11 October 2013
BURGLARIES TO REPORT IN THE LAST 48 HOURS
First a compliment to PCSO Liz
Davidson who covers the rural beats in Cookham,
Hurley, the Walthams and Littlewick Green (she did win PCSO of the
year last year !). The same would apply to all our PCSOs !
Hi Jeff -
I just wanted to let you know that I sent an email to request property
marking, following your update last week.
I am happy to report PCSO Liz Davidson contacted me within 24 hours, to
arrange an appointment and was able to visit my house yesterday. She
marked all our new power tools and also our bikes.
Whilst she was here, I took a note of all the frame numbers, so I
could register them on the database and now, like the young man you talk
about in today's update, will be in a position to recover them, if any
were to get stolen.
It was a pleasure to meet Liz and she couldn't have been more helpful,
also giving me a few extra bits of security advice whilst she was at the
house. A real asset to the community.
So please take this 'thank you' to you for your weekly updates
with quick and easy security suggestions we can all follow and a thank you
to Liz, for being so responsive and
Best regards & carry on the good work,
Just to remind you, you can now report crime online, rather than having to
Do you think it would be a good idea to remind
our members that they can report crime online now as well as over the
phone ? Why not point people at:
Thanks Mark, a timely reminder.
NEXT – NOTTINGHAM KNOCKERS.
These are back and have been right across the area. I sometimes
forget that amongst our many, many members, most of whom have been with us
for donkey’s years and heard everything before, we have hundreds of new
people joining each month, to whom a lot of this, is all new. If you
have joined recently – welcome
aboard. If ever you see a message and don’t fully
understand what it is about, because I have used an acronym or shorthand,
just email me and I will explain.
Nottingham Knockers, would be a case in point. I
have been circulating warnings about these people for over 10 years, but
there are always new members, who don’t have the faintest clue, what we
are talking about. These are the young lads, who go door to door
selling cheap household products. Often they explain they are just
out of prison / the army / deaf / dumb / blind / speak no English and
trying to re-make their way in the world. They are always plausible,
or you wouldn’t buy from them. The police advice is very simple
– if it sounds a little harsh. Please repeat the NHW Mantra – ‘I
AM SORRY, I DO NOT BUY GOODS OR SERVICES, AT THE DOOR’
– Everyone across the entire Thames
valley uses those exact words, so the minute they hear
them, they realise it is a waste of time trying next door neighbours –
they then give up and leave, looking for easier pickings elsewhere. You
then firmly, but politely, close the front door and phone the police !
Again – harsh you may think, but it is very necessary. We will
come out and ‘stop check’ every single one. Very often, they
have considerable criminal records and are not the type of people you want
looking up your hallway, at your possessions. THIS
IS A SCAM. They know – and you know, the items
they are selling are rubbish and very low quality. That is part of
the scam. They are employed, not to sell the stuff, but to locate
the addresses of the elderly, vulnerable and....gullible. If they do
sell stuff, they are very happy. Their aim is to extract a £10, or
higher note, from you. They can tell a lot about you, from the
condition of the note. What they are looking for, are crisp, flat,
new, unused notes. They will also measure the length of time it
takes you to get them. A slightly musty smelling, new crisp note,
means you could have a stash of them in the house. The longer you
take to get it, the more likely it is, a large stash is hidden away.
If you pay with a crumpled up note from your purse, they are not
interested. They record these addresses and pass them onto their
employer, who sells them. You then go on a list for tarmaccers,
roofers, tree loppers, guttering / double glazing – you name it – they
will call on you – you are easily parted from your hard earned cash !!
This came in today:
‘Yesterday lunchtime, a very plausible young man knocked on my door,
presented me with his ID and said he'd just got back from Afghanistan and
was trying to earn some money doing door to door sales. He went on
and on and in the end, I found myself writing a cheque for £55 for some
tea towels, a duster and 3 other bits of rubbish that you could buy in the
I have no neighbours where I live and did feel slightly vulnerable, it was
easier to pay out to get rid of him. I've Googled the company and it
comes up as a SCAM.
Any advice would be appreciated’.
My advice was to cancel the cheque immediately and inform the bank that
the account may have been compromised - they have her bank details
and a signature.
Please do not let this happen to you. Remember, by repeating the
Mantra they will have heard a hundred times before, they will just walk
NB / POSTSCRIPT.
You must not enter into conversation with them. We are inherently
helpful and will answer the question – ‘I tried next door but
there was no reply’ by saying – ‘Oh no, they spend
the winter in the Bahamas, they won’t be back until February’!!!
or – ‘Oh no, they are out, they work in London and never get
back before 9 p.m.’!!!!
Please do not put yourselves.....and your
neighbours, at risk
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
RIVERSIDE & BELMONT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
BISHAM, COOKHAM, HURLEY, THE WALTHAMS, LITTLEWICK GREEN &
9/10 Wednesday 6.15 p.m. / 6.45 p.m. Club, Odney Lane,
Cookham. Car rear windscreen smashed. Laptop and iPad
2/10 – 9/10 Wednesday / Wednesday Shop, Station
Hill, Cookham Rise. Shop windows smashed.
PINKNEYS GREEN & FURZE PLATT:
8/10 – 9/10 Tuesday 5.15 p.m. / Wednesday 8.15 a.m. Garthlands,
Furze Platt. Car possibly left INSECURE
– door opened and SAT NAV
stolen from the dashboard.
8/10 – 10/10 Tuesday noon / Thursday noon. Spring
Close, Furze Platt. Garage break – padlock cut off –
toolbox, tools and car jack stolen. There was aan attempt to break
into the garage several weeks ago and several neighbour’s garages may
have been broken into, but this is the only one reported so far.
BOYN HILL, COX GREEN & WOODLANDS PARK:
7/10 – 10/10 Monday / Thursday Silvertrees Drive.
Index plate stolen.
OLDFIELD & BRAY:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
At yesterday’s morning briefing, Insp. Stuart Bosley who heads up our
local CID team wanted me to express his thanks to you. We had a
suspicious car reported to us, with descriptions of occupants, date, time,
direction of travel, make, model, colour and index ! A brilliant
piece of intel. The car definitely was suspicious and from the
information supplied, we were able to confirm has been widely involved in
crime. We immediately sent out a shift response car and it
disappeared very quickly from this area. With intel like that, if we
know we have a suspicious car ‘on the manor’, we can immediately check
our ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) cameras to see exactly where
it is now – and where it has been. We can then tie
it into any crimes occurring in those areas. Keep
that intel coming please !
This came in while I was on Annual
Leave and deals with various road traffic issues – you may not be aware
It may be an idea to let people know that a number of new traffic laws
came into force on midnight of the 14th August 2013. These could see
motorists earning points on their licence and being fined, due to the fact
that no one has informed them of these changes in the law.
The latest change in the law, is that Drivers
of vehicles are not allowed to stop their vehicles in a ‘Green Area’
with a picture of a bicycle that is designated for Cyclists, at a
junction. If drivers do so, they can be fined £60 and have 3 points
added to their licence. Also, the fine for using a phone whilst
driving, has gone up to £100. There are a number of other new laws
that are now in force which have not been well publicised. I learned
of these changes, not as a professional driver. But by listening to LBC
radio on Wednesday night.