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This message is dated Wednesday 19th May 2021 - Windsor

Alert message sent 19/05/2021 16:35:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police


In response to the increased fear of pet theft, Neighbourhood Watch has launched our PROTECT YOUR POOCH campaign. 

The campaign will run on social media from 17th – 30th May but those who do not use social media can support the campaign by displaying this poster in their community.  To download a copy follow this link:

or attending our online Dog Theft webinar on the 27th May at 5pm.  The webinar will be led by Neighbourhood Watch Network, with speakers from the Met Police and Crimestoppers, as well as special guest speaker Katy Bourne, PCC for Sussex. To book your place, click here

The PROTECT YOUR POOCH campaign encourages people to keep their pets
  • IN SIGHT and
More information on the campaign can be found at

I have checked the police computers and though we do get lost dogs, stolen dogs are extremely rare.  These are the figures are for the whole of the Thames Valley – 3 counties, Bucks, Berks & Oxon – as always with the caveat – reported to the police:

From 01/01/21-18/05/21

8 reported stolen across the force, cross referenced with ‘Doglost’ or officer’s unofficial reports.

Of these:
  • 1 recovered (little dachshund - MILO from Chipping Norton stolen from car back in Feb/march)
  • 1 never really stolen (husky - GINA found wandering at a kennels near to home at Stokenchurch)
  • 1 blue Staffordshire terrier reported as stolen, but no evidence to support a theft –– quite recent
  • 1 ownership issue- dog was returned to breeder after being found injured and the breeder refused to give it back to the “owner” due to possibly mistreatment by him
  • 1 puppy stolen by a purchaser who went to breeders address in Slough and took puppy but did not make payment

So I think I have 3 actual crimes with outstanding dogs at this time
  1. NANCY a cocker spaniel pup from Wooburn Green in Feb
  2. BETTY a cocker spaniel from Westbrook near Newbury together with PICKLE an adult female Cocker Spaniel – went from outdoor garden kennels again Feb time
  3. LOLA from Princes Risborough, a black and tan cocker spaniel female.

1 additional attempted theft (in last few days), where it looks like a young boy and his puppy were accosted by a possibly drunk man, who tried to unclip the dog from its collar. –dog not stolen - not in RBWM

Whatever is being discussed on social media, it does not appear to be filtering through to dog theft reports in this force.

I may not have captured everything, but this is 95% of what has been reported to us.

We, as a force, are also part of a ‘National Dog Theft Working Group’ involving 16 forces, who are looking at best practice across all strands of investigation and prevention.

I hope this acts as reassurance.  If anyone has been a victim of the ransom scam after posting they have lost their dog, can they please let me know, particularly if you paid the ransom and did – or did not – get your dog back.

18/5  Tuesday , Bexley street / Alma Road.  Nottingham Knocker – aggressive.  Ref. No:  43210214317  Please can everyone be aware.  The only items which can be sold door to door without a ‘Pedlars Certificate’, are books and food.  To sell anything else, they need to produce a small white Pedlars Certificate.  These are issued at any police station, for use across the UK, but they are only issued after a police check, if the person is of ‘good character’.  So – the minute they say they have been to prison and are on a rehabilitation programme, you know they don’t have one.  If asked, they produce an A4 yellow ‘Hawkers Identification’.  These mean nothing and they print them off themselves.  PLEASE REMEMBER OUR NHW MOTTO
‘I am sorry, I do not buy goods and services at the door’, then firmly, but politely close and lock the door, as occasionally they are abusive.  This is a way of locating elderly vulnerable residents who are easily parted from their money and they get an extra payment for each address they supply.

18/5  Tuesday 0..5 a.m. / 6.05 a.m.  Grove Road.  Car index plates stolen.  Ref. No:  43210213508
18/5  Tuesday 1.40 p.m. / 3.30 p.m. School bike shed, maidenhead Road X 2 bikes stolen..  1.  A black Carrera mountain bike.  Ref. No:  43210214684  2.  A black Carrera mountain bike.  Ref. No:  43210215659

18/5  Tuesday 7.45 p.m.  Eton Square, Eton.  Aggressive Nottingham knocker. Ref. No:  43210215193
18/5  Tuesday 8.40 p.m.  College, Common Lane, Eton.  Several aggressive Nottingham knockers, challenged by security. Ref. No:  43210215034

18/5  Tuesday 3.15 p.m.  Hatch Lane.  Aggressive Nottingham Knockers.  Ref. No:  43210214437
18/5  Tuesday 4.15 p.m.  Bourne Avenue.  Aggressive Nottingham knocker. Ref. No:  43210214585
18/5  Tuesday 4.25  York Avenue.  Aggressive Nottingham knocker. Ref. No:  43210214603
18/5  Tuesday 4.46 p.m.  Victor Road.  Aggressive Nottingham knocker. Ref. No:  43210214651


16/5  Sunday 0.15 a.m.  Slough Road, Datchet.  Suspicious man set off the security lights in a rear garden.  Ref. No:  43210210102
16/5  Sunday 10.55 p.m.  Solar farm, Staines Road, Wraysbury.  Report of 3 or 4 people walking around the fence with torches.  Ref. No:  43210211268
18/5  Tuesday 5.15 p.m.  High Street, Datchet.  Aggressive Nottingham knocker. Ref. No:  43210214753
18/5  Tuesday 9.15 p.m.  Eton Road, Datchet.  Aggressive Nottingham knocker. Ref. No:  43210215084

18/5  Tuesday 12.40 p.m.  The Tapestries, Straight Road.  Nottingham Knocker  Ref. No:  4321027
18/5  Tuesday 6.55 p.m.  Ricardo Road.  Aggressive female Nottingham knocker. Ref. No:  43210214873

We are currently experiencing high calls for service on 101. 

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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Eyes, ears.....and Brain



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 and enter your postcode. 

For any questions relating to Neighbourhood Watch please contact the Windsor & Ascot NHW Association at

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