This message is dated Friday18th December 2020 - Windsor
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A GOOD END TO THE WEEK
NO THEFT FROM CARS – but we have had one catalytic converter stolen – along with a second stolen in Ascot as well as one car stolen.
AS A RESULT OF CAR CRIME LEVELS AND CARS PARKED UP AND LEFT UNLOCKED – WE ORGANISED ADDITIONAL POLICE PATROLS IN TARGETED AREAS AND LOOKED ALONG ROADS OF PARKED CARS.
The officers were doing 2 things:
Checking cars for items left on display
Cars left unlocked
If they found either, they would check online for the address of the owner and then knock on their front door – and offer advice !
We have had Christmas presents stolen from the boots of cars, as well as laptops, wallets, handbags, sunglasses and loose change from the centre console.
PLEASE – WE DO NOT WANT ADDITIONAL VICTIMS OF CRIME OVER CHRISTMAS.
You know it makes sense – even if you park behind locked gates – LOCK YOUR CAR AND LEAVE NOTHING ON DISPLAY.
This was the advice I put out a few weeks ago:
Some cars automatically lock after 3 minutes, if the owner forgets to lock it, - but – they did find a beautiful new Porsche – parked up but still left unlocked !!!. If cars do have automatic locking how can thieves get in ?
There are 2 types of locking mechanisms in cars – normal fob locking and keyless fobs.
NORMAL CAR FOBS
The signal from normal car key fobs cannot be copied. All car fobs and other remote devices, work on the same principle. The fob sends a set of random numbers to the computer under the bonnet. If it recognises the string of numbers, it will lock / unlock the car. The computer changes the string of numbers every time – ensuring they cannot be copied.
What therefore happens – if two people press their fobs at the same time ? As they all work on the same principle, the car receives a jumbled set of numbers – from 2 fobs ! It doesn’t recognise its own set – so – it does nothing. You will not be able to lock or unlock your car. We have all experienced this, when we have to press our fob several times, before the car responds.
As I mentioned, all remote devices work on this same principle and can be used as a jamming device, mixing up the sets of numbers. Car fobs are generally restricted to a short distance from the car – to stop this happening, but other devices – such as an automatic up and over garage door fob, has a much wider range ! If you car fails to lock when you press the fob – look around !
If your fob won’t work at all, it may be someone is simply holding down their device for a long period of time, blocking all signals. If you use your key to lock the car – that is fine, the car is locked, but generally it will not seet the immobiliser – nor the alarm !
Here the situation is more complicated. The keyless car fob emits a signal, which is always the same and that signal can be copied. It is the same as the hologram of contactless credit cards.
Some of our opportunist thieves, do have a gadget that can copy the signal emanating from keyless car fobs. The device sends out a signal and if it locates a keyless fob, is saves the code embedded in that signal. If they then approach the car – the computer under the bonnet recognises that code and the car opens – this can also be used of course to steal the car – as it will accept the signal and permit the car to start !
How to prevent this happening ?
Keyless fobs were meant to make life easier, but the manufacturers did not consider crime. Criminals are always very adept and often a step ahead, at taking advantage of any flaws in systems. If you have a keyless fob, you must keep it at all times in what is called a ‘Faraday Cage’. A small metal box, which prevents the signal being reached and copied. Manufacturers now make purses / wallets and even handbags, which contain a metal mesh, preventing the signal from being copied.
At home, fobs must not be placed near the front door, but as far away as possible – in their metal container. It appears an old metal biscuit tin is not sufficient. I did recommend keeping them in a microwave – which is a obvious Faraday cage in every home – none of the microwaves can escape – until someone forgot they were in there and used the microwave – blowing up both the microwave and the keys !!! The fridge though will do, if you don’t have one of those small card cases.
PLEASE ALSO REMEMBER, LOTS OF MODERN CARS RETRACT THEIR WING MIRRORS ONCE THE CAR IS LOCKED – IF THEY ARE STILL OUT – THE CAR IS UNLOCKED !!! That can be seen from a distance anywhere.
BE SMART – WE KNOW WHAT THE PROBLEM IS – AND THE SOLUTION.
LOCK YOUR CAR AND KEEP THE KEYS SAFE
NEXT: I now have had an Update re Community Speed Watch from Police HQ.
Community Speed Watch can resume, when an area is classified as Tier 1 !
As we are going up to Tier 3 from the weekend in RBWM, it will remain on hold for the time being.
If you feel people are speeding in, your or near your road, just let me know the name of the road, time and day of the week and I will pass it onto your Neighbourhood Team, to record for the time being.
NEXT: CAN I THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN FOR PHONING THROUGH SUSPICIOUS PEOPLE AND CARS, OUT AND ABOUT IN THE EARLY HOURS. This enables us to task our resources effectively, rather than just sending them out to circulate. We need those Shift Response Teams, to be patrolling where they are going to be most needed and able to respond to a call as quickly as possible. The intelligence we receive from you enables us to do that. As a result, we are patrolling areas targeted by Opportunist Offenders and seeing a disruption of their offending.
Many thanks to everyone that called – keep the intelligence coming. IT HELPS US TO HELP YOU AND REDUCES THE NUMBERS OF VICTIMS OF 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
SR.email@example.com NO CRIME TO REPORT.
ETON & ETON WICK:
12/12 – 16/12 Saturday 5.30 p.m. / Wednesday 1.45 p.m. Baldwin’s Shore. Catalytic converter stolen from under a Lexus RX400H. Ref. No: 43200427500
SR.firstname.lastname@example.org CLEWER, DEDWORTH & OAKLEY GREEN:
17/12 Thursday 5.40 a.m. Maidenhead Road. The owner woke up in the morning and saw an alert on their mobile phone, from their video doorbell. It contained video footage of ‘someone’ walking onto the driveway about 5’9’’, wearing a hoody pulled over their face, tracksuit bottoms and trainers. The person walked onto the drive, tried the car door handles of the two cars parked their – BOTH OF WHICH WERE LOCKED AND HAD NOTHING LEFT ON DISPLAY – they then walked off. Ref. No: 43200428277 These Opportunist Thieves are just looking for the easiest ways to steal items from cars – everything has a value to them and loose change from several cars, will add up ! Why take the risk of smashing a car window and setting off an alarm if all you really have to do, if find an unlocked car – and open the door !!! YOU KNOW IT MAKES SENSE
LOCK YOUR CAR
LEAVE NOTHING ON DISPLAY
16/12 Wednesday noon / 1 p.m. Tennis Club Car Park, Royal Windsor Way. BMW Stolen from the car park. CCTV shows a grey Vauxhall Zafira, pull up beside a dark blue BMW X3, index RJ ** VHW, getting into the car and then both cars driving away. Ref. No: 43200426968
CLEWER EAST & PARK:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
SR.email@example.com DATCHET, HORTON & WRAYSBURY:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
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