This message is dated Friday 17th July 2020 - Maidenhead
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This message is dated Friday 17th July 2020 for Maidenhead.
Some general Crime Prevention advice re Car Crime is at the bottom of this message.
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
15/7 Wednesday 3.50 a.m. College Avenue. CAR ENTERED BY UNKNOWN MEANS - It was searched. Backpack and contents, including a wallet was stolen. Ref. No: 43200218115
16/7 Thursday 4.15 p.m. Queen Street. Brown Range Rover index RY ** URP stolen from the road. Ref. No: 43200217766
RIVERSIDE & BELMONT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
SR.email@example.com BISHAM, COOKHAM, HURLEY, THE WALTHAMS, LITTLEWICK GREEN & KNOWL HILL:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
PINKNEYS GREEN & FURZE PLATT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
SR.firstname.lastname@example.org BOYN HILL, COX GREEN & WOODLANDS PARK:
15/7 Wednesday 11.45 a.m. / 12.15 p.m. Altwood Close. The owner went out of their front door to access their rear garden, possibly leaving the front door open. Later they came back and found the front door open and 2 handbags and contents stolen. Ref. No: 43200215622
15/7 Wednesday 3.50 a.m. Laburnham Road. The owner has video doorbell footage of a man walking onto their drive and trying the car door handles of the 2 cars parked there. As they were both locked, the man walked off trying other car door handles as he walked along the road. Ref. No: 43200216513. Do you live nearby and have a video / doorbell / CCTV showing any suspicious activity. If so please send it to the SR email above quoting the ref no.
OLDFIELD, BRAY & HOLYPORT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
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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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 haver 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, 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 email@example.com.
CATLYTIC CONVERTER ADVICE TO PREVENT THEFT
There is an epidemic across the Thames Valley. Another 4 stolen on Tuesday, mainly in Maidenhead, but one in Ascot. More on Wednesday and Thursday. This is now an epidemic. The cars targeted - Honda Jazz, Honda Civic, Prius and now 2 Lexus’ as well.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO PROTECT YOUR CAR ?
Always park in rearwards against a wall / garage door. This makes it harder for the thieves to jack the rear of the car up and get underneath.
Often, the thieves simply jack the car up from the side, causing considerable body damage. It only takes a few seconds and they don’t care how much damage they cause.
Listen. This is a very noisy operation as they have to cut through the metal exhaust pie in front and behind the catalytic Converter, which then drops off. It only takes a few seconds, but cutting through the metal with a small cordless angle grinder / saw, is noisy - particularly in the early hours.
Phone us if you see or hear either of the above. In the reported cases, several of the owners woke up and heard the noise, but didn’t know what it was, so went back to sleep.
Remain Alert - wherever you are, because some of these thefts are taking place during the day.
There is a marking scheme. You can have a plate attached to the Cat Converter, so that if it is stolen, it can possibly be identified and connected to your car - I am investigating that option. Unfortunately, it wouldn’t stop the Cat being stolen, as the thief will not see the plate until afterwards !
GENERAL CAR CRIME !!!
CARS LEFT UNLOCKED - 'ENTERED BY UNKNOWN MEANS' - NO DAMAGE
We have a problem with theft from motor vehicles. Often, because cars are parked up and left unlocked. When we talk to victims, they tell us they thought this was OK because the car was parked behind locked gates. Often we later get video Doorbell / CCTV footage of offenders climbing over gates !
ITEMS LEFT ON DISPLAY
Opportunist thieves, are not going to pay to have a window replaced, or take valuable time off work to have this done - it can be very inconvenient as it always happens when you need your car urgently. Opportunist thieves walk around 24 / 7, trying car door handles, or just looking into cars. If it is dark, they use a small torch, or the torch facility on their mobile phones. SO NOTHING - NOTHING - MUST BE LEFT ON DISPLAY. A pair of sunglasses / loose change for parking, left in the centre console - even if covered with something, will get a window smashed. In some areas, it is often valuable sets of golf clubs left in the back, for a quick getaway the next day. A supermarket bag, or a jacket left on the seat, may contain something valuable or a wallet. Think about it from the perspective of an opportunist thief - anything you own, has a value to them and can be sold. As you see from my reports backpacks, often contain laptops / electronic equipment - such easy pickings.
TOURISTS - As a major tourist area, we attract thousands each year. They have nowhere to store luggage / backpacks etc., so they park up and leave it is - often on display - in the back of their cars and get their rear windscreens smashed. There is little we can do to prevent this, as we do not want to deter them from coming, but as local residents there is something we can do - BE OBSERVANT. REPORT ANYONE ACTING SUSPICIOUSLY AROUND PARKED CARS ON THE ROAD AND IN OUR MANY CAR PARKS.
CRIME ATTRACTOR: Easy targets will attract opportunist thieves. If opportunists can walk about trying car door handles and find cars left unlocked - they will also look for other opportunities while they are there !!!
YOU DO NOT WANT THESE PEOPLE IN YOUR ROADS
HELP US TO HELP YOU AND ALL OUR OTHER NEIGHBOURS, FRIENDS, WORK COLLEAGUES AND RELATIVES !