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This message is dated Friday 6th August 2021 - Ascot

Alert message sent 06/08/2021 15:10:00

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A GOOD END TO THE WEEK !  NO CRIME TO REPORT.

NO BURGLARIES

AND

NO CARS BROKEN INTO

FIRST:  WE HAVE HAD A ROMANCE FRAUD REPORTED TO US:


We have received a report a romance scam which has been taking place over many, many years !

It involved a woman – who is not elderly - who lives here and a man who lives in Georgia.


The aggrieved has known him since 2010. When they met on a social network website.

We have been told he used to travel to Turkey as a seasonal worker and also travelled to Belarus.

They formed a romantic relationship and met twice in Turkey between 2012 and 2013.  It was then that he started to ask for financial assistance.

As the aggrieved had savings, she agreed to help him on condition – he paid her back.

Sixteen transfers of cash were made in 2016, followed by more transfers in 2017.  Since May 2018, he asked for money on a regular basis.  He said he needed the money for legal fees, fines, health emergencies and other serious reasons.

So far, between £65,000-£70,000 was transferred between May 2018 and April 2019.

The aggrieved has now realised, she has been the victim of a long term scam and is trying to recover some of the money.

That is going to be extremely difficult as she willingly sent the money.

PLEASE DO NOT LET THIS BE YOU.  IF YOU FORM AN ONLINE RELATIONSHIP FROM SOMEONE ABROAD – BLOCK THEM, THE MINUTE THEY ASK FOR MONEY !!!

STOP – BREATHE – THINK – BIN EVERYTHING

NEXT:  KEYLESS CAR THEFT:


I have been trying to obtain some CCTV / Video Doorbell footage of how this happens – it is so quick and simple – once they have the electronic devices – which are supplied by organised crime groups.

When you watch these videos – you will understand why I say:
Keep your keyless fob more than 30 feet from the pavement / front door
Keep it is a ‘Faraday Cage’ cage / fridge
Purchase a small credit card protector – remove the card sleeves and keep your key inside.
There are now Faraday purses and handbags to protect keys
YouTube clips showing how it works !!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdb3wdatxYA

In this clip you can see its on a busy road, but the thieves don’t care, but you can see how they use the device
 – fortunately – they don’t get a signal !

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szsUPQ2FoUY

This is the best clip to watch as it shows how persistent they are and what to watch out for – when out and about

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uC1kNjmyjSM

You may have locked your car and placed your fob securely somewhere and therefore not been a victim, but if you have a performance car on the drive, check any CCTV / video doorbell footage regularly. – you may have been targeted, but not know it.


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.

Alternatively you can call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or email - www.crimestoppers-uk.org

ASCOT:
ascotNHPT@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
SUNNINGDALE:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.

SUNNINGHILL:
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.

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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