This message is dated Friday 29th October 2021 - Windsor
Alert message sent 29/10/2021 17:25:00
Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police
We hope you have a crime free Halloween. If you see groups forming and anti-Social Behaviour brewing – please phone it through on the 101 number. We have extra patrols on over the weekend and it would help us to direct those resources to best advantage. We will just direct them to patrol and circulate areas where we have traditionally have issues. If anything starts to develop in your area, let us know and we will re-direct them.
FIRST: Can I thank the Wraysbury WI for their wonderful reception for the Crime Reduction Roadshow last Tuesday evening. I talked about the Winter Burglary campaign as the clocks go back this weekend. The need to make your house look occupied, if you are out and it is dark – that means lights on timers, a talk radio station left on and Fake TVs. We then covered current scams & frauds. Next was Jane – who describes herself as a Courier Fraud Survivor. She was a victim back in June and though in her head, she felt and knew it was a scam, they kept her panicking on her land line and mobile continually harassing her, threatening that she was guilty of money laundering and had to help them uncover fraud in her bank and building society. She has not got over it yet and questions herself every day, thinking about what she should have said and done to end it. She is not helped by people around her continually pointing out how stupid she had been and why didn’t she do this, or that ! Next was RBWM Community Warden Rob Noble who outlined the work of Community Wardens and how they benefit the community. We ended up with their local Neighbourhood PCSO – Les Bradfield – whose ‘majority birthday’, was the day before. They presented him with the most beautiful chocolate cake. You can see the pictures, on our Facebook page:
Our next Roadshow is in Eton on the 3rd November 7 p.m.– 9 p.m.– details to follow and then in the Hanover Way Community Centre in Dedworth on Friday 26th November – again 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. – both with the same lineup
NEXT: RE BUSINESSES AND RANSOMWARE
I HAD A RESPONSE FROM AN EXPERT VOLUNTEER GURU, WHO DELIVERS ADVICE ABOUT ONLINE BUSINESS SECURITY:
This week we start a series of tutorials to help small businesses (and individuals) stay safe on line without the expense of bringing in an IT specialist.
These are written by Jeff Maynard a police volunteer and Fraud and Cyber Crime Prevention Specialist with Thames Valley, Surrey and Sussex police forces.
Deploy a robust backup regime
All your data is fragile (hard disk crash, user error, software glitch all can lose valuable information); but a serious new threat is ransomware which entails a rogue program encrypting all of your files followed by a demand for a ransom to be paid for the decryption key (we will deal with preventing the intrusion in the first place in a later tutorial). As well as potentially costing money, a ransomware attack can be very disruptive to you or your business. We do not recommend paying any ransom demand for two reasons: it encourages the bad guys to target others and there is no guarantee that payment will result in receipt of the decryption key.
If you are unfortunate enough to be hit by a ransomware attack you can follow three simple steps to recover:
Remove the offending malware (the method varies according to which malware is in your system so you will need to search for the relevant process)
Delete all of the encrypted files
Recover everything from your backup
An effective backup ticks all these boxes: runs automatically, keeps multiple versions, is stored off-site – realistically, you can only achieve these objectives, by subscribing to an on-line backup service (there are plenty available and all will do the job – just search and pick the one that best suits your needs and budget). Note that synchronisation services including Box, DropBox, OneDrive, iCloud etc do NOT provide a backup solution; this is because the keep only the latest copy of any files so that the encrypted version is synched…
NEXT Tutorial, next week !
Many thanks Jeff – this will be really helpful
NEXT: ANOTHER SEXTORTION CASE !:
A man in his 20s was approached by what appeared to be a very attractive woman on a dating site. After several sessions where they chatted – she sent him an intimate video of herself and asked him to respond – which he did.
As soon as he had done so, he received a message – ‘I am a man, make a deal or just ruin your life and career’ ! He demanded £1,200 or he would post the video to everyone in his personal address book. He sent stills from the video, to convince the victim, he was serious. When he refused to pay, he reduced the demand to £650 !
ONCE AGAIN – NEVER SAY, DO, WRITE, VIDEO, PHOTOGRAPH ANYTHING ONLINE THAT YOU WOULD NOT BE HAPPY FOR YOUR FAMILY, RELATIVES, FRIENDS, NEIGHBOURS, WORK COLLEAGUES – AND BOSS OR ANYONE IN YOUR PERSONAL ADDRESS BOOK – TO SEE OR HEAR.
DON’T LET IT BE YOU !!!
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 - www.crimestoppers-uk.org
28/10 Thursday 9.25 p.m. Peascod Street. Initially the Fire brigade were called to what was thought to be a fire, but it turned out to be a possible attempted burglary, with the deployment of ‘Smoke Cloak’. This is a brilliant tool and was deployed in the domestic burglary in Wraysbury, earlier this week, by the security monitoring company. Smoke cloak, once deployed, instantly fills the premises entirely, with a thick cloud of dense smoke, so it is impossible to see anything, or even find your way out. It also includes a very fine spray of a UV fluid, which gets everywhere and is virtually impossible to remove from hair and clothing, as it gets into the folds, creases and crevices – particularly trainers. No entry gained and nothing stolen. Ref. No: 43210487350
25/10 – 27/10 Monday 8 p.m. / Wednesday 4.30 p.m. St. Marks Road. The owner found their car in the morning with its doors open. Items stolen. Ref. No: 43210485359
CLEWER EAST & PARK:
28/10 Thursday 1.15 p.m. Osborne Court, Osborne Road. Cables to security lights cut. Ref. No: 432104486653
email@example.com DATCHET, HORTON & WRAYSBURY:
27/10 Wednesday 3.45 p.m. Farm, SouthLea Road, Datchet. Park warden reporting 3 – 4 people on the farm believed to be Hare coursing. Ref, No: 432104852231
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
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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NEWS UPDATE FROM NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be delighted to assist.