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Crime Update Monday 27th February 2017 - Maidenhead

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This message is dated Monday 27th February 2017 for Maidenhead.
I mentioned to everyone last week that we had a Distraction Burglary in Nursery Way, Wraysbury.
I have had this in from Honor Ryan who works in Trading Standards:
Hi Jeff
I just read your latest alert.  This is the exact same MO of an incident that recently happened to a 90 year old lady that I visited yesterday, on the ‘Suckers List’.  She lives in Hurley, so they are really covering a lot of ground.
Quite rightly, she was reluctant to talk to me when I said I was from the Council, so we spoke through the door at first, then I posted my ID through for her to check.
Thanks Honor – everyone needs to be on their guard !  I have mentioned the ‘Suckers List’ before.  This is a list of nearly 300 names, of vulnerable residents, who have been successfully scammed in the past.  We have obtained this from scammers.  These lists, are sold in prisons and pubs, to other scammers.  You must not get on one of these lists, as they are sold on and on.  Once on a list, you get the calls from tree people, tarmaccers, roofers all sorts of scammers.  The most common way people get on these lists is by buying something from a Nottingham Knocker – the young lads going door to door selling household products.  Remember out NHW Motto
There was a case over the weekend in Windsor, where as part of a Neighbour Dispute, one neighbour saw another keying their car.  They did not 999 this call as they did not feel themselves to be under threat.  In circumstances such as these, I would have dialled 999.  The most likely time for you to dial 999 (it is not only in the case of an emergency), but when you see a crime in Progress.  This of course was a case of intentional criminal damage – which is a crime in progress and should be a 999 call !
Bike stolen in Windsor – The owner had the Frame Number !!
26/2  Sunday 1.20 p.m. / 4.45 p.m.  William Street.  Bike locked in a bike rack stolen.  A black & silver, Specialized Hard Rock mountain bike – WITH FRAME NUMBER !  Thank you that owner !  It only takes a second to photograph the bike against a wall, using a Smart phone.  Please take some more detailed photos of identifying features, as well as the frame number under the bike, between the pedals !!!
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25/2  Saturday  7 p.m.  Grebe Way.  Attempted burglary.  A witness saw three men trying to break into a neighbour’s flat 2 forcing the window and the third keeping watch.  Once they realised they had been seen, they immediately made off, jumping a fence to a car in the car park. 
27/2  Monday 0.30 a.m. / 1 a.m.  Blackamoor Lane. Workers in a yard noticed on Sunday that copper cabling had been moved over night, but as it was still in situ thought nothing of it The owners thought it may have been an attempted theft and monitored the security systems, in case they came back.  A witness reported the lights on in the yard and 2 youths pulling out copper cable.  The police were called and attended immediately, but no-one was located.  The next morning, it was established 150 metres of cable had been stolen.
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25/2  Saturday  9 p.m.  National Trust Car Park, Pinkney’s Drive
Car deliberately set on fire.  Put out by the Fire service.
24/2  Friday 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.  Gardener Road.  Car front windscreen and front passenger window smashed.
26/02  Sunday 12.30 p.m.  Heywood Gardens.  A man turned up in a blue Galaxy got out and walked into the aggrieved’s garden and picked up some taps.  The aggrieved had already seen him going into other gardens in the road.  He told him to put the taps down and chased him out of the garden.
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25/2  Saturday 5.40 a.m.  Loosen Drive.  Burglary.  The owner heard a noise and went to investigate.  They went downstairs and found the kitchen window wide open, the lights on and a cupboard door open in the living room.  Evidence that the house had been searched.  Entry was probably FROM A SMALL KITCHEN WINDOW, WHERE THIEVES MAY HAVE REACHED IN AND OPENED A LARGER WINDOW.  Three stolen items were recovered from the garden as the thieves may have been disturbed and made off.
25/2  Saturday  11 a.m.  Mercia Road.  Garage break.  The owner returned to find the garage door open and a laptop stolen.
25/2  Saturday  3 a.m.  Ribstone Road.   The owner heard a noise and their dog barked. They checked the house and found the back door unlocked.  In the morning they found passports & mobile phone missing.
26/2  Sunday midnight / 1.30 a.m.  Bargeman Road.  Burglary.  Entry via kitchen window.  Tidy search.  Cash stolen.
24/2 – 25/2  Friday 11 p.m. / Saturday 9.45 a.m.  Fane Way.  Car rear windscreen smashed.  No search of car.
24/2 – 25/2  Friday 5 p.m. / Saturday 12 noon.  Boyn Hill Road.  Thieves have removed the small light bulb above the index plate from a Ford Transit.  This is a repeat victim.  Last week, they had a wing mirror stolen.
Hi Jeff
The Telephone Scammers are busy again.
On Wednesday21st Feb, I had a phone call from a company stating that they were the TPS,(Telephone Preference Service). The non-English female, quoted my name and address in Maidenhead, but did not have the post code.
She then explained that I could receive a call monitoring device.  Being a retired electronics engineer, I am aware of such devices.  She then went on to mention that I have a direct debit for my phone & broadband and that my Debit card expires in 2017. At this point I told her that I believed her call was a scam and put the phone down.
The interesting point was that they did not withhold their telephone number and this was picked up by my telephone number ident. Usually with these type of scam calls they originate International/out of area, then I do not answer them.
This call was quite convincing and could lead to more vulnerable folks falling for the credit card details for a free delivered Call Monitoring Device that may or may not arrive.
Yours sincerely Brian
Many thanks Brian.  Several points here.  The number displayed on your phone is fake.  Just as scammers can create realistic looking copies of websites, with the technology available today, they can fake the display on your phone to look like a local number knowing that people do not pick up on international calls.  Most of these scam calls come from abroad, which of course, means that we can almost never catch these people as the crime takes place in their country, not here.
The TPS service is free, but I believe there is a problem blocking international calls and it must be regularly renewed.  The answer is a BT Call blocker phone.  It only accepts calls from pre-programmed numbers.  If a number which is not in the ‘accept’ database calls, it plays a message which says that all calls are being monitored, if you leave your name the phone will ask the owner if they will accept the call.  A light then flashes on the phone to say a number not on the ‘accept’ list is calling.  You can then hear who it is and then accept them, or say no and that number is then blocked from calling again.
Link to Amazon and Call Blocker Devices
Chris has had one from Clydesdale Bank !
It is addressed to ‘Dear Clydesdale Bank Customer’ – so they clearly have no idea who you are !  Your Bank will know your name !
It goes on to say that your online bank account has been compromised and suspended.  To re-activate your account – ‘Click Here’
DON’T DO IT !!!!
Eyes and ears.....................and brain
Message sent by
Jeffrey Pick (Police, NHW & Community Msg Co-ordinator, Windsor & Maidenhead LPA)

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