This message is dated Wednesday 31st March 2021 - Windsor
Alert message sent 31/03/2021 13:55:00
Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police
FIRST:- A strange Sextortion case.
A local man has been contacted by someone demanding money. They included a link to a new Facebook group page, which had a video of the victim in the shower. The victim says he has never been videoed in the shower and the video is a fake. The Scammer has included a number of his Facebook friends on the new group and they have viewed the video. The scammer is demanding money, to remove the video and close the group. This has caused a great deal of embarrassment. If this happens to you, please report it to us as soon as possible.
NEXT:- I have been asked to circulate the following information, re theft of Catalytic Converters:-
Advice to motorists following a rise of catalytic converter thefts
Thefts of catalytic converters have been increasing and with this, we have seen a rise in these offences across Windsor, Maidenhead, Ascot and Wraysbury.
Catalytic converters are stolen as they contain Rhodium and Palladium. The prices of these materials increased in 2020 and this is what is believed to have contributed to the rise in the number of thefts.
Hybrid vehicles, such as Toyotas, Hondas and Lexus are a popular target for criminals as these converters are easier to access. In addition, they are cleaner and therefore the metals contained within are less likely to corrode.
The process of stealing the converters is very quick. Cars are jacked up and basic tools are used, loud grinding noises are often reported by witnesses. Criminals usually arrive in a vehicle that will be parked close by.
Sergeant Sarah Noah, based at Maidenhead police station, said: “Those who steal catalytic converters are always on the lookout for an easy target and we want to make sure that people know how to protect their vehicles and avoid expensive repair bills.
“If your catalytic converter has been stolen – or you suspect you have seen such a crime taking place – please report it to us. We will investigate and will carry out regular patrols in areas that we believe are being specifically targeted.” How to protect your vehicle:
If the catalytic convertor is at the front of your car, park with your bonnet close to a wall and if at the back, with the rear of your car to the wall.
Follow this advice when parking in public car parks, such as supermarkets. It is also advised to park alongside other cars and in view of any CCTV at the location.
I have attached reference numbers to each crime report. If you live in the vicinity of any of the crimes mentioned and have CCTV or a video doorbell, can you please check the footage. If you have any that might be of interest to the police, can you please make contact with us, quoting reference number given.
I have added a new email address below. The first email address is directly to your local Neighbourhood Team. The second is to our investigation team. Please use it to send any intelligence / video doorbell / CCTV footage you may have, which is relevant to any of the crimes lists below - quoting the reference number.
Alternatively you can call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or email - www.crimestoppers-uk.org
SR.firstname.lastname@example.org NO CRIME TO REPORT.
ETON & ETON WICK:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
SR.email@example.com CLEWER, DEDWORTH & OAKLEY GREEN:
30/3 Tuesday 0.45 a.m. Rydings. A witness saw a car pull up, a man get out and went to a car parked nearby and pulled the Mercedes emblem off of the bonnet of the car. They then walked back to their car and drove off. He is described as white, with short dark hair wearing a long dark coat. Ref. No: 43210132804
CLEWER EAST & PARK:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
SR.firstname.lastname@example.org DATCHET, HORTON & WRAYSBURY:
29/3 Monday 7.40 a.m. Brookside Avenue, Wraysbury. White Range Rover index FY ** ZDK stolen from outside a house.
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
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NEWS UPDATE FROM NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
The lockdown has resulted in many neighbourhoods drawing closer together in supporting local residents with needs, and in neighbours spending a lot more time talking to each other over fences or across the road. This has improved community spirit no end, and a great way to keep this spirit alive is for residents to join their local Neighbourhood Watch scheme, or start up a new scheme if there is not already one covering their respective street.
Neighbourhood Watch is not just about looking out the window and being alert for any crime in the neighbourhood, it is much more than that. It serves as a valuable resource for crime prevention, in supporting the Police with things such as local home security surveys, installing crime prevention aids in homes for the vulnerable and elderly especially, helping those vulnerable and elderly residents with any other needs, and in drawing residents together in supporting one another.
The Windsor & Ascot NHW Association is making great strides in reactivating and expanding Neighbourhood Watch within the various parishes of Windsor & Ascot. Its Facebook page (@WindsorAscotNHW) is receiving multiple enquiries from interested residents and serves as a means to highlight local issues relating to crime and residents in need. New NHW schemes are continuously being set up with active Coordinators, and residents within those scheme areas can now benefit from the new initiatives being introduced by Neighbourhood Watch and Thames Valley Police.
To search for your nearest NHW scheme, or to set up a new scheme, visit www.ourwatch.org.uk and enter your postcode.
For any questions relating to Neighbourhood Watch please contact the Windsor & Ascot NHW Association at email@example.com