This message is dated Friday 26th June 2020 - Windsor
Alert message sent 26/06/2020 17:08:00
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This message is dated Friday 26th June 2020 for Windsor.
FIRST - A new SCAM / Fraud has just come to light:
In April, the victims were approached at the door to have some building work done. They agreed and handed over a deposit for materials. The builders were never seen again.
Later, the victim received a phone call from someone purporting to be a Metropolitan Police Officer, who was investigating the builders for fraud. The victim though, would have to pay for the investigation. This has been ongoing and it is believed the fraudster actually called at the house. He told the victim that under no circumstances, was he to reveal the investigation to, or speak to, the local police. This report has come to us from a family member and the victim, is still convinced the scammer is genuine and is reluctant to discuss this with us.
So far, it is believed that over the past few months, the victim has handed over huge amount of money.
Please remember our NHW Mottos:
I DO NOT BUY GOODS AND SERVICES AT THE DOOR
NO-ONE COMES INTO YOUR HOME, UNLESS YOU KNOW THEM, OR THEY HAVE MADE AN APPOINTMENT
Specific Advice – re Frauds
This happens when a fraudster contacts victims by telephone purporting to be a police officer or bank official. Further details can be found at the below link; https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/a-z-of-fraud/courier-fraud
I note that there is also a mention of the victim previously having been scammed at the doorstep so I have also included an information sheet on this. https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/a-z-of-fraud/door-to-door-sales-fraud Unfortunately fraudsters will try and convince victims that they are there to recover previous lost monies, (Known as Fraud Recovery Fraud) but this is also a scam. Please see link below and information sheet also attached in Reports tab. https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/a-z-of-fraud/fraud-recovery-fraud
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.
I have added a new email address below. The first email address is directly to your local Neighbourhood Team. The second is to our investigation team. Please use it to send any intelligence / video doorbell / CCTV footage you may have, which is relevant to any of the crimes lists below - quoting the reference number.
Alternatively you can call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or email - www.crimestoppers-uk.org
25/6 Thursday 1 a.m. / 5 a.m. Bridgewater Terrace. Attempted Burglary. Tool marks found around a rea door frame. No entry gained and nothing stolen. Ref. No: 43200191619
25/6 Thursday 12.15 p.m. York Road.A bike stolen from front garden. A very distinctive matt grey Canon Urban 8 hybrid bike imported from Germany. It has very distinctive drop mountain bike style handlebars and a brown leather saddle. Ref. No: 43200190677
ETON & ETON WICK:
24/6 Wednesday 3.35 p.m. Brocas, meadow Lane Eton. A young man was visiting the fair. Another young man came up and asked to ride his bike. He said yes. The lad rode off and never came back. A grey, Cube, racing bike Ref. No: 43200189528
SR.email@example.com CLEWER, DEDWORTH & OAKLEY GREEN:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
CLEWER EAST & PARK:
24/6 Wednesday 4 p.m. St. Leonard’s Road. A bike propped up in the road stolen. A black, Cube mountain bike. Ref. No: 43200189529
SR.firstname.lastname@example.org DATCHET, HORTON & WRAYSBURY:
25/6 Thursday 8.05 p.m. Horton Road, Datchet. Pane of glass in rear door smashed with a ball bearing. Ref. No: 43200191048
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.
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NEWS UPDATE FROM NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
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 to 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 www.ourwatch.org.uk and enter your postcode.
For any questions relating to Neighbourhood Watch please contact the Windsor & Ascot NHW Association at email@example.com