This message is dated Friday 4th June 2021 - Ascot

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BEST MESSAGE:

NO CRIME TO REPORT IN THE LAST 72 HOURS

NO BURGLARIES

AND

NO CARS BROKEN INTO



FIRST: AN ACTION FRAUD  - A VERY STANDARD COURIER FRAUD - CASE IN WRAYSBURY:

The elderly aggrieved received a phone call, from someone purporting to be a police officer – DC Roberts – from Hammersmith Police Station.

He said they had someone in custody who had been fraudulently accessing her bank account.  He said a large amount of cash had been withdrawn.  To protect her account from any further withdrawals.  He also told her there was suspicious activity at her bank and they suspected someone there, was passing counterfeited notes and she could help the find out who it was.  She was to go to her bank immediately and withdraw any savings she had in cash.  When she got home, he would phone her back and she would have to read the serial numbers from the notes to him over the phone.  He would then be able to tell if the notes were genuine or fake

The aggrieved immediately hired a taxi, which cost a lot of money, to take her to the bank and withdrew her savings.

When she got home, she picked up the phone and found it was still connected to DC Roberts and she read out the serial numbers.  DC Roberts confirmed the notes were fake.  He would send a courier to collect them.  To prove this was genuine, he gave her a reference number to quote to the courier.

Five minutes later, a scruffy white man arrived in an anorak – quoted the reference number and collected the envelope of cash

Later her sister came to visit, it all came out and the police were called.

WE HAVE BEEN PLAGUED WITH THESE COURIER FRAUD CASES OVER THE LAST 5 YEARS.  FORTUNATELY THEY CAN EASILY BE IDENTIFIED AS THE SCAMMERS – THIS FRAUD HAS BEEN FRANCHISED ALL OVER THE UK – ALL USE THE SAME SCRIPT.  IT MAY BE A MAN OR WOMAN DI POLICE OFFICER – BUT IT IS ALMOST ALWAYS ‘FROM HAMMERSMITH POLICE STATION’.

We have clearly not got this message circulated widely enough, to protect those people who are elderly and possibly vulnerable.  In this case Trading standards feel this victim is extremely vulnerable and provided her with and set up a call blocker phone, so that it should not happen again.

If you are a member of a day / lunch club at a day centre or a carers group, please spread this message as far and wide as you can.  If you have friends and relatives across the UK – let them know as well.  At the first mention of a DI (Detective Inspector) from Hammersmith Police station / someone in custody for using their card / fake notes – STOP – PAUSE – BREATHE – THINK – PUT THE PHONE DOWN !

NEXT:  I have received an update on the function of the RBWM Community Wardens, Andy Aldridge, the RBWM Community Safety Manager.

The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead’s team of Community Wardens are changing their focus, so they can be more effective, responding to those issues that most blight residents and communities.

This change, which comes into force today – 1st June.  It follows a redesign of the service, giving the team greater scope to concentrate on preventing anti-social behaviour and crime, monitor enforcement, support community initiatives, and foster meaningful relationships with residents.

They will continue to patrol weekdays from 8am and 9pm, so will still be on hand during the evenings, to provide reassurance in parks and open spaces to disrupt potential anti-social behaviour. They will also be available weekends for special or critical events.

“Redefining their role means they’ll be able to concentrate more on the priority areas, of the greatest concern to residents.”

The borough’s Community Wardens are equipped with body worn video, radios, mobiles, and basic first aid pouches

Their varied role includes:
  • Making welfare checks if social services is unable to do so
  • Delivering medication and food to vulnerable and elderly residents
  • Reacting to residents’ concerns of youth gatherings and associated anti-social behaviour
  • Addressing non-compliance of Public Spaces Protection Orders
  • Promoting advice at community events on personal and community safety, including scams and cyber-crime
  • Supporting the work of the Community Safety Partnership around violent crime, and tackling youth violence including knife crime
  • Positive engagement with rough sleepers, and managing behaviours such as aggressive begging and obstructing highways
The Community Wardens are CSAS (Community Safety Accreditation Scheme) trained as part of their authority. This means, when exercising enforcement, they have powers to make it an offence if persons withhold names and addresses when asked.

To contact the Borough’s Community Wardens either telephone (01628) 685636 or email wardens@rbwm.gov.uk

Regards

Andy

Andy Aldridge
Community Safety Manager
Neighbourhood Services
Place Directorate
Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead
Town Hall, St Ives Road, Maidenhead SL6 1RF

Email: andy.aldridge@rbwm.gov.uk
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NEXT:  The question of bonfires has been raised.  This is the official guidance from RBWM Wayne Eveleigh – The Senior RBWM Community Warden:

Hi Jeff,

Bonfires are not illegal, anyone is able to have one within reason.

As long as the materials being burnt are dry (not sending plumes of smoke) and are not treated, which would produce acrid smoke. House hold waste is not permitted to be burned.

Bonfires are a legitimate way of disposing of garden waste. However, each case would need to be assessed, on an individual basis.

Each case is assessed for; frequency, intensity, location and the impact it would have on ‘the normal reasonable person’. This means that someone’s ill health, or medical conditions, would not be a contributing factor.

If a neighbour only burns a bonfire once, or maybe twice a week for a couple of hours, I think we would be hard pushed to prove that it’s a nuisance in law:

“a matter which is an unreasonable and substantial interference, on the use and enjoyment of a person's property.” 

The advice, is for anyone adversely affected, to contact the Local Authority where our Environmental Protection department will investigate the matter.

More information and an online report it form is here:

https://www.rbwm.gov.uk/home/environment-and-waste/environmental-health/report-problem-smoke

Many thanks

Kind regards

Wayne Eveleigh

Senior Community Warden
Communities, Enforcement and Partnership Service
The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead,
Town Hall St Ives Road, MAIDENHEAD, SL6 1RF


CRIME:

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

ASCOT:
ascotgeographical@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
SR.windsor&maidenhead@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
SUNNINGDALE:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.

SUNNINGHILL:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.


We have received this report of suspicious activity – it is brilliant and exactly what we need.  Our thanks to the resident that phoned it through !!!

At 9:33pm a grey older model E-Class Mercedes pulled into the long laybye opposite Queenswick. Two men, can be seen on CCTV getting out of the car and walking back to a parked red Ford estate Ford, walking around it and looking inside, with a torch. One man was white, bigger in build - possibly 5ft 11in or taller, wearing a white crew-neck t-shirt, and dark shorts, with a lighter stripe down the side, wearing trainers and holding a pair of gloves. He appeared to have dark short hair, with slightly receding hair at the temples. The other man was white, slightly shorter- possibly 5ft 6in or taller, much thinner and wearing a tracksuit. Because of the night vision on the cameras, it is difficult to say what colour the tracksuit was. He was wearing Nike trainers and dark gloves.
Both men were wearing face masks, covering the lower portion of their faces the entire time. They can be seen walking further up the laybye, in the direction of some other cars, parked opposite the old Little Chef building, but this is out of sight of our Camera.
At 9:37 p.m., the two men walked back towards their car and this time crossed the road towards our driveway. The smaller of the two men pulled up his hood as they approached the wooden pedestrian access gate that leads to the rear of the property. The men were checking windows and doors and the man wearing white, can be seen going to the end of the garden - I assume, to see if there is a shed further down.
The men came back through to the front of the property and back to the pavement, but then seemed to change their minds and headed back towards the front door.
The man in white, covers his face with his hand and can be seen looking at the front door, but did not touch anything. The second man was attempting to hide behind the corner of the garage from our camera.
The two men then step over our box hedging into the flower bed and can been seen looking through a large front window and shining a torch inside. The males then walk away, jogging slightly and headed back to their car.  They had obviously been disturbed and heard the Security Team from the Main Estate at Tittenhurst Park, head over to investigate. The men pulled out of the laybye at speed at 9:43pm.

This is how it happens – our opportunist offenders are drawn to the area because cars are frequently left unlocked and there are easy pickings inside – if only a few pounds in loose change in the centre console.  Whilst there ………. They will take advantage of any opportunity – which would include a burglary.  These residents were not fortunately, the victim of a crime and without the video footage – would have been none the wiser.  Do not be a crime attractor and check your footage regularly

PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR COMMUNITY, BUT LOCKING YOUR CAR – LEAVING NOTHING ON DISPLAY, LIKE GOLF CLUBS– HAVE GOOD EXTERIOR SECURITY LIGHTS AND IF POSSIBLE A BURGLAR ALARM.
VIDEO DOORBELLS, ARE A REALLY GOOD ALTERNATIVE, PERHAPS FRONT AND BACK - AS THEY CAN SEND AN ALARM MESSAGE AND VIDEO FOOTAGE IN REAL TIME – DAY OR NIGHT - TO YOU MOBILE PHONE, IF THEIR SENSOR BEAM IS BROKEN.  THEY CONTAIN A MICROPHONE AND SPEAKER, SO THAT YOU CAN TELL THEM – ‘TO GET OFF YOUR PROPERTY’ AND ‘FOOTAGE IS BEING FORWARDED TO THE POLICE IMMEDIATELY’.

ASCOT & SOUTH ASCOT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.

NORTH ASCOT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.


MEMBERS’ COMMENTS:


FIRST:  FROM SALVATORE - THE OLD BANK SCAMS:

Hi Jeff,


I hope you are keeping well.

Just a quick email, to say that bank scam messages are being sent out on a regular basis.

This one came as a Text, supposedly from the Halifax, stating that someone had tried to access my account from another device.  If this was not me – of course it wasn’t – click on the Link !

As I don’t bank with Halifax, I haven’t clicked on the Link.

I urge anyone who receives these kind of SMS messages, to block and delete them immediately.

I believe the banks also have a link to send them to, so that they can get them totally blocked

Salvatore

Many thanks Salvatore.  If in doubt – find an independent phone number for your bank and ring them.  Never click on the link or use a phone number from within the text.

STOP – PAUSE – BREATHE – THINK – DELETE IT

NEXT:  A REALLY STRANGE ONE FROM JOHN:

Hi Jeff,


I have just received this email and assume it is some sort of scam.

It is marked ‘Official’ in red and simply addressed ‘Sir’, not to me personally - though it does have my correct email address – which has my name in it !

It is from a Sgt Mark Hutcheon who works for Scottish Police.  It refers to a telephone conversation we are supposed to have had, re revocation (spelt incorrectly) of my firearms licences.  He will send officers to deal with the disposal of my weapons !!!  Please email back, if I have any concerns !!!

I have no weapons, nor certificates.  I have not telephoned, nor received a telephone call, from anyone in Scotland since my niece last Christmas.

I am not aware that I have a 'file' with the police in Scotland (nor anywhere else.

I have no intention of replying to this email. I was just going to bin it but, given the content, but thought you might like to see it.

I suppose it is just possible that it has been sent to me in error - perhaps Sgt Hutcheon (if he exists) has misspelt the email address. I do get emails for others with the same name very occasionally.

Apologies if I am wasting your time.

Kind regards,

John

Many thanks John – Never a waste of my time.  If it is a scam – as opposed to a mistake – the scammers will not have sent a single email.  They will have a list of hundreds of emails and sent it out by the thousand.  It is odd enough and not the usual sort of scam, that someone may well just press reply.  Best to circulate a warning, particularly if it is not one we have seen before.

NEXT: ANOTHER DELIVERY SCAM FROM RUEBEN

Hi Jeff,

I also had the email supposedly from the post office, saying that Hermes had tried to deliver a parcel and would I send money - for the re delivery.  As I was waiting for a parcel, I thought about it, but then checked.  The company I was purchasing from, said ‘free delivery’, so I just deleted the request.  The call was in the time frame of my expected delivery, but my parcel came and there was no money to pay, so I was happy I did the right thing.

Reuben

Thanks Reuben – always advisable to check.  Every time I circulate a warning, it lets people know how common these scams are and how easy it would be, to get caught.

That is where the STOP – PAUSE – BREATHE – THINK, comes in !

NEXT: POSSIBLY SOME BAD NEWS !

Hi Jeff


I think I've just fallen for a scam !

I was expecting a parcel to be delivered and hadn't been told who the carrier would be.

I then received a message from DHL, saying I could track my parcel.  I clicked on to the link, but didn't get very far.

I now understand that it is possible that something could have been put into my computer to harvest information.

How can I tell if this is the case and can my computer be "cleaned"?

Regards
Ann

Hi Ann – if you are concerned, the first thing to do is go in and change all your passwords !  That should stop anyone being able to get back into your accounts.  Not good news, but it must be done.


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.

https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/

follow us on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/TVPWindsorandMaidenhead

Eyes, ears.....and Brain

Jeff
Jeffrey.pick@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk


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 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 contact@windsorascotnhwa.org.uk

 
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Jeffrey Pick (Police, Community Engagement & Resilience Officer, Windsor & Maidenhead LPA)

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