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Crime: 14 October 2013  


We are organising our Halloween / Bonfire Night / clocks changing and Christmas burglary initiatives, as we speak.  I am reliably informed by my young Volunteer Tom – he who won the Volunteer of the Year award for Community Safety – that there are 2 new games consoles about to be released and will be in very short supply for Christmas.  The ‘Playstation 4’ will be released on the 29/11 at a cost of £349 along with the ‘Xbox One’ at the same date for £429 !  As I say these are all now on pre-order and will be delivered from online companies around 29/11.  This has 2 issues – the boxes may be quite distinctive from their shape, when they arrive in the post, so they must not be left in porches by delivery companies and secondly, if you are ordering one for a child / grand child, you will have to find a really good hiding place.  Opportunist thieves will know these are being purchased in their hundreds As they will be in very short supply at Christmas time.  All parents know they cannot hide these in the home – kids can smell them out – so you may consider hiding it in the garage / boot of your car.  Both of these are well known to thieves.  Please be imaginative.  This applies to all presents as Christmas approaches.  Opportunist thieves know that our homes are already beginning to become an Aladdin’s cave as we start buying.  Before you start, think about the storage of presents.  Even when you go out buying.  Take some supermarket plastic bags with you and put your purchases, inside them – before you leave the shop, rather than walking around the town with expensive branded carrier bags.  Black dustbin liners in the boot of your car to contain them and cover packages.  Burglaries traditionally pick up at this time of year – the main cause being the darker evenings.  If it gets dark before you get home, you must have lights on – use timers.  A house in darkness at 6 p.m. means there is no-one home !
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12/10  Saturday midnight / 9.30 a.m.  Baldwin Place.  Shed breaks.  Garden entered and 2 sheds broken into – nothing stolen.
13/10  Sunday 8 p.m.  Castle Hill.  The police were out on patrol when they came across a man walking along the road carrying a metal radiator.  He could provide a good explanation as to where he ‘obtained’ it, so it was seized.  Are you missing a radiator ?
11/10  Friday 6 p.m. / midnight  Shop, Cordwallis Road.  2 upstairs windows broken as well as the re-inforced glass panels in a side door.
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7/10 – 11/10  Monday midnight / Friday 1 p.m.  Alleyn’s Lane, Cookham Dean.  Spare wheel stolen from under a car.
11/05  Friday 4 p.m. / 7.30 p.m.  Blenheim Road.  Grafitti in red pen across a front door.
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13/10 – 14/10  Sunday 10 p.m. Monday 8.45 a.m.  East Road.  2 car wheels slashed.
13/10  Sunday 3.45 p.m. / 8 p.m.  Wootton Way.  Car driver’s window smashed and SAT NAV stolen from the door pocket.
10/10 – 11/10  Thursday 6 p.m. / Friday 8.30 a.m.  Grenfell Road.  Motorcycle parked outside a house.  The alarm sounded at about 8.30 p.m., but the owner thought it was someone else’s alarm.  In the morning they found it had been stolen.  A white Yamaha index G 6** DDP.
12/10  Saturday midnight – 11.15 p.m.  Cox Green Lane.  The owner looked out of a window and saw 2 men at the back of his car trying to break into the boot.  He shouted and they immediately made off.  Nothing stolen and no entry gained.  They are described as:

  1. White, dark hair, around 6’, slim, wearing black
  2. Slight build, light brown hair, 6’, wearing a grey jumper.
They jumped into a car driven by a third lad, but we have no description.  The car was a silver – possible – Vauxhall Omega.
11/10  Friday 8.45 a.m.  Farmer’s Way, Cox Green.  Car keyed.
11/10 – 12/10  Friday 8 p.m. / Saturday 8 a.m.  DIY Store, Stafferton Way.  Offenders used pallets to climb across a small river and cut a hole in the barrier fence of the store yard.  Christmas related items stolen.

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