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This message is dated Wednesday 28th April 2021 - Maidenhead

Alert message sent 28/04/2021 15:40:00

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Another Land Rover Discovery stolen in Windsor:
27/4  Thursday 7.30 p.m.  Illingworth.  Grey Landover Discovery stolen from outside a house.  The offenders used keyless entry.  The car was fitted with a tracker and the car was located and recovered from Slough.  This car has keyless entry and is possibly part of a series, being carried out across the Met.  Keyless car fobs must be protected, as they emit a signal, which can be copied – normal key fobs do not.  Keyless fobs must therefore be kept as far away as possible, from the front door – so - not in a bowl in the hallway.  If your front door is near a pavement, you must keep the fob in a protected ‘Faraday Cage’, specifically made for the purpose – any old tin, will not do.  These metal containers, can be purchased online or in shops, very cheaply, designed to protect contactless credit cards.  Simply remove the card sleeves and keep the fob inside.  As this is an issue, ladies purses and handbags are now available with a metal mesh lining, preventing the signal from escaping and being copied.  These cars are stolen to order.  The organiser will recruit local offenders, to locate the cars.  They could follow a car home from work / supermarkets / car parks.  The offender then has an electronic device, which searches for the fob signal.  They walk up and down the road, until the device is activated and the signal copied.  Once a number of target cars have been located, the car thieves arrive from London – usually.  They have another device and copy the signal onto it.  Once that is done, as they approach the car, the computer under bonnet acknowledges the authenticity of the signal and the car opens up.  The device has a scart socket on one end, which is inserted into the diagnostic slot, under the steering wheel and the car starts.  The device is then removed and taken to the next car, while that car is driven away and parked up in a quiet street, where that type of car will not stand out.  It is left there for 24 hours.  If it is still there after that time, the car tracker has not been activated or doesn’t have one and it is safe to drive it away.  PLEASE PROTECT THOSE FOBS AT ALL TIMES.


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 -

26/4  Monday a.m. / 6 p.m.  Station Approach.  Locked up bike in a bike rack stolen.  A white, Specialized Hardrock bike.  Ref. No:  43210177639


27/4  Tuesday midnight / 5.30 a.m.  Church Road, Cookham Dean.  House being refurbished.  Attempt to force garage front doors – then successful attempt to force side door.  2 bikes  1.  A valuable, Canyon Ultimate Disk Row bike.  2. A Trek mountain bike, a chainsaw, a Stihl backpack leaf blower, strimmers X 2 and a hedge trimmer stolen.  Ref. No:  43210178193
27/4  Tuesday 4.30 a.m. / 6.30 p.m.  Golf Club Car Park, Grange Lane, Cookham.  Car rear quarter light smashed – rucksack stolen.  Ref. No:  43210179321


26/4 – 27/4  Monday 1.30 p.m. / Tuesday 8 a.m.  Courtlands.  Locked up bike stolen from a communal bike shed.  A metallic green, Transeo mountain bike.  Ref. No:  43210178658
27/4  Tuesday Shirley Road.  The owner has video doorbell footage of a man walking along the road and then onto their drive.  He looks into the cars under a carport, then walks away with a leaf blower and hedge trimmer.  Ref. No:  43210179500
26/4  Monday 4.35 a.m. / 5.05 a.m.  Bannard Road.  Owner has doorbell footage of a man entering and searching their car – wallet & contents stolen.  Ref. No:  43210177708
27/4  Tuesday 2.10 p.m.  Wallingford Way.  Building entered and searched – bike stolen.  Ref. No:  43210178768


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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Message sent by
Jeffrey Pick (Police, Community Engagement & Resilience Officer, Windsor & Maidenhead LPA)

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