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This message is dated Friday 8th October 2021 - Ascot

Alert message sent 08/10/2021 16:16:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

FIRST: The Police are beginning their Winter Burglary Campaign, as the darker evenings draw in.

Top tips to avoid becoming a victim of crime

With the clocks going back and with darker evenings upon us, take a few minutes to have a look at these top tips on how to avoid becoming a victim of crime.
  1. Ensure all doors and windows are closed and locked when you leave your home - even though it may only be for a few minutes. An open window or door is an open invitation for opportunist thieves. 
  2. Fit a burglar alarm if you can. If you already have a burglar alarm, make sure you set the downstairs zone at night.  If not – at least fit a dummy box
  3. If there is any likelihood that you may return home after dark, fit timer switches / light sensitive light bulbs / leave on a talk radio station, to prevent your house being identified as ‘unoccupied’.  Buy and plug in a ‘Fake TV’ – easily available from major online retailers.
  4. Keep the perimeter of your home well lit. Installing low voltage outdoor lighting, is a cost-effective way to protect to your home and ensure that any unwanted visitor may be seen.
  5. Purchase and install a Video Doorbell
  6. No-one comes into your home unless you know them, or they have made an appointment.  Only open the door to people you know / are expecting.  Look through the window or spyhole first, to see who’s calling. Then put a door chain on before opening the door. The rattling sound, will deter most opportunist thieves and they will be gone by the time you open the door.
  7. Keep shrubbery / hedges, trimmed to waist height around entrances and walkways.  Large hedges provide a hiding place for burglars. Make sure side gates are tall, flush with the front of the house and secured with bolts and a shiny very visible lock.
  8. Set up or join a Neighbourhood Watch scheme to protect your neighbourhood.  An alert and aware community, is a safe community. Register at  for free crime alerts and information.
  9. Residents can also check out home security tips on the Thames Valley Police website:
  10. Check out the What Works college of Policing website:
  11. Remove all valuables from your cars / vans including loose change, sun glasses, laptops, and mobile phones.
  12. Take care where you park your vehicle and avoid poorly-lit and deserted areas – try to find an area that is covered by CCTV cameras. When using a public car park, try and use one that has the “Secured Car Park Award”
  13. Mark your property with a UV pen writing on your postcode and the your house number / first three letters of your house name. UV pens are available from your local police station
  14. In terms of personal safety, walk confidently and be aware of your surroundings (no personal music devices or phone calls)
  15. If you have no choice but to walk alone at night, it is best not to take any shortcuts through dimly lit areas. It is also wiser to walk facing the oncoming traffic where you can be seen.
  16. Report suspicious activity to the police on:  101 or online at

NEXT  Housing Solutions manages the Borough’s Housing Association properties and they have some changes to Housing Solutions structure:

Last November, following consultations with residents, Housing Solutions made some significant improvements to the way that we deliver housing services. Housing Solutions believe these changes will make a positive difference to residents, their neighbourhoods and to their communities.

This includes the introduction of a Tenancy Audit and Fraud Officer, Michelle Purdy, two specialist Anti-Social Behaviour Officers, Kerry Foster and Christie Sibley, a Community Engagement Officer, Lorna Collinson, three Resident Liaision Officers and a new Income Team supported by a dedicated Welfare & Benefits Assistance Team.

You will not be surprised that in these most challenging of times, our welfare support team are in much higher demand than usual.  If any ‘resident is struggling to pay their rent, or suffering financial hardship please feel free to contact the team, who will be happy to assist in any way possible.

The new team structure below sets out the names, titles and contact details, for each member of the team.

Housing Solutions are currently developing our website to include a postcode search facility to assist you in identifying the correct team member for any situation and location, but in the meantime the following link, will take you to the current web page which clearly sets out the geographic areas managed by each of the team

Housing Solutions want to continue to provide a high-quality service that helps create thriving neighbourhoods for all our residents. We are confident that these changes will continue to help us deliver these aims.

If you require any additional information, or have any suggestions as to how we can assist our residents further, please do not hesitate to get in touch or

Thank you

Kerry Foster

NEXT:  From the Windsor Lions:

Hi Jeff,

The Windsor Community Defibrillator Partnership (WCDP) has been established by representatives from Windsor Lions, the two Rotary clubs, Thames Valley Police and the town Council in 2016, have installed 15 Automated External Defibrillators (AED) around Windsor with plans for more AED’s in the town.
They are simple to use and need no formal training to operate.
WCDP are running a number of familiarisation sessions also incorporating Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) – another vital life-saving technique.

The Awareness sessions are provided by a former paramedic from the South Central Ambulance Service.
WCDP in conjunction with Woody’s Café (Clewer Memorial Recreation Ground, Windsor SL4 5AY) have organised the two CPR/Defibrillator familiarisation sessions on Saturday 16th October 2021 at Woody’s Café.
The Sessions will be at 10.30am, and 1.00pm, the duration of each session will be about 90 minutes to allow for Q & A’s.

Places are limited to 40 attendees per session.
Please Note: The is no charge to attend the familiarisation sessions, however we would appreciate a donation towards funding more Automated External Defibrillator for Windsor.
If you are interested in attending one of the sessions, please contact me on  Places will be allocated on first come basis, in the event we are oversubscribed, we will advise details of our next community sessions.
Mike Sells.

NEXT:  The Cancer Support Network:

Meeting other people with similar experiences can be invaluable

The aim of the Cancer Support Network and Cancer Champions project is to support people with cancer at any point along their journey. It also aims to support the wider family network.

The scheme is for anyone with cancer, or those supporting them, located in or around the Berkshire boroughs of Wokingham, Bracknell, Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead. The project will bring together information and resources as well as offer emotional support through a volunteer network, offering a listening ear.

Monthly meet-ups are also available, bringing together people in the community affected by cancer, giving them the opportunity to meet each other and share experiences. People can access the service through a referral. This may be through a GP, health professional, family member or self-referral.  Click the link below to access our referral form

which you can complete and send to us either through the post or via email


"Without this support I would have struggled a lot more."

The Cancer Support Network is filling an essential gap in supporting people with cancer and their carers. There is huge value from having access to those speakers who can give cancer patients ways to help themselves and improve their self-care which has beneficial outcomes for improving quality of life, improving confidence and empowering people. I really appreciate all the support that this organisation has given to me."

What we do:
  • Group Support through Events - Online and In-person
  • Health and Wellbeing Programmes
  • Peer-to-Peer Support
  • Online Support
  • Signposting & Information
We want you to feel supported and able to talk to others if you feel isolated or alone. Simply get in touch - T: 01344 304404

We work alongside other resources bringing together a range of services to enable people in the local community to find the support they need in one place.

For more information about Cancer Champions:-
Vickie & Sharon

NEXT:  I have been receiving complaints about fireworks being let off – particularly as we near November 5th.  In the past you could only buy fireworks at certain times, but now you can purchase them online throughout the year.  There are regulation with regard to setting off fireworks:

You cannot buy ‘adult’ fireworks if you’re under 18, and it’s against the law for anyone to set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am, except on certain occasions.
Adult fireworks are category 2 and 3 fireworks - they do not include things like party poppers.  Category 4 fireworks, can only be used by professionals.

The law says you must not set off or throw fireworks (including sparklers) in the street or other public places.
You must not set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am, except for:
Bonfire Night, when the cut off is midnight
New Year’s Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year, when the cut off is 1am

Buying fireworks
You can only buy fireworks (including sparklers) from registered sellers for private use on these dates:
  • 15 October to 10 November
  • 26 to 31 December
  • 3 days before Diwali and Chinese New Year
At other times you can only buy fireworks from licensed shops.
Vendors can be fined up to £5,000 and imprisoned for up to 6 months, for selling or using fireworks illegally. You could also get an on-the-spot fine of £90.

Now though as stated above – you can purchase fireworks throughout the year online !

For more information – this is a very complicated subject about the regulations, please go to:


Hi Jeff,

I am part of a small group of volunteers, organising adult education classes in Maidenhead with the WEA.

WEA is a charity putting on courses all over the UK. We are finding it difficult to publicise our 8 online and 10 face to face courses in 2021/22, as we are not allowed to put brochures in libraries anymore.

Subjects range from art history to architecture, archaeology, film, folk tales, history, economics, gardens etc.

We hold courses at St Joseph’s, Cookham Road and St Marks Methodist Church, Allenby Road.

Our next course starts on Wed 3rd November at St Mark’s, for 5 weeks and is called ‘Artistic Treasures of Europe’s Smaller Art Galleries’. We need 8 students to run a course and are in danger of it being cancelled.

Details of our courses can be found on (click on ‘Find a Course’ and put ‘Maidenhead’ in the search box).

People can email me at or ring Steph Diggon on 01628 563676.
I would be very grateful if you would include this in a Neighbourhood watch email. The face to face (and online) courses are a way of meeting new people in a friendly and safe environment.

Many thanks



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 -

7/10 Thursday 3.40 p.m.  Supermarket.  Purse stolen while the aggrieved was shopping.  Within 15 minutes there was an attempt to charge £500 to the card – but this was fortunately blocked by the bank !  Ref. No:  43210452405  Just a reminder to keep purses and wallets safe.  The card limit for contactless has now been increased from £45 to £100, so that is more important than ever.
7/10  Thursday 11.45 a.m.  Supermarket Car Park.  Front driver’s side quarter light and passenger window smashed.  The rear seats had been pulled forward and a bag of tools was moved but not stolen, some bags containing cash just withdrawn from the bank, were stolen from the boot.  The store CCTV shows a dull silver / grey Honda Civic with blacked out windows pull alongside the aggrieved’s car, but not the breaking of the windows – it then drives off at speed, the wrong way out of the car park.  Ref. No:  43210451805



6/10  Wednesday 2.10  a.m.  St. Georges Lane, S. Ascot.  Two men returned to break into garden shed for a second time.  There is CCTV showing two men attempting to gain entry to the garden shed. One male then turns to the camera and as soon as he sees it, looks shocked and both males run away !  Ref. No:  43210450210


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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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 and we will be delighted to assist.

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

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