This message is dated Tuesday 15th September 2020 - Ascot

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  Sorry, I missed a burglary in Sunninghill.  It came in on Friday 4th September after I had created and sent my message and my search on Monday, did not go back that far:
4/9  Friday  5.36 p.m.  Truss Hill Road.  Burglary in progress.  Police received a call from a witness stating that his neighbour’s house had been broken into and items had been taken from the house.  They reported that at around 5.20 p.m., he heard noises coming from outside. He thought maybe that it could have been people dumping rubbish into a skip on his drive way. When he realised the noises were coming from his next door neighbour’s house. He checked to see if there were any vehicles outside.  He then went into his rear garden, where could see that the patio windows had been smashed and a male was walking out, carrying something. He then heard someone shouting ‘get out of the house’. He then saw and heard a red car, believed to be a red Seat Altea XL (possibly on fake plates) rev its engine and drive off. A safe had been stolen from the bedroom.  A bank card was later used to make purchases and withdrawals.  Ref. No:  43200277405.  Any video doorbell footage from the surrounding area, from the days before the incident showing a red car driving around the area, possibly scouting the area, would be very useful  Please send it to the SR team at their email below, quoting the reference number.
To locate this burglary, I went back in the police Computers 9 days.  This is the only burglary in the Ascot area, that has occurred during that period.
A family member went to visit their grandparents and were surprised to see workmen on the roof.  They asked the homeowners what had happened.  They responded that the builders had cold called and said they needed to have repairs made to the roof.  They had said OK and were taken to the bank to take out some cash for materials.  The builders had now been asked for a large sum of cash, to complete the work.  The visitor asked the men to stop work and called the police, who attended immediately and made the builders leave.  The homeowners are vulnerable and were upset, because they said the builders had been so helpful and they would not have known the work needed to be done, if they hadn’t called.  It appears no work needed to be done and fortunately, no more money had been handed over.
I am sorry, I do not buy goods and services at the door.  Never deal with anyone who cold calls, saying you need to have building work done.
NEXT:  We have been receiving a lot of enquires re the use of E-Scooters on the roads and in our town centres.  This is the definitive advice re their use:
The use of privately owned electric scooters are only permitted on private land or where the land owner has given permission.
This is the result of a question from a NHW member - If E-Scooters have to be taxed insured etc. How do I do that for my son’s E-Scooter, to make sure he is within the law.
It’s important to remember that privately owned e-scooters riders are not required to have a driver’s license or provisional license because they cannot be used on a public road. You do not need to register an electric scooter and it is tax exempt because it cannot be used on public roads. Insurance is not required also because it cannot be used on a public road.     

It is also an offence to ride an e-scooter on the pavement, footpath, cycle paths or any pedestrian area.  
We will be issuing Section 59 (Police Reform Act 2002) warnings to any users of electric scooters when not on private land. If you are stopped again, after receiving a Section 59 warning, your electric scooter will be seized (Section 60 Police Reform Act 2002) and you will receive either a fine or be required to attend court.
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 -

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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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 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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