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This message is dated Wednesday 21st July 2021 - Ascot

Alert message sent 21/07/2021 13:25:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police


A GOOD START TO THE WEEK

NO BURGLARIES

AND

NO CARS BROKEN INTO

ONLY ONE ATTEMPTED UNSUCCESSFUL THEFT OF A CARAVAN !

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:

21/7  Wednesday 0.40 a.m.  Park Drive.  The owner who was sleeping in their caravan in the rear garden, when heard a noise and went to investigate.  They disturbed 2 men trying to cut through the chains securing the caravan.  One male has run into a hedge ran down the garden and jumped over the fence.  The other suspect, got into a car and drove away.  After suspect jumped over the fence, the car pulled up and aggrieved heard a car door slam.  The car was a black people carrier.  The police attended immediately and carried out an area search, but the car was not located.  An hour later, the aggrieved again heard noises.  The two suspects had returned and were using a tool, to remove a bolt, holding the lock to the tow hitch..  He again disturbed them and they made off in different directions.  The police again attended immediately and carried out a second area search, but no-one was located.  It may be a coincidence, but 4 hours later, there was a report of offenders breaking into a storage yard in Wraysbury, where a caravan is being stored.  Ref. No:  43210323329  As caravans and other holiday vehicles are receiving premium prices at this time due to the pandemic and travel restrictions, they will be targeted for the near future.  Please put additional security measures in place.  Chain it down so that thieves will have to make a lot of noise cutting through the chain and fit a holding lock to the towing mechanism.  If you can – make sure you have a video doorbell covering any vehicles on your drive with alerts to your mobile phone.  If you need any advice re the purchase and fitting of a video doorbell – please contact Valerie Pike, the Chair of the Windsor & Ascot NHW Association.  She has NHW Volunteer Video Bell Gurus who can advise you.

FIRST GO TO:

https://sites.google.com/view/videodoorbells/getting-started

This website they have created should answer any questions you have.

If not email Valerie and ask for a referral:

contact@windsorascotnhwa.org.uk


ASCOT & SOUTH ASCOT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.

NORTH ASCOT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.



MEMBERS’ COMMENTS:

FIRST: AN AMAZON DELIVERY SCAM FROM RACHEL:

Hi Jeff


I wanted to report a scam call I received this afternoon supposedly from ‘Amazon’, regarding an order I had supposedly made for a hopelessly out of date iPhone 7 for £300.  I’ve been an Amazon customer for 22 years and not once, have they ever telephoned me about an order.

I didn’t listen to the full message, as clearly it wasn’t genuine, but I suspect it would have ended with a request for payment of some sort or for me to re-input my details.

The caller number shown was a local number, although this is presumably fake to encourage me to answer.

Many thanks
Rachel


Many thanks Rachel - it is always useful to have other people’s experiences, - rather than me saying - just put the phone down !

NEXT A STRANGE POTENTIAL SCAM FROM KEITH:
Hi Jeff,

 
On Tuesday I was travelling at 25 mph West along St Marks Road at 3.05pm.  I heard a noise on my windscreen, it was a sharp noise like a stone, hitting it.  I thought it strange, as there was no cars in front. I drove on, to pick my daughter up from school, thinking no more about it.

About half a mile later, there was a large "Jeep" type silver car behind me, which contained two men, flashing his lights and beeping his horn.

I pulled over. The passenger of the car got out and approached the passenger side of my car.  I then got out of my car and he accused me of hitting his wing mirror, whilst his car was parked.  He also accused me of not stopping, saying I must of heard a noise. I said I had heard a noise on my windscreen but I did not hit any car.

The man was flashing a website on his phone at me, saying an electric wing mirror is very expensive and costs £450.  I looked at the back of my wing mirror and it did have a slight strange colour on the back, but could not understand why it was still in place and not shattered in bits if I had hit his car. Plus, the noise of impact would being a bang, nothing like the noise I had heard on the wind screen – when I was driving – not parked.

At this point, the driver of the car got out and held the driver’s side wing mirror, showing horizontal movement of an inch or two.

The car then drove off, but the passenger stayed with me, saying his colleague was just going to see his friend around the corner and would come back. 

He said he was going to Manchester later that evening and this incident was very inconvenient.  He said we should get into my car, to discuss it further.

I said I did not have £450 and that anyway, I would talk to my insurance company.  He said it was OK to go through insurance, but he was worried about my losing my no claims bonus.

I gave him my mobile number, but he refused to give me his. He said his name was Joe and he would call me later. Joe was very nice during the conversation about the incident.

Unfortunately, I did not get a photo of the ‘claimed’ damaged to the other car or its registration number, as their car was driven away quite quickly and I was a bit dazed by the whole thing. 

When, I got home, I was very suspicious and incident felt wrong. \so \i decided to do some checking and apprently, it appears to be very similar to a scam reported recently in North London and Bournemouth. 

So far, Joe has not called me and I do not accept calls from unknown private numbers. 

I just wanted to let you know, in case this helps in any way.  It did feel like a well rehearsed scam. 

Regards

Keith

Thanks Keith.  Can everyone now be aware.  If anything like this happens – it may all take place in a car park, where someone comes up to you and says you have damaged their car while parking.  These are very common.  Now you know – STOP – PAUSE – BREATHE – THINK – THEN DO WHAT YOU KNOW YOU NEED TO DO.  TAKE PHOTOS OF THE MAN, THEIR CAR – INCLUDING INDEX – AND THE ALLEGED DAMAGE
Then swap Insurance information.  If they are a scammer, the Insurance company will know and sort it all out for you.  They never like paying out on fraudulent claims and if the damaged car’s index comes up too often - they will deny the claim !



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

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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