This message is dated Monday 19th July 2021 - Ascot
Alert message sent 19/07/2021 16:12:00
Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police
A VERY GOOD WEEKEND – ONLY ONE CRIME TO REPORT A VANDALISM OF A CAR TYRE.
NO CARS BROKEN INTO.
SORRY – I HAVE YET ANOTHER SEXTORTION TO REPORT !
This time it is a young 12 year old girl, who was chatting someone – she thought was a young boy, on Snapchat. She assumed it was somebody that she may have met through friends in the past and she accepted the friend request.
Messages were exchanged by both over a few days and these appeared to be friendly in nature. The person then asked for some pictures of the young girl. She agreed and sent one of herself and then other more intimate images, but not including her face. The caller then asked for more intimate photos and when she refused, became threatening. At that point, the calls were terminated, the caller blocked and advice given.
This whole episode has been very stressful for the family.
AS I HAVE SAID SO OFTEN – PLEASE DO NOT SAY, WRITE, TEXT, FILM, VIDEO, PHOTOGRAPH, EMAIL ANYTHING ONLINE THAT YOU WOULD NOT BE HAPPY FOR YOUR PARENTS, FRIENDS, RELATIVES, NEIGHBOURS, WORK COLLEAGUES, YOUR BOSS OR ANYONE IN YOUR PERSONAL ADDRESS BOOK TO SEE !
Once you press send, it is totally out of your control and you have no idea where it could end up.
SUMMER BURGLARY CAMPAIGN:
DURING THE DAY:
Can I please remind everyone about leaving windows open during the hot weather for ventilation – both during the day and particularly at night !
DURING THE DAY:
Windows can only be left open – if you are in that particular room, at the time. Please do not leave front windows open, if you are in a rear kitchen or doing gardening in a rear garden.
If you are working in a rear garden – a hedge trimmer / mower, can often be heard from the pavement. Opportunist thieves walk around, listening for this. If you have a side access with a rear door – most people don’t lock and unlock it, each time they go in and out and opportunist thieves know this.
They listen, then walk down the side and into the kitchen / utility room. They will search around quickly, looking for handbags and purses. They have a story already prepared, in case you return unexpectedly. You will walk in, find them and be totally surprised by a stranger standing in your kitchen – the initial response, is always the same ! ‘Who are you and what are you doing in my kitchen’ ! You will be totally confused.
They will immediately respond – ‘I was looking for John / Dave / Pete - doesn’t he live here’ ? You will say – NO - who is John / Dave / Pete’ ? They then respond – ‘Sorry, I must have got the wrong house’ and immediately leave. You will be left standing there, not knowing what is going on – until you find a handbag / items missing – then the penny drops.
Please do not leave windows open on the ground floor – particularly at the front, on the ground floor – we will have an issue with bungalows ! If you have to leave a window open, make sure there are perhaps items on the window sill, which would be knocked over and be noisy, if anyone climbs / or reaches in !
The answer is a video doorbell – with an alert to your mobile phone to wake you up, if anyone steps onto your property !
NEXT: FREE HOME SECURITY SURVEYS
We are resuming out FREE Home Security Surveys ! All our PCSO’s have now been trained to carry them out. Below is the dedicated email inbox for requests:
You may feel your security is adequate, but it is reassuring, to make sure.
Our aim is to match your security, with your lifestyle. We do not want to turn your home into a fortress, if it is not necessary. Our PCSOs have some simple security devices, they can fit during a survey – Window Shock Alarms – they are stuck to windows with double sided tape and sound if the window is bashed or smashed, Door Wedge Alarms – these are placed behind doors. If a door is opened over them, a metal plate is depressed, setting off the alarm, Door Handle alarms – these hang from a door handle and contain a ‘trembler’ device. If the door is opened and the alarm moves – it sounds.
If a PCSO feels more security is needed, we have an agreement with your local NHW Association. They have additional items, which require fixing to the building. If you don’t have, or you can no longer reach a spyhole in your front door – They have recruited a local volunteer builder, who will fit a standard hotel style spyhole, at an appropriate height. They also have a large version, with a 2’’ ground glass screen on the inside, which projects an image of whoever is outside onto the screen inside– so it is much easier to see. They can have either - door bars (hotel style for strength) or door chains, fitted suitable for either wooden, or UVPC front doors. As a deterrent – they also have dummy CCTV cameras, they can fit outside.
For more information about what NHW can fit for you, please contact Valerie Pike, the Chair of the Windsor & Ascot NHW Association. Her email is:
We're encouraging everyone to get back to nature and rediscover our local green spaces this summer.
When spending time outdoors over the next week, The Met Office is forecasting a heatwave, so please remember to take extra precautions against the risk of sunstroke by wearing sunscreen and bringing extra water.
for more advice on reducing the risk of heatstroke and heat exhaustion to you and your loved ones.
Clean up after your dog - don’t risk a fine
As part of Love Parks Week, our community wardens are reminding all dog owners to clean up after their pets, or risk a £100 fixed penalty notice and a fine of up to £1,000 in court.
This is due to a new legal order, known as a Public Spaces Protection Order, which also allows authorised officers to instruct a dog-owner to put their pet on a lead if it is loose and causing harassment, alarm, or distress in a public space.
Over the coming weeks, our wardens are speaking with dog walkers in local parks to remind them to ‘bag it and bin it’, what the financial risks are if they don’t and how to report dog-foulers for investigation.
Royal Borough rough sleeper numbers hits zero
We are pleased to report that the number of verified rough sleepers in the Royal Borough is currently zero, compared to 40 at the end of 2019.
Our joint work with the NHS, local charities, and Thames Valley Police enables us to support vulnerable people off the streets and into stable accommodation as part of our borough-wide Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy.
To support people in making a lasting transition into supported accommodation and then independent living, we have a three-step pathway which is supported by our alternative giving scheme.
Free school holiday activity and food programme for children
Our free holiday activities and food programme for children eligible for free schools meals will continue in the borough this summer.
The programme, Feed Ur Everyday Lives (FUEL), began in Easter this year and aims to provide additional support to vulnerable children in our borough.
It is delivered by Achieving for Children, which manages the council’s children’s services, and will run from Monday 2 August to Friday 27 August. Young people and families in receipt of benefits-related free schools meals will be able to access a regular source of free activity groups and nutritious meals.
The Government has also extended the Covid support fund for children eligible for free school meals, we are supplying food vouchers worth £80 per child.
We regularly hold consultations to get your views on proposals within the Royal Borough.
Responding to our consultations and giving your feedback is the best way to ensure your views are heard.
Our current consultations are:
Day services consultation – deadline Sunday 29 August https://rbwmtogether.rbwm.gov.uk/day-opportunities-consultation
Single person discount review – ongoing consultation https://www.rbwm.gov.uk/home/council-tax-and-benefits/council-tax/council-tax-reductions/single-person-discount-review
Developing proposals for new school places - provide comments on the feasibility studies for school expansion – ongoing consultation https://www.rbwm.gov.uk/home/council-and-democracy/consultations/education-consultations/school-expansion-feasibility-studies
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.
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:
16/7 – 17/7 Friday 9 p.m. / Saturday 7 p.m. Course Road. Wall of car tyre slashed. Ref. No: 43210317802
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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Eyes, ears.....and Brain
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 email@example.com and we will be delighted to assist.