This message is dated Friday 18th September 2020 - Ascot

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FIRST:-  Is there a value to actually being a member of a live NHW scheme ?  If you are not already a member of a scheme and have not thought about setting up your own scheme - why should you bother ?
This was a brilliant result for a NHW scheme.  This and is what happened this week, to a scheme, which was fairly active, aware and alert !  You may not be a member of a NHW scheme, but just receives Thames Valley Alert messages - that’s fine, we are happy to support you in any way we can, but think about the benefits of everyone in your road, knowing what you know, receiving the police support that you receive, being crime prevention informed and therefore alert to what is going on and what to consider suspicious and worth reporting the police.  If not just acquisitive crime generally, but also frauds and scams.  NHW has always worked on the principal that communities work better, if they work together - a whole street of eyes and ears, who know what to look out for - is much better protection than a single pair of eyes, who is often at work - and therefore not at home, watching what is going on.  You watch out for your neighbours if they are not at home and in return, they watch out for you !  Mutual responsibility.  It makes everyone safer in your community.  This was one streets experience this week - of working together.  Just to add, it is a very long road and before the scheme was set up, one end had little contact with the other !
HI Jeff
It is with considerable pleasure that I am sending you this note for your Alerts.
As Chairman of Maidenhead Police Area Neighbourhood Watch Association and as the NHW Scheme Coordinator of the street concerned, I feel it important that this story is publicised, as it shows brilliantly, how Neighbourhood Watch can interface with Thames Valley Police, to bring increased security and peace of mind to a community and, in this case, the bonus of securing an arrest and a court appearance, for the miscreant concerned.
Our chain of events began in the early hours of Wednesday morning when, at 2 am, a resident of the street disturbed a thief breaking into one of her cvars parked on her drive.   He ran off when she shouted.  The Police attended and searched the area, but no-one was located.
Many of our residents have been encouraged to install video doorbells / CCTV and the coverage is, as a result, almost continuous along our lengthy avenue.
During the ensuing hours, not only were additional Police patrols witnessed, but our determined criminal foolishly returned and was recorded trying and interfering with a number of other cars.
He stupidly left one of his gloves in one vehicle (duly recorded) and a few houses later the genius managed to leave his now ungloved hand palmprint on another car which was recorded on CCTV.
All residents were alerted around 7.30am and asked to check any video footage they may have.  A further number came forward with images and information.  He was seen to try many other cars and a considerable picture was built up.
Our local Maidenhead Police Team members attended, collected the evidence on USBs etc., and took statements.   Subsequently, we were informed that a person had been taken into custody for the crimes!
To our joy, later that day the following post appeared in TVP Windsor & Maidenhead Facebook -  entered by one of the TVP team attending  !

’Yesterday (16//09/2020) your Tasking team arrested a male in the Maidenhead area for 3 theft from motor vehicle offences and 2 counts of breaching a Criminal Behaviour Order. Eagle eyed residents that are all part of Neighbourhood Watch discovered a male entering cars on their street in the early hours of the morning, the street which is well equipped with CCTV was soon working together to provide police with the evidence we needed to secure an arrest. Sgt Powell of the Windsor & Maidenhead Police Tasking Team then sprang into action making the arrest and securing a Charge. The male has now been remanded and is awaiting Court later today. This is a great example of the work neighbourhood watch do and the effect each of us in the community can have to make our streets a safer place.’’
This was a particularly satisfying end to what is frequently a harrowing and distasteful experience, but it shows that when a community is fully aware of the need to be on its guard, takes precautions, such as having video doorbells / CCTV  or similar, and is properly organised and able to look after itself, then the consequent quality of life, is much better and more secure.
This can be done if a solid Neighbourhood Watch Scheme is in place and good relations are established and maintained with our partners in Thames Valley Police.
I would therefore encourage everyone to join a scheme or help to form one.
Valerie Pike, the Chair of the Windsor & Ascot NHW Association, is available in Windsor & Ascot to help with this.  If you are interested and would like to find out more.  The NHW enquiry email is at the bottom of this message.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the members of my NHW scheme for their tremendous reaction and community spirit demonstrated on this occasion.
Thank you
John Diack    
Chair of the Maidenhead NHW Association

 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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