25 October 2013
We have located 2 cannabis factories in the
Maidenhead area, in the last week. Both were in rented high class
properties - in nice areas. That way, suspicion is avoided. If
you let out properties and someone offers you a year’s rent up front in
cash – you should be suspicious. It may sound like a good deal,
but – if you have let to a cannabis factory, when you get the property
back, it will have been virtually destroyed, internally. The first
thing they do, is bypass the electricity meter and connect directly to the
mains – the size of the bills, would be enormous and show up an illegal,
or at least unusual, usage, which would alert landlords and electricity
companies. The way they do this, is very dangerous and increases the
risk of fire. If you do have nice 3, or 4 bedroom rental properties
near you, keep an eye on them. Is anyone going in and out ?
Does whoever lives there, generate a average amount of rubbish, or do full
black bin liners, only appear outside once a month or so, on the wrong bin
day ?. You won’t generally smell anything untoward, as the houses
will be lined and extractor fans used, to expel any hot air through
filters, via a chimney. Fake window settings may well be
constructed, so that you cannot see that hot bright lights enhanced with
silver foil are on, for nearly 24 hours a day. Just be aware of the
normal, or usual usage of the other homes in your area. If you have
any suspicions at all, simply email the address to your local Police
Neighbourhood Team at the email addresses below, phone the PEC on the 101
number, or contact Crimestoppers in complete confidence on 0800 555 111
I have received loads of emails from members with scam email and
attachments. Can you pass them through to:
That way they can assess the range and numbers, of scam emails being sent.
They can also prioritise the most common. You can send a report
online from the front page. There is even an online Chat Advisor
(simply click on the red box) who can assist and advise you. They
have a page listing the types of Fraud – an A – Z of Fraud –
individual, corporate, online and advance fee – along with practical
advice on how to prevent yourself from becoming a victim - 15 minutes
reading, could save you thousands of pounds and years of worry.
We have had an internal document prepared for ‘Courier Fraud’.
This is where a fraudster cold calls a victim on their landline, claiming
to be from the bank / police / delivery company. To gain your trust,
they ask the you to phone them back – without disconnecting the call.
You redial and get back to them ! If this happens always use your
mobile to make the second call – or hang up for at least 3 minutes –
the length of time the call can stay connected. They keep you on the
phone so that you cannot phone anyone else – and they cannot phone you.
The line remaining connected for 3 minutes is historical – and is
interesting ! When phone were first installed, they were placed in
hallways with extensions in various rooms. You answered the call in
the hallway – and could then put down the receiver to take the call in
another room, by simply lifting the receiver ! I can remember doing
that, but had completely forgotten that technology has moved on – but
that part hasn’t ! The police are working with the telephone
companies, to shorten the connection time.
Finally the fraudster send someone to collect the bank / credit cards /
phone. This could be an innocent taxi driver ! They then keep
you hanging on, ‘until the cards arrive at their office’ – sometimes
half an hour – while they empty your accounts ! You of course
cannot contact anyone to verify what is going on while they do this,
because you are sitting on the phone being told that another chunk of
money has just disappeared from your account, but they will sort it, as
soon as the cards arrive !
We have had 26 offences this year. Essex, have had 325, Kent - 60,
Herts. - 133 and Met Pol.....5,000 !
Please alert all your elderly and
vulnerable neighbours, relatives, friends & work colleagues.
Neither your Bank nor the police will ever ask you for PIN Numbers and
they will certainly never send anyone to collect anything from your home.
Once you know about the scam, if you get a call, you are unlikely to be
panicked into sitting there and handing over your card details and then
your cards !
There is a strange report on this morning’s All Crime printout for the
last 24 hours from Maidenhead High Street. Offenders unknown, have
convinced an elderly woman to withdraw £2,500 from her bank and building
society accounts, on the promise of purchasing.........a winning
lottery ticket ! They also persuaded her to collect another £1,000
from her home, along with a gold necklace and her mobile phone. They
would then all go and collect the winnings !!! One of the 2 men then
claimed he felt unwell and asked her to get him some medication from a
nearby chemist. Are you ahead
of me ??? When she returned, they had vanished.
The men are described as:
- Male, Nepalese, about 50 years
old, 5’8’’, fat build, black short hair, clean shaven, black
nose, wearing a black short jacket and carrying a small brown leather
- Male, Asian, English accent, 35 / 40
years old, 6’, slim build, clean shaven, wearing a brown baseball
cap and a brown suit.
were driving a black 4 door new shaped Ford.
Have you seen these men ? Has this
happened to you and you did not report it ? Please do so now, so
that we can stop them conning another elderly victim, from their life
savings ? Phone the PEC on 101 or CrimeStoppers in complete
confidence on 0800 555 111.
This is a really sad tale that seems to happen every day to the elderly
and vulnerable – they need our help and assistance.
NEXT RE UNWANTED MAIL:
I just read the latest report for Windsor and thought this set up, may
I use it and junk and unwanted mail, has virtually stopped completely
Cheers and keep up the good work
22/10 – 23/10 Tuesday 8 a.m. / Wednesday 8 a.m. Keble
Road. Offenders have unlocked the side gate to the rear of
the owner’s house and taken a bike left UNLOCKED
outside the back door. A gents silver Claud Butler bike – WITH
A FRAME NUMBER !!! When I looked
this morning, there were about 50 bikes in the back yard at Windsor.
Some in really good condition – nice clean expensive bikes ! There
is a black folding bike and several children’s bikes. Maidenhead yard
will be the same. These are bikes we have recovered, but cannot
return to their owners, because we don’t know who they are ! If
you have not recorded the Frame Number with us, we will never trace a bike
back to you. Think how simple it could be if your bike was stolen
and you let us have the Frame Number ? We recover your bike, check
the police computers for the Frame Number – hey presto – your name
comes up and you get a phone call !!!
24/10 Thursday 11 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. Supermarket, Providence
Place. The aggrieved was walking around the supermarket with her
handbag dangling from the handle of a shopping trolly. The bag was
open and someone has stolen her purse. She was aware of a suspicious
couple walking very close to her pushing a push chair and they made her
feel uncomfortable. This
happens very frequently and we have a similar case in Windsor. Keep
handbags secured and make sure you don’t get distracted – or you mind
wanders. These thieves are professional and can easily see if you
are not ‘aware’ of your surroundings and therefore are easy pickings
23/10 Wednesday 2 p.m. Frozen Food Store,
Nicholson’s Walk. An elderly aggrieved had just finished
her shopping and left her trolly just inside the store for a few moments.
CCTV clearly shows an Asian woman in her late 30s / 40s, short and stocky
wearing a black coat approach the trolly and push it outside. She then
removed some of the bags and left.
RIVERSIDE & BELMONT:
25/10 Friday 5 a.m. / 7.45 a.m. Harrow Lane.
Attempted Burglary. Offenders have climbed over a rear fence into
the garden and lifted the latch on the rear patio doors. Fortunately
it was locked. They then walked through the side garden gate to the
front of the property and forced a fanlight window into the downstairs
bathroom. No entry was gained and they may have been disturbed.
24/10 Thursday midnight / 9 a.m. Pub, Gringer Hill.
Offenders have tried to lever open a rear UPVC door but failed. They
then tried to forced open a rear window. Eventually they just
smashed the glass in a window and climbed inside. They removed a
large amount of cash from a desk drawer dropping coins in their haste.
While doing House to House enquiries a neighbour did hear noises at about
1 a.m. and then feet running down the road, but she did not report it.
24/4 Thursday 6.30 a.m. / 6 p.m. Osney Road, Furze
Platt. Burglary. Entry via a downstairs rear window.
Thorough search of the whole house – Laptops X 3 stolen
A neighbour reported that the day before,
two suspicious men had called at her door, to say that they were working
for an ‘installation company’ (we do not know which) and:-
not to worry if they saw men walking
around, they would be looking at houses suitable for the installation !!!
Another neighbour – during House to
House enquiries – reported that a man had come to her door between 4.45
p.m. – 5.15 p.m. on Wednesday evening and told her:
that they would be doing some surveying
over the next few days and she was not to worry if she saw men walking
around between the houses.
He is described as white, early 30s,
short brown / blond hair, slim build. He did show her an ID, but she
did not notice what was written on it and she cannot remember what he was
I will say nothing...............
Needless to say, the neighbours did think the men were suspicious, but DID
NOT REPORT IT TO THE POLICE.
BISHAM, COOKHAM, HURLEY, THE WALTHAMS, LITTLEWICK GREEN &
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
PINKNEYS GREEN & FURZE PLATT:
16/10 – 23/10 Cannon Court Road, Furze Platt.
Ladder stolen from a garden.
BOYN HILL, COX GREEN & WOODLANDS PARK:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
OLDFIELD & BRAY:
11/10 – 24/10 Springfield Park, Holyport.
Attempted garage break. Offenders attempted to break the hinges from
the door and removing the padlock. Nothing stolen..
I have received a telephone call from the RDA
Accident Dept. Tel: 0800 4546 812 - Name of caller P**** T*****
advising me of a road accident my car was involved in and I didn't report
He wanted details from me, registration etc
which of course I didn't give him. This must be a scam as neither
myself, my husband, nor any of my family, have been in an accident, either
minor, or major that I am aware.
Can you confirm to me if this is another scam.
I can find nothing about this possible scam.
Has anyone else received a similar call ?
NEXT A GENTLE REMINDER ???
I would ask all drivers to think, before speeding through large puddles
and shooting the water everywhere. A lorry did it to me this
morning. I had water running off my head & down my neck.
My wellingtons are squelching and all my clothes are soaked through.
My dog took fright.
Please can all drivers think before the act and drive through those large
puddles near the pavements. What is funny to them, is not to those that