This message is dated Wednesday 15th July 2020 - Ascot
Alert message sent 15/07/2020 12:58:00
Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police
ANOTHER VERY GOOD 48 HOURS
NO CRIME TO REPORT
NO CARS BROKEN INTO.
FIRST: HOME SECURITY SURVEYS
We are about to re-start Home Security Surveys. Initially, these were made available to those who had been burgled and their immediate neighbours, but we realise they are not the only people at risk. PCSOs now while out on patrol, will put a letter through anyone’s door offering a survey, if they feel that resident could benefit from a survey. They may not walk down your road, - so - if you feel you would like to avail yourself, or perhaps a vulnerable neighbour (with their written consent) you can request one.
Below, is a group email inbox. Simply send an email to that group email inbox requesting a survey, with your full name, contact details and full address including postcode. The PCSO who covers your area will then make contact with you to make an appointment.
When attending your home, they will of course abide by full social distancing, wearing a mask, gloves and will bring appropriate hand sanitiser. They will, ask you to do likewise, for the protection of both of you.
Preventing burglary in the Royal Borough, is a priority for us. Opportunist thieves, take advantage of open, or vulnerable doors and windows, keys left in insecure ‘hiding places’ and unlocked side gates.
To reduce burglaries, Thames Valley Police, work closely with our Community Safety Partners, including the local Authority, to keep homes safe.
Only leave windows and doors open if you are actually in that room. Particularly side / rear doors, while you are working in your garden or outside.
Look out for your neighbours’ houses, especially, when they are not at home.
If you see anything that you feel needs urgent police attendance (e.g. an unknown person in your neighbour’s back garden), phone 999 immediately.
If you see anything suspicious, which does not need an immediate response, phone Thames Valley Police, on the non-emergency number – 101.
If you have any information about a crime and do not want to speak to the Police personally, nor be identified, please call Crime Stoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
If you are not a member of a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme, you can find details of your local schemes, by going online at ‘Our Watch’, using this link: https://www.ourwatch.org.uk
If no such group exists in your area, consider establishing your own group, by making contact with your NHW contact at the bottom of this email.
As a Neighbourhood Team, we are offering free Home Security Surveys, to assess the current security measures in place in your home. We will work with you to identify opportunities, to make your home even safer. If you would like to arrange a survey, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
NEXT: a request from Elaine Keating who works with Achieving For Children, for forwarding to your children and grandchildren:
I wondered if you were able to advertise a short survey that my Youth Ambassadors are doing in your weekly notes?? We would be really grateful, as we are trying to get as wide a response as possible and the Youth Ambassadors will certainly appreciate any help you can give them reaching young people aged between 10 and 18 in the RBWM.
This is the link to their survey.
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
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
ASCOT & SOUTH ASCOT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
I fielded two scam calls today, one at 08:00 from 'Amazon' on my landline, saying that they were going to renew my direct debit Prime account and inviting me to contact them.
The second at lunchtime, from 'HMRC' on my mobile, talking about some fraudulent activity on my account and asking me to speak to their adviser.
I put the phone down on both
Thanks G. That is the way to deal with any of these calls. If it is important, the company will write to you - SO - SIMPLY REPLACE THE RECEIVER, PREFERABLY, WITHOUT SAYING ANYTHING AT ALL. These scammers are trained, to get personal information from you, usually without you realising.
EG - ‘Can I speak you your husband’ ? - ‘Sorry, he died a few years ago’. It sounds harmless, but means you possibly, now live alone !!
When you pick up the phone, you do not give your name or telephone number. If it is a scam call, the number will have been generated and rung by a computer. There will not have been any human involvement, so your giving your name and number helps them.
The only thing you say when you pick up a phone is - ‘HELLO’. If they start talking and you do no know who they are, or you have not asked that organisation to call you, simply replace the receiver - IT IS NOT RUDE - YOU DID NOT REQUEST THE CALL.
It is exactly the same as a cold caller at your front door:
I AM SORRY, I DO NOT BUY GOODS AND SERVICES AT THE DOOR.
NO CONVERSATION - IN WHICH YOU COULD BE PERSUADED !
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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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 email@example.com