that the callers arrive. Roofers, tarmaccers, garden workers, double glazing etc. etc. etc. You do not want to get on one of those lists.
THE SOLUTION – Everyone across the Thames Valley uses the same words – “I am sorry, I do not buy goods or services, at the door”. Then firmly, but politely close the door and phone the police on the 101 non emergency number and explain that you have had ‘Nottingham Knockers’ at the door. Be aware that some areas will not know them by this name, so you may have to explain that they are the young lads going door to door selling household products. You will be asked for a full description of the lad, so be prepared and while you are at the door, have a good look and note the name on the ‘ID’, they will show you. Don’t be fooled by any cardboard ID saying they are deaf, dumb or disabled in some way – they won’t be.
Do not engage in any conversation ! They will try and engage your sympathy, to get information out of you – “I tried the house 2 doors down, but there was no response”. You might reply – “Oh no, no-one is home, they are on holiday in the Carribean for the next three weeks”. OR perhaps, “Oh no, they are high fliers in the City and never get home before 9 p.m.” We are all programmed to be helpful and courteous. It is so much better, just close the door. The police will always respond and carry out an Area Search, to look for the lads and check them out – hence the need for a good description. Often they have a string of criminal convictions and are not the type of people you want looking up your hallway.
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