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This message is dated Friday 28th August 2020 - Windsor

Alert message sent 28/08/2020 15:29:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police


FIRST:  ANOTHER SEXTORTION CASE.
 
The victim received a video phone call on Wednesday evening, on a Contact App. out of the blue, from a woman he did not know.  She was laying in a compromising position, unclothed and started a conversation.  The victim answered a few innocuous questions, then terminated the call.
 
Almost immediately, he received another call, from the same number.  This time it was a man, who said he had a recorded a video of the conversation with the woman, which he would send to the victim’s wife and all his friends, if he did not send £2,000.
 
The victim was totally un-cooperative and told him to do that, he would not pay any money.
 
The victim called the police, as a string of demanding and intimidating emails followed.  He still refused to co-operate or send any money.
 
The scammer then sent screenshots of the victim’s wife’s Facebook page, to show he was serious about posting the video to all the victim’s friends and family.
 
Has anyone else received a similar call and threat ?  If so, please report it to us - in total confidence.
 
The police cyber-crime teams have the emails and details of the App address and are fully investigating this case.  To date, no video has been posted.
 
Please be aware - some of these contact Apps do have downsides.  If you do get a call like this, terminate it immediately.  Though this particular potential victim was not at all intimidated or co-operative.  It was intimidating.
 
DON’T LET IT BE YOU.
 
NEXT:  I have heard from several members that they too, have had letters saying they had electrical cables running under their gardens. As well as:-
 
Hi Jeff,
 
Re Electric cables scam. Thanks for publishing today.
 
By the way, my friend in Freshwater IOW she and 2 of her female neighbours received a similar letter about overhead electric cables.
 
The plot thickens.
 
‘B’
 
It is clearly therefore a scam - JUST BIN THEM
 
CRIME PREVENTION ADVICE - RE BURGLARIES
 
You will see from my usual burglary reports, the preferred point of entry, for our opportunist thieves, is rear patio doors.  These are traditionally made of ‘toughened’ glass.  This is the same material, as car windscreens and we all know how they shatter.  If you are replacing any ground floor windows, or glass in windows on the first floor, beside single story extensions, think about replacing the glass with ‘laminated’ glass.
 
This is available for all double glazed units as well as patio doors.  It may cost a little more - it’s not a lot, but it will prevent anyone getting in that way.  You will have seen how it reacts, if an attempt is made to smash it, in our town centres - as shop windows, are usually laminated.  It just crazes, but doesn’t break !
 
 
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
 
WINDSOR:
CENTRAL WINDSOR:

windsorcentralgeographical@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
SR.windsor&maidenhead@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
27/8  Thursday 10 a.m. / 11 a.m.  Towpath, opposite Baths Island.  Boat window damaged.  Ref. No:  43200268333
27/8  Thursday 12 noon.  Alma Road.  Glue inserted into front door lock.  Ref. No:  43200268340
26/8  Wednesday 7 p.m. / 9.45 p.m.  Clarence Road.  Locked up bike stolen from the rear of a house.  A black Voodoo, mountain bike.  Ref. No:  43200267700
 
ETON & ETON WICK:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
 
WINDSOR WEST

windsorwestgeographical@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
SR.windsor&maidenhead@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
CLEWER, DEDWORTH & OAKLEY GREEN:
26/8  Wednesday 8 a.m. / 3 p.m.  St. Andrews Crescent.  Car keyed.  Ref. No:  43200267542
 
CLEWER EAST & PARK:
27/8 - 28/8  Thursday 7.30 p.m. / Friday 7 a.m.  Bulkeley Avenue.  Car rear passenger window smashed - vandalism.  Ref. No:  43200269218
26/8  Wednesday 3.30 a.m.  Illingworth.  Black Audi A% index CT ** CXX stolen from outside a house.  Ref. No: 43200268082
 
WINDSOR EAST
windsoreastgeographical@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
SR.windsor&maidenhead@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
DATCHET, HORTON & WRAYSBURY:
26/8  Wednesday 11.30 p.m.  Horton Road, Datchet.  A witness saw a car pull up and flashing lights around a neighbour’s van.  They called the neighbour who went tout to investigate.  They found a hole had been drilled around the door lock, but no entry gained and nothing stolen. Ref. No:  43200268173
 
OLD WINDSOR:
26/8  Wednesday 9.30 p.m. / 10.30 p.m.  Binfield Road.  Van break.  Van entered by unknown means - new impact drill stolen.  Ref. No:  43200268038
 
 
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


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 contact@windsorascotnhwa.org.uk

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

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