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This message is dated Wednesday 7th October 2020 - Windsor

Alert message sent 07/10/2020 13:51:00

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We had a burglary in Maidenhead, but the circumstances and crime prevention advice, are useful for everyone:-
7/10  Wednesday 10.45 a.m. / 11.45 a.m.  The aggrieved was working outside his house and had left the rear door open.  He suddenly smelt strong aftershave and went to investigate.  He found the house had been searched and a gold sovereign, handbag and cash had been stolen.
This shows how brazen our opportunist thieves are.  If they see or hear you working outside or in your garden, they will walk down to any side entrance, to see if you have locked the back door.  If not, they will enter and do a quick search, taking anything small, valuable and portable.  What if you come back inside ?  They take that risk, with a story already prepared.  You will say - ‘What are you doing in my house’ ? and be totally stunned and confused.  They will quickly respond - ‘I am looking for John, he said he lived here’ !  You will respond - ‘John who’ ?  They will then say ‘Oh sorry’ and make a quick exit !  You will still be left standing there, wondering what just happened !
If you are doing anything outside, you must lock all doors and windows, each time, you go in and out.  As I say, our opportunist thieves are quite brazen and will take risks.

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 -
5/9  Monday 6.30 p.m.  Baths Island.  15ft pleasure boat set on fire.  Confirmed arson.  Ref. No:  43200313277
5/10  Monday 6.45 p.m.  Leisure Pool Car Park.  Car passenger window smashed and backpack and contents stolen.  Ref. No:  43200313305.  Please when parking in a public place LEAVE NOTHING VISIBLY ON DISPLAY.  A backpack is an invitation for our opportunist thieves - it may contain something of value - and you get your window smashed with all the inconvenience involved it having it replaced.  YOU KNOW IT MAKES SENSE.
5/10 - 6/10  Monday 9 p.m. / Tuesday 5 a.m.  St. Andrews Avenue.  Various wall have been sprayed with graffiti.  Ref. No:  43200315120.  Does anyone in that area have video doorbell / CCTV footage of anything suspicious about that time /  If so, please send the footage to our SR email above, quoting the reference number.
6/9  Tuesday 5.30 p.m.  Horton Road, Datchet.  Burglary.  The owners were sitting at home, when they heard a knock on the door.  The decided not to answer, so they heard more knocking and again didn’t answer.  They then heard a loud bang as the front door was forced open and two men wearing masks came in.  The owners shouted and ran for help from neighbours.  When the returned the men had made off.  The police were called and attended immediately, carrying out an area search looking for the men, but no-one was located.  No-one was located and nothing had been taken.  Ref. No:  43200314492.  If someone rings your doorbell or knocks on your door, you must make sure they know someone is at home and does not want to answer.  Turn on some lights, or wave them away from a window.  This happened because the opportunist thieves believed there was no-one at home.  If lights had been flashed to indicate the house was occupied, this would not have happened.  Fortunately there was a good outcome, but the aggrieved was badly shaken.

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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