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This message is dated Wednesday 30th June 2021 - Ascot

Alert message sent 30/06/2021 14:34:00

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A GOOD START TO THE WEEK – ONLY 2 CRIMES TO REPORT

NO BURGLARIES !

WE HAVE HAD ANOTHER SEXTORTION CASE INVOLVING A YOUNG LAD, WHO IS DISTRAUGHT.  THE FAMILY WANTED TO KNOW WHAT TO DO TO PROTECT THEIR SON.

I ASKED OUR EXPERT NHW VOLUNTEER IT GURU – PAUL HAY. 
THIS WAS HIS REPONSE:


Hi Jeff

Unfortunately this is a common form of crime. It can be extremely upsetting and worrying

The first thing I would say is DO NOT PAY and stop any interactions / replies to the criminal. In most cases, these are the actions of criminal groups targeting lots of people.  Often, organised crime groups overseas.

If they do not get any response, they are likely to disengage and move on to an easier target as their motivation is money.

The following advice is taken from the National Crime Agency website
https://www.nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk/what-we-do/crime-threats/kidnap-and-extortion / sextortion-webcam-blackmail

Don’t Panic: The first big step is to recognise you are the ‘victim’ in this and that you may require support to help you through what has happened.
Don’t pay: The choice to pay is yours but experience shows where victims have paid then there is no guarantee that offenders will not still post the recording
and are in fact more likely to come back with further demands.
Don’t keep communicating: By replying to these threats it indicates to the criminals that you are someone who may be persuaded to pay their ransom.
Do consider getting support: You can contact your local Police force (101) to report what has happened to you. This is particularly important if you are struggling to cope with the issue. If you are under 18 consider speaking to a trusted adult and additional support is also available via Child Exploitation Online Protection. (CEOP).
Speak to somebody about it. It can be embarrassing, but there are always people that can help you.
PAPYRUS provides confidential advice and support and works to prevent young suicide in the UK.
Samaritans to talk any time you like in your own way and off the record
Also, it is worth saving any information or correspondence that you have as that can prove useful when reporting the crime.

If the victim is a child, then here is some advice for CEOPs:

https://parentinfo.org/article/what-parents-need-to-know-about-the-online-blackmail-known-as-sextortion

It has a link to report the issue to CEOPS for further help.

Hope this helps.

Regards,

Paul

As always Paul – we are grateful for this advice.

NEXT:  An Action Fraud case to be aware of:
A local resident advertised a phone on Facebook Market Place and someone offered to buy it from her. Initially, the purchaser wanted the phone before the money was sent, but the resident refused. The purchaser sent screenshots of a supposed bank transfer, to try to show that it had been paid.

The resident upon receipt of the screen shot, did not check with their bank – but sent the phone.  It now transpires that the screenshot was fake and no money was actually sent.

The resident tried to stop the package, but Royal Mail, in line with their standard policy, couldn't do this.

A friend of the resident also advertised a phone and the same purchaser approached her !

Always check with your bank before dispatching the item !

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

ASCOT:
ascotgeographical@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
SR.windsor&maidenhead@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
SUNNINGDALE:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.

SUNNINGHILL:

28/6  Monday 3.30 a.m.  Truss Hill Road.  Car entered by unknown means and searched – nothing stolen.  Ref. No:  43210285623
29/6  Thursday 10.05 a.m.  The owner of a car has video footage of the glass from their passenger wing mirror being stolen.  They moved to steal the Drivers mirror, but saw the camera and walked away.  Ref. No:  43210285804

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.

https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/

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Eyes, ears.....and Brain

Jeff
Jeffrey.pick@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk


NEWS UPDATE FROM NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

Hi, I am Valerie Pike, Chair of Windsor & Ascot NHW Association. The Association was formed in September 2019 and our objective was simply to help residents. In setting up the Association, we asked
How can each of us
·       help to make our community safer?
·       improve its spirit and neighbourliness?
·       help the Police to reduce local crime?
·       make our own home security better?
 
Starting up a Neighbourhood Watch scheme in your street is easy, and it’s free. Police statistics show that a Neighbourhood Watch scheme significantly reduces the probability of your house being burgled.
Neighbourhood Watch is about neighbourliness and making our communities and homes safer. It’s about being friendly and caring, and watching out for the elderly and vulnerable too.
Members of Neighbourhood Watch are assisted in a number of ways, including  having  free  home  security  surveys  conducted  by  a  local PCSO, to identify any areas in which security can be improved, and to advise  on  optimum  ways  to  safeguard  against  crime  and  improve personal and household security
But most of all Neighbourhood Watch is about helping the Police to keep us safe. They need the support of people who care. If that’s you - join us now!
Please contact us on contact@windsorascotnhwa.org.uk and we will be delighted to assist.

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

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