This message is dated Friday 2nd July 2021 - Ascot
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MY FAVOURITE FRIDAY MESSAGE
NO CRIME TO REPORT !
NO CARS BROKEN INTO
AS A RESULT OF REQUESTS FROM LOCAL RESIDENTS, PCSOs ISABEL SANTACRUZ-MACHIN AND ERWIN MISIARZ, WILL BE CARRYING OUT A COMMUNITY SPEEDWATCH TODAY – SOMEWHERE IN ASCOT !!!
I will publicise the results next week
FIRST: – A QUESTION FROM TOM, RE THEFT FROM CARS:
What exactly does ‘Car entered by unknown means’ mean ?
We see this as a stated means of vehicle theft many times in the Neighbourhood Alert emails. How does it work ? !
I guess the phrase embraces various options, but if I lock my car with a standard key fob, how does a thief manage to enter the car ?
Do they “grab” the key fob signal and then somehow replay it to gain entry later on?
The phrase simply means - we have no idea how they managed to enter the car, as there was no damage to either the locks, or the windows. Owners generally say the car was locked – particularly if items were stolen and they are claiming on Insurance.
There are of course devices available to assist thieves:
If the car has the normal key fob – Offenders have ‘signal blockers’ to prevent you locking your car. These can be as simple as another key fob. There is only one frequency for all fobs / remote devices and that is used, for all key fobs, garage up and over doors – which have a much wider range as well as wireless doorbells and TV remotes. They all work on the same principle, of a set of random prime numbers. The signal from a standard car fob, cannot be copied, as the computer under the bonnet, changes the sequence every time. If two people press their car fobs at the same time and are in proximity, the car receives a mixed set of numbers - and does nothing – that goes for locking and unlocking cars – so if your fob appears not to work, the signal may be being jammed. If you think the battery is going and you use the key to lock the car – it doesn’t set the alarm, nor the immobiliser – so a thief can later smash the window, without the alarm sounding.
Keyless fobs are quite a different matter. They do emit an identifying signal, which does not change and can be copied. That is why we advise that keyless fobs, are placed more than 30 feet from the pavement when indoors, in a Faraday metal container. The simplest ones to use, are those produced for contactless credit cards – which have the same issue. The device used to copy a signal, is not generally used to steal from cars, but to steal the car.
Our most common method of theft from a car – as you will see from my messages – is someone walking along a road, going up and down driveways – simply trying car door handles. If a car is found to be open, they simply search it – even for the loose change in the centre console or the sunglasses left on the dashboard.
WHEN YOU PARK UP – PLEASE LOCK YOUR CAR !!!
NEXT: From the Borough:
Windsor Neighbourhood Plan adopted
Windsor's Neighbourhood Plan was adopted during a full council meeting earlier this week.
The plan, which was approved at a referendum in May, sets out objectives to preserve the historic nature of the town and protect green spaces. It also aims to manage developments in the area to better reflect the wishes of residents.
NEXT: There is still time to enter ‘The Garden in Bloom’:
The deadline to enter this year’s Garden in Bloom competition has been extended.
Green fingered residents in the borough now have until Wednesday 14 July to submit their entries. Any garden visible from a footpath or road is eligible and nominations can be made by residents, passers-by or by councillors in their own wards.
There is just a single category this year and the competition will be judged by councillors on a ward-by-ward basis. All entrants will receive a certificate and the winner and runner-up in each ward will also receive a rosette.
Mayor John Story said: “The deadline for entries was originally due to be today (Wednesday 30 June) but I have been asked by some residents and councillors if this could be extended as plants are flowering around two weeks later than usual because of a cold and dry April.
“I’m very happy do that and give residents more time to showcase their gardens.
“The Garden in Bloom competition is the council’s way of saying thank you to residents for the work they do in their gardens which helps brighten up their neighbourhoods.
“This year it comes as we emerge from lockdown, and I hope it will play a small part in lifting people’s spirits.”
The Garden in Bloom awards scheme started in 1992 to acknowledge the important contribution private gardens make to the appearance of neighbourhoods.
Nominations can be made by filling in a form online:
or by emailing email@example.com or by posting details of your nomination to the Mayor’s Parlour, Town Hall, St Ives Road, Maidenhead SL6 1RF. A photo is welcome, but not necessary, and one nomination per address is all that is needed.
We are grateful to the Maidenhead Chamber of Commerce for their contribution to this year’s scheme.
NEXT: Parents and carers – share your views on local children’s healthcare services
Frimley Clinical Commissioning Group want to understand how parents and carers access information about local children's mental health, autism, and ADHD services.
They also want to hear about the experiences parents/carers and their children have had with these services.
To take part and learn more, visit the survey website before Friday 9 July.
NEXT: Get involved in local town forum meetings
If you’d like to have your say on issues affecting Windsor, we want to hear from you.
You can suggest discussion topics for the Windsor Forum – which also covers Ascot, as well as attend and contribute to the virtual meetings.
Agendas are published a week in advance, so you can see what councillors will be discussing, and get involved if there’s a topic you’re interested in.
Your discussion suggestions will be added to a future agenda if appropriate.
T the next Windsor Town Forum is on Tuesday 13 July 6.15 p.m..
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
NO CRIME TO REPORT !
NO CRIME TO REPORT !
ASCOT & SOUTH ASCOT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT !
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.
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NEWS UPDATE FROM NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
Hi, I am Valerie Pike, Chair of Windsor & Ascot NHW Association. The Association was formed in September 2019 and our objective was simply to help residents. In setting up the Association, we asked
How can each of us
· help to make our community safer?
· improve its spirit and neighbourliness?
· help the Police to reduce local crime?
· make our own home security better?
Starting up a Neighbourhood Watch scheme in your street is easy, and it’s free. Police statistics show that a Neighbourhood Watch scheme significantly reduces the probability of your house being burgled.
Neighbourhood Watch is about neighbourliness and making our communities and homes safer. It’s about being friendly and caring, and watching out for the elderly and vulnerable too.
Members of Neighbourhood Watch are assisted in a number of ways, including having free home security surveys conducted by a local PCSO, to identify any areas in which security can be improved, and to advise on optimum ways to safeguard against crime and improve personal and household security But most of all Neighbourhood Watch is about helping the Police to keep us safe. They need the support of people who care. If that’s you - join us now!
Please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be delighted to assist.