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This message is dated Friday 25th September 2020 - Maidenhead

Alert message sent 25/09/2020 16:44:00

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FIRST:  ANOTHER ATTEMPTED COURIER FRAUD REPORTED TO ACTION FRAUD
 
A neighbour reports that her elderly neighbour, received a phone call at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, from someone who said they were the police at Slough Police Station.  The man said they were investigating fraud at the resident’s bank - would they be prepared to help the police with their investigation ?  If so, could they please go to the bank as soon as possible and withdraw their savings in cash.  The police would send a courier to collect the cash, so that they could fingerprint it, to identify who in that branch, was committing the fraud.
 
The potential victim was suspicious and asked to speak to his supervisor.  The phone was immediately handed to another man, who said he was the Police Superintendent.  The resident was not convinced and said they would speak to their neighbour first.  The alleged police officer, said that would be against the law and they were being silly !  The potential victim put the phone down and has not heard from anyone since.
 
These courier frauds have been happening for many years now and cost thousands of victims across the entire UK, their whole life savings, believing they were helping and working with the police.
They are though, still finding new victims, but hopefully the pool of potential victims, is shrinking, as we circulate the details to protect anyone who is possibly vulnerable and might fall for it.  Tell and alert, everyone you know, to prepare them.
 

If you get one of these calls - JUST PUT DOWN THE RECEIVER
 
NEXT:  A funding stream available to anyone living in Radian Housing:
 
Apply for funding from Radian
 
Did you know that Radian offer community grants for groups that support Radian residents and kick start grants for children that live in a Radian property age 11+.
For more information please go to https://www.radian.co.uk/residents/community-investment/grants-funding/
 
Many Thanks
 
Danielle
Danielle Lane
,
Parkside House, 33 - 39 Sheet Street, Windsor SL4 1BY
Tel:  01753 777421
www.radian.co.uk
 
 
NEXT:  AS THE EVENINGS START TO GET DARKER - SUNSET IS NOW 6.58 P.M. THINK ABOUT YOUR HOME SECURITY IF YOUR HOUSE IS IN DARKNESS AND YOU ARE NOT HOME:
 
Preventing burglary in the Royal Borough, is a priority for us. Opportunist thieves, take advantage of open, or vulnerable doors and windows, keys left in insecure ‘hiding places’ and unlocked side gates.
 
To reduce burglaries, Thames Valley Police, work closely with our Community Safety Partners, including the local Authority, to keep homes safe.
 
Don’t leave your home in darkness, advertising the fact that there is no one at home. Use a segment timer and set it to turn on a light, or a talk radio station, as it starts to get dark. Try and vary the time each day, to make it look more natural. Also, consider purchasing a ‘fake TV’ with timer and dusk to dawn sensor.
 
Look out for your neighbours’ houses, especially, when they are not at home.
 
If you see anything that you feel needs urgent police attendance (e.g. an unknown person in your neighbour’s back garden), phone 999 immediately.
If you see anything suspicious, which does not need an immediate response, phone Thames Valley Police, on the non-emergency number – 101.
If you have any information about a crime and do not want to speak to the Police personally, nor be identified, please call Crime Stoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
If you are not a member of a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme, you can find details of your local schemes, by going online at ‘Our Watch’, using this link: https://www.ourwatch.org.uk
If no such group exists in your area, consider establishing your own group.
 
As a Neighbourhood Team, we are still offering free Home Security Surveys, to assess the current security measures in place in your home. We will work with you to identify opportunities, to make your home even safer. If you would like to arrange a survey, please email us at: homesecuritysurveyrequests@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
 
For more details on any of the above options, please contact your Neighbourhood Police Team on 101 and they will be pleased to advise on home security options.
 
Further information can also be found at https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk
 
 
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.
  
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
 
 
MAIDENHEAD CENTRAL:
maidenheadcentralgeographical@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
SR.windsor&maidenhead@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
23/9 - 24/9  Wednesday 7.30 a.m. / Thursday 8 a.m.  North Town Road.  Car keyed.  Ref. No:  43200301541
23/9  Wednesday 6.10 a.m. / 7.10 a.m.  Business, Bridge Road.  Deliver of burger buns left outside stolen.  Ref. No:  43200300302
 
RIVERSIDE & BELMONT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
 
MAIDENHEAD WEST

maidenheadwestgeographical@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
SR.windsor&maidenhead@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
BISHAM, COOKHAM, HURLEY, THE WALTHAMS, LITTLEWICK GREEN & KNOWL HILL:
24/9  Thursday 7.45 p.m. / 10 p.m.  Sutton Road, Cookham.  Car rear windscreen smashed.  Laptop bag emptied over the rear seat - torch and digital level stolen.  Ref. No:  43200301918
 
PINKNEYS GREEN & FURZE PLATT:
22/9 - 23/9  Tuesday 11 a.m. / Wednesday 6 a.m.  Flats, Halifax Road.  Bike stolen from a communal hallway.  A black Carrera, mountain bike.  Ref. No:  43200298823
 
MAIDENHEAD SOUTH
maidenheadsouthgeographical@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
SR.windsor&maidenhead@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
BOYN HILL, COX GREEN & WOODLANDS PARK:
23/9 - 24/9  Wednesday 10 p.m. / Thursday 8 a.m.  Thatchers Drive.  CAR LEFT UNLOCKED ON THE DRIVE - LAPTOP STOLEN FROM THE SEAT - along with a battery from the drive.  Ref. No:  43200301334.  This was possibly an opportunist thief, walking along the road trying car door handles.  Does anyone have any video doorbell / CCTV footage of anyone in that area doing this or acting us a suspicious manner ?  If so please forward the footage to the SR email above, quoting this reference number.
 
OLDFIELD, BRAY & HOLYPORT:
24/9  Thursday 11.15 a.m. / 11.50 a.m.  Farm, Fifield Lane, Winkfield.  Cash stolen from a purse and bag left in a car.  Ref. No:  43200301531
 
MEMBERS’ COMMENTS:-
 
FIRST:  A NEW SCAM:
 
Hi Jeff,

 
My partner received this very convincing scam e mail today, I’m sure it will catch many people out.
Giveaways are the low penalty (£25!), no vehicle details, or photos, no specific location, or time, no specifics of the alleged offence. Not to mention the ‘ unavailable at present’ phone number at the end. 
She tried to forward the e mail to me but there is some kind of block applied that prevents that.  
Hope this will help prevent someone from losing £25 for nothing.
 
Keep up the good work.
 
'C'
 
This is an odd one.  The email looks formal from the HM Courts & Tribunal.  It goes on to say that his vehicle has been driven on a road in a charging area, without payment of the appropriate charge of £25 !  Where is that charging area ?  ‘The United Kingdom’ !  He has 28 days to make the payment by clicking on the LINK - or face further charges !
 
BIN IT - DON’T DO IT - DON’T LET IT BE YOU

 
NEXT FROM ‘L’
 
Hi Jeff

I have received this email and I will ignore it as I think it is fraudulent.
 
Do you think so ?
 
‘L’
 
She also asks, where is the best place to send these ?  If you receive an email / text, you think is a scam, the first thing to do is copy and paste a few lines into Google.  It will then immediately let you know if it is a known scam.  Next - many of the organisations, banks, utilities involved, run their own scam reporting departments and are really grateful if you send the offending email to them.  They then track them and close them down.  The scammers of course start up again from another server, but it does delay them.  After that - you can let me know, so that I warn everyone else.
 
This one was the old TV Licence scam.
 
The email states that the TV Licence will expire on the 22nd September and £11.90 is outstanding, because the bank has declined the last Direct Debit.  To pay that amount and - update the bank details - click on the LINK.
 
BIN IT - DON’T DO IT - DON’T LET IT BE YOU !
 
NEXT: The DVLA scam
 
Hi Jeff

 
Have just received this email.  I have double checked my bank account and found the payment to DVLA was made on 15 September.
 
This is obviously a scam and I am deleting it.
 
Regards
 
‘R’
 
‘E’  Had the same email:
 
Dear Jeff,
 
I receive your neighbourhood alert and thought I would forward you the below email I received this morning as I’m not too sure who else to send it to.
 
The below email is to inform me that my vehicle tax has been cancelled to due non payment from my debit card …… this is not correct and my car is taxed, therefore this email is a scam.
 
Also if you click on the ‘GOV.UK.TAX’ or hover your mouse over the LINK or the sender - it's a hotmail A/c.
 
I would be very grateful if you could look into this or forward it on to someone who can.
 
Kind regards,
 
‘E’
'R's email:
The email explains that R’s last Road Tax payment failed and they have therefore generated a new invoice, but they need him to click on the LINK to complete details of his car and full bank details for a new standing order.  IF HE DOESN’T RESPOND - the car will be clamped, crushed and enforcement action taken against him !!!
 
BIN IT - DON’T DO IT - DON’T LET IT BE YOU
 
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.
 
https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/
 
follow us on Facebook:
 
https://www.facebook.com/TVPWindsorandMaidenhead
 
Eyes, ears.....and Brain
 
Jeff
Jeffrey.pick@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk

 
NEWS UPDATE FROM NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH   June 2020

The Maidenhead Police Area NHW Association continues to flourish and is making great strides in reactivating and expanding Neighbourhood Watch within the town and its surrounding areas. Many new schemes have been established over the past year and, thanks to a number of new active Coordinators and despite lockdown,  Neighbourhood Watch in Maidenhead has continued to be active during these past months and a number of new schemes have been started and others expanded.  Areas which may not have been fully covered in the past but now are, or are much improved, include:-   Calders Close, Grosvenor Drive, Ray Park Avenue, Somerford Close, Brampton Ct, In the Ray, Leighton Gardens, Camperdown, Addison Ct, Ray Mill Road East, The Pagoda, Grant Lane, Clappers Meadow, Boulters Ct, Boulters Lane, Boulters Gardens, Lower Cookham Road (A4094) (Between boulters lock and boulters carpark), Boulters Island, Horton Close, Waltham St Lawrence Parish, The Paddock, St Margaret’s Road, Lees Close, Auckland Close, Juniper Drive  and others.
Residents within these 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 www.ourwatch.org.uk and enter your postcode.
 
If you have any questions relating to Neighbourhood Watch please contact the Maidenhead Multi-Scheme Administrator, John Diack at johndiack@hotmail.com.

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

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