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Crime Update Monday 24th April 2017 - Ascot

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This message is dated Monday 24th April 2017 for Ascot.
I put out a message last week, about crimes happening in certain roads and offenders possibly being caught on neighbour’s CCTV, who may not have been victims, but may have been targeted.  This has come in:
Hi Jeff
I have CCTV footage of 3 lads trying to break into my son's van, in the early hours of Thursday 20th April at 2.19 am.  The same night, your Neighbourhood watch Alert, says a car was actually broken into nearby.
I have tried to send you the files as email attachments, but they are too large to send and keep being returned. The footage shows the milkman arriving next door and 3 lads arriving a couple of minutes later  One tries to enter the van, whilst another stares at the front door (and camera), keeping watch.
Another neighbour also has footage, after they left our drive and stole from neighbour's cars !
He sent me his footage that he filmed from the computer screen, using his mobile phone. Should he send you the raw footage?
Please let me know how I can get all this footage to the police ?
Thank you
It is simple to get the footage to us, as the files are usually too big to send by email.  I will send someone along to view and collect the footage !  This is how NHW really is effective.  Most of our opportunist thieves are well known to police officers, so even a glimpse can identify them to a trained eye.
I have just been speaking to Sgt Martin Littlewood who was with me - the Ascot Neighbourhood Sgt, about this.  He is going to arrange for someone to go along tomorrow and view Alison’s CCTV as well as her neighbour’s and take back a copy to the police station.
This was excellent work by residents !!!  This, is how we ‘Build Community Resilience’ !!!
Hi Jeff
Repetition is GOOD!
The information and advice you have been giving out about scams, (phone and email) is absolutely invaluable and for those who feel it unnecessary, the proof is that there are new scams popping up all the time and vulnerable people, still being taken in.
It is important, as folk in the community are continually being added to receive Neighbourhood Alert e-mails, as they become aware of it.
So - why are there still cars being left unlocked and still warnings being unheeded about taking personal responsibility to be vigilant in protecting personal property ?
Repetition is VERY GOOD !
So Grateful
Hi Jeff,
I received a small package delivered by Royal Mail just before Easter.  It contained a point and shoot SONY camera (value £79) and a delivery note from Curry/PC World with my name and address.
I had not ordered a camera, but I thought it might be an Easter present from my daughter, so I did nothing for a few days. However, she had not ordered it either, so I then contacted Curry/PC World.  They confirmed that it had been ordered by a name I had never heard of, paid for with a credit card.  As it was an online purchase, he would have had to enter the name and address of the recipient – that is my name and address !
How did he come to have my name and address ?  Curry/PC World, can not / will not provide any more information, concerning the purchaser.  I have checked with all my credit / debit card issuers and confirmed that none had any transactions, with Curry/PC World.
I decided to wait for a few days, thinking that if somehow this was just some computer glitch or whatever, then the purchaser, would sooner or later query Curry/PC World as to where his order had go to.
I called to Curry/PC World again today – the only query regarding this order was my previous call, and no more information was forthcoming.  They advised I report this to the police, (they are able to provide the police, but not me, whatever information they have regarding the order).
Where do I go from here?
Best regards,
This seems to be a variation of the ‘Courier Delivery Fraud’.  Someone buys something with a fake credit card and has it delivered to a known address.  They track the delivery online and as soon as it is delivered, knock on the door to say, there was a total mix up, it was delivered in error and it should have gone to them.  They don’t know how your address came to be on it, blah, blah, blah.
Most people just hand the item over.
I would suggest phoning Curry’s / PC World and asking them to come and collect it, or you will hand it into the nearest police Station and see what they do.
If anyone does call to collect it, say you have handed it into X police station and they can collect it from there.
Make sure you are able to give a good description of them !
NEXT: An invitation from Madhuri to a ‘MEN’S MATTERS’ Event on Wednesday May 10th:
Hi Jeff,
You may remember I wrote to you about the Men’s Matters event on Wednesday 10th May. I do hope you will be able to attend. Can anyone who would like to attend please RSVP by Friday 28th April, so that we can arrange numbers for the buffet.
Please note the nearest car park to the premises in on Victoria Street:
Warmest regards 
‘You are cordially invited to attend the Official launch of Windsor Based Charity ‘MEN’S MATTERS’.
Wednesday 10th May 2017 – 12 noon – 2 p.m. at Radian Housing Association, The Copper Horse Room, 33 – 39 Sheet street, Windsor SL4 1BY
The aim of MEN’S MATTERS is to bring together older men from all walks of like to form friendships and participate in activities that contribute to their good health and wellbeing.
There will be a buffet lunch on arrival, followed by a brief presentation that showcases the journey made by MEN’S MATTERS and their vision for the future of older men’s care in the community’  This will be followed by a Q & A session and general discussion’
Thanks Madhuri
Neighbourhood Page:
For your Neighbourhood Page - CLICK HERE
23/4  Sunday 1.15 a.m.  Business, London Road.  Alarm sounding.  Repeat victim.  Thieves entered the property via a rear skylight.  A large number of valuable accordions stolen.  Did anyone see anything or have any information which might prove useful to bring the offenders to police attention.  For complete anonymity you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Neighbourhood Page:
For your Neighbourhood Page - CLICK HERE
Eyes and Ears..........and Brain.
Thank you for an overwhelming response, as to whether or not you want the ‘MEMBERS’ COMMENTS’ and continuing details about scams.
It was an overwhelming……YES !
I will keep them down here in the P.S., unless it is something new or important, in which case I will put it in the intro.
FIRST in from Bob.
Dear Jeff,
You asked if we still wanted to hear about scams:  Yes Please !!
Phone calls;   I am amazed how so many people have not yet got a BT Call Guardian phone.  It has reduced my average calls from 6 per day to zero. 
The only problem with the phone, is the opening message, often puts off genuine callers.
Doorstep Callers:  I always send them on their way with a "we don't buy goods or services at the door".  I am always polite to Jehovah’s Witnesses, as it seems part of their 'mission' is to call at x number of households per week.  I just say "I do not discuss my ‘religious beliefs’, on the doorstep".
Emails:  Luckily, my BTinternet account is very good at filtering 99% of these out, but I know what to look out for, if one slips through - thanks to your Alert briefings.
Only problem is, despite unticking "email me news" there are several companies, who persistently bombard me with promotional info, every few days.  I have tried to contact them re spam, but they ignore me.  Well, they will never receive an online order from me again.
Thank you for keeping us safe.
Dear Jeff,
Greetings from sunny Cornwall.  The attached is a draft of the PowerPoint presentation I have developed for use here in Cornwall.
You will quickly see that I have adapted lots of the useful information you have been supplying.  Feel free to criticise and for that matter, to use it in any way you wish!
Here is an item for you that I have just received from a friend -
"A friend of mine's EBay account was hacked into a few days ago. The fraudster put lots of expensive items up for sale, at very attractive prices.  Innocent buyers, bid for the items, then paid for the items by crediting "my friends account".
The fraudster of course, had altered my friends account, so that the money was directed into the fraudster's account.
It was very clever. My friend, then had to deal with lots of irate buyers asking for the items that they had paid for, but about which, he knew nothing.
Fortunately, he realised something was wrong fairly early on and alerted EBay, who compensated the buyers. Somehow the fraudster had managed to get into his account, perhaps by obtaining his password -!  He didn’t know how.”
All the best
It was Jeremy, who alerted us to scam emails going to local churches accounts committees, requesting payment, for expenses supposedly authorised by the vicar !
Message sent by
Jeffrey Pick (Police, NHW & Community Msg Co-ordinator, Windsor & Maidenhead LPA)

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