This message is dated Friday 17th September 2021 - Ascot

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The aggrieved is mentally fine, however is vulnerable due to age, poor eye sight etc. in hindsight, he admits he should have stuck to his initial thoughts to refuse the work.
A man cold called at the door, trying his luck and managed to obtain £50 from the aggrieved for possible clearing work carried out on his porch and gutter.

The aggrieved says the man was a bit pushy and initially accepted £20, but added a bit of pressure, for aggrieved to pay fee of £50.  The aggrieved says that the man was not aggressive, but more a bit pressuring.

The aggrieved was given strong advice about not buying at the door again.

The attending officer thought this was an opportunist rogue trader. The house looks like an older person’s house as there is a visible key safe box on wall !

We generally recommend that all key safes be places in a discrete location, to prevent houses being targeted in this way.


I have spoken to several victims of ‘keyless car thefts’.  They were unaware of the issue of leaving their fobs beside their front doors and the need to protect them.  We need to spread this message further.  Please tell anyone you know who owns a new Land / Range Rover / Jaguar / other valuable performance car, about fob copying or signal relaying.

Send them the link to the Which YouTube Clip !

These cars are not being stolen by opportunist thieves, though they may act as spotters and collectors, for organised crime groups.  These cars are selected, targeted and stolen to order.  The spotters will go around looking for particular makes, models and colours.  They supply lists to organised crime, who will then sell and organise the theft of the cars to order.

It has to be well organised in advance, as all these cars have GPS tracker systems installed - rather than the older style wired trackers, installed and hidden in the engines, during manufacture.  It is virtually impossible to ‘de-activate’ the GPS software, without causing other software issues.

Organised crime, has found a solution to this problem.  Drive the car into a location, where the GPS signal is blocked.  This could be a large artic lorry parked up nearby, a metal container on a nearby industrial estate, or a warehouse type building, adapted with anti-signal penetrating lining.

We can track these cars until they simply disappear, using the manufacturers GPS and ANPR.  What the car manufacturers can do, is to provide the owners with a map, detailing the route taken by the car, minute by minute, to the exact spot, where the car apparently disappeared / GPS disabled.  If you do have your car stolen, make immediate contact with the supplier and ask for this printout.  It will help us enormously.

In the meantime – if you have one of these targeted cars – please take extra precautions to keep the fob secure and I would suggest – in your fridge.  I used to suggest in your Microwave, which contains a brilliant Faraday Cage, to prevent microwaves escaping – but – someone forgot they were there and heated their dinner – blowing up the microwave, their dinner – and the keys !!!

I have received this from Steve:

Hi Jeff

Firstly congratulations on the excellent service you provide in keeping us all abreast of the latest crime information and your tips to help us from becoming victims.

It's very distressing to hear of the continuing theft of high end vehicles fitted with keyless locking systems.

I also have the same system fitted to my car, but it is not in the "most desirable" category and so far, I have been lucky.

However in my experience even using a recommended Faraday cage holder for my keys the car can still unlock when the keys are in close proximity to the car...i.e. I'm not sure they are 100% reliable.

As a precaution, I always use a good old fashioned Krook Lock. Appreciate they are not impregnable, but they do add a further layer of security and would help delay any would be thief from stealing my pride and joy.

They are inexpensive, easy to use and provide a very visible deterrent.

Best wishes

Thanks Steve.  Good advice.  We may be going back to those days of the large yellow deterrents very visible in cars.

NEXT:  We have been contacted by Lauren Farrington from The Art Loss Register’, the company which records valuable items and tracks them, if stolen.

Hi Jeff,

I hope this email finds you well.

I am writing to let you know we have identified a clock being sold in a UK auction, taking place on 22 September, which is a possible match, to one reported stolen by Thames Valley Police, back in 1991.

This is an old theft.  The item was stolen on 12 November 1991 Crime Ref. FG/36866/91.

I appreciate you may have limited records from this time, but are you able to tell us if this item was ever recovered ?

Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes,

Unfortunately our records do not go back that far and we have changed our recording software several times since then – but it does show the Art Loss register does work !!!

Did anyone have a valuable clock stolen in 1991 – with that Crime reference number ?  If we cannot track from our records – someone out there may have the records to identify it !!


The successful local Charity and Fund-Raising club, Windsor Lions, are still hoping to attract a few more teams to their Annual Swimathon at Windsor Leisure Centre on Sunday 10th October to really make the event go with a splash !
Speaking about the event, which sees its 24th anniversary next month, organiser Mike Sells says ‘we are really pleased with the responses we have had from local groups, schools and clubs as the entries now number 35 teams, but we still have room for a few more – and it is literally a case of the more the merrier – the more teams we have in the event, the more money they can all raise for their own causes.’
Windsor Lions are particularly pleased to see the Swimathon back on this year as the event had to be cancelled last year – along with most of their other fund-raising efforts – due to Covid 19.  The Swimathon, which allows teams to raise money for their own or their favourite good cause and to keep every penny they raise, follows swiftly on the back Lions other big fund raiser, the Cross-Country Horse Ride in Windsor Great Park which took place last weekend.
For more information on the Swimathon, including details of how to enter, please go to


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!
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