This message is dated Friday 24th July 2020 - Ascot
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This message is dated Friday 24th July 2020 for Ascot.
A really good 48 hours - NO CRIME TO REPORT.
NO CARS BROKEN INTO
NEXT A FRAUD PERPETRATED ON A LOCAL BUSINESS. IF YOU ARE CONNECTED WITH ANY BUSINESS, PLEASE BE ON YOUR GUARD:
This fraud, involved a small convenience store, with an off licence.
On the 19th July, a man walked into the shop, saying he worked for a company, about to hold a large prestigious event in the area, but their wine supplier had just let them down, so they needed to order a large amount of drinks quickly.
The list of drinks, included numerous cases of high end champagne, costing hundreds of pounds per bottle. The shop owners had the items in stock and asked for a card for payment. The card was declined. The man said that often happened, but he had a personal override authorisation code from his company, for this situation, when he purchased large amounts. That was pumped into the card machine and the transaction went through.
The man said he would send a taxi, to collect the wines.
This same scenario was repeated over the next two days, as the man confirmed what he needed for the event. Each day, the value of the order increased dramatically, but each time, the card was declined, but the card authorisation override code worked and the charges went through. Different cards were used each day.
The value of the third order, was increased a lot.
On the 22nd July, The card merchant contacted the victim, to say they were suspending the payments, as they believed them to be fraudulent. The reason given, was that the cards had been issued by foreign financial organisations (all different). As all the transactions had been suspended, the card merchant, would hold them for 150 days in a holding account, while an investigation takes place.,
The victims of course in the meantime, are suffering the loss of a very large amount of money, with a possible outcome that if this was a fraud, they will not be reimbursed !
If anyone comes into a shop you know with a similar story - be on your guard !
DON’T LET IT BE YOU
NEXT: PLEASE DO NOT DEAL WITH COLD CALLERS AT YOUR FRONT DOOR:
23/7 The victim was at home when a man knocked at her front door. He said he noticed that her gutters needed cleaning and he would do it for £49. The victim agreed. He started at the rear of the house and came back a few minutes later, to say he had found a wasps’ nest and would remove it for another £100. The victim said no, but agreed to have both jobs done for £100.
Later the man came back to say the job was completed. The victim handed him £100 in cash. He said he could not accept cash due to Covid 19, but had a mobile card machine in his van, if they would let him have their bank card……………………………
The victim handed over the bank card and told the man the PIN number !!!!!!!!!!!!
He never returned.
Later that day, the man removed £500 from the account
PLEASE, PLEASE REMEMBER OUR NHW MOTTO
I AM SORRY, I DO NOT BUY GOODS AND SERVICES AT THE DOOR.
DON’T LET IT BE YOU !
FOR YOUR INFORMATION - There have been some internal Police staff changes. Inspector Louise Warbrick, who has been in charge of the Geographic / Engagement Neighbourhood Team has taken up a new post, as the lead of our Problem Solving Team. Our grateful thanks, for the brilliant job she has done, for the past few years.
Insp. Tracey Croucher has been appointed, to take over the team. Tracey worked in RBWM for many years, before moving to Bracknell, but is now back. She knows the area well and has hit the ground running. We welcome her to the team.
The rest of your Geographic / Engagement team remains the same:
Ascot, Sunninghill & Sunningdale
Sgt Phil Collings
PC Michelle Race
PCSO Ryan Strudwick
PCSO Erwin Misiarz
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.
NORTH ASCOT: 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