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Crime: 4 November 2013  


Halloween seems to have gone off really well and all in all – not a bad weekend.
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1/11  Friday 12.30 p.m. / 2 p.m.  King George VI Club, York Road.  Walk in theft.  A thief has walked in the rear door, searched coats and stolen the keys to a van outside.  They then searched the van stealing two handbags from the footwell
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2/11 – 3/11  Saturday midnight / Monday noon.  Lyndhurst Avenue, Cookham Rise.  Car driver’s door lock damaged.
2/11  Saturday 4 p.m. / 8 p.m.  Windmill Road, Cookham Rise.  Burglary.  Entry via forced ground floor window.  Untidy search of the majority of the house.  40’’ flat screen TV stolen along with house keys.
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1/11 – 2/11  Friday 11 p.m. / Saturday 9.30 a.m.  Highfield Lane.  Cox Green.  Car parked on driveway.  Both wing mirrors sheared off leaving them dangling.  Other cars targeted, but not yet reported to us.
2/11  Saturday 4 p.m. / 9 p.m.  Courtlands.  Communal shed break 2 bikes stolen.  A red & black Apollo Phase and a White and blue Apollo Twilight.
1/11  Friday 2 p.m. / 3 p.m.  Fishery Road.  Garage break – bike stolen.  A red & white gents Trek bike – WITH FRAME NUMBER !
2/11  Saturday 6.30 p.m. midnight.  Tithe Bar Drive.  Car rear windscreen smashed – parcel shelf removed and a laptop bag containing a projector stolen.
How can your domestic CCTV systems help the police.
I have had this in from Peter – We have a volunteer IT Guru – Paul hay, Peter offers his services as a volunteer to offer his valuable CCTV expertise – you are a generous and helpful bunch of people out there – CCTV is a tricky and daunting subject for someone to contemplate !
Hi Jeff,
My brother lives in a cul-de-sac in the Cox Green area of Maidenhead, next door but one, to me.  He was alerted by TVP officers recently during House to House enquires that there had been an attempted burglary nearby; so we started to look through his CCTV footage, to see if he too, had been visited.
Bingo!  There was a man on screen.  The footage shows him jumping over my brother’s rear garden fence, activating the two motion sensor floodlights, seemingly to escape the attempted burglary (at about 03:10h).
He then ducks into the shed area, to hide for a moment and then, calmly crept along the pathway towards the (locked) full height side gate that leads to the front garden between the garage and the house.  This route is protected using an infra-red CCTV camera, looking along it – capturing video of anyone walking towards it. The idiot creeper, looked straight at the camera, giving us a lovely black and white facial image from about 5 feet away.  This mug shot, is almost certainly going to get him some time in prison, once local officers recognise him!
Now, I installed this system with my brother about 3 years ago.  This is the third time we have had evidence from it.  CCTV works really well in a home setting, only if it is installed correctly and is used alongside other home security measures (like lighting) and is very much a “fit and forget” system.
I’d like to volunteer my services to advise your members with CCTV matters, which is a very technical and complicated business, to try to improve their home security (and to increase the chances of video evidence being captured).
I am a CCTV Centre manager, working very closely with TVP, I am Chairman of the Thames Valley CCTV Managers forum and also Honorary Chairman of the UK wide CCTV User Group. I have almost 10 years of experience here and have installed my own 5 camera system together with systems for my friends and family.
Let me know if you think I can be of some assistance.
This is a reminder to everyone.  If you see a crime reported in your area, though you may not have been affected, your CCTV may have caught a glimpse of an offender – perhaps fence hopping.
You may not point your domestic cameras onto public areas / neighbours’ land.  If though, to cover your car on your driveway / your front door / back door, a portion of the road / pavement / public space is also captured,by way of ‘leakage’ – that is fine.  I have attached a handout covering domestic CCTV.
What do you think ?  I have Paul Hay our Volunteer IT Guru.  Paul, has been invaluable over the years producing IT advice handouts that we still use and circulate.  He also advises on any particular matters that are of concern to members.  I cannot endorse Peter, all I can say is – if you do have CCTV questions – and would feel happy asking him a question – let me have it and see where we go from here.  A Volunteer CCTV Guru !

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