This message is dated Wednesday 15th July 2020 - Maidenhead
Alert message sent 15/07/2020 13:20:00
Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police
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 greatful, 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
13/7 - 14/7 Monday 4 p.m. / Tuesday 0.30 a.m. Market Street. Locked up bike had it rear wheel vandalised and possibly stamped on. Ref. No: 43200213109
14/7 Tuesday 4 a.m. All Saints Avenue. On 4th July the owner has footage of a man walking onto his driveway and trying the car door handle. As the car was locked, he walked away. Further footage at 4 a.m. Tuesday of possibly the same man doing the same thing. No entry gained as the car was locked. Ref. No: 43200213349. Do you live in that area ? Can you check any video doorbell / CCTV footage to see if you were targeted as well ? If so, please send the footage to the SR email above with the ref. No:
13/7 Monday 10 p.m. / 10.30 p.m. Pub, King Street. Bike propped up against a wall outside stolen. Ref. No: 432002135051
RIVERSIDE & BELMONT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
SR.email@example.com BISHAM, COOKHAM, HURLEY, THE WALTHAMS, LITTLEWICK GREEN & KNOWL HILL:
13/7 Monday 8 p.m. /9 p.m. Lester Road, Cookham. Car badly keyed. Ref. No: 43200213385
SR.firstname.lastname@example.org BOYN HILL, COX GREEN & WOODLANDS PARK:
12/7 - 15/7 Sunday 12.30 p.m. / Wednesday 9.10 a.m. Courtlands. Garage break. 2 bikes, ggolf clubs and car bike rack stolen. 1. A grey Cannondale Althea bike - WITH FRAME NUMBER. 2. A Cannondale Quick Althea bike - WITH FRAME NUMBER. Ref. No: 43200215047
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 June 2020
The Maidenhead Police Area NHW Association continues to flourish and is making great strides in reactivating and expanding Neighbourhood Watch within the town and its surrounding areas. Many new schemes have been established over the past year and, thanks to a number of new active Coordinators and despite lockdown, Neighbourhood Watch in Maidenhead has continued to be active during these past months and a number of new schemes haver been started and others expanded. Areas which may not have been fully covered in the past but now are, or are much improved, include:- Calders Close, Grosvenor Drive, Ray Park Avenue, Somerford Close, Brampton Ct, In the Ray, Leighton Gardens, Camperdown, Addison Ct, Ray Mill Road East, The Pagoda, Grant Lane, Clappers Meadow, Boulters Ct, Boulters Lane, Boulters Gardens, Lower Cookham Road (A4094) (Between boulters lock and boulters carpark), Boulters Island, Horton Close, Waltham St Lawrence Parish, The Paddock, St Margaret’s Road, Lees Close, and others.
Residents within these 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.
If you have any questions relating to Neighbourhood Watch please contact the Maidenhead Multi-Scheme Administrator, John Diack at email@example.com.