This message is dated Wednesday 20th October 2021 - Ascot

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Please be on your guard, we have seen a sudden spike in ‘Dippers’ – pickpockets – active in both town centres.  Please make sure your purses / wallets and mobile phones are well protected.    This means handbags on long straps, worn diagonally across the body.  No open type beach bags, which someone can easily reached into from behind containing your valuables.  More importantly – be aware of who is around you – particularly in crowded places.  One person bumps into you causing a distraction, another pinches the item and passes it to a third person who disappears into the crowd.  PLEASE ALSO REMEMBER – THE LIMIT ON CONTACTLESS DEBIT CARDS – HAS NOW BEEN INCREASED TO £100 !!!


I have attached some posters and fliers you may find useful.

With regard to Bonfires, I have received this really good advice from Dawn:

Hello Jeff,

I read the useful information regularly.

Regarding bonfire advice, I wonder if you could pass on to the residents that bonfire piles should be checked to make sure that a hedgehog has not used it as a shelter. Thanks very much

NEXT:  ANOTHER KEYLESS RANGE ROVER STOLEN THIS MORNING.  The GPS tracked it though to Staines and on further before disappearing.  This is part of a series and RBWM is being targeted – so – if you have a high performance keyless entry car – particularly dark coloured Land Rovers, you must take extra precautions at this time.

Keyless fobs – MUST BE KEPT IN A FARADAY CAGE TIN CONTAINER AT ALL TIMES – UNLESS YOU ARE DRIVING.  If you don’t have one – keep them in a fridge !  The Faraday Cage devices come in two forms – a soft pouch and a small metal container made for contactless debit cards.  Simply remove the debit card sleeves and keep the key inside.

The thieves use a ‘Relay Device’, which boosts the signal from inside the house if the fob is unprotected, to the car.  The car believes the fob is inside, lights up and can be started and driven away.  The whole process takes seconds.

We can track cars using ANPR – Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras, strategically placed around the Borough.  The thieves know this, so come with a set of fake plates, which they ‘Blu Tac’ / ‘Quick tac’ over the original plates, covering them to block ANPR.

PLEASE PASS THIS ON to all Land / Range Rover owners you know !


Hi Jeff,

Can you promote our new film please.  There are many groups for women in RBWM, but few ways of men to get together and share experiences.  This is a brilliant social experience for all men over 50 who live in RBWM

Paul Samuels

Men’s Matters is a social group for older men and was formally established in 2017 and operates in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead. 

Isolation: the emerging crisis for older men

The UK population is ageing at a significant rate. The number of people aged 65 and over will increase by more than 40% within 20 years.

This has led to an emerging crisis for older men, of isolation and loneliness. Society will need to adapt to meet the unique needs of older men. That is what Men’s Matters is trying to do in the Royal Borough.

What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life?

The longest study on happiness conducted by The Harvard Study of Adult Development found that people who are more socially connected to family, to friends, and to community, are happier, physically healthier and live longer. And the experience of loneliness turns out to be toxic.

Gentle Chair Exercise for the Older Man

In the aging population, exercise has been shown to prevent disease, lower the risk of falls, improve mental health and well-being, strengthen social ties and improve cognitive function…...and are also great FUN!!

Join us in your own home via Zoom from 11am to 12 noon every Thursday from 28th October to 16th December 2021.

Led by Ally, a professional and supportive WEA tutor, the course is provided free.

Please contact Paul at if you would like to join us

To watch a Mensmatters – Longer Living better 8 minute film, follow this link:


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 -

20/10  Wednesday 2.45 a.m.  Whitmore Lane.  Black Range Rover index KP ** VTE stolen from outside a house.  Ref. No:  43210472892

19 10  Tuesday 3.15 p.m.  Francis Chichester Close.  The owner found two markings in the dust on their bonnet.  . One was an empty square and the other was a house with a cross in it.  They wanted to know if these symbols were significant.  Ref. No:  43210472030  Travellers used to use chalk markings on properties, but we have not seen them for many years.  I have checked these two symbols, against lists we have and they do not match any that we have seen before.  Has anyone else seen anything like this on their property / car ???




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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