This message is dated Friday 17th July 2020 - Ascot
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This message is dated Friday 17th July 2020 for Ascot.
ANOTHER GOOD 48 HOURS
NO CARS BROKEN INTO
Some general Crime Prevention advice re Car Crime is at the bottom of this message.
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.
15/7 - 16/7 Wednesday 9 p.m. / Thursday 8 a.m. Kingswick Drive. Offenders entered the rear garden at the property and stole 7 bantam Pekin chickens from a coup. Ref. No: 43200217077
ASCOT & SOUTH ASCOT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
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
CATALYTIC CONVERTER ADVICE TO PREVENT THEFT
There is an epidemic across the Thames Valley. Another 4 stolen on Tuesday, mainly in Maidenhead, but one in Ascot. More on Wednesday and Thursday. This is now an epidemic. The cars targeted - Honda Jazz, Honda Civic, Prius and now 2 Lexus’ as well.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO PROTECT YOUR CAR ?
Always park in rearwards against a wall / garage door. This makes it harder for the thieves to jack the rear of the car up and get underneath.
Often, the thieves simply jack the car up from the side, causing considerable body damage. It only takes a few seconds and they don’t care how much damage they cause. Listen. This is a very noisy operation as they have to cut through the metal exhaust pie in front and behind the catalytic Converter, which then drops off. It only takes a few seconds, but cutting through the metal with a small cordless angle grinder / saw, is noisy - particularly in the early hours.
Phone us if you see or hear either of the above. In the reported cases, several of the owners woke up and heard the noise, but didn’t know what it was, so went back to sleep. Remain Alert - wherever you are, because some of these thefts are taking place during the day. There is a marking scheme. You can have a plate attached to the Cat Converter, so that if it is stolen, it can possibly be identified and connected to your car - I am investigating that option. Unfortunately, it wouldn’t stop the Cat being stolen, as the thief will not see the plate until afterwards !
JUST A WORD ABOUT CAR CRIME !!!
CARS LEFT UNLOCKED - ENTERED BY UNKNOWN MEANS - NO DAMAGE
We have a problem with theft from motor vehicles. Often, because cars are parked up and left unlocked. When we talk to victims, they tell us they thought this was OK because the car was parked behind locked gates. Often we later get video Doorbell / CCTV footage of offenders climbing over gates !
ITEMS LEFT ON DISPLAY
Opportunist thieves, are not going to pay to have a window replaced, or take valuable time off work to have this done - it can be very inconvenient as it always happens when you need your car urgently. Opportunist thieves walk around 24 / 7, trying car door handles, or just looking into cars. If it is dark, they use a small torch, or the torch facility on their mobile phones. SO NOTHING - NOTHING - MUST BE LEFT ON DISPLAY. A pair of sunglasses / loose change for parking, left in the centre console - even if covered with something, will get a window smashed. In some areas, it is often valuable sets of golf clubs left in the back, for a quick getaway the next day. A supermarket bag, or a jacket left on the seat, may contain something valuable or a wallet. Think about it from the perspective of an opportunist thief - anything you own, has a value to them and can be sold. As you see from my reports backpacks, often contain laptops / electronic equipment - such easy pickings.
TOURISTS - As a major tourist area, we attract thousands each year. They have nowhere to store luggage / backpacks etc., so they park up and leave it is - often on display - in the back of their cars and get their rear windscreens smashed. There is little we can do to prevent this, as we do not want to deter them from coming, but as local residents there is something we can do - BE OBSERVANT. REPORT ANYONE ACTING SUSPICIOUSLY AROUND PARKED CARS ON THE ROAD AND IN OUR MANY CAR PARKS.
CRIME ATTRACTOR: : Easy targets will attract opportunist thieves. If opportunists can walk about trying car door handles and find cars left unlocked - they will also look for other opportunities while they are there !!!
YOU DO NOT WANT THESE PEOPLE IN YOUR ROADS
HELP US TO HELP YOU AND ALL OUR OTHER NEIGHBOURS, FRIENDS, WORK COLLEAGUES AND RELATIVES !