This message is dated Friday 23rd April 2021 - Ascot
Alert message sent 23/04/2021 13:00:00
Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police
Further to my message about Rogue Traders driving around, I have received this from Peter:
Your neighbourhood alert yesterday was very timely.
A rogue trader did a ‘drive through’ yesterday, in North Ascot at 4:50 pm of the gated development where we live.
We have colour CCTV covering our house, which has captured the van and if you require any information, I will do my best to supply or alternatively I am happy to show it to a member of your team.
Many thanks Peter – everything like this is useful for us. A colour picture of the van with its signage and index plate is really useful and we circulate it widely internally as these people do travel widely. This intelligence is brilliant.
If you have a video doorbell / CCTV, please check it regularly, if you see a crime / suspicious incident, reported near you. You may not have been a victim of crime, because your security was really good / you had locked your car and left nothing on display (including loose change / sunglasses), so an offender walked away. We still need that footage. Often crimes are reported between wide time periods – when someone went out and when the returned – that could be any time all day, or when they parked up at say 6 p.m. and when they next used their car, the next day. Your intelligence of footage in a road could pinpoint:
The time an offence possibly took place.
A description of a possible offender. If we can identify that possible offender from clothing / posture / walking style – pinpoint their whereabouts at an exact time.
A possible route taken between reported offences.
We often have two crimes reported to us, from very different locations, but no way of knowing if they are connected. Your footage, of someone walking on your drive, looking at the house / trying car door handles can really help us with that. We then know we are looking fo one offender – not two.
Fortunately – we only have ‘Opportunist Offenders’. They always look for the easiest target, so it is not difficult to deter them. A locked car, nothing left on display, a burglar alarm – even if nothing else – a dummy alarm box. Also, they tend to wear the same favourite clothes and trainers when they go out to offend !!! Video images often lead to easy identification.
KEEP LETTING US KNOW ABOUT SUSPICIOUS PEOPLE OUT AND ABOUT – PARTICULARLY IN THE EARLY HOURS – AND CARS / VANS WHO ARE DRIVING TOO SLOWLY ALONG YOUR ROAD, OR CONTAINING PEOPLE, YOU DON’T THINK LIVE THERE AND ARE UP TO NO GOOD.
Use your instincts – if you think something is odd / suspicious – it is. You can ring us on the 101 number, or pass us the intelligence, using the online web reporting form, referenced below on the TVP website.
If we do a check and everything is in order – nothing is lost, if someone is about their lawful business, they won’t mind and you could be protecting your community – that is what we are all about.
HELP US TO HELP YOU !
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
22/4 Thursday 4 p.m. Supermarket car park. Van break. Side door jemmied – leather bag containing laptop stolen from the back. Ref. No: 43210170628
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
ASCOT & SOUTH ASCOT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
FIRST: From Angela
It pains me to say that I fell for a scam yesterday and I would like you to warn others about this.
I was doing some research on retail websites, when suddenly my computer froze and everything disappeared, except for 'Microsoft' messages, both visual and audio, telling me that suspicious activity had been detected and I had been locked out. To resolve the issue I should phone a number they gave me.
I didn't do this immediately, but using another device, tried to find Microsoft help. I couldn't get any useful help so eventually called the number as I could not even access the tool, to switch off.
The scammer was very convincing and I ended up giving him access to my computer.
It was not until I was in the process if making a payment, which should have been £3.99, when got a text from my credit card company that I realised something was horribly wrong.
I told the 'technical support' person that I had replied to their text, saying that it was not me that the abandoned the activity and I got control of my computer.
I called the credit card company and they have cancelled two payments and blocked my account. In hindsight, I should have just powered off and then sought help.
Please warn others.
Many thanks Angela for letting us all know – what not to do !
Please consider using our online reporting system but please note this reporting tool is not for use where a crime happening right now, the suspect is still at the scene, or anyone seriously injured or in immediate danger.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org