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Crime Update Friday 17th February 2017 - Windsor

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This message is dated Friday 17th February 2017 for Windsor.
We had a visit today from Mrs. Chalmers, who used to be our CRO - Crime Reduction Officer.  She is now TVP’s CPDA – Crime Prevention Design Advisor.  All the planning permissions for the whole of Berkshire, go across her desk.  She has to look at them from a Crime Prevention perspective and make recommendations.  That is door and window security, car parks, out buildings, internal security - rather than just building something cheaply, or to look pretty.  She is currently looking at the plans for the new development at Wexham Park Hospital.  In this way we hope to ‘Design out Crime’ and the potential for crime in the future, to make buildings / car parks less vulnerable to crime.
Her top tip of the week ?  All glass, in windows on the ground floor of any property – that is in doors, door frames, windows and patios – should be laminate glass.  This applies to both standard glass windows and doors, as well as UVPC.
So – if you are considering installing UVPC – particularly patio doors – if the company has not offered this option, ask why.  It may be slightly more expensive, but you have seen the number of houses I report, broken into via rear patio doors, where the glass has simply been smashed to gain entry.  Patio doors are generally made of toughened glass, which is the same as car windscreens and we all know how a piece of grit, can flick up from the road and shatter them.  Patio doors are the same and from the thief’s perspective, the windows shatter silently.  With laminate patio doors, the exterior pane of glass has a sheet of plastic film sealed between two panes of glass, with the internal pane, being toughened glass.  You will have seen the effect in smashed shop windows, those radiating lines out from the centre of impact and the window bent in, but the glass still in place.  Shop windows are of course made with much thicker glass, but the same principle applies to house windows, they can smash the glass, but not the plastic film.  That means: 
A simple solution – whenever a window on the ground floor (or on the first floor, if it is accessible from a porch, flat roof, garage or extension roof) gets broken, or you are replacing windows with double glazing, think about your security as well as heat efficiency !!!
Thank you Mrs. Chalmers !
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15/2  Wednesday 9 p.m.  Common Lane Eton.  Spur Road, by the golf club shed destroyed by fire – Berks Fire & Rescue believed it to be arson.
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Trish Canziani, the Senior RBWM Community Warden, who manages Windsor, has just been to see me.  As a result of complaints from members of the public, they are carrying out a ‘Dog Fouling’ awareness raising event, today, between 1 – 2 p.m. at the Clewer Memorial Park.  That is the Rec on the Dedworth Road, with the Boat play area.  There is evidence that dog owners, are allowing their dogs to enter the restricted fenced off play area, where the children play on the equipment.  Dogs are not permitted within the fenced off area, for obvious reasons.  The Community Wardens will be on hand, to offer advice to dog owners in the area and remind them, that if their dogs foul on the Rec and it is not immediately cleaned up, they are liable to a fine of £52 !
15/2 – 16/2  Wednesday 6 p.m. / Thursday 6.30 a.m.  Burnham CloseVAN ENTERED BY UNKNOWN MEANS and tools stolen.
15/2 – 16/2  Wednesday 5.30 p.m. / Thursday 6.40 a.m.  Manor RoadVAN ENTERED BY UNKNOWN MEANS and tools stolen.
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15/2 – 16/2  Wednesday 11 p.m. / Thursday 7 a.m.  Welley Road, Horton.  Car rear windscreen smashed and drill stolen.
14/2 – 15/2  Tuesday 7.30 p.m. / Wednesday 9.30 p.m.  Pub / restaurant, Crimp Hill.  Car rear driver’s side window smashed -  A VALUABLE TOM FORD HANDBAG left in the car stolen.
Microsoft / Windows / BT SCAM:
We have been deluged with these calls this week, some people getting 2 or 3 in a day.
This came in from Ken:
Another BT call roughly 2pm. just hung up
Hi Jeff,
Hi have had nightmare day, several calls from BT calling to let me know that as I pay my bills on time, I'm entitled to 35% discount.
I put the phone down, but received another 4 calls !
I told them in no uncertain terms, to stop calling.  Then, the next couple of calls, were asking me to check my internet line, in the end I just left them hanging on the line with the radio blaring and they hung up.
This didn’t stop them though, I still received further calls, but left them to ring.
Hi Jeff 
Windsows / BT SCAM
I had the usual call the other day and decided to turn the tables, so to speak.
Before the guy had time to get into his spiel, I said "can I ask you a question" ?  He seemed taken aback, but then said O.K. - I said " Are you proud of trying to cheat people out of their money" ?  To which he replied "No sir", in a rather shamefaced manner, then hung up !
Hi Jeff
I get regular messages to say that my computer is under threat, has been hacked and if do not take action, it will be shut down.
Occasionally, the only way I can get rid of the message, is to shut down and reboot.  A quick look at the security screen of my McAfee security, tells me that there is no infection and that all systems are green and fine.
This is very reassuring. This costs me about £1 per day. I know you can get free security, but you only get, what you pay for.
Thanks Duncan
Morning Jeff,
In almost all your reports on criminality in the area, there are countless numbers of cycles which are stolen. In a recent report you mentioned the shed alarm from Amazon, but they also do a cycle alarm for under £6.00 - delivered - which is a motion sensor and which would surely cut down on this "industry".
Hope this may be of some interest.
Kind regards,
Many thanks Michael, anything which helps.
If you do have your bike stolen, please remember we have at any one time hundreds of bikes in our rear yard, which are found, recovered, unreported and unclaimed.  Please phone the PEC and ask to speak to the Windsor property officer to make an appointment to come in and see if your bike is here.
Every couple of months, because they take up so much space in the rear yard, we send them off to auction !
Just one point……..When I report a bike stolen, as you see, I always include a description.  I do this, not so that you can keep an eye out for them, but just to subtly let you know, how little owners know about their bikes.  Usually they know the main colour, sometimes the make, but not always, less often the model and almost never the frame number.  So when we enter the crime in the police computer, it includes the description you see – which is sometimes…blue mountain bike.
Every time we recover a bike, we check the police computers for a matching description.  As we have the bike, we put in the main and any subsidiary colour, style, make, model and frame number, hoping some of the categories will match a report we have.  They almost never do.  Just keep an eye on how many times I say – ‘with the frame number’ !
If you have a bike, can you prop it up against a wall please and take picture of it with your mobile phone ?  Can take a close up picture of the make and model ?  AND…just tip the bike over a little and take a picture of the frame number which is underneath between the pedals ????????????????  Please.
Eyes, ears.....and Brain
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Jeffrey Pick (Police, NHW & Community Msg Co-ordinator, Windsor & Maidenhead LPA)

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