This message is dated Friday 3rd July 2020 - Ascot
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This message is dated Friday 3rd July 2020 for Ascot.
As more businesses will be opening tomorrow for the first time in months, the police would like to thank the public for behaving responsibly. There will be additional police on the streets to ensure everything goes smoothly and they thank you for your support.
Further to my reference to Video Doorbells, I have received a number of requests for more information and particularly, if there was any help from NHW, if someone purchased one, but was not very confident, when it came to fitting and connecting to their WiFi.
These gadgets are brilliant and we would like to promote them as much as possible, but it seems there are a lot of our members, who may be of a certain age, that they need help and advice when it comes to installation.
Is there anyone out there, willing to become one of our volunteer Gurus, to assist and advise, those less IT confident, with installation.
We already have Peter Webster, who is our volunteer CCTV Guru, willing to advise anyone thinking about installing CCTV and is confused by the multitude of systems on offer and Paul Hay, our volunteer IT / Internet safety Guru, who will help members with their IT security problems.
Our NHW Chair for Windsor & Ascot - Valerie Pike, will help with fitting various security devices - spyholes and door chains, on the recommendation of PCSOs, after they carry out a Holme Security Survey, which we hope will resume soon - free of charge.
Would you like to join these wonderful people, doing their bit, to help and protect the community ? Thinking about a video doorbell, may well challenge the IT capabilities of many of us ! If we do have any volunteers, they will be police checked and work alongside and closely with Valerie and her team, with their NHW burglary prevention campaign
Re Theft of Bikes - I have received this from Malcolm:
I noticed your report about more stolen cycles in Windsor.
As it happens, I have been discussing this on the Nextdoor website, as it is a subject which is brought up quite often. This was one of the entries:
I have to wonder why cycle owners, do not fit a ‘motion alarm’ to their bikes, in addition to the usual padlocks etc.
These can be purchased for about £13 and there is one - on the largest online shopping outlet - which has over 2000 positive reviews.
If someone is going to steal your bike and a 110decibal alarm goes off, I can't see the thief hanging around to prize the padlock off. Or Maybe I am missing something !!
Wouldn't it be nice to hear a cacophony of sound coming from Peascod Street equivalent to the London Philharmonic !!
Thank you malcolm, I could not agree more. I imagine they are referring movement sensor alarms, but there are also ‘Padlock Alarms’. These are readily available and mainly used to protect tools in sheds and garages. They look like a normal padlock, but have a much larger ring, capable of fitting around larger items, such as the cross bar on a bike. They are simple to operate. You unlock the padlock and the ring does not swivel, but can be removed. To set it, you simply turn the ring around when you re-slot it into place. To disarm it, you unlock it, remove the ring and turn it back the other way, when re-slotting it into place. It is a once only use product. If armed and activated, the alarm sounds until the battery is depleted. You cannot turn it off and the lock will need to be replaced. So - for bikes, tools in sheds / garages and garden equipment, such as expensive mowers and tools - it is brilliant.
I have also been asked by our Priority Crime Team, to put out a reminder re leaving doors and windows open for ventilation.
We have had several cases of ‘walk in thefts’. Offenders walk down the side of houses and try the handles on rear and side doors. If you are working outside / in your garden - you must ensure proper security, by locking all access points to you home.
An opportunist thief may walk down your road and see you working in your garage, hear you working in your garden. They will simply walk down any side access and try the door. If it is unlocked, they will step in and very quickly search you kitchen and take anything of value they find - usually handbags, containing bank cards and keys.
YOU KNOW IT MAKES SENSE - DON’T LET IT BE YOU !
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 - www.crimestoppers-uk.org
2/7 Thursday 2 a.m. Chanctonbury Drive. Attempted burglary. The owners were awoken by their burglar alarm sounding. They went to investigate and found the lock removed and a side door forced. The offenders made off as soon as the alarm sounded. The police were called and carried out an area search finding no-one, but a silver Mercedes did make off from police at speed. No entry gained and not stolen. Ref. No: 43200198679. If you have a video doorbell / CCTV and you live in the area, do you have a footage of this car ? If so please forward it to the SR email below, quoting the ref. No.
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
ASCOT & SOUTH ASCOT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
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NEWS UPDATE FROM NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
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 www.ourwatch.org.uk and enter your postcode.
For any questions relating to Neighbourhood Watch please contact the Windsor & Ascot NHW Association at firstname.lastname@example.org