This message is dated Friday 21st July 2017 for Maidenhead.
I have received this from Stephen re theft of car Index Plates:
"Horton Road, Datchet. Car index plates stolen"
Again and again you report index plates being stolen from cars ! Is there a procedure that the aggrieved should follow, other than reporting it to the Police, DVLA and insurance company ? Is there anyone else that should be notified ?
Seems to me that the consequences of these thefts, could be unforeseen and considerable, if its a form of ‘Identity Theft’ which I'm assuming is its purpose ?
I can remember a time when there was a Police-inspired drive, to secure index plates with tamper-proof screws, not merely the plastic screws or double sided tape that garages use on new cars.
Perhaps a warning/advice is due ?
Many thanks Stephen - absolutely right a reminder is due. As far as I am aware those are the correct people to notify.
Several years ago - for our new members - we did run a campaign offering tamper proof screws. I still have a couple of boxes of them in a storage cupboard, as the take up was so poor. Index plates attached with double sided tape, are designed to be very difficult to remove and will shatter and break into pieces, if you attempt to remove them. Often, that is why only rear plates have been stolen. They have broken and there is no point in trying to remove the front plates.
Why are index plates stolen ? Generally - we have no idea ! We have researched all sorts of theories.
It was thought they were stolen and ‘Blu tacked’ onto a car, to avoid the congestion charge, when driving into London - No evidence. Used for ‘bilkings’ (where a car drives into a petrol station, fills up with fuel and drives off without paying - we use the same crime name ‘ a ‘bilking’, if someone eats in a restaurant and leaves without paying - I have no idea, what the derivation is !) - No evidence. Used as ‘Mirror Plates’ (thieves chose a car to steal, then go out to locate an identical year, make, model & colour and remove the plates). Using mirror plates ensures that if the car is reported stolen, it does not show up, on CCTV / ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition), as it is driven away - Again, no evidence, particularly as once the stolen plates have been reported to the police, they would automatically ‘ping up’ on ANPR.
After being used for whatever purpose for which they were stolen, we were told the thieves dropped them down between the slots in drain covers - Again no evidence, so - we have no clear idea why they are stolen.
If your index plate is attached with the yellow / white plastic screws, they are the simplest to remove. I still have tamper proof screws here - just email me and I will send a set to you !
Thanks Stephen for the reminder - good call.
NEXT - COLD CALLERS !
We were inundated with calls yesterday from right across the Borough, that the Nottingham knockers were out and about. Please do not engage with them and only say the following words, before politely, but firmly closing the front door:
‘I AM SORRY, I DO NOT BUY GOODS OR SERVICES AT THE DOOR’
I have just received this from Cookham on a similar subject:
Yesterday afternoon, two lads knocked on my door in Cookham. I ignored them and they went away. Twenty minutes later, one of the same lads knocked on my door with another colleague. I opened an upstairs window and told them I was busy and not interested. The second lad asked if he could come back later. I said no he could not !
An hour later, the first lad returned and again knocked on the door. I answered it with my husband and said that this was the third time he had called that day, why was he back again and would he please go away etc.
They were wearing purple tabards, purporting to be from a children's cancer care charity. I don't know if they were genuine charity collectors, but I do know aggravated cold calling like this, is unacceptable. If I was old and frail, I would have felt very pressured, by their tactics.
It's is probably not illegal, but I would hate an older person to be harassed in this way. I now regret not getting their details and reporting them.
We display a sticker telling people we don't sell/buy at the door.... I just wish someone would read it...
I just feel a warning is appropriate.
I am sorry for another e-mail. My mum is 97 and also lives in Cookham, so I can take care of her. I have just spoken to her and she has had what seems like a different set of charity callers, calling at her flat today.
Same thing - they kept ringing and returning. She says they last came to her flat at about 6.15 p.m. which is the same time they made their final call here yesterday. She did not answer the bell, or let them in, but this aggressive calling, is just unacceptable.
I have forwarded this to the local Police Neighbourhood Team, RBWM Community Wardens and Honor at Trading Standards to follow up.
Can I confirm the NHW Mantra No. 1 ?
I AM SORRY I DO NOT BUY GOODS AND SERVICES AT THE DOOR
Charity collectors will want to come inside, to complete a Standing Order.
So next NHW Mantra No. 2.
NO-ONE COMES INTO YOUR HOME, UNLESS YOU KNOW THEM, OR THEY HAVE MADE AN APPOINTMENT.
All very simple - but you must stick to it
NHW Mantra No. 3 !
IF YOU HAVE A DOOR CHAIN, ALWAYS USE IT, WHENEVER YOU ANSWER THE DOOR
It will protect you from a ‘push past’, but just as importantly, the rattling the door chain makes as it is engaged, will tell the person outside that you are security aware and not, going to be an easy target. Most ‘non genuine’ people, will leave, before you have a chance to open the door.
Make sure you give it a good rattle !!
20/7 Thursday 4 p.m. / 4.40 p.m. High Street. Very valuable locked up bike stolen. A red & white, Specialized Epic, man’s racing bike.
RIVERSIDE & BELMONT:
19/7 - 20/7 Wednesday 11 p.m. / Thursday 11.40 p.m. Ray Meadow. Handle removed from rear patio doors.
19/7 Thursday 3 p.m. / 3.35 p.m. Ray Mead Road. Bike locked to a fence post stolen. A blue mountain bike.
BISHAM, COOKHAM, HURLEY, THE WALTHAMS, LITTLEWICK GREEN & KNOWL HILL:
19/7 Wednesday 10 p.m. Broadmoor Road, Waltham St. Lawrence. Brick thrown through a house window.
19/7 Wednesday 8.45 p.m. Car Park, Sutton Road. Car driver’s rear side window smashed - rucksack and contents stolen.
20/7 Thursday 3 a.m. / 4 a.m. Waltham Road. Car entered and searched - wallet & contents and SAT NAV stolen.
20/7 Thursday 5 p.m. / 5.30 p.m. Dean Lane, Cookham. Car driver’s side window smashed - a handbag hidden under the seat stolen
PINKNEYS GREEN & FURZE PLATT:
19/7 Wednesday 1.20 p.m. White Paddock. A witness report seeing 3 young girls in a car trying to remove a steering lock.
BOYN HILL, COX GREEN & WOODLANDS PARK:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
OLDFIELD & BRAY:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
Eyes and ears.....................and brain
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