This message is dated Monday 7th December 2020 - Ascot
Alert message sent 07/12/2020 16:48:00
Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police
THREE POSSIBLY CONNECTED BURGLARIES TO REPORT – ALL JUST AS IT GET DARK ! They are possibly connected. If you live around those properties and have a video doorbell / CCTV – can you please check the footage for anything you feel might be useful to the police. Send it to the SR email below, quoting the appropriate ref. No.
It may well be that the offenders were in the area few days before, checking out potential targets ? Please check for potential footage as well.
CRIME PREVENTION ADVICE – ABOUT HOUSES LEFT IN DARKNESS AFTER 4 P.M. – WHICH IDICATES, NO-ONE IS HOME !!!
THE WINTER BURGLARY CAMPAIGN
We are still having a few house burglaries across RBWM, but more often, it is sheds and garages. We have been having expensive bikes stolen from garden sheds – so if you have a valuable bike, you may have been followed to find out where you live and where you may keep the bike.
Protect sheds and garages with a ‘shed alarm’. These are available from most online retail outlets – search for ‘shed alarm’. These need no fixing, as they are battery operated and can simply be placed freestanding, on a shelf. They are easy to operate – you fob them on as you leave, close AND LOCK the door. You fob it off, as you open the door. They contain a heat and motion sensor – exactly the same as outside security lights. They sound at 110 decibels, which in the early hours is extremely loud and will wake up neighbours and deter offenders. Once it sounds – they will make off ! They are inexpensive and often at this time of year on special offer.In reality, it is a mini wireless burglar alarm. If you don’t yet have an alarm, think about:
Putting up a dummy alarm box, if everyone else in the road, or the large majority of your neighbours, have an alarm. Our Opportunist Thieves, are not experienced burglars. They know little about alarms and just look for the easiest target. In a street of alarmed houses, it will be the one without an alarm box on the front ! Simple as that.
Get a shed alarm, and use it as a mobile Burglar Alarm in your house. We know the preferred entry point to most houses is the back, where the opportunist is not overlooked and rear patio doors / kitchen windows. You read my reports – how often do you see - entry via forced rear patio door ? Simply place the shed alarm in the room with the patio doors and fob it on when you go to bed. You could – if they are on offer, buy a second, if you have another vulnerable point of entry.
Look for ‘Window Shock Alarms’. These are quite small, discrete and really inexpensive. They attach to vulnerable windows with double sided tape – with a red warning showing on the outside that the house is protected and alarmed. Once turned on are activated if the window is bashed, or an attempt is made to force it – causing vibrations.
‘Door Handle Alarms’ – once turned on, you simply hang them on a door handle. If the door is moved – the alarm sounds
‘Door Wedge Alarms’ – These are placed behind a door. The top of the wedge is a metal plate. If the door opens – it depressed the plate, making a connection and setting off the alarm.
ALL SIMPLE MEASURES ANYONE CAN TAKE TO PROTECT THEIR HOMES AND POSSESSIONS.
EVERY CRIME WE PREVENT ………. MEANS ONE LESS TRAUMATISED VICTIM !
NEXT FROM RBWM;
Royal Borough in tier 2: high alert
Thank you to everyone for doing all you can to stop the spread of COVID-19. We know it’s been a difficult time but we’re grateful to you all.
The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead is now in tier 2: high alert.
The main points for tier 2: high alert are:
You must not socialise with anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place.
You must not socialise in a group of more than 6 people outside, including in a garden or a public space – this is called the ‘rule of 6'.
Everyone who can work from home should do so.
To see the full list of restrictions for tier 2: high alert – see below
Tier 2: High alert
This is for areas with a higher or rapidly rising level of infections, where some additional restrictions need to be in place.
In Tier 2:
you must not socialise with anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place
you must not socialise in a group of more than 6 people outside, including in a garden or a public space – this is called the ‘rule of 6’
businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-Secure manner, other than those which remain closed by law, such as nightclubs
pubs and bars must close, unless operating as restaurants. Hospitality venues can only serve alcohol with substantial meals
hospitality businesses selling food or drink for consumption on their premises are required to:
provide table service only, in premises which sell alcohol
close between 11pm and 5am (hospitality venues in airports, ports, transport services and motorway service areas are exempt)
stop taking orders after 10pm
hospitality businesses and venues selling food and drink for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through
early closure (11pm) applies to casinos, cinemas, theatres, museums, bowling alleys, amusement arcades, funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks and activities, and bingo halls. Cinemas, theatres and concert halls can stay open beyond 11pm in order to conclude performances that start before 10pm
public attendance at outdoor and indoor events (performances and shows) is permitted, limited to whichever is lower: 50% capacity, or either 2,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors
public attendance at spectator sport and business events can resume inside and outside, subject to social contact rules and limited to whichever is lower: 50% capacity, or either 2,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors
places of worship remain open but you must not socialise with people from outside of your household or support bubble while you are indoors there, unless a legal exemption applies
weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on numbers of attendees – 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies and receptions, 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, and 15 people can attend linked commemorative events such as wakes or stone settings.
organised outdoor sport, and physical activity and exercise classes can continue
organised indoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes will only be permitted if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with (or share a support bubble with). There are exceptions for indoor disability sport, sport for educational purposes and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s, which can take place with larger groups mixing
you can continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open, but should aim to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible
if you live in a tier 2 area, you must continue to follow tier 2 rules when you travel to a tier 1 area. Avoid travel to or overnight stays in tier 3 areas other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities. You can travel through a tier 3 area as a part of a longer journey
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
4/12 Friday noon / 6 p.m. Gainsborough Drive. Burglary. The owner returned to find side gate to property open and the rear doors forced. Whole house searched – wardrobes and chests of drawers ransacked. No yet known exactly what was stolen, but paperwork missing. Ref. No: 43200409246
4/12 Friday 6.30 p.m. Cedar Drive Burglary. Apartment entered via forced rear patio doors – very untidy search – valuable watches and aftershave stolen. Ref. No: 43200409284
4/12 Friday 6 a.m. / 7.15 p.m. Kingswick Drive. Burglary. The owner returned and saw the house lights on. Entry via forced rear French doors. Untidy search of the whole house – wardrobes and chests of drawers emptied and a bath panel ripped away. Cash and jewellery stolen. Ref. No: 43200409339
4/12 – 6/12 Friday noon / Sunday 7.30 a.m. Hillside Park. Garage break. Garage door forced. 2 bikes stolen. Ref. No: 43200411661
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ASCOT & SOUTH ASCOT:
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NO CRIME TO REPORT.
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NEWS UPDATE FROM NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
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 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 www.ourwatch.org.uk and enter your postcode.
For any questions relating to Neighbourhood Watch please contact the Windsor & Ascot NHW Association at firstname.lastname@example.org