This message is dated Friday 27th August 2021 - Ascot

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"SAVE THIS DATE - 8th SEPTEMBER" - "Not to be missed - 

Community Engagement Event - Wednesday 8th September - 7-9pm at the Community Room, Ascot Library

TVP and Windsor & Ascot NHW Association, working with our partners and volunteers, have organised an evening for residents to learn about the work that our partners and volunteers do in the community. 

First of its kind since Covid restrictions have been lifted, the evening promises an agenda that will be of huge interest to residents. You will hear from :

Thames Valley Police - Jeff Pick - Welcome and information on Home Security Surveys, Crime Prevention and an update on Community SpeedWatch
RBWM Trading Standards - Trading Standards Officer Honor Ryan will speak on trading scams and what to look out for, she will also demonstrate the TrueCall telephone call blocker
RBWM Community Wardens - Warden Peter Murkin will elaborate on their role in keeping our communities safe and our towns and villages a pleasant place to live in by exercising the powers they have such as PSPOs (Public Space Protection Orders).
Ascot NAG (Neighbourhood Action Group) - Cllr David Hilton will touch on the group's focus and role in the local community
Resident Mrs Jane Levers on her personal experience with a courier fraud
W&A NHW Association volunteer IT guru on Video doorbells and Internet Security.  For frequently asked Questions go to:
NHW – Valerie Pike – Why join or set up a NHW Scheme - Close and Thankyou

There will be lots of information available and time will be allocated to ask questions so do not miss this opportunity to learn how you can help keep yourself and your property safe and help your vulnerable neighbours do the same.

Valerie Pike – Chair of the Windsor & Ascot NHW Association

NEXT: A black Range Rover – was stolen - obviously to order in Windsor.  It is a keyless fob entry.  The owner still has both keys, but they must have been left near enough to the outside, for the signal to be copied. 

The gadget costs many thousands of pounds and is used in organised crime.

Can I ask everyone who has keyless entry fob, to check how far the signal from the fob travels, enabling the car to be opened ?  Some manufacturers have reduced the distance.  It will take two people – one to stand at a distance with the fob and the other, to try and open a car door.  Get the person with the fob, to walk closer and closer, until you find the exact distance range where the car will open.  That is how far the signal travels and can be copied.  That is the distance, the fob must be kept inside, from anyone outside, who has a signal copier.

More simple, is to make sure the fobs are always kept, when in the house in a ‘Faraday’ cage.  A metal box made specifically for the purpose.  These are easily available and are made to protect contactless credit cards.  They are very inexpensive.  Remove the plastic sleeves from inside and always, keep your fobs inside when not in use.  If you don’t have one of those, keep them in a fridge !  Biscuit tins do not work !

I used to say you could also keep them in a microwave – as that is a Faraday cage - to contain and prevent the microwaves from escaping – until someone forgot they were in there and cooked their dinner !  The keys exploded inside and the microwave, was destroyed !!!!  The advice was changed !

If you have a high value performance car – Range Rovers are always a target – the key fobs must be protected at all times.

Which have produced this advice video which you need to watch:


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.

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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Hi, I am Valerie Pike, Chair of Windsor & Ascot NHW Association. The Association was formed in September 2019 and our objective was simply to help residents. In setting up the Association, we asked
How can each of us
·       help to make our community safer?
·       improve its spirit and neighbourliness?
·       help the Police to reduce local crime?
·       make our own home security better?
Starting up a Neighbourhood Watch scheme in your street is easy, and it’s free. Police statistics show that a Neighbourhood Watch scheme significantly reduces the probability of your house being burgled.
Neighbourhood Watch is about neighbourliness and making our communities and homes safer. It’s about being friendly and caring, and watching out for the elderly and vulnerable too.
Members of Neighbourhood Watch are assisted in a number of ways, including  having  free  home  security  surveys  conducted  by  a  local PCSO, to identify any areas in which security can be improved, and to advise  on  optimum  ways  to  safeguard  against  crime  and  improve personal and household security
But most of all Neighbourhood Watch is about helping the Police to keep us safe. They need the support of people who care. If that’s you - join us now!
Please contact us on and we will be delighted to assist.

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

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