This message is dated Monday 6th Sept3ember 2021 - Ascot

Alert message sent 06/09/2021 15:07:00

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We have this report from a vigilant member of the public:

A man knocked on the door of a house, claiming to be from ‘Helping Hands Prison Recall’.   He gave a sob story about working his way back into society and was selling cleaning products. He showed a red tag, but it was not clear, whether this was a ‘Pedlars Licence’.

Let’s go over this again.

Anyone going door to door selling anything other than books or food, needs to have a 'Pedlars Certificate'.  I have attached one to this message.  As you can see, it is a white form about 4 inches square.

These are issued by police forces across the country and can be used anywhere.  They are only issued to ‘people of good character’.  The police carry out a check in the Police National Computer database –The PNC.  If the person has any criminal convictions, they will not be issued with a ‘Pedlars Certificate’.

Anything else they show you, has simply been made up and printed out from a computer and is not a legal document.

The minute they begin the sob story – you know – they don’t have a Pedlars Certificate.  At that point – explain the NHW motto, that is used by everyone across the entire Thames Valley:

I am sorry, I do not buy goods and services at the door.  Then politely, but firmly, close and lock the door.


Their role is to locate vulnerable residents easily parted from their money.  By buying anything from them, even just to make them go away, means – YOU ARE EASILY PARTED FROM YOUR MONEY AND WILL GO ON A SUCCORS LIST, WHICH IS SOLD VIA PUBS AND PRISONS TO OTHER SCAMMERS !

Once on the list – it is very difficult to get off it !

NEXT:  I have heard back from ‘The Watch Register’ & The Art Loss Register’

Dear Jeff,

Thank you very much for getting back to me.

We proactively contact police forces anytime a theft is reported in the press, to remind them of our services and how they can register, as we did to you on 6 Aug.

We are working on a ‘data sharing agreement’ across all UK police forces which would mean that all stolen watches are reported to us on a daily basis for registration on our database; however, it may be some years before this is implemented.  As a result, we seek to establish a reliable process with each police force to maximise the number of theft reports to the ALR and therefore, the number of items that we can assist with locating, recovering and providing intelligence in relation to.

We normally suggest that, if possible, a dedicated staff member in each force collates information on stolen items, so that they can be shared with us. Watches, jewellery, artworks, antiques and collectibles can be reported.  We are happy to receive information in whatever format is easiest for your force to share.

Please note that we would also be delighted to register stolen items from previous years, that have not yet been recovered, so that we can start searching for them on the market and provide leads relating to the whereabouts of the items and their sellers. In case it is helpful.

For your information we are in partnership with SaferGems since 2018 and they share details with us of stolen watches that have been reported to them by police, so that we can locate them and assist police with the recovery.

Many thanks for your time and if you would like to discuss any of the above with me further please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Best wishes,

Katya Hills
Business Development, The Art Loss Register &
Managing Director, The Watch Register

International Art and Antique Loss Register Limited ('The Art Loss Register')
1st Floor, 63-66 Hatton Garden, London EC1N 8LE
Company registered in England and Wales, Registration Number: 02455350
Mobile: +44 (0) 7713 201 092
Office: +44 (0) 20 7841 5788
I include this email, so that you are aware that if you have the items set out in the two handouts stolen, you remind the attending officers to report them to Katya and Safer Gems.

If you have had valuable items stolen over the last few years, you could check with Katya that those items have been reported to her.

These sorts of registers, receive the auction catalogues from auctioneers across the whole of England who sell pre-owned watches / jewellery / valuable collectables.  The catalogues are entered onto a computer which searches against all stolen items registered with them.  If an item comes up with a matching serial number / description, they make contact with the auctioneers and the item is pulled until it’s provenance is established.  They have been very successful.  Thieves think that if they steal a Rolex watch in Windsor and sell it in Scotland, it will never be traced.  This system deals with that !


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 -


4/9  Saturday 2.30 p.m. / 10.30 p.m.  Supermarket Car Park, London Road.  Bike locked to railings stolen.  A red bike.  Ref. No:  43210398682




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!

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