This message is dated Thursday 20th May 2021 - Maidenhead
Alert message sent 20/05/2021 10:44:00
Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police
FIRST: Nottingham Knockers are out and about.
18/5 Tuesday. lots of reports of Nottingham Knockers from right across Windsor & Datchet all day, up to nearly 10 p.m.. Reports– going door to door, selling household products. 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.
DON’T LET IT BE YOU. THOSE LISTS ARE SOLD ONTO OTHER COLD CALLERS – THEY ARE CALLED ‘SUCKERS LISTS’ and you do not want to get on one !!!
NEXT: IT IS ‘PROTECT YOUR POOCH’ WEEK – 17th – 30th May
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 on www.ourwatch.org.uk/protectyourpooch.
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:
8 reported stolen across the force, cross referenced with ‘Doglost’ or officer’s unofficial reports.
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
NANCY a cocker spaniel pup from Wooburn Green in Feb
BETTY a cocker spaniel from Westbrook near Newbury together with PICKLE an adult female Cocker Spaniel – went from outdoor garden kennels again Feb time
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.
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
18/5 Tuesday 3.30 p.m. Fullbrook Close. Van break and tools stolen. Ref. No: 43210214473
18/5 Tuesday 7.05 a.m. Powney Road. Car index plates stolen. Ref. No: 43210214888
20/5 Thursday 7.20 a.m. Kestrel Court, Heron Way. Car driver’s side window smashed with a rock and car searched – nothing stolen. Ref. No: 43210217269
RIVERSIDE & BELMONT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
SR.firstname.lastname@example.org BISHAM, COOKHAM, HURLEY, THE WALTHAMS, LITTLEWICK GREEN & KNOWL HILL:
19/5 Thursday 10 a.m. War Memorial, Stubbings Church,Henley Road. CAR ENTERED BY UNKNOWN MEANS – 2 coats, 2 sets of house keys, backpack and contents stolen. Ref. No; 43210216253
PINKNEYS GREEN & FURZE PLATT:
18/5 Tuesday 1.15 p.m. Cherington Gate. A resident reports 2 men walking up and down the road over the last 2 weeks with bags and a wad of cash in their hands. Ref. No: 43210214140
19/5 Wednesday 3.15 a.m. Wavell Road. The aggrieved has video doorbell footage of a man walking onto their drive and stole a bay tree in a pot from outside the house. A few minutes later they came back and stole the second tree. Ref. No: 43210216222 They walked off towards Allenby Road. If anyone has any video doorbell footage that would assist, please forward it to me.
SR.email@example.com BOYN HILL, COX GREEN & WOODLANDS PARK
18/5 Tuesday 12.30 p.m. Brunel Road. Several residents reports 2 men going door to door putting leaflets through doors asking jewellery for cash. Ref. No: 43210214043 Can every9one be on their guard.
15/5 – 17/5 Saturday 5 p.m. / Monday 3.10 p.m. Ludlow Road. Locked up bike stolen. A matte black, Carrera Crossfire bike – WITH FRAME NUMBER Ref. No: 432310212466
OLDFIELD, BRAY & HOLYPORT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
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.