This message is dated Wednesday 4th July 2018 for Maidenhead.
If you want to report a crime or contact us - you can do that using the 101 number you can report the following issues online, at our new TVP website:
NEXT: a warning about open water and the hot weather.
Around 85% of accidental drownings occur at open water sites. Many of these drownings occur due to a lack of knowledge and understanding, of open water safety. The basic principles of open water safety, combined with knowledge and understanding of the hazards, can increase enjoyment of open water and significantly reduce the number of incidents that occur each year
During this hot weather can we please ask people to be extremely careful about entering ponds and rivers to cool off. Often people just jump into water that appears to be safe, but may contain strong currents or dumped debris just under the surface. Bridge jumping is definitely dangerous, as the jumper has no idea what is just under the surface, people may have dumped metal objects from the bridge into the water from that exact spot !
The advice is:
- Don't jump or dive in as the depth may vary and there can be unseen hazards.
- Don't go in near weirs, locks, pipes and sluices. These and some other water features are often linked with strong currents.
- Rivers can be very cold no matter how warm the weather.
- Those going into cold water can get cramp and experience breathing difficulties very quickly.
- If someone is in difficulty in the water shout reassurance to them and shout for help and call the emergency services (call 999 or 112)
- Without endangering yourself see if you can reach out to them with a stick, pole or item of clothing – lie down to ensure you stay secure. Alternatively throw something buoyant to them such as a ring buoy or anything that will float.
IF YOU SEE YOUNG PEOPLE BRIDGE JUMPING, LET US KNOW IMMEDIATELY
BURGLARY ADVICE IN THE HOT WEATHER:
Only leave windows open for ventilation if you are in the room at the time.
Don’t leave ground floor windows open at night - front or back of the property- even for ventilation.
Don’t leave windows open upstairs, if someone could climb on a flat roof / porch to gain entry.
Our opportunist thieves are mostly small teenagers, who can climb through small transom / toilet windows - don’t leave those open.
If you are working or sitting in your garden - your front and any back / side doors are double locked ! You cannot leave a door on the catch, so that you can go in and out easily. If thieves hear your mower hedger trimmer in the garden, they will assume your back / side door has been left open and simply walk in, if the door is unlocked and take whatever they can - usually handbags left on work tops. If you walk back in and find them, they are already prepared - you will ask ‘What are you doing in my kitchen’ ? They will respond ‘I was looking for Mike’. You will respond ‘Mike who’? They then say ‘Doesn’t Mike live here ? I thought he did, sorry, wrong house’. They then make a fast exit, while you stand there stunned and not quite understanding what has gone on, until you find items missing !
DON’T LET IT BE YOU !
THEFTS OF POST.
More examples over a long period, particularly in Sunningdale. Please be particularly aware, if you have an external post box - even if you can lock it - the keys are standard and easily obtainable, by opportunists.
Offenders return to the same post boxes, time and time again. They will remove the individuals post and use any letters / bills to set up fraudulent bank accounts and credit card accounts in the name of the occupant / s. The offenders will then return to the post boxes, to retrieve any cards or bank paperwork, allowing them to use any funds attributed to those accounts. Occasionally they will come across a cheque book / bank card, belonging to the resident and use these to spend or draw funds usually up to the £30 spend limit on contactless transactions.
Some residents have decided to avoid this problem and arranged to collect their post, from the Post Office. We have now had cases where offenders have found this out - no post is delivered over time - and gone to the post office, purporting to be agents of the residents, to collect their post on their behalf.
Not only are they intercepting credit cards and pin numbers, but also personal information, such as statements, utility bills etc., in order to open fraudulent bank accounts.
Often the first you know this has happened is when you receive letters from loan companies to say small loans have been paid off. Never ignore these letters. The fraudsters are creating a loan credit history. Any loan company will check the address and calculate the vale, when the scammer, subsequently goes for a huge loan !
BE ON YOUR GUARD !
ARE YOU GOING AWAY ?
Please follow this advice:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
RIVERSIDE & BELMONT:
2/7 - 3/7 Monday / Tuesday Ray Lea Road. The owner heard a noise at midnight and went to investigate. They found someone had tried to break into their car and smash a window - nothing had been stolen - the thief may have been disturbed.
BISHAM, COOKHAM, HURLEY, THE WALTHAMS, LITTLEWICK GREEN & KNOWL HILL:
2/7 - 3/7 Monday 5 p.m. / Tuesday 10.50 p.m. Business, Henley Road. Burglary. Entry via forced front door. Attempt to steal a generator. It was too heavy for the offenders and was left behind.
1/7 - 3/7 Farm Road. Car front index plate stolen.
PINKNEYS GREEN & FURZE PLATT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
BOYN HILL, COX GREEN & WOODLANDS PARK:
OLDFIELD & BRAY:
29/6 - 2/7 Farm, Bartletts Lane, Holyport. Generator stolen from a barn. It was very heavy and would have needed two people to carry it.
Just thought I’d email you a possible email scam.
With the increase in hackers stealing data, I received a scam email concerning a delivery to me. It specifies my name/address (without door number) and mobile phone number, with a link for more details. Most people, might click on the link as they are not expecting a delivery !
I have tried to look for the company online but this website / email address does not exist !
I haven’t clicked though the email hyperlinks, as I don’t want any ransomware or viruses on my PC.
Just wanted to make you and others aware of a different kind of email spam / scammers out there.
Eyes and ears.....................and brain
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