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Crime Update Tuesday 26th July 2016 - Maidenhead

Alert message sent 26/07/2016 10:50:00

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This message is dated Tuesday 26th  July 2016 for Maidenhead.
Last week we had a case where someone had lost £1,800 from their bank account, after falling for the TalkTalk scam !  As I have pointed out the TalkTalk database has now been hacked several times, so the scammers have all your personal details, including A/c details and phone numbers, payments and payment dates etc. etc. etc.
The scam works this way.
They phone you to say that your router is malfunctioning and causing problems for your neighbours, interfering with their signal.  What they would like to send you a new they ask for your address.............and would like to offer you a refund, to compensate you for your inconvenience......................can you please let them have your bank account details !!!
By then you are sucked in and fail to realise that, surely they have your address ????  Surely they have your bank account details ?????
Obviously, they only hacked part of the database !
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22/7 – 23/7  Friday 9.30 p.m. / Saturday 6 a.m.  Bridle Road.  Bike stolen from front garden.  A black & yellow Boardman bike.
23/7  Saturday  midnight / 5.15 p.m.  Ray Mill Road East.  A small hole has appeared in a house window – possibly the result of an airgun pellet fired at the house.
24/7  - 25/7  Sunday noon / Monday 7 a.m.  Cookham Road.  An offender has walked onto the driveway and attempted to force the passenger car door lock.  No entry gained.
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24/7  Sunday 4.15 a.m.  Terry’s Lane.  Hay bale set on fire in a field.  Berks Fire and rescue put it out.
24/7  Sunday 0.30 a.m.  Hurley Riverside Park, Frogmill Spinney.  The aggrieved was load a van on site.  They found a bag had been stolen containing iPad, memory sticks, hard drive etc.
24/7  Sunday 7 a.m.  Farm Road.  Burglary.  Entry through a rear kitchen window left open for ventilation due to the heat.  The owners had left a transom window open for ventilation and the thief reached in and opened a larger window to climb in.  The ground floor was searched.  Wallet stolen from the lounge but an iPhone ignored, handbag and contents stolen another iPhone ignored.  Car keys and a blue VW Tguan index RK ** VSG stolen from outside.  The thief left via the rear patio doors having found the door key on the kitchen table.  We had this car theft in Windsor – so VWs may be being targeted - 24/7 – 25/7  Sunday 11 p.m. / Monday 4.15 a.m.  Parsonage Lane.  Burglary.  The thieves reached through a small transom window in the front living room, left open for ventilation and opened a larger window to climb through, while the owners were asleep upstairs in bed.  Search of the ground floor and keys and a blue VW Golf index YH ** XFR stolen from outside.  The iPhones were probably igored because it is so easy to track them now - IF YOU HAVE ACTIVATED THE TRACKER SOFTWARE WHICH IS PRE-LOADED FOR YOU !!!!
  1. Never leave even small windows open at night on the ground floor for ventilation.  You do not want a thief walking around your ground floor, while you are asleep upstairs, particularly if you have children in the house – or live in a bungalow.  GET A FAN. 
  2. House / door / car keys must never be left in doors, left on worktops or where it would take a thief more than 5 minutes to find.
  3. Everyone in RBWM should now have a burglar alarm – AND SET IT WHEN YOU GO OUT AND AT NIGHT.  An alarm no longer means you have something worth stealing inside !  They are fitted as standard in all new properties.  They only cost a fraction of the price from several years ago as technology has developed and they are now all wireless, meaning the installer does not have to drill through walls / run cables everywhere.
  4. If you cannot install an alarm, put up a dummy box on your wall outside.  Our opportunist thieves will not recognise the difference !  They have no knowledge of alarm systems and will simply move onto an easier target.
24/7  Sunday 5.30 a.m.  Longwood Mews.  A woman walked along the road and tried the car door handle of the aggrieved’s car.  She pulled the door open and the alarm immediately sounded, so she immediately made off.  She is described as white, skinny, 5’4’’, dark hair, mid 30s, wearing a black jumper / cardigan, a glove on the hand she was using and a black rucksack.
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24/7  Sunday 1 a.m. / 2.40 p.m.  St. Patricks Close.  The owner of a car drove home and left parked outside.  When they went back to the car it had dents and scratches and what looks like bicycle tyre marks over the car !
25/7  Monday 8 p.m. / 10.45 p.m.  Westmoreland Road.  Cover stolen from car bumper which covers the ‘towing holes’ where a hook attaches to tow the vehicle.  A specific tool is needed to remove this.
24/7  Sunday 2.45 a.m.  Braywick Park Entrance.  A witness heard the sound of glass smashing.  A thief smashed the glass in a fire door, reached inside and pushed down the opening bar.  They then made for a fruit machine which they forced open to steal the cash.  They left the same way.  The police were called and several response teams attended immediately and put a containment on the site and carried out an extensive area search , but the thief had disappeared.  A black holdall containing crow bar and hammer and some glass fragments was found hidden in some trees.
Dear Jeff

Last week I went to the Maidenhead recycling site, to dispose of some garden waste and some shredded paperwork.
The container for waste paper, was quite full and sitting right on the top of in plain view was a pile of documents / letters which had the name and address and possibly other personal information, just sitting there ready for anyone to remove and use for whatever purpose.
I was sorely tempted to do just that and post them back to the person concerned - with a note, thanking them for the really useful info.
Needless to say I did not remove the papers, but with ID fraud rates soaring, I think it might be helpful to remind people to at least tear up paperwork containing personal information, before it goes in the bin.
If they can, people should shred personal documents.
I don’t think I need say anything further. – many thanks Martin !
NEXT from Peter:
Hello Jeff,
Had following mobile phone message today:
IMPORTANT PROPOSAL!! You have been chosen for a business proposal.
Please kindly contact Richard Kimura on XXXXXXXXXX.Com, for more details.
Your fraud section may be interested in the message, fitting a bigger picture.
Trusting you are well and all the best,
Many thanks Peter – we all need to keep our wits about us !!
Eyes and ears.....................and brain
Message sent by
Jeffrey Pick (Police, NHW & Community Msg Co-ordinator, Windsor & Maidenhead LPA)

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