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This message is dated Wednesday 8th September 2021 - Windsor

Alert message sent 08/09/2021 14:40:00

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Before we start, there is an open public Community Meeting tonight in the Durning Library at ASCOT RACE COURSE.  In the publicity material, I mistakenly put 'Windsor Race Course'.  My apologies.

If your were thinking of going tonight - DON'T !

Cllr Carole Da Costa has offered to find us a venue, to hold a similar meeting in Dedworth and we will sort out a date shortly, where the same line up will be available.

I will then publicise full details via these messages.

FIRST: ………..TWO MORE SEXTORTION CASES SO FAR THIS WEEK:


The First:
The victim received a ‘friend request’ around 2 weeks ago, from an attractive young woman, which he accepted on Facebook.  They started talking. They then moved to another App platform, where they could face time privately.  The woman then started to send intimate videos of herself to the caller and asked him to show her similar intimate acts of himself, in return.

The victim ……… did this.  Immediately, the woman said she had saved the images and started to threaten the victim, asking for money, or she would send the videos to all his Facebook contacts and 'ruin his life'.

The victim, immediately blocked the ‘woman’ on Facebook, but has received an email today - 'I bet your public image is worth my requirements to send $1,149 in 'Dashcoin'

The victim then called the police.  He has not sent the money and he has been advised to block the email address.

The Second:
A woman’s husband was persuaded to send intimate videos of himself to a woman on an X rated Facebook Page after they had been in contact ???  Immediately the demands for money came in - $200.  The wife then took control of the situation and said they were reporting the scammers to the police.  The scammers responded that they had copied photographs of the victim’s children, taken from Facebook and would publish them on their posters.  After this threat, the victim deleted all the contacts from their social media and have not paid any money

These cases are really distressing for the victims.  They know they have acted foolishly, but there could be enormous repercussions if the videos are sent to all their contacts.  Fortunately – so far – we have not had a case where once blocked, the scammers have done this.

BETTER THOUGH TO BE SAFE, RATHER THAN SORRY

ONCE AGAIN THE ADVICE:


DO NOT WRITE, SAY, DO, VIDEO, FILM, SEND PHOTOS, TEXT ANYTHING ONLINE, THAT YOU WOULD NOT WANT YOUR FAMILY, RELATIVES, FRIENDS, NEIGHBOURS, WORK COLLEAGUES - BOSS – EVERYONE IN YOUR PERSONAL ADDRESS BOOK - TO SEE, READ OR HEAR !

These cases are devastating and cause months of worry – DON’T DO IT !

NEXT: MORE REPORTS OF NOTTINGHAM KNOCKERS on the 6th September:

In Park Close, Brook Street (aggressive), King Street, Sheet Street, Prince Consort Cottages, Helena Road, Clewer Hill Avenue and others

Many thanks to all those that have been phoning them through – we are really grateful – and - we do send people out to check them.

They need to be reported, as we have had some incidents of aggressive behaviour.  One in Ascot, calling on an elderly and vulnerable resident, was aggressive and placed items in her doorway, preventing her from closing the door.  Eventually she paid him £45 for items, to make him go away.

That of course, makes her vulnerable from a scammers perspective and easy prey to other scams.

If you see someone – there are both boys and girls, men and women who now do this – at your door with a large bag over their shoulder selling household products, wave them away, without opening the door and if you have contact details of other people in your road, ask them to do the same.

IF NO-ONE BUYS FROM THEM AND THEY CANNOT GATHER THE NECESSARY ADDRESSES FOR FUTURE SCAMMERS – THEY WON’T COME HERE AND WILL MOVE TO EASIER PASTURES.


In the past the Nottingham Knockers – a traditional name, they rarely come from Nottingham now – only wanted cash.  They wanted to check the condition of the notes.  If they smelt musty, or were flat and crisp, it indicated a store of cash in the house.  Now with modern plastic notes, they cannot do that, so they use a contactless mobile debit card machine.  We have had cases where, they enter the agreed amount and ask the resident to enter their PIN.  They then appear to have difficulty obtaining a WiFi signal to process the payment.  They wander about to locate a signal and while doing this, change the amount that has been entered before pressing send.  In one case, they increased a £15 payment, to £500.  By the time the residents receive a statement showing the payment, it was several months later !  Rather than run these risks, better not to get involved.

To protect elderly and vulnerable residents, everyone must follow the same procedures followed across the whole Thames Valley – a co-ordinated approach – Don’t open the door, but let them know you are at home.  If you don’t have a window you can look through and wave them away, turn up a radio / TV, so they know someone is at home and chosen, not to answer the door !

Remember our NHW Motto if you have opened your door:

I am sorry, I do not buy goods and services at the door – then firmly, but politely close and lock the door

NEXT:  I have received a copy from the Thames Valley Association of NHW of their new mission statement:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/12yajuZolDI0wA_edb8oGLk52rr_RlGWL6wBxp34zJv8/edit#slide=id.p1

OUR VISION – A society where neighbours come together to create safer, stronger and more proactive communities.
OUR MISSION
– To reduce and prevent crime by enabling individuals and communities to connect and work together
OUR VALUES – In all our work and relationships, we will be responsible, relevant, accountable and inclusive.

I think this embodies exactly, what it is all about and what we hope to achieve !

NEXT:  From the Windsor Lions:

The Windsor Lions Swimathon 2021 will be held on Sunday 10th October in the Windsor Leisure Centre.  It provides teams the opportunity to raise funds for their chosen charity, or good cause.

Participation in the event is very simple. 
All you have to do is recruit a fun team, who will swim by rotation.  Each team member, should aim to collect as much sponsorship as possible, which will be passed back to you at our Awards Presentation after the event, to be donated to the charity or good cause of your choice.  Windsor Lions hire the pool and organise the whole event – all you have to do is enter and swim !

The process to register is easy please visit Swim@windsorlions.co.uk 
If you are planning to enter a team or teams, can you please register by returning the attached Entry Form asap as lanes will be allocated on a first come basis !

Confirmation of requested swimming times and sponsorship forms, will be sent after confirmed Registration.

Please Note, there is a Registration Fee of £15 per team

For more information please email to mikepsells@gmail.com


NEXT:  Community Showcase Saturday 18th September 2021  

Windsor u3a (Windsor University of the 3rd Age) will be organising a Community Showcase, in Windsor Yards.  It will provide a wide range of opportunities for people who are no longer in full-time work, to make new friends and learn for fun.

We offer more than 70 'Interest Groups', in which members explore new ideas, skills and activities together.

These include a variety of Arts and Crafts, Foreign Languages, Discussion, Reading and Creative Writing, Music and groups for Board Games and various Physical Activities.

There is something for everyone ! Windsor u3a is part of the nationwide u3a movement.

For more information, please make contact with Mararet Tagg
Centre Administration
Windsor Yards Shopping Centre
126 King Edward Court
Windsor
SL4 1TH

01753 751932
Margaret.tagg@windsoryards.com



CRIME:

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.

Alternatively you can call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or email - www.crimestoppers-uk.org

WINDSOR:
CENTRAL WINDSOR:

centralwindsorneighbourhoodteam@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
NO CRIME TO REPORT.

ETON & ETON WICK:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.

WINDSOR WEST

windsorwestnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
CLEWER, DEDWORTH & OAKLEY GREEN:
7/9  Tuesday 10 a.m.  Unauthorised encampment at the Hatch / Windsor Marina
6/9 – 7/9  Monday 9 p.m. / Tuesday 11 a.m.  Maidenhead Road.  Garage break.  The door found open and lock forced.  Toolboxes searched, unsure if anything stolen.  Ref. No:  43210402664

CLEWER EAST & PARK:
6/9  Monday 9.50 a.m. / 6.15 p.m.  Theme Park Car park.  Car keyed.  Ref. No:  43210403419

WINDSOR EAST
windsoreastnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
DATCHET, HORTON & WRAYSBURY:
7/9  Tuesday 7.30 a.m. / 7.30 p.m.  Station car Park, Datchet.  Bike locked to railings stolen.  A grey, Carrera Vengeance ladies mountain bike.  Ref. No:  43210402816

OLD WINDSOR:
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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Eyes, ears.....and Brain

Jeff
Jeffrey.pick@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk


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 contact@windsorascotnhwa.org.uk and we will be delighted to assist.

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

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