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This message is dated Monday 24tth August 2020 - Windsor

Alert message sent 24/08/2020 14:23:00

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We have seen a spike in thefts of catalytic Converters, particularly from Honda Jazz’s, Toyota Prius’ and Transit vans

Advice for vehicle owners:
  • Whenever possible, park your vehicle in a garage
  • Alternatively, park in a location that restricts access to the underneath of your vehicle
  • Consider the installation of additional security lighting, but only if there is a realistic chance that the additional light would result in a thief being seen around your vehicle by responsive neighbours and or passersby.
  • If your catalytic converter is of a ‘bolt on’ type consider having the bolts welded
  • Consider the installation of a Video Doorbell / CCTV to protect your vehicles
  • Identify/etch your converter using a proprietary marking and registration system and advertise this fact using windows stickers supplied with the marking system See Property identification - marking, tagging and tracking, Standards for property marking products and services. Note that Retainagroup, who advertise on this website, specialise in vehicle and vehicle component identification.
  • Consider the use of a ‘Cat Clamp’, a product approved by the Association of Chief Police Officers. The clamp surrounds the converter with a cage of aircraft grade stainless steel, locking the converter to the vehicle chassis.
  • If you are a business and operate a fleet of vehicles from a yard improved fencing can help deter a theft. See the Garden Boundaries and Fences section on this website and its subsections.  In addition, and if practical, try and block access to vulnerable high ground clearance vehicles with ones of lower clearance.

This additional (edited) advice has kindly be provided to us by Anne Chalmers of Thames Valley Police
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 -
23/8  Sunday 8.45 p.m.  Canoe Club Store, Baths Island.  Shutters damaged.  Ref. N0:  43200263041
22/8 - 234/8  Saturday 6.30 p.m. / Sunday 10 a.m.  Winkfield Road.  Burglar.  House under renovation.  Entry via rear forced door  Tools stolen.  Ref. No:  43200263511
20/8 - 23/8  Thursday 2 p.m. / Saturday 2 p.m.  Hays Hill, Car door keyed.  Ref. No 43200263636
21/8  Friday midnight / 7 a.m.  Park Corner.  Car window smashed.  Ref. No:  43200261429
22/8  Saturday 10 a.m. / 8.15 p.m.  Large Car Park, Winkfield Road.  Cars targeted and 3 catalytic converters stolen.  Ref. No:  43200262957
23/8 - 24/8  Sunday 10 p.m. / Monday 6 a.m.  The Myrke, Datchet.  Compressor chained to van stolen.  Ref. No:  43200264034.
21/8  Friday 1.15 p.m. / 2 p.m.  Windsor Great Park.  The owner of a car disturbed 2 men trying to steal the catalytic converter from under their car.  They are described as one white and one black.  They made off in a black Vauxhall Insignia, on fake plates.  Ref. No:43200261532
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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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 to 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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