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This message is dated Wednesday 1st July 2020 - Ascott

Alert message sent 01/07/2020 15:56:00

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This message is dated Wednesday 1st July 2020 for Ascot.

Only one case reported -  of post going missing !
FIRST: We have had an input of cold callers right across the Borough, selling all sorts of things.  Many thanks, to the dozens of you who rang through to let us know, where and when they were there.  We immediately passed that information onto Trading Standards, who deal with cold calling specifically.
Some were saying, they were recently out of prison and were trying to make their way back into society, others, were apparently ex-military, on hard times.
I am grateful to those, who quoted our NHW Mantra at the callers.  It always helps, if we all use the same words, it means you and possibly everyone in that area, is security aware and are not therefore, a soft target.
NEXT: Some Feedback re video doorbells:
Hi Jeff
I installed a main named manufacturer of video doorbell.  It has security lights, built in camera and alarm all for £185. My neighbour has a set from another company, quite similar, but no lights. The picture quality is very good.
These products are brilliant, particularly if you don’t have a burglar alarm.  They send a sound alarm and video footage, each time someone breaks the beam and steps onto your property.  You get this to your mobile phone, wherever you are - at home, work, on holiday, in bed asleep !  Depending upon your contract, this is stored for a period of time, in case you need to access it.
The most efficient and easy to instal systems, do require wifi, but there are hard wired versions, you can purchase
They can also be connected to additional cameras inside a house - for example - if you have pets, you like to watch.

You can also communicate through it.  So, if someone is standing on your porch looking confused, you can ask them what they need - and - they can respond to you - as if you are inside the house !  They do not only operate when the doorbell is pushed.  They record, each time the beam is broken.
You can scan through the footage regularly - even going back in time - to see if anything untoward has happened and if so, to send clips to your local Neighbourhood team at their group email below, or if you feel it may be connected with crime to the SR email below, setting out why you feel it may be useful to them.  The kind of footage they need is anything relating to crime - for example - someone trying car door handles, or walking about suspiciously during the early hours and I have reported a crime nearby 
NEXT: An unusual blackmail scam - this time for companies.  This is the type of email you may receive:
We have hacked your website and extracted your databases. How did this happen ? Our team has found a vulnerability within your site that we were able to exploit. After finding the vulnerability, we were able to extract your entire database and move the information to an offshore server.  We will damage your reputation, if you do not pay $2,000 in bitcoin.
It goes on in graphic detail.  This is the first of these we have received and therefore, must take it seriously.  If we find that many companies have been similarly contacted, we can confidently assume it is a scam.
Before responding, always report it to Action Fraud, as the Police have ways of tracking the servers, from where the messages were sent
99% of the time, these are scams, so never respond and simply bin them !
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.
I have added a new email address below.  The first email address is directly to your local Neighbourhood Team.  The second is to our investigation team.  Please use it to send any intelligence / video doorbell / CCTV footage you may have, which is relevant to any of the crimes lists below - quoting the reference number.
Alternatively you can call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or email -


Several reports of automated calls from "BT" and "Amazon".  They stating you need to push option 1 for fraud assistance either for an alleged overpayment, alleged renewal of contract or underpayment or fraudulent attack on your BT line.
Reports of elderly neighbours getting calls these as well - impacting on their mental health and well-being.  They find if it difficult to simply put the phone down. The reports I have say that these calls have increased, while under COVID lockdown."
Still a lot of the standard HMRC, Windows , TV Licensing and other scams out there - BE ON YOUR GUARD.
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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The lockdown has resulted in many neighbourhoods drawing closer together in supporting local residents with needs, and in neighbours spending a lot more time talking to each other over fences or across the road. This has improved community spirit to no end, and a great way to keep this spirit alive is for residents to join their local Neighbourhood Watch scheme, or start up a new scheme if there is not already one covering their respective street.

Neighbourhood Watch is not just about looking out the window and being alert for any crime in the neighbourhood, it is much more than that. It serves as a valuable resource for crime prevention, in supporting the Police with things such as local home security surveys, installing crime prevention aids in homes for the vulnerable and elderly especially, helping those vulnerable and elderly residents with any other needs, and in drawing residents together in supporting one another.
The Windsor & Ascot NHW Association is making great strides in reactivating and expanding Neighbourhood Watch within the various parishes of Windsor & Ascot. Its Facebook page (@WindsorAscotNHW) is receiving multiple enquiries from interested residents and serves as a means to highlight local issues relating to crime and residents in need. New NHW schemes are continuously being set up with active Coordinators, and residents within those scheme areas can now benefit from the new initiatives being introduced by Neighbourhood Watch and Thames Valley Police.
To search for your nearest NHW scheme, or to set up a new scheme, visit and enter your postcode. 

For any questions relating to Neighbourhood Watch please contact the Windsor & Ascot NHW Association at

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

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