This message is dated Monday 13th November 2017 for Windsor.
Just back from my son’s wedding in Florida - so back to work and hundreds of emails !!! I will do my best to work through them over the next week.
FIRST from Catherine Williams the Public Health Communications Officer at RBWM.
Can you circulate this please to your members ?
With the temperatures falling, the Met Office have put together a helpful checklist to ensure that we are ready for whatever the winter may bring.
Use this link for more information:
Age UK have also produced some useful information on ‘preparing for winter’.
Public Health Communications Officer
Public Health, Strategy and Commissioning
Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead
Zone A, Town Hall, St Ives Road, Maidenhead SL6 1RF
Tel: 01628 685637
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NEXT from Roger at OPAF - The Older Persons Advisory Forum:
Can you circulate this please to your members ?
The Next OPAF Meeting. Our next Members’ Meeting will be on Thursday 15th November at the Windsor Leisure Centre.(agenda attached). We hope to see you there!
Flu Vaccine. Do be sure you have the Free Flu Jab as soon as possible. As an OPAF member, flu can be more severe if any of the following apply to you:
- Age 65 and over
- An underlying health condition (such as long-term heart or respiratory disease)
- Weakened immune system from any cause.
Anyone in these risk groups is more likely to develop potentially serious complications of flu, such as pneumonia (a lung infection), so it is highly recommended that they have a flu vaccination every year to protect themselves.
Flu vaccine is the best protection we have against these unpredictable conditions.
Elderly Care. We in OPAF are concerned about the information available to older members of the community on how the provision of residential care is paid for and managed for us. It would be useful to hear of your or your friends’ recent experiences. A little bit of myth busting would not go amiss!
Please contact us on Elderlycare@opaf.org.uk.
Out and About. It is very important to keep active and sociable and the best way through the dark days and evenings of winter is to get out and about. Arrange to meet in the town centre, the local branch of the library (with coffee shop) Men’s Matters and others meeting groups. Even a nice warm local pub!
Being isolated is really bad for you - but being a member of OPAF is a good sign – and helping others to be sociable is a way of helping yourself.
One of the best ways of keeping in good health is to make sure you have plenty to do…
Getting there. If you don’t have access to transport, Peter Haley will be at our meeting on the 15th November at Windsor Leisure Centre, to give you an insight to how People to Places could help some of you.
Finally, my best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.
OPAF contact phone: 01628 879582
NEXT from Colin at OPAF:
Dear OPAF members,
Some of you may be interested in the attached flyer received from Honor Ryan, RBWM Trading Standards Officer. It relates to a commercial device for blocking unwanted phone calls, now available free of charge to people with dementia.
Honor Ryan has asked for this information to be distributed as widely as possible, so as to reach those who may benefit from the scheme.
With best wishes,
Colin Robertson (OPAF Webmaster)
TRUE CALL - STOP NUISANCE CALLS
The National Trading Standards (NTS) Scams Team is focussing on dementia sufferers who may be receiving scams or nuisance calls and offering a solution.
The NTS Scams Team is offering FREE call blocking devices.
Why install a call blocker
Previous trials have shown:
The blocking technology supplied by trueCall (www.truecall.co.uk) is extremely effective blocking over 95% of nuisance calls.
People have reported many benefits from having a call blocker such as
• Allowing people to live independently for longer
• Significantly reducing the risk of financial harm.
• Reducing anxiety, confusion and stress for older people, their family and their professional carers
• Reducing the risk of trips, falls and distraction accidents due to getting up to answer the phone unnecessarily
• Helping those who live alone feel safer and more in control and giving peace of mind to their family and friendsi
If you answer YES to the following you may be able to receive a FREE call blocking device:
1. Do you, or the person you are applying for, receive nuisance and scam calls?
2. Does the person who would like the call blocker have dementia?
If you answered yes to the above, then please apply at:
We would also encourage you to do the 20 minute ‘Friends Against Scams’ online learning. ‘Friends Against Scams’ has been created to tackle the lack of scams awareness by providing information about scams and those who fall victim to them:
If you have any queries please contact us at:
To see what else the government is doing to combat nuisance calls by searching for #NoNuisance on social media.
If you don’t qualify for this scheme, please remember the BT Call Blocker Phone:
LINK TO AMAZON - CALL BLOCKER PHONES
They are £49.99 pounds to purchase new, but they do have them second hand at £19.95 !!!
NEXT: I understand that while I have been away, there has been a spate of ‘Theft From’, cars left ‘INSECURE’ and I have been asked to put out a reminder, to ‘Please lock your cars’ !!!
Cars left INSECURE, act as a Crime Attractor’, bringing ‘Opportunist Thieves’ to your area, looking for easy pickings in a community that is not sufficiently security aware !
I put this out for Ascot today, but it is relevant for everyone:
10/11 - 11/11 Friday 6 p.m. / Saturday 8 a.m. Stanmore Close. CAR ENTERED BY UNKNOWN MEANS Car searched, but nothing stolen. The car has a keyless entry system. As I have pointed out, if you have a traditional key fob, the signal from the fob to the car, cannot be copied. As all fobs work on the same principal - a set of predetermined random numbers recognised by the under bonnet computer, and changed every time the fob is used, copying the signal is useless. Unfortunately all key fobs work on the same radio frequency, which is shared by TV remotes and wireless doorbells etc. Any other key fob / longer ranged up and over garage door fob, used at the same time, will mean that each car, receives a batch of mixed numbers, the computer does not recognise - so does nothing ! Various devices can therefore be used to stop a car from locking. SO - every time a fob activated car is locked, you must try a car door handle to make sure the signal has not been blocked. The signal from keyless fobs, on the other hand can be copied as they emit a persistent signal, matched to the car, so that it opens as you approach and start the car. There are various devices out there, used to copy keyless car signals. Keyless fobs must be kept in a small faraday cage to prevent the signal being copied. The small metal credit card wallets are perfect for this !
12/11 Sunday 12 p.m. - 3.35 p.m. Car Park, Alma Road. Car rear windscreen smashed - A real and a fake Louis Vuitton handbag and contents stolen and a large amount of cash stolen.
10/11 - 11/11 Friday 11.30 p.m. / Saturday 6.15 a.m. Clarence Road. Grey, Volvo V70 index EK ** UZU stolen from the driveway. The owner still has the keys and there is no broken glass on the driveway. Did anyone see or hear anything ?
21/10 / 11/11 Oxford Road East. Locked up bike in a bike rack stolen. A pink, Apollo Spiral, ladies, mountain bike.
ETON & ETON WICK:
12/11 Saturday midnight / 4.35 p.m. Tangier Lane, Eton. Burglary. Entry via forced front door. Untidy search of the whole house, wardrobes emptied. Nothing appears to have been taken.
9/11 - 10/11 Thursday 8 p.m. / Friday 8 a.m. Atherton Court, Meadow Lane, Eton. Parking ticket machine drilled and the cash stolen from inside.
CLEWER, DEDWORTH & OAKLEY GREEN:
11/11 Saturday 12.30 p.m. / 3.30 p.m. Buckland Crescent. Burglary. The owner returned to find the rear door open and evidence of a search through the house. There had been an ‘untidy’ search of the top floor. Clothes had been taken from the wardrobe and piled up with jewellery boxes left on the bed. Gold jewellery and keys stolen. When questioned, the owner revealed that he had recently been awoken one night to see a man running across his rear garden, but did not report it to the police.
11/11 - 12/11 Saturday 10.30 p.m. / Saturday 9.45 p.m. Stephenson’s Drive. Shed break. Someone has climbed over a rear garden gate causing damage and locks removed from a shed and the door left open. Unknown if anything stolen.
11/11 - 13/11 Saturday 5 p.m. / Monday 7.45 a.m. Parsonage Lane. Site entered over the weekend. Access via a rear forced window. Power and hand tools stolen.
11/11 - 12/11 Saturday midnight / Saturday midnight Orchard Avenue X 2. 1. House having building work done has been entered several times. Attempt made to force the door, then a rock used to smash a window. Noting appears to have been taken. 2. Attempted break-in - Unsuccessful attempt to force front door. No entry gained.
13/11 Monday 8 a.m. / 1 p.m. Charlton Way. All four wheels and tyres stolen from a BMW 328l registered as SORN.
CLEWER EAST & PARK:
DATCHET, HORTON & WRAYSBURY:
10/11 Friday 5.15 p.m. The Avenue, Datchet. DISTRACTION. The owner answered the door to a man who asked for a glass of water for a friend who had just been dropped off and their car had broken down. He was invited inside, while the owner went to fetch the water. Later they discovered that cash had been stolen. The advice I have given for years now - NO-ONE COMES INTO YOUR HOME UNLESS YOU KNOW THEM, OR THEY HAVE MADE AN APPOINTMENT. If anyone else knocks on your door and asks for anything, a glass of water, to use the phone, to check for anything, the correct response is…………………..WAIT THERE, I WILL GET YOU WHAT YOU NEED. You then go inside securing the door behind you to do whatever is needed. YOU DO NOT INVITE THEM IN, OR LEAVE THE DOOR ON THE LATCH, WHILE YOU DO THE NECESSARY.
12/11 Sunday 5 p.m. / 6 p.m. London Road, Datchet X 2. Car driver’s side window smashed. 2. Car passenger side window smashed - possibly with a catapult.
Eyes, ears.....and Brain
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Hope you’re keeping well!
Back in January, I contacted you regarding letter box thieves on Lady Margaret Road, Sunningdale.
Well it seems they’re back around again.
Last night at 7.50 p.m., a young English guy calling himself Michael rang the door bell. He was wearing a green high vis vest and said he was collecting for Alzheimer’s, I told him we weren’t interested as it was dark and too late !
This morning, myself & my partner both noticed our mobile phones weren’t working - no service - which we found strange. In the mean time, I went to the post box & found 2 new SIM cards in the mail, which the service provider said we’d requested.
We contacted our service provider & these had apparently been requested on 7th November, by someone with knowledge of our password. Apparently, you need to give 2 digits, which they ask you to provide randomly, if you wish to make any changes to, or request, SIM cards etc.
The person who did this, said both SIM cards had been damaged. It seems highly unlikely that both SIMs would be damaged, but the service provider apparently, accepted their explanation.
On further checking our post box, we found that it had been tampered with from outside and they’d tried to gain access. Obviously trying to get these SIM cards. it now makes me wonder if the person claiming to be ‘Michael’ collecting for Alzheimer’s, was checking to see if anyone was home, so he could attempt to retrieve the SIM cards from the post box.
Anyway, with all that been said Jeff, we’ve had a full day of re-setting passwords, organising new SIM cards etc. etc., which for security reasons all had to be dealt with, at the service provider shop in Windsor.
Tomorrow I’ll speak with the postman, to let him know they’re back out & about again & I know of course you’ll make people aware from your side.
Thanks & regards,
I am really grateful to Margaret, for a timely reminder - particularly in the run up to Christmas, with online ordering and parcel deliveries. Keep an eye on you post - particularly delays and unsolicited post - by which I don’t mean junk mail, but letters from your bank about accounts you were unaware of, or did not request, as well as - as in this case - new SIM cards etc. etc. etc.
NEXT: I have had an email in from Ash - re a suspicious flatbed driving around his area:
White flatbed transit, driving suspiciously around, Rylstone Close, Maidenhead.
A neighbour is having some building work done and this van stopped at the side of their house to have a look at what was going on. The actual builder returned and the van drove off.
The back of the van was full of ladders - I have never seen so many, plus a washer or dryer, and other lumps of metal.
There was a white male driver, black hair, slim. One passenger at least.
Were they driving around, looking for metal ?
Many thanks for this Ash - It enables me to send out a reminder to everyone.
Two issues possible here:
- They could be looking for scrap metal
- They could be making a note the date, the address, the type of building work being carried out and if they can get it, the name of the builder from a builders board.
If it is number 2, bogus builders drive around, looking for building works. They note the date and type of work being carried out and the name of the builder from a board or any van parked at the property. Six months later, they turn up and purport to be working for that named builder - which will be familiar to you - and say they have come to check the guarantee.