This message is dated Friday 16th October 2020 - Maidenhead
Alert message sent 16/10/2020 15:19:00
Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police
FIRST: COURIER FRAUDS ARE STILL WITH US AND ACTIVE:
We have just received a notification of a Courier Fraud that took place in Norfolk. The beginning was exactly the same as those which took place here. A call from a police officer to say your cards have been cloned and they have 2 men in custody. Can you check you still have your bank cards - then dial 999 to confirm this call is genuine ? You do that, but the scammer has kept the line open and you are in fact talking to an accomplice. They - of course - because bank accounts are involved - need all your bank, personal and security details. A courier is then sent to collect your bank cards for replacement.
NEXT - they call back, because there is fraud at your branch. Counterfeit notes are being passed. Can you please go to your branch and withdraw all your savings in cash. Ask for the money to be put in paper envelopes, so that you will not have to touch the notes. They will send a courier to collect them. They will then check the noted for fingerprints, to see who the fraudster is !
They also ask if you have money elsewhere, or access to credit cards. If so, they ask you to go to a luxury store to buy gold / expensive watches.
I the case we have just received, the man in Norfolk was asked to take a taxi, to Hatton Garden in London, where they would be contacted. Once there he was asked to go to another place and as it was late, to book into a hotel - again, which they would refund. As his phone was running out of charge, they arranged for a courier to deliver a pay as you go phone.
By this time, the victim’s family were becoming concerned as they had no idea where he was and phoned the police. Eventually he was traced, alone and confused in London and brought home.
We need to spread the details of this horrible scam as widely as possible. It has been franchised across the whole of the UK as it is so lucrative. The scammers are defrauding thousands of people from their life savings and it is devastating to victims. Spread the word.
The real police will never contact you in this way or ask for your bank details. If you get a call from a Police Officer at Scotland Yard’ fraud squad to say they have 2 men in custody for cloning and using your credit / debit card.
JUST PUT THE PHONE DOWN
NEXT: SCAM EMAILS ARE CIRCULATING SUPPOSEDLY FROM THE DVLA.
The emails say that there a[PJ1] re discrepancies and inaccuracies in your database entries, in the car registration database. They say that they have sent several emails, to which you have not responded and this is now urgent.
Please click on the link below to update all your personal and bank details !!!!
BIN IT - DON’T DO IT - DON’T LET IT BE YOU
NEXT: ITEMS LEFT ON DISPLAY IN CARS:
We are suffering from opportunist thieves walking along roads in the early hours, trying car door handles. If they find a car left unlocked, they will open and search the interior - glove boxes door pockets and central console. If they find cash, sunglasses other valuable items, it acts as a ‘Crime Attractor’ and encourages more opportunist thieves who like easy pickings - they don’t even have to smash car windows / force doors.
Lock their cars when they park them anywhere - particularly, if you have to park in the road.
Leave nothing on display. That means NOTHING.
A supermarket plastic bag may contain something of value.
An item of clothing left strategically over a seat, may be there to cover something valuable.
Laptops, when left in cars are either hidden under the passenger seat, or in the back under the driver’s seat.
Opportunist thieves carry torches, or use the torch in their mobile phone to look into cars.
We have a specific problem in Ascot, with people loading their golf clubs in the back of their cars - perfectly visible - ready for an early start in the morning. Another Crime Attractor.
If you are awake, moving around in the early hours and see anyone walking along parked cars either trying car door handles or looking into cars with a torch - phone it through immediately to the ;police using 999. THAT IS A JUSTIFIABLE USE OF 999 AS YOU WILL BE REPORTING A CRIME IN PROGRESS’.
We, working with our partners - the RBWM Community Wardens - will be carrying out ‘CLEAR CAR CAMPAIGN’ sweeps through areas, which have been targeted. If they see anything left on display, which would attract an opportunist thief, they note down the car index, date, time and location and the owner of that car gets a letter from the police, informing them that this in unadvisable !!!
PLEASE DO NOT LET IT BE YOU !
NEXT: SOMETHING TO BE AWARE OF IF YOU ARE HAVING A PROPERTY RENOVATED:
The premises is a semi-detached property on the A4 Bath Road. It is in the process of being extended and renovated. Overnight, offenders have entered the property and cut away and stolen all the electrical cables. They have also cut and stolen the cabling from extension leads and some power tools. The power tools were inexpensive.
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
14/10 Wednesday 2 p.m. / 6 p.m. St. Luke’s Road. Burglary. Entry by unknown means - Bonds stolen. Ref. No: 43200325405
13/10 Tuesday 7.40 a.m. Moorbridge Road. A tin of paint poured over a car. Ref. No: 43200322110
RIVERSIDE & BELMONT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
SR.email@example.com BISHAM, COOKHAM, HURLEY, THE WALTHAMS, LITTLEWICK GREEN & KNOWL HILL:
14/10 - 15/10 Wednesday 9 p.m. / Thursday 6 a.m. Coronation Road, Littlewick Green. CAR ENTERED BY UNKNOWN MEANS - small pair of binoculars stolen from the glovebox. Ref. No: 43200325230
PINKNEYS GREEN & FURZE PLATT:
15/10 Thursday Foliejohn Way. Car broken into and medication stolen from the glove box. Ref. No: 43200325606
SR.firstname.lastname@example.org BOYN HILL, COX GREEN & WOODLANDS PARK:
12/10 - 13/10 Monday 6.30 p.m. / Tuesday 6 a.m. School, Elizabeth Hawkes Way.. Shed break - leaf blower, strimmer and hedge trimmer stolen. Ref. NO: 432003223186
13/10 Tuesday 11 a.m. / 4 p.m. Ockwells Road. Burglary. Access via smashed glass panel in rear French doors. Untidy search of the whole house - cuff links, watches and jewellery stolen. Ref. No: 43200322980
1/6 - 13/10 Altwood Close. Fence panels have been damaged multiple times. Ref. No: 43200323292
15/10 Thursday 4.30 p.m. Cumbria Close. Fence panels damaged. Ref. No: 43200325846
13/10 - 14/10 Tuesday 5 p.m. / Wednesday 7 a.m. Vicus Way. Copper cut offs stolen from a substation Ref. No: 43200325560
14/10 - 15/10 Wednesday 10 p.m. / Thursday 7.45 a.m. Bissley Drive. Car broken into overnight. Handbag and contents stolen. Ref. No: 43200324963
15/10 Thursday 3 a.m. Palmers Close. Van break. Driver’s side window smashed - loose change stolen. Ref. No: 43200325017
OLDFIELD, BRAY & HOLYPORT:
13/10 Tuesday midnight. Farm, Ascot Road, Holyport. An alarm company phoned the aggrieved after an alarm activation. The aggrieved investigated and a groundsman reported seeing a white van driving away. The rear door of a farm building forced - hedge trimmer, chainsaw and leaf blower stolen Ref. No: 43200322451
13/10 Tuesday 2 a.m. Sturt Green, Holyport. Shed break Access via rear garden and forced gates. 5 gallon drum pf petrol stolen. Ref. No: 43200322413
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NEWS UPDATE FROM NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
The Maidenhead Police Area NHW Association continues to flourish and is making great strides in reactivating and expanding Neighbourhood Watch within the town and its surrounding areas. Many new schemes have been established over the past year and, thanks to a number of new active Coordinators and despite lockdown, Neighbourhood Watch in Maidenhead has continued to be active during these past months and a number of new schemes have been started and others expanded. Areas which may not have been fully covered in the past but now are, or are much improved, include:- Calders Close, Grosvenor Drive, Ray Park Avenue, Somerford Close, Brampton Ct, In the Ray, Leighton Gardens, Camperdown, Addison Ct, Ray Mill Road East, The Pagoda, Grant Lane, Clappers Meadow, Boulters Ct, Boulters Lane, Boulters Gardens, Lower Cookham Road (A4094) (Between boulters lock and boulters carpark), Boulters Island, Horton Close, Waltham St Lawrence Parish, The Paddock, St Margaret’s Road, Lees Close, Auckland Close, Juniper Drive and others.
Residents within these 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.
If you have any questions relating to Neighbourhood Watch please contact the Maidenhead Multi-Scheme Administrator, John Diack at email@example.com.