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This message is dated Wednesday 28th April 2021 - Windsor

Alert message sent 28/04/2021 15:17:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

27/4  Tuesday 12 noon.  Bridge Avenue.  Bike stolen from a communal bike store.  A grey, Carrera Crossfire 2 bike.  Ref. No:  43210178426


26/4  Wednesday 7.20 p.m.  Dedworth Road.  The owner returned to find a small hole in their car driver’s side window and a small stone inside the car.  Ref. No:  43210177410

27/4  Thursday 7.30 p.m.  Illingworth.  Grey Landover Discovery stolen from outside a house.  The offenders used keyless entry.  The car was fitted with a tracker and the car was located and recovered from Slough.  Ref. No:  43210177933  This car has keyless entry and is possibly part of a series carried out across the Met.  Keyless car fobs must be protected, as they emit a signal, which can be copied – normal key fobs do not.  Keyless fobs must therefore be kept as far away as possible, from the front door – so - not in a bowl in the hallway.  If your front door is near a pavement, you must keep the fob in a protected ‘Faraday Cage’, specifically made for the purpose – any old tin, will not do.  These metal containers, can be purchased online or in shops, very cheaply, designed to protect contactless credit cards.  Simply remove the card sleeves and keep the fob inside.  As this is an issue, ladies purses and handbags are available with a metal mesh lining, preventing the signal from escaping and being copied.  These cars are stolen to order.  The organiser will recruit local offenders, to locate the cars.  They could follow a car home from work / supermarkets / car parks.  The offender then has an electronic device, which searches for the fob signal.  They walk up and down the road, until the device is activated and the signal copied.  Once a number of target cars have been located, the car thieves arrive from London – usually.  They have another device and copy the signal onto it.  Once that is done, as they approach the car, the computer under bonnet acknowledges the authenticity of the signal and the car opens up.  The device has a scart socket on one end, which is inserted into the diagnostic slot, under the steering wheel and the car starts.  The device is then removed and taken to the next car, while that car is then driven away and parked up in a quiet street, where that type of car will not stand out.  It is left there for 24 hours.  If it is still there after that time, the car tracker has not been activated or doesn’t have one and it is safe to drive it away.  PLEASE PROTECT THOSE FOBS AT ALL TIMES.

26/4  Wednesday noon / 6 p.m.  London Road, Datchet.  Car rear passenger window smashed.  Ref. No:  43210177675


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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 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 and enter your postcode. 

For any questions relating to Neighbourhood Watch please contact the Windsor & Ascot NHW Association at

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

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