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9-Aug-2013 04:11 PM
9-Aug-2013 04:47 PM
30-Aug-2013 04:17 PM
Shed / Garage breaks.
As you will see from recent messages, we have been targeted for shed and garage breaks for golf clubs, bikes, tools and garden equipment right across RBWM. The thieves have not been walking into INSECURE sheds and garages, but actively breaking in / forcing doors / cutting off chains and padlocks etc. They are well prepared. To remove the items, they must also have had vans or other vehicles. So – to protect yourself and your neighbours we need you to be uber observant and report any suspicious vans / vehicles driving around your area in the early hours / hours of darkness as soon as you see them. If in doubt call us – let us make the decision.
We have had several instances of purses being stolen from handbags while people were shopping in the Town Centre. Mrs. Chalmers designed and has had printed three special postcards – antique in style - of a police officer, a policewoman and 2 officers on horseback from the early 19th Century. On the back is a crime prevention message. They are for handing to anyone who has left a phone, visible on a coffee table / restaurant, in the town centre. They are brilliant. PC Val De Haan has been going up to people, who have a phone on the table, laying out the postcards, then collecting up with the phones – to emphasise the message and show how easy it is to do ! This has proved very successful and effective to get the message across – and - the tourists love the postcards !
I have attached the pictures below for you to have a look at.
I have had an email from a member in Maidenhead to say that he reported Nottingham Knockers in his road on the 14th August. The PEC operator was not sure if they had the resources to send someone out. He never got a call back to say thank you or that there had been a resolution. Normally our Shift Officers will respond to all these calls and there will then be a follow up from your Neighbourhood Team. I raised this at this morning’s police briefing and received reassurances from the 2 Neighbourhood Inspectors – Windsor and Maidenhead that they will make sure this happens. As a result of not getting a call back with an update, when 3 suspicious middle Europeans arrived the next day, calling door to door selling paintings, they did not call us. From our point of view, that second call would have been the most significant. A solution ? Please phone the PEC when anyone suspicious calls at your door for whatever reason. Definitely Nottingham Knockers (young unemployed lads going door to door selling household products), but also picture sellers, left over carpet sellers, charity collectors, drive way / roofers / gardeners etc. and – people who call at your door asking ridiculous questions – The first thing that comes into their head when you happen to answer the door.
If in doubt and you are not expecting anyone – DON’T ANSWER THE DOOR – BUT – make sure they know someone is at home and decided not to answer the door. Any caller must know the house is occupied. Turn up a radio / turn on and off lights if it is dark etc.
Fake Bank Notes.
There has been a sudden flurry of fake £20 notes in circulation. Most are not brilliant – just keep an eye out – and – warn others.Charity Collectors. Charity collectors cannot get Insurance any longer to collect and carry cash around the streets. As a result, they are asking residents to fill in standing order and tax rebate forms. We – the police – have a real problem with this as they will be cold calling, flashing an ID card then asking for your personal, as well as bank details – which of course – YOU CANNOT GIVE THEM. Our suggestion is you thank them for any pack they can give you and then you make your own arrangements at a later date with your bank – if that is your chosen charity.
As the school holidays draw to a close, we often see kids out an about. If you feel they are too young to be out unsupervised, or it is too late for them to be out alone, or something may not be quite right, always phone it through to us on the 101 number. Better to be safe than sorry.
16-Sep-2013 05:23 PM
Thames Valley residents are advised to be on their guard to a new type of scam which is becoming prevalent across London and is now spreading to other areas.
The courier fraud scam often targets the elderly and vulnerable and takes the following steps:The victim receives an unsolicited telephone call from fraudsters saying they are from their bank (or in some cases claiming to be the police), stating that their systems have spotted a fraudulent payment on their card or that their card is due to expire and needs to be replaced.The person may be asked to ring the bank back using the phone number printed on the back of their bank card. This helps to convince the person that the call is genuine. However, the fraudster has kept the telephone line open so even though the person has called the bank, the call does not go through. Instead they are unknowingly connected straight back to the fraudster.The fraudster then gains the person’s trust by pretending to be from the bank and seeming to offer assistance. In many cases the person is asked to provide their full bank card details and key in their PIN so that their existing card can be cancelled and their new one activated or authorised. The fraudster will then explain that the bank will need to collect the card.The fraudster will then attend the person’s address or send an innocent courier company driver to collect the card and sometimes provide them with a replacement card which is subsequently found to be fake.Therefore, the fraudster has obtained the person’s name, address, full bank details, the card itself and the PIN. The bank cards are then used fraudulently without the victim’s knowledge.
There are a number of variations to the scam, including:Fraudsters pretending to be from the police cold calling members of the public and telling them that their bank account has been compromised by criminals. The fraudster suggests that the person should transfer their bank balance into a ‘safe’ police bank account.Fraudsters pretending to be from the police attending people’s addresses and retrieving the person’s card and PIN.Members of the public receiving letters on bank headed paper informing them that their account has been the subject of a fraud. The letter advises them to transfer their funds to a ‘safe’ account and that an official will be in contact to provide them with a new card and PIN.Fraudsters contacting members of the public requesting them to cut their cards in half because their account has been compromised. They are then asked to post the cut card to an address where fraudsters simply tape the card together again and can use the details to commit fraud.
Between May and August, Thames Valley Police has received 17 reports of fraud of this type, all in the central Milton Keynes area.
Police advice is that if you receive such a call, end it immediately. If you have elderly or vulnerable family members, friends, or neighbours, let them know about the scam.
Please be aware that:
Your bank will never attend your home
Your bank and/or the police will never collect your bank card
Your bank and/or the police will never ask for your PIN
If you receive this type of call, report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040, or via their website. In an emergency, dial 999.
2-Oct-2013 03:07 PM
4-Oct-2013 11:32 AM
Please warn everyone about a "14 day trial of ‘Raspberry ****** *****’ capsules that promise immediate loss of fat ! The ads are on-line for a short period, then the name changes, to something similar.
The con is that they say you only have to pay £4.95 for your trial, BUT they continue to take around £95 whenever they feel like it - "under their Terms & Conditions". These of course are nowhere to be seen, when you agree to the 14 day trial. The small print says you are agreeing to a subscription, until you cancel it. There are huge numbers of people who have lost money because the credit card companies say that the company has done nothing wrong and you are unlikely to get any of your money back. I've heard of some people losing hundreds of pounds, before they realise what's going on.
11-Oct-2013 10:34 AM
11-Oct-2013 10:45 AM
It may be an idea to let people know that a number of new traffic laws came into force on midnight of the 14th August 2013. These could see motorists earning points on their licence and being fined, due to the fact that no one has informed them of these changes in the law.The latest change in the law, is that Drivers of vehicles are not allowed to stop their vehicles in a ‘Green Area’ with a picture of a bicycle that is designated for Cyclists, at a junction. If drivers do so, they can be fined £60 and have 3 points added to their licence. Also, the fine for using a phone whilst driving, has gone up to £100. There are a number of other new laws that are now in force which have not been well publicised. I learned of these changes, not as a professional driver. But by listening to LBC radio on Wednesday night.The Daily Mail published an article on the new laws a month or so ago.
16-Oct-2013 11:17 AM
25-Oct-2013 11:15 AM
30-Oct-2013 05:24 PM
Further to your report re items of post going missing… on three recent occasions a relief post person has left mail for several residents poking out of their letterboxes, so they could easily be taken by anyone passing by. I actually spoke to the relief post person on 26/10 to ask them to push the mail fully through the letterboxes. Mail sticking out of a letterbox is an advert to any burglar, particularly if someone is away. If i's still there at the end of the day, the house is obviously unoccupied! Furthermore, certain items can be used to steal individuals' identities such as utility bills and, as recently, Electoral Role correspondence.
JUST A REMINDER ABOUT HALLOWEEN. IF YOU SEE GROUPS OF YOUTHS GATHERING PLEASE LET US KNOW ON THE 101 NUMBER. We have arranged additional police patrols in areas which have traditionally been a problem. Calls from you will fine tune that intelligence.
11-Nov-2013 03:08 PM
The police are warning that the new Playstations, many of which have been pre-ordered, will be delivered at the end of this week, the launch date. It will be the same for the new X Boxes next week. Those teenagers who have ordered these will have them straight out of their boxes and plugged in within seconds. Opportunist thieves will know about these launch dates and be looking out for signs that a household has just acquired this expensive equipment. Kids will not unplug them after playing and secure them somewhere. They will be left out and the thieves will know this.
The box is just such a sign so make sure that boxes are not visible. They must not just be thrown out in the recycling where they can be seen in the street!
Those that are purchased for Christmas presents must be hidden securely. Thieves know where parents hide these things - in the garage or the boot of the car. Neither of these places are secure and we will see an increase in these areas being targeted as we approach Christmas. Consider carefully where you are going to hide expensive ‘crime attractors’. It may be you can secure them somewhere at work ???
Also, don’t tell anyone if you are buying one of these items! Loose lips sink ships!
16-Nov-2013 11:15 AM
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20-Nov-2013 01:24 PM
The Neighbourhood Officer for Old Windsor has been out on his regular early morning patrol and has been walking past driveways and houses where cars have been left running to warm up. The owners are taking an enormous risk. Most are left with the keys in the ignition and unlocked. This is illegal on the highway – an offence known as ‘Quitting’!
20-Nov-2013 04:44 PM
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