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This message is dated Monday 27th July 2020 - Maidenhead

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This message is dated Monday 27th July 2020 for Maidenhead.
 
ANOTHER COLD CALLING INCIDENT - BOGUS BUILDER IN WINDSOR:
 
An unknown man cold called at the front door, offering to do some work on the roof.
 
The victim knew, some work did needed doing.  The man said that a neighbour had had work done, which was true.  He did not though, confirm that it was he, who did the work.
He quoted a very reasonable price.  The victims telephoned someone they thought could advise and they spoke to the man.   After the call, that person said it seemed a reasonable price and so, the victims decided to have the work done.
The only thing which worried them at the time, was that the man came into the hall uninvited and he was told to go outside, which he did.
 
The victim found enough cash in the house, for the man to go and get the materials he needed.
 
Later, the victims realised that he had not returned and they had been duped.
 
During the evening they went to a cash point and realised a wallet was missing.  It is believed, it was on a bookcase in the hall, when the man came in uninvited.
 
AND ANOTHER IN MAIDENHEAD:
 
It appears from a report to Action Fraud, made by a friend of the victim that a group of men came to the address, cold calling at the door, saying that they needed work done on the roof.  They reminded the victims that approximately 5 years before, they did some work on their shed.
 
The victim has been made to make payments upfront.  This month she has paid them a very large amount of money and they have told her she still owes a huge amount.
 
The victim, is not aware of the extent of the work they have completed.
 
 
Victims List
Once someone has been a victim of fraud it likely they may be contacted again in the future as personal details are added to what is known as a “Victims List”. These will get sold onto other fraudsters so it is important to remain vigilant for all types of scams. The below advice will help insulate the victim against many types of scams.
 
Call Blocking
Most service providers will offer a call blocking solution, to block nuisance callers. In the majority of cases this is free of charge.
Service providers have also been known to offer number changes free of charge if nuisance calls continue to persist.  A ‘Call Blocker’ phone - an inexpensive solution, may be advisable - but in this case, as in many others, the scammers simply cold call at the door !
 
Telephone Preference Service - TPS
The Telephone Preference Service is a free service which allows you to opt out of receiving unsolicited sales or marketing calls.

https://www.tpsonline.org.uk/tps/index.html
 
If is also recommended to ensure that a number is made ex-directory, which can be arranged via your service provider.
 
One again, please remember our NHW Motto:
 
I AM SORRY, I DO NOT BUY GOODS AND SERVICES AT THE DOOR
 
AND
 
NO-ONE COMES INTO YOUR HOME, UNLESS YOU KNOW THEM, OR THEY HAVE MADE AN APPOINTMENT

 
 
NEXT - DEVON AND CORNWALL POLICE HAVE EMAILED ALL LOCAL POLICE FORCES WITH DETAILS OF LARGE SCALE FRAUDULENT ACTIVITY HAPPENING IN TVP AREA.
 
Multiple potentially vulnerable victims appear to have been scammed to believe they are in a relationship with a man or woman they have met on an online dating site.
 
The victims are being asked to receive multiple parcels to their home address, then re-package them and send them to an address in Slough.
 
The police have a list of the potential victims, who are sending these parcels to the address in Slough and will be visiting each of them.
The items they are receiving and forwarding have been obtained by fraudulent purchases on online selling sites and include phones, tablets etc.  It is a scam.  The original vendors, received an email, purportedly from Paypal, confirming payment has been made and dispatched the items.  The email from Paypal is fraudulent.
 
The offenders perpetrating the frauds, appear to be In Nigeria.
 
If anyone in RBWM believes they may have been duped into forwarding packages of this kind to Slough, can they please make contact with Gary Page,  Detective Constable 47, Criminal investigation Department, Moorland Road, Launceston, Cornwall, PL15 7HY, Tel: 01566 770470, Mobile: 07713094765, or Email: gary.page@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk
 quoting our TVP ref No:  43200228445
  
I have received this brief outline of our new Geographic Inspector’s bio:

 
My name is Tracey Croucher, I have been in my new role as NH Geographic / Engagement Inspector for 5 weeks now, so I am still finding my feet, but I have a great NH Team around me, who all know what they’re doing.
 
I have about 5 Years of Inspector experience all on shift response in uniform, I applied for this role, because I want to work more closely with the community to resolve longer term problems permanently ! This can only be done with a close and trusting relationship between Police, Community and our partners. This is what I strive to achieve.
 
We will not always get it right but, but we will always accept feedback and strive to improve.
 
If you - the community, have any suggestions on what we can do better and, more importantly, how - please do get in touch.
 
I look forward to forging some great, fruitful and lasting relationships.
 
Tracey
 
Inspector 3330 Tracey Croucher

Geographical, Neighbourhood – Windsor & Maidenhead LPA
Tracey.croucher@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
Victim Satisfaction/volunteers/rural crime lead
 
Hi everyone,
 
From the national Mental Health conference, I have received the link below from Bobby Pratap, the deputy head of Mental Health crisis care, for NHS England.
 
https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/nhs-services/mental-health-services/dealing-with-a-mental-health-crisis-or-emergency/
 
Using this link, anyone can find the local NHS 24 crisis helpline, for age appropriate Mental Health care – there are other services available too, such as SHOUT, which is a text service, for anyone who needs to talk.
 
This is really useful – there are a few tweaks being done nationally with various postcodes, particularly when a person, or postcode, is on the boundary of 2 NHS Provider Trusts.  If you find that your postcode does not seem to bring up the appropriate service provider, please email:
 
PRATAP, Bobby (NHS ENGLAND & NHS IMPROVEMENT - X24) bobby.pratap@nhs.net
 
Inspector 3330 Tracey Croucher
 
 
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:
homesecuritysurveyrequests@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
 
CRIME
 
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
 
 
MAIDENHEAD CENTRAL:
maidenheadcentralgeographical@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
SR.windsor&maidenhead@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
24/7  Friday 6 p.m.  Station Car Park, bike shed X 2.  1.  Locked up bike stolen.    A dark blue Wiggle bike.  Ref. No:  43200228052.  2.  A white Carrera bike.  The thieves were unable the break the lock, so left the front wheel behind.  Ref. No:  43200228042
24/7 - 25/7  Friday midnight / Saturday 9 a.m.  Summerleaze Road.  Catalytic converter stolen from underneath a Toyota Prius.  Ref. No:  43200228782
 
RIVERSIDE & BELMONT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
 
MAIDENHEAD WEST

maidenheadwestgeographical@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
SR.windsor&maidenhead@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
BISHAM, COOKHAM, HURLEY, THE WALTHAMS, LITTLEWICK GREEN & KNOWL HILL:
25/7  Saturday 3.15 p.m. / 6.50 p.m.  Mill Lane, Cookham.  Possible attempted burglary.  Things moved in garden and marks found around window frame.  No entry gained.  Ref. No:  43200229093
26/7  Sunday 12.30 p.m.  Spade Oak Reach, Cookham.  Two vehicles drove down a private road.  Two men and children got out and forced open and electric gate, breaking the mechanism.  They then unloaded 2 kayaks and proceeded to the river.  When they returned, they were challenged by local residents who were verbally abused by them, as they drove off at speed.  Ref. No: 43200229784
 
PINKNEYS GREEN & FURZE PLATT:
24/7  Friday midnight / 3 p.m.  Breadcroft Road.  Car badly keyed.  Ref. No:  43200227858
 
MAIDENHEAD SOUTH
maidenheadsouthgeographical@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
SR.windsor&maidenhead@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
BOYN HILL, COX GREEN & WOODLANDS PARK:
24/7 - 25/7  Friday 9.30 p.m. / Saturday 9.30 a.m.  Badminton Road.  Car entered and searched - doors found open.  Laptops and chargers X 2, Bosch drill and drill bits stolen.  Ref. No:  43200228583
25/7  Saturday 2.45 a.m. Great Hill Crescent X 2.  1.  A resident has video footage, of a man walking along the road trying car door handles.  He walks onto their drive and tries their two cars, which were both locked and walks off, trying and rattling the lock on a neighbour's garage.. He then carries on down the road.  He is described as slim, medium height, wearing a black top and baggy jeans with gloves.  Ref. No:  43200228584  2.  CAR ENTERED BY UNKNOWN MEANS - searched and handbag and contents stolen.  Ref. No:  43200229160
 
OLDFIELD, BRAY & HOLYPORT:
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.
 
https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/
 
follow us on Facebook:
 
https://www.facebook.com/TVPWindsorandMaidenhead
 
Eyes, ears.....and Brain
 
Jeff
Jeffrey.pick@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk

 
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 johndiack@hotmail.com.

 
Message sent by
Jeffrey Pick (Police, Community Engagement & Resilience Officer, Windsor & Maidenhead LPA)

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