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Crime Update Friday 7th July 2017 - Windsor

Alert message sent 07/07/2017 15:02:00

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This message is dated Friday 7th July 2017 for Windsor.





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5/7  Wednesday 5.30 a.m. / 9 a.m.  Sheet StreetCAR ENTERED BY UNKNOWN MEANS – LAPTOP STOLEN FROM THE BOOT.

5/7  Wednesday 6 p.m. / 9  p.m.  Barry Avenue.  Car driver’s window smashed – BACK PACK, LAPTOP and HANDBAG stolen



6/7  Thursday  Midnight / 3.40 p.m.  Baldwins Shore.  Garage break – bike stolen.  Bike chain cut with an implement.  A brown, Carrera Banshee, mountain, bike.  The thief was disturbed and is described as: White, rough looking, 27 – 30 years old, thin mousy brown hair wearing a grey T shirt and blue cut down shorts.  He left behind a red & black Giant Revel mountain bike.




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5/7 – 6/7  Wednesday 8 p.m. / Thursday 6.15 a.m.  Whitely.  Car rear windscreen smashed – LAPTOP stolen.



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A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY !  A ‘NHW Refresher Meeting’ for the whole of Wraysbury – Thursday evening, 13TH July, Wraysbury Village Hall 7.30 p.m..  If you are part of an existing NHW Scheme, we would like to see you.  If you just get Alert Messages, but feel your scheme needs to be formalised – we would like to see you !  If you know someone, that is not part of either, but needs to be – bring them along !  I will be there along with a team to answer any questions you may have as well as a new volunteer !  Paul Hay is our Volunteer IT Guru, but Jeff Maynard has said he would like to do his bit to help the Community re advice on backing up computers and online security – Let’s give him a chance !  It seems many of you have questions about this.  He will take you through the process and answer any questions you may have.  Please come along – ALL ARE WELCOME !  A date for Horton, will be announced shortly.


After our Meeting last week for Datchet, I have been receiving a lot of ‘intel’, which is exactly what we need – many thanks Allen and Neil.  These will be followed up.  Suspicious flatbeds and vans driving slowly up and down roads in Datchet in a suspicious manner and quad bikes !  ALWAYS REMEMBER THE JIGSAW PUZZLE PRINCIPLE – YOU DON’T KNOW WITHOUT THE PICTURE ON THE BOX - WHICH PIECE YOU HAVE !!!

7/7  Friday  11.15 a.m.  The Worple, Wraysbury.  An elderly resident was approached by a man who said he was owed money for doing building work last year – no further details at this time, but it was clearly a bogus builder.



6/7 – 7/7  Thursday 7 p.m. / Friday 7.40 p.m.  Wheatsheaf Parade.  Front and rear car index plates stolen.

I have received this from Sgt Rachel Jinks – A date for your diary:


Hi Jeff,


Would you mind advertising our ‘Community Drop in Session’ on TV Alerts please?


We are holding a Pilot joint session with RBWM Community Wardens in Old Windsor. 


The first will be on:


12th July 10-12.30 at the Hub in Old Windsor.


If the Pilot is successful – people attend - the team will organise further dates!


Many thanks





Eyes, ears.....and Brain




‘You can play your part in helping to tackle the terrorist threat facing the UK’.


‘Everyone, from law enforcement, to businesses, to the general public, has a role to play in keeping the UK safe from terrorism and to effectively combat the threat.  Everyone needs to work together.  Our aim, is to encourage people to be more vigilant – ‘if you suspect it, report it’ – please report all suspicious activity to the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321’.


‘For more information follow this link:





Backing up hard drives:


Some help re backing up your hard drive.  I am really grateful for this as we all need advice and help:


Hi Jeff


When creating a back-up of a hard drive, you must use a drive or medium that can be disconnected from your main machine. External/portable hard drives are ideal, or high capacity USB sticks, you can even use CDs or DVDs, although these are not easy to update.


For people with a relatively small amount of files, copying photographs and documents onto a separate drive, is just as good as a back-up.

Back-ups tend to use proprietary software to create an image of the files on your hard drive - restoring the back up, can only be done using their software.


There are free backup software applications - I use one myself.






Hello Jeff


To ensure that the hard drive is backed up you can take out a subscription to a company such as Carbonite, which will back up all the files online in real time, or you can purchase for a relatively small cost an external hard drive to connect to the computer, which will also back up in real time and is easily disconnected and hidden away when the computer is not in use or is unattended.


Either method will ensure that all the information stored on your computer can easily be retrieved if your computer is subject to a so called ‘ransom ware’ attack, or malfunctions, or is lost, stolen or destroyed.   


Kind Regards




For a more techy approach:



Hi Jeff,


Your comments on backing up a computer hard drive are far too light to help anyone (and a regular, organised backup regime including off-site storage is essential). It’s a big subject to cover in a brief, email but users should understand the following important points:


  1. Install backup software from a reputable source (recommendation below).
  2. Set up the software to backup EVERY day (or, better still, backup every time you make a change)
  3. Arrange for your backup data to be kept at a remote location, (if you don’t want to pay for a service you can use the recommended software to backup to a friend)
  4. Backing up to an old computer outside your house, is better than to inside
  5. The various cloud services (Box, Dropbox, iCloud) even though free, do not provide a credible backup location (because they only keep the latest version and you need to keep multiple versions to recover not just from human error, but the likes of ransomware)
  6. I recommend ‘Crash Plan’ for backing up Windows, Mac, Linux and is free unless you want them to store your stuff


If you can raise enough interest I am happy to deliver my TVP presentation on protecting yourself from cyber-crime (and including backup strategies) locally (takes about an hour)






Well – what an offer !  What do you think ?




Hi Jeff

Thanks for all your good work on the newsletter. I can't often contribute but I thought I'd throw in my 2p worth on the question of scanning documents.


People may wish to explore a program like Evernote for this. It's an online filing system (it's a lot more if you want) and it allows you to send it scanned pages and electronic versions like pdf formats. The really clever bit is that it uses OCR to "understand" the scanned pages. This means that you can search for text on the documents which should mean you don't lose things. It claims to be able to read handwriting but that depends on how clear your scrawls are! It's got mobile versions as well so you can install it on your mobile phone and take a small subset of the documents with you (on holidays for example).  You don't need to keep any of the scans on your own disk once it's uploaded to the Evernote servers.


There's a free and a paid-for version - the paid-for version gives you higher volumes per month.


I use it mostly for copy bills - download them from the supplier website and email it to Evernote (you get a unique email address to use when you sign up) and it turns up in your account.


If you whole-heartedly adopt it then you should be able to shred all / most of your paper documents and find somewhere really secure for the bits you absolutely have to keep safe in paper format.


Kind Regards






We are still having a large number of bikes stolen in Windsor & Maidenhead.  I have had this in from Tara:


Hi Jeff


It would be really helpful if when you report a bike stolen and it was locked, to mention what sort of lock it was.


I was advised to buy - so I brought - a D lock for the best security.  I use my bike every day as my mode of transport and I would be interested (so we can learn from others misfortune), what sort of locks the thieves can cut through.


Thank you for your reporting.




The police report rarely has that level of detail.  D locks are much more secure than the cable combination locks, which can very easily be ‘jerked’ apart.


Unfortunately, the bike thieves use very powerful bolt croppers than can cut through, all but the strongest locks.


I have attached a handout, produced by PCSO Liz Davidson – our bike crime guru - re bike security, which is really good.  She is with me at the moment and says she will update the handout, as technology has moved on so quickly.  Tracker devices have become smaller and so much cheaper – SO EASILY AFFORDABLE.  For suitable devices – have a look at Amazon:




As the advertising suggests, these devices have multiple uses, not only bikes, but valuable items / cars / motorbikes, scooters & mobility scooters / tools / dogs / cats / children / anyone suffering from Dementia, who has a tendency to wander off – (in the winter, many members phone me, to ask about the police helicopter and the bright lights it shines into their gardens – usually - this is to find someone suffering from dementia, who has left their home and is reported missing.  The issues re cold exposure, is a real problem)  Simply sew / attach one if these devices, into their clothing.  It can provide perfect reassurance.

Just be aware though, they come with a health warning !!!  They can very easily be dropped in the door pocket of a car / pocket – if someone believes they are going to places, they are not supposed to be ??????




An HMRC scam email from Nicola.  These slowed down after the end of the financial year, but are starting to re-appear !


It says that there is a credit sitting in Nicola’s HMRC account of £345.10 as a result of a Tax Refund !!!


If she clicks on the LINK she will be able to claim a refund !!!





I have had an email in my police inbox from Colin – I am sorry to disturb at this short notice, I have had a terrible accident on my short trip……..I need £1,500, which I promise to refund as soon as I get back……..


Colin is the victim of a ‘Trojan’.  It will send this message said to be from him, to everyone in his personal address book – so it looks authentic.


If ever you get one of these – BIN IT





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Jeffrey Pick (Police, NHW & Community Msg Co-ordinator, Windsor & Maidenhead LPA)

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