1 November 2013
Meter Readers !
I have received this:
I receive your regular alerts and wanted to highlight something that has
I have an account where I submit readings online, but today, I’ve had
someone calling at the door today, alleging to be reading meters, for my
energy provider. Whilst this caller may be genuine, my supplier, has
never notified me that anyone will call and I’m always a little
sceptical, to let anyone in.
Anyway, he was wearing a G4S t-shirt, but the car he was driving, was
When I refused him access (as I wasn’t sure I should have anyone
calling), he became a little angry, (not really bad) and insisted,
he be let in ! I refused. He was able to provide my name, but
I replied that he could get that off the Electoral Register. He then
replied ‘why would I do that’ !
I didn’t let him in, and shut the door.
He may have been completely genuine, but from my point of view, I’m not
letting anyone into my home, unless I know who they are, or they have made
an appointment. In this case, I would expect to be notified.
I just wanted to raise it, as whilst I’m happy to tell people to go away
unless I’m certain, he was very insistent to come in. I live on a
street with lots of elderly vulnerable people. They would have just
let him in.
Thanks Karen, this raises a useful
point, for our newer members,
You did exactly the right thing.
If you are not sure:
You never let anyone into your home,
unless you know them, or they have made an appointment !
You cannot even phone your service provider,
to establish if they are genuine. Your service provider will not
know who these people are, because these services are now contracted out
to sub contractor companies, who employ local staff and it would be
difficult to track them down. No-one knows - who they are – where
they will be, or – when they will be out in a community reading meters.
That will be down to their own preferences. Presumably, this was the
reason for the unmarked car.
Phone the service provider back, on a number
from a previous bill / internet and ask to set a password.
That will end all future uncertainty. The meter reader will then
knock at your door and immediately explain that you have set a password
and give it to you – problem solved.
I have no idea why all service providers do
not ask you to do this on their bills ! It would save an enormous
amount of time and worry ! They would also benefit, by getting the
meters read !
Since sending a similar warning to Ascot this morning, Duncan has emailed
me from there, to say that his meter reader has just rung the doorbell –
‘Hello sir, I have come to read the meter – I see that you have set a
password. Its **** *****’. The system works. It is
there to protect us. Please use it ?
From November 18th 2013, there
will be a number of changes to the classification and processes in
relation to Anti Social Behaviour.
ASB incidents where an individual, or group, causes trouble,
annoyance, inconvenience, offence or suffering to people in the local
community in general, rather
than, being deliberately targeted at specific individuals,
ASB incidents and actions, which have an impact on the
surroundings, including the natural, built and social environments.
Incidents that should be recorded as ‘ASB Environmental’ will
include unlawfully abandoned vehicles, unlawfully exposing vehicles for
sale on a road, light pollution and noise from private and licensed
The ACPO definition of ASB, will be used
Behaviour by an individual, or group that results, or is likely to
- Another party feeling threatened
- Creates a public nuisance
- Has a detrimental impact upon
the environment, or:
- Has a detrimental effect upon
the quality of life of an individual, or the community as a whole.
A ‘repeat victim’ of Anti Social Behaviour is defined as:
- An individual, or household, who has
suffered 3 cases of Anti-Social Behavior, or a signal offence, within
a 3 month period - (whether reported to
Police/other agencies or not).
I will circulate more information, as the due date approaches.
ASB in RBWM, has reduced considerably in the last few years and we hope
communities, had found this to be the case and noticed an improvement.
We the Police, the Borough and our partner agencies, including the Housing
Associations, have together, put in an enormous amount of work to bring
this about. Attending the meetings I do, I can confirm from the
feedback I am receiving that this is the case. Always more to do –
but we have achieved a lot !
There was a burglary in Windsor
yesterday – and the advice is good for Maidenhead as well !
31/10 Thursday 6 p.m. Eton Close, Datchet.
Burglary. A witness saw 3 men in dark clothing climbing back out
over a garden wall into public pathway and called the police. The
police attended immediately and found that a burglary had taken place –
the rear patio door had been forced. The thieves did not bother to
search the ground floor, but immediately made for the upstairs bedrooms
looking for jewellery. As they knew they had been disturbed – they
made off - nothing was stolen. No-one was located.
FOR OUR NEWER MEMBERS –
You must never leave any jewellery, in a place it would take a thief less
than 5 minutes to find – the average length of a burglary. So – NO
JEWELLERY IN BEDSIDE TABLES, DRESSING TABLE DRAWERS, OR IN A VISIBLE
JEWELLERY BOX ! We do not have
‘Professional Burglars’ in RBWM, unless you have a collection of
antiques, silver, porcelain, paintings, clocks etc. If you don’t
– it will be an ‘Opportunist Thief’. They want small portable,
hard to identify, valuable and easy to sell items. Jewellery –
particularly gold jewellery - is no. 1 on their list. They do not
have time to select items, they pick up a sports bag / pillowcase from
your home and just dump anything they feel might be valuable into it –
to sort later.
So – you may have sentimental,
perhaps not particularly valuable items in a jewellery box on your
dressing table. They take the whole thing and – you will never get
any of it back ! jewellery must be sorted into – Whatever you wear
all the time and what you don’t wear, but would never want to lose –
hide it securely, where it would take more than 5 minutes to find.
You know your house best, you know where that loose floorboard is !
My aunt had a pocket made in the lining of her full length curtains.
She just dropped her jewellery in, when she was not wearing it.
No-one would ever have found it. This raises a second point – YOU
MUST REMEMBER WHERE YOU HAVE HIDDEN IT ! SOMEONE ELSE IN YOUR FAMILY
– THAT YOU TRUST ! MUST ALSO KNOW WHERE IT IS, IN CASE ANYTHING HAPPENS
TO YOU !!!
31/10 Thursday 9 a.m. / 9.20 a.m. High Street.
Car entered – POSSIBLY LEFT INSECURE
– iPod, mobile and loose change.
RIVERSIDE & BELMONT:
1/11 Friday 8.45 a.m. / 10.15 a.m. Lassell Gardens.
Car passenger side body panels keyed and one of the tyres let down.
31/10 Thursday 2.30 p.m. / 5.30 p.m. Ray Park
Road. Bike stolen from the doorway of the property. A
gents black / grey Diamondback Stealth bike
BISHAM, COOKHAM, HURLEY, THE WALTHAMS, LITTLEWICK GREEN &
30/10 – 31/10 Wednesday 4.30 p.m. / Thursday 11 a.m. The
Shaw, Cookham Rise. Car keyed.
PINKNEYS GREEN & FURZE PLATT:
31/10 Thursday midnight / 7 a.m. Blenheim Road.
Burglary. Offenders have climbed into the house via a rear WINDOW
LEFT INSECURE. Tidy search of the ground floor.
They left via the front door taking the house keys with them.
Nothing else stolen.
29/10 – 30/10 Tuesday 7.30 p.m. / Wednesday 9.30 a.m. Havelock
Road. The owner came down in the morning and found the
driver’s door of their car, parked on a private driveway, slightly ajar.
It may possibly have BEEN LEFT INSECURE.
A Sat Nav charger and a SAT
NAV were stolen.
BOYN HILL, COX GREEN & WOODLANDS PARK:
29/10 – 30/10 Tuesday 6 p.m. / Wednesday 1 p.m. Delta Court,
Grenfell Road. Car POSSIBLY LEFT
INSECURE entered. Car searched, SAT
NAV stolen from the windscreen.
OLDFIELD & BRAY:
31/10 Thursday 9.40 p.m. Brunel Road.
House window smashed. The owner saw a young lad running away.
He was wearing a grey hoody – covering his face – blue jeans and a
dark coloured back pack.
29/10 – 30/10 Tuesday 5.45 p.m. / Wednesday 7 a.m. Yard,
Green Lane. Offenders have climbed into the yard over front
gate. They have then unscrewed the fuel line and allowed the fuel to
penetrate a cloth on the end of a stick. It did not catch light and
the offenders made off as they got in.
31/10 Thursday 10 p.m. – 10.20 p.m. Upper Bray Road,
Bray. Batteries stolen from temporary traffic lights.
If you are having difficulty tracking down a fake TV – Consider Redline
Security. This is the retail arm of the security company from whom I
buy all our security equipment: