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Crime Update Monday 24th July 2017 - Ascot

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This message is dated Monday 24th July 2017 for Ascot.


Only one crime to report over the weekend - well done everyone !


I will be spending today sending out Tamper proof screws after my message last week  !!!


Please be aware:

22/7  7.30 a.m. - 2.15 p.m.  Castle Hill.  A car owner parked their car and left their disabled badge on display.  When the returned, they found the car gone and reported it stolen…….  It had in fact been removed by the police, as it had been parked on the Guard Changing Route !!!!  The Changing of the Guard is taking place every morning, every day in July and August - so please don’t park on the route - or your car will be removed !!!












21/7 - 22/7  Friday 6.30 p.m. / Saturday 9 a.m.  Farm, Wells Lane.  Break in to office in a scrap yard.  Lock cut from main gate as well as office buildings.  Wheelie bins containing brass, copper, pewter and silver stolen.






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Hi Jeff


It’s possible that the caller with a plain white van a few minutes ago was genuinely touting for business, but just in case he wasn’t, you might be interested.


He wanted to redo our front brick-block drive – ‘very cheap’  !  Apparently, he’d just done some work for some people on the corner ????


I repeated the mantra – ‘We don’t buy goods or services at the door’ – closed the door and he left, but the white van was still there minutes later.  I went out and noted the number.  He spotted me doing this, asked if everything was all right, offered his licence as well, and I went back indoors.


The van drove off along our cul-de-sac, so had to come back the same way.  


As I commented, this may be all open and above board.


Thanks for all your comms,




Thanks Malcolm.


We say ‘do not buy goods and services at the door’ for a reason.  The initial price you are offered - is never the final price !  If you even hesitate for a second, they take that as a positive response and you can find a pile of wet sticky tarmac on the drive the next day !  It costs a lot of money to have it removed and the stains tidied up !!!


It always starts with a low price, but they then say - but you must have known that price was for materials only and did not include labour !  Then of course the job takes longer than expected and other jobs are found that have to be done !!!  It goes on and on !


Please do not get involved, it saves a lot of heartache and stress.  Malcolm says in his opening sentence - he may have been genuinely ‘touting for business’ - there is no ‘genuine’ touting for business !  Anyone going door to door be they builders, tarmaccers, gardeners, roofers, double glazing salesmen, Nottingham knockers - they must have a ‘Pedlars Certificate’ - they often show ‘Hawkers Licences’ which do not exist and are a just made up to confuse residents into believing they are genuine.


It is so much simpler - not to get involved !


Karen has had an email from Paypal - apparently she had recently purchased a Apple iPhone 7 plus for $1,299.74 with shipping $1,324.74 !!!


It then goes on to say….If this isn’t you need to resolve it now.  You have 24 hours to resolve the transaction

Follow the link to do this !!




These emails are very successful as they make people panic and click on the link before engaging brain !!!




Hi Jeff,


I had a similar experience in Ray Meadow with the door to door charity collectors.


The one that called on me, was a very cheerful young 5" 1' Chinese lady.  She was wearing a purple overall, advertising a cancer charity for children.


She was well spoken , cheerful & acted trusting.


I explained our son works in the NHS & we support charities through that means.


She went her way. However you are aware of an incident in our close hours later.




Thanks Una - Unfortunately, however worthy the charity, we cannot do anything at the door, but must make our own arrangements.




Hi Jeff,


Charity Collectors were here in Onslow Road last night, allegedly collecting for a cancer charity. Nicely spoken young man white – we told them we already contribute on line.


Difficult to know if they are genuine. After our distraction burglary, we are not taking any chances.


Hope you are well




Absolutely correct D !


Hi Jeff

I had a visit in Central Maidenhead from the charity collectors you mention in your email. I said I only give to selected charities.

I own 2 (large) dogs who were sitting behind the door at the end of the hall. He asked if he could meet my dogs ?  I said no, as part of their job was to act as guard dogs, so they didn't meet strangers who came to the house.  As I asked them to, they just sat in unison,

The man went, but afterwards it dawned on me that had I allowed him to 'meet' the dogs, then they might have considered it ok, to let him in at a later date!  

Thanks for all your good work


Good work Anne - there is also the possibility he just wanted to come in to see what you have in the house ???


Remember NHW rule 2 ?







Hi Jeff


I receive your Thames Valley Alert – Crime Update and appreciate the work that you are doing


I am disappointed every week, to read about more and more bike thefts.


I am a cyclist and use my bike back and forward to Slough every day.  I had one bike stolen and immediately invested in a good D lock.


I always secure my bike to a metal rack / post, fence etc. and haven’t had any problems since.


I often see people coming up to the bike – having a quick check - see the D lock and walk away.


When you walk around the town you see so many bikes, secured with poor quality locks that can easily be removed using a basic cutter - so it is not surprising that so many get stolen.


I assume that insurance is probably also not valid, if bike has not be secured with a suitable lock device ?


Can I suggest you look at promoting the D locks and advise how people should secure their bikes properly to minimise the risk of theft ?




Excellent advice Mark - I do and often attached the handout produced by PCSO Liz Davidson our bike crime Guru.  As she works the Town centre, she has a great deal of experience with bike crime.  I have attached it once again.

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Jeffrey Pick (Police, NHW & Community Msg Co-ordinator, Windsor & Maidenhead LPA)
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