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 11 
 on: September 20, 2018, 09:48:41 AM 
Started by fision - Last post by fision
I just received a very "helpful" call from 0161 494 1164 which claimed to be BT Openreach. Apparently I have been generating a lot of internet traffic that was causing problems for the town. When I asked which town, he couldn't pinpoint it exactly, but he said my IP address was an issue (if he's Openreach he will know the location/IP). He started by asking what colour the lights were on my router - I told him all were pink (ever seen a router with pink lights?) and he agreed this was ok, then he proceeded to ask me to visit a website to download a fix for the problem.

Please do not fall for these scams. Never download any software that you are told to from an unverified 3rd party or even give remote access to them. They are simply malicious calls.

I kept him going for 10 minutes as I was making a cup of tea and needed a break  Grin

 12 
 on: September 19, 2018, 05:38:21 PM 
Started by Thames Valley Police - Last post by Thames Valley Police
Knife Crime Week goes on !
 
‘Operation Sceptre’  Knife Crime Week - Lets get rid of those old, unwanted and dangerous knives. ‘Knife Surrender Bins, are located at both Slough & Maidenhead Police Stations. No questions asked, no forms to fill in - just drop it in the bin !!. Help to make your community safer.
 
MAIDENHEAD CENTRAL:
maidenheadcentralnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
18/9  Tuesday 9.30 a.m.  Lassell Gardens.  Burglary.  The owner was alerted to the burglary as the alarm was triggered and sent footage to his mobile phone.  It showed three men wearing yellow Hi Viz jackets wandering around his property.  At first, they went to the electricity meter box as if reading the meter.  They are then seen to try the side kitchen door.  Entry was gained, via the forced rear French windows.  The police were called, but by the time they arrived the offenders had made off.  The e offenders carried out a very fast, messy search, stealing a large amount of cash which had been placed in the bedside cabinets.  A neighbour saw three men making off, getting into a silver VW Golf.
 
RIVERSIDE & BELMONT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT
 
MAIDENHEAD WEST
maidenheadwestnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
BISHAM, COOKHAM, HURLEY, THE WALTHAMS, LITTLEWICK GREEN & KNOWL HILL:
18/9  Tuesday  11 a.m. / 4 p.m.  Bisham Village, Marlow Road.  Burglary.  The owner returned from the school run to find their house had been burgled.  Entry had been gained via a forced rear kitchen window, with a lot of damage to the frame.  The kitchen cupboards had been searched along with the master bedroom.  A pillow case had been removed from the bed, along with a rucksack.  Jewellery was emptied out onto the bed and the most valuable items taken.  Bedroom cupboards were also searched.
16/9 - 17/9  Sunday 1 p.m. / Monday 5 p.m.  Rowing Club, Marlow Bridge Lane.  Locked up bike stolen.  A pink Yoku bike
 
PINKNEYS GREEN & FURZE PLATT:
18/9  Tuesday 11.45 a.m.  Allenby Road.  Burglary.  Possibly connected.  Offenders climbed over a rear garden fence to enter the property.  They first targeted the shed, in order to find the tools used to break in.  they forced the shed door and removed 2 garden spades.  The rear patio doors were forced.  Untidy search and items were piled up ready to go, but were left behind as they may have been disturbed.  Not yet known if anything stolen.
 
MAIDENHEAD SOUTH
maidenheadsouthnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
BOYN HILL, COX GREEN & WOODLANDS PARK:
10/9 - 18/9  Sunday 4 p.m. / Tuesday 1 p.m.  Barley Mead.  Front car index plate stolen.
 
OLDFIELD & BRAY:
NO CRIME TO REPORT
 

 13 
 on: September 19, 2018, 11:57:50 AM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by Cookham Webmaster
Visitors from Cookham's French twin in St Benoit are coming to Cookham from 20 October to 23 October. The proposed itinerary is below. If anyone would like to meet our French friends for any part of the visit just contact Keith le Page keith_le_page@hotmail.com. There are children and adults who are coming so all ages included.
  
Saturday 20th (from) 15.30 Arrival at Elizabeth House
                              18.00 Reception chez Richard Simmons
                              19.30 Dinner with hosts (can be joined with another host)
 
Sunday 21st             09.15 St Elizabeth's Church (optional) am
                              Morning with hosts – can access Odney Club grounds
                              12.30 Lunch at Odney Club
                              14.15 Options - walk to lock, Stanley Spencer Gallery visit and walk, or with hosts.            
                              19.30 Bowling at 'The Greyhound', Eton Wick, with light buffet
  
Monday 22nd            09.00 Coach from Cookham to Oxford
                              10.30 Bodleian Library - standard tour, including Duke Humfrey's library
                              11.45 Sheldonian Theatre
                              12.30 Covered Market - walk through
                              13.00 Light lunch at the Mitre
                              14.00 Exeter College. Guided tour organised (French & English)
                              15.20 Walk to Natural History Museum
                              15.30 Natural History & Pitt-Rivers
                              16.15 Depart Oxford
                              19.30 Cricket Club Social with curry and music
 
Tuesday 23rd            08.30 Departure
 

 14 
 on: September 19, 2018, 07:08:43 AM 
Started by Birdman - Last post by CLIPPER
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 15 
 on: September 18, 2018, 12:31:05 PM 
Started by RBWM Press Release - Last post by RBWM Press Release
Pupils and park users will benefit from easier access to their school and Braywick Park in Maidenhead, after the opening of a pedestrian and cycle bridge over the Cut.

The new crossing, named Margaret’s Bridge in honour of local rambler and campaigner Margaret Bowdery MBE, links the park to Bray Road next to Oldfield School.

An unveiling ceremony took place on Monday 17 September with invited guests from across the borough, including the Prime Minister and Maidenhead MP the Rt Hon Theresa May, Cllr Paul Lion the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, members of Margaret’s family, Maidenhead Civic Society and local ramblers groups.

Cllr Samantha Rayner, the council’s cabinet member for culture and communities, said: “Margaret’s Bridge has created an easy and convenient way for residents and schoolchildren to get through to Braywick Park and enjoy all the wonderful facilities there, including Braywick Leisure Centre when it’s completed.

“Its construction complements the existing green landscape and ensures that a much needed crossing doesn’t detract from the natural surroundings.

“I’m delighted we’ve been able to honour the memory of Margaret Bowdery and pay this small tribute to all her tireless work, to make sure everyone is able to enjoy the wonderful countryside on our doorstep.”

The bridge was assembled off-site, hoisted onto concrete supports and is either side of the Cut, allowing access to and from the park without needing to walk north to the Green Lane crossing, or south to Hibbert Road. There are also ramps either side to gain access to it.

It links into the Green Way footpath that runs from Cookham, through the countryside north of Maidenhead and down to Bray.

Margaret Bowdery was a founder member and prominent figure in the East Berkshire Ramblers and campaigned for much of her life to improve and maintain access to the countryside across the borough and beyond. She sadly died in 2016.

 16 
 on: September 17, 2018, 05:10:39 PM 
Started by Thames Valley Police - Last post by Thames Valley Police
Thames Valley Police has charged two men in connection with a conspiracy to burgle.
 
Lee Healy, aged 31, of Leonard Road, Lambeth, London, and Anthony O’ Connell, aged 26, of Thurnham Way, Tadworth, Surrey, were both arrested on Monday (10/9).
 
Both were charged with conspiracy to commit a burglary with intent to steal.
The charges are in connection with an incident shortly before 2.30am on Monday (10/9) in which an attempt was made to steal an ATM outside the Showcase Cinema in Reading Road, Winnersh, and an incident shortly after 3am on Monday (10/9) during which an ATM was stolen from inside a Londis shop in High Street, Sunninghill.
 
Healey was charged on Tuesday (11/9) and O’Connell was charged on Wednesday (12/9).
 
Both men were remanded to appear at Slough Magistrates’ Court. Healey appeared in court on Tuesday (11/9) and O’Connell appeared in court on Thursday (13/9). Both were remanded in custody by the court to appear at Reading Crown Court on 15 October.
 
National Knife Crime Awareness week runs from 18th - 24th September this year.
 
During that time, Thames Valley Police, along with other forces, will be taking part in a variety of activities designed to challenge and reduce, the threat of knife crime.  This includes:
 
* Work with our professional partners, including local schools, colleges and Trading Standards;
* Knife surrender bin, at Maidenhead Police Station
* Information and advice being posted on social media – follow us on Twitter @tvp-windsor
* Enforcement patrols
 
You can safely deposit any type of knife or bladed article, in our red surrender bin, between Tuesday 18 and Monday 24 September.  This is the ideal time to dispose of these items that you are not sure, what to do with.  If you have any such items, please bring them down to Maidenhead.
 
If you are worried about knife crime in your area or if you want to speak to anyone about a specific concern, then please do get in touch, please call 101 or alternatively please ring crime stoppers on 0800 555 111
 
As park of Knife Crime Week, we will be carrying out Knife Crime sweeps today in both Kidwells Park and Ockwells Park.
 
We have had an attempted theft of letters, from an external mailbox in Ascot.
15/9  Saturday 9.40 a.m.  Ravensdale House, Woodlands Ride.  Mail has been going missing over the last week from an external post box.  A witness reports seeing anon-white man, approach the box, reach in and try to remove post.  He was unsuccessful and walked off and drove off in a silver hatchback.  Please if you are expecting important letters from banks, make sure it has arrived on time.  Do not wait a week or so.  If something has not arrived in the expected time, please follow it up.  It is believed that if this man is stealing post from one location in Ascot, he may be doing the same elsewhere.
 
NEXT:  We have had another case of cold calling ‘gardeners’ trying to take an aggrieved to the bank !  Also in Ascot
 
29/8 - 11.40 a.m.  Bedford Lane.  A caring witness saw two men working in an elderly neighbour’s garden and went to investigate.  The neighbour was confused.  Two men had walked into the garden through an open garden gate and persuaded the elderly resident that she needed garden work done.  They said they would charge £110.  As the aggrieved did not have that amount of cash in the house, they were going to take her to the bank.  The neighbour intervened and sent them packing.  We are really grateful to that Neighbour.  Can anyone who knows they have elderly, or vulnerable neighbours, keep an eye on them ?  If you see a van / builders lorry, skip appearing outside their house, please let us know.  If the 101 number is slow, then use the online reporting form - the Link is below.  We will nor reveal that you have passed us an address.  We will arrange for a PCSO / RBWM Community warden to walk past and ask some questions - they will be discrete.  We all need to protect those who are vulnerable in our communities.
 
Honor Ryan, from Trading Standards will be visiting the Aggrieved tomorrow to follow this up to protect others.
 
NEXT:  Another sad case of the Nigerian Lottery scam from Cookham.
 
Three weeks ago, the aggrieved received a call from a Nigerian man, to say he had won £2,900,000 in a lottery.  In order to receive the money, he needed to pay several Admin fees.  The aggrieved received several calls over that time, re-enforcing this message.  They then obtained his email address from him and started to email him, as well.  Some of the communications, then came from Mexico.  He then received a bank card in the post and was asked to withdraw £100 from the bank, to show their good faith.  This he did, which convinced him, the Lottery and the men emailing, were genuine.
 
On 30th August, he received an email, congratulating him for activating the card, by withdrawing £100.  The email then asked him to forward £2,900, in order to secure the £2,900,000.
 
On the 14th September, he went to his Building Society, to transfer this amount.  The Building Society implemented the new protocol asking him why he wanted this money and where it was going.  As ther have been other suspicious transfers, the building Society have initiated a policy, that the Aggrieved had to go into the Building Society if he ever wanted to transfer cash, so that each significant transaction could be scrutinised and a flag was put on his account, to alert staff.
 
The manager phoned the police on Friday , to say that the aggrieved was with them, to make the transfer, but they believed it to be fraudulent and would not be making it.  they have explained the situation to him fully, safeguarded him and he now understands that it was a scam and to prevent further losses.
 
This aggrieved, is just one case that was prevented, how many more simply slip the net.
 
We are really grateful for the vigilance of the Building Society involved who were brilliant and prevented the money from being sent.
 
Please publicise this as widely as possible.  If you are a member of a Day Centre, lunch club, friendship group, WI, whatever - please make sure this is mentioned at your next meeting.
 
MAIDENHEAD CENTRAL:
maidenheadcentralnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
15/9 - 16/9  Saturday 10.15 p.m. / Sunday 10 a.m.  Car Park, West Street.  Parts stolen from a Quashkai.  Fittings in the front grill, parking sensors and built in camera stolen.
16/9  Sunday 7.10 p.m.  King Street.  Bike stolen.  The owner saw a man stealing and riding off on his bike.  A red, BMX bike.  The thief is described as white, 20’s, 5’7’’, wearing a grey hoody
 
RIVERSIDE & BELMONT:
14/9 - 17/9  Friday 6 p.m. / Monday 6.45 a.m.  Chauntry Road.  Attempted van break.  Driver’s front window smashed.  No entry gained and nothing stolen.
 
MAIDENHEAD WEST
maidenheadwestnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
BISHAM, COOKHAM, HURLEY, THE WALTHAMS, LITTLEWICK GREEN & KNOWL HILL:
16/9 - 17/9  Sunday 2.45 a.m. / Monday 4 a.m.  Marlow Bridge Lane.  Canopy on boat unzipped, alcohol and fishing equipment stolen.
 
PINKNEYS GREEN & FURZE PLATT:
14/9 - 17/9Friday 4 p.m. / Saturday 7 a.m.  Canon Court Road.  Site entered.  Padlock on gates cut.  A yellow Thwaites mini dumper stolen.
 
MAIDENHEAD SOUTH
maidenheadsouthnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
BOYN HILL, COX GREEN & WOODLANDS PARK:
15/9 - 16/9  Saturday 11 p.m. / Sunday 6 a.m.  Cannock Close.  CAR ENTERED BY UNNKOWN MEANS - sunglasses X 2, stolen.  Repeat victim X 4.  On previous occasions, windows have been smashed.
16/9  Sunday midnight / 9.50 a.m.  Curls Road.  Motorbike stolen from a passageway beside a house.  It has now been recovered from Cox Green.
 
OLDFIELD & BRAY:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
 
 
I am afraid the PEC are slow to answer at the moment - hence my recommendation that you let us know using the online reporting system:
 
https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/
 
COMMENTS:
We have had Nottingham Knockers right across the Borough - the young unemployed lads and now girls, going door to door, selling household products.  When they call, can everyone please respond, using the same words:
 
‘I AM SORRY, I DO NOT BUY GOODS AND SERVICES AT THE DOOR’
 
Then firmly, but politely, close and lock the door.
 

 17 
 on: September 17, 2018, 03:41:11 PM 
Started by Cookham Society - Last post by CLIPPER
Just wanted to highlight and point out the fantastic work being carried out on the old farm house top of Bradcutts / Alleyns Lane !

Now these people have taste .. class and style, lovely work being carried out, windows are fantastic with careful restoration work to the brick detail.  !! A REAL CREDIT to 'The Cookhams' and a pleasure to admire for all !

Cllrs - this is what you should be encouraging... restoration / not replacement,  and dwellings that fit/sit within the area, reflecting the materials of other properties and our village  - less timber composite cladding 'lego' houses, should something have to be built, make it fit the surroundings.






 18 
 on: September 17, 2018, 12:48:49 AM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by Cookham Webmaster
The bike has been found.

 19 
 on: September 14, 2018, 10:41:03 PM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by Michaelg
Hi please get back to me regarding the bike , I have on pmed you

 20 
 on: September 14, 2018, 07:10:19 PM 
Started by Thames Valley Police - Last post by Thames Valley Police
We have dealt with your perimeter to your front door, in Part I and at the rear of your home, in Part II
 
First: Who, is carrying out burglaries in RBWM ?
 
We have no ‘Burglars’ in RBWM.  What we have, are ‘Opportunist Thieves’.
 
Burglars, specifically target someone, for items they know, to be in the house.  You will not therefore be targeted, unless you have collections, of valuable porcelain, paintings, clocks, watches, antiques, jewellery.  A ‘Burglar’, can bypass alarms, but will target you, for one or two, of the most valuable items.  They will already have a buyer, for whatever it is, they steal.
 
The rest of us, will be targeted, by an ‘Opportunist Thief’.  That gives us, an advantage.  If we have an alarm, which we set, (dummy box if not), well polished door locks and obvious evidence, of good security - and we don’t make a mistake - (leaving a rear door unlocked, a window open, a pile of post visible through a glass door, bins left out on bin-day after the collection has taken place etc.) it is very unlikely, we will be targeted.  Opportunist Thieves always look for the easiest option and it doesn’t take a lot, to dissuade them, so that they move on, looking for an easier target.  Whenever you leave your house, take a quick look back - does it all ‘look’ secure, have you left something, which might indicate it is an easy target ?
If it is dark, have you left lights on ?  Which lights ?  On a night your house is occupied - go outside and take a look.  That is how your house must look, whenever it is dark, plus a Fake TV, on in an upstairs front facing room and a radio left on a talk radio station.  If they lift and listen through the letterbox, they can hear voices.
 
Generally, if we don’t make a mistake, we will be safe.  It is amazing how often I hear - ‘That was the first time they had ever………….. and that was the day, they were burgled !
 
NEXT: I will deal with Climbers:
 
Burglaries involving climbing, are really rare - unless - they can see an upper window, left open beside a flat roof extension / garage / porch.  Our offenders are generally, small and agile.  If you leave a small transom window open for ventilation, they can climb through.  If you do leave windows open for ventilation, take a look from the outside.  Is that open window, visible from the pavement / road ?  Could someone climb up and get through ?
 
Part III - Once inside:
 
Once inside, an Opportunist Thief, will only be in your house, for a maximum of 5 minutes.
 
The first minute, is spent finding a way out, in case you return.  If they came in through a broken window, they will be looking for keys left in doors / cupboards, to open a door, preferably a back door / patio door, to be able to get out quickly.
If they climbed in through a smashed window, we want them to have to climb back out, through that window at speed, increasing the chances they will cut themselves and we will have blood to analyse for DNA.  That is why they are looking for keys.
If you have a wooden front door, they will put on the door chain.  If you return, you won’t be able to get in.  You will be confused and rattle the door, wondering how you put the door chain on.  That is enough notice for the Opportunist, to leave immediately.  If you come back, they never stay, but always make off immediately.
Once they have established a quick exit, they start to search.  The Opportunist will never have been inside your house before.  They start, upstairs, with the master Bedroom, upstairs.
They begin with any jewellery boxes on dressing tables and whatever, is inside the bedside cabinets.
They remove a pillow case from the bed and just start putting things inside.  It is rare for them to search through jewellery, they don’t have time, unless they know the owner will not return, in which case, they tip it out onto the bed and search through, for the most valuable, real looking items.
As a result, nothing of value, must be left in either of these places.  You know your house best and where you could hide something, which would take the Opportunist, more than 5 minutes to find.
You may have a loose floorboard under a rug, a kickboard in the kitchen which can be removed, something only you know about.  My aunt, had full length curtains in her living room and attached a pocket, made of the same lining material to the back and dropped her jewellery in that.  No-one would every have found it.
If you do hide your jewellery / valuables, you must tell someone you trust, in case something happens to you !  AND - you must remember where you have hidden it !!!!
Next, they will check out wardrobes and suitcases, on top.  Many people, have had safes built into the base of wardrobes, as the depth is suitable, to take a safe.  Thieves know this.  A safe, is only as secure and the material into which it is set.  Wardrobes, are generally made of MDF and safes, can be levered out.  If you have a safe, it must be properly imbedded - and no-one, must know you have one.
We have had leather jackets, designer clothes and shoes stolen as well as valuable perfumes / after shaves.
Asian 22 / 24 carat gold wedding jewellery, is a real problem.  Generally it is only removed from banks and kept in the house, when there is a wedding or other big event.  These are usually well publicised so people know it will be there.  Houses, are not built to have such items inside, securely.  If it is in the home for a few days, it must be really well secured.
Chests of drawers, will be searched.  The opportunist starts with the bottom drawers first and throws the contents across the room.  Underwear and clothes will float across the room, jewellery, watches, money and valuables, will make a noise, separate out and be easily found.  Always remember - the thief is not cleaning up and doesn’t care how much mess they make, their only priority, is speed.
Separate out your jewellery.  Keep to hand, what you wear all the time.  Costume jewellery can be left out.  Rarely worn valuable items and most importantly, sentimental items, must be well secured.  As a general rule, you will never get it back if it is stolen.  Sentimental items, may have little financial value and cannot be replaced, under insurance.  It is often the little value sentimental items, something inherited, given by your children, which causes most concern, as it can never be replaced and financial Insurance compensation, cannot compensate you for the loss.
Hide those items, most carefully.  We generally recommend storing it in the loft, as you don’t need to access it frequently.  In the last year, we have only had about 1 burglary, where the thief accessed the loft.  It is a dangerous place for a thief.  If you return, they are trapped.
I have mentioned several times - if you have valuable watches, these must not be stored, in their presentation boxes, with instructions and receipts.  With these things, they can easily be sold to reputable dealers who will give them a good price.  Rolexes and other valuable watches, have much less value, if you don’t have the box and it increases the chances that it is stolen.  We record all stolen valuable watches, with the ‘Safer Gems’ newsletter, which is circulated to all jewellers.
Photographs of jewellery / watches.  A photo of you, at an anniversary dinner, wearing your jewellery, is not sufficient.  If we recover jewellery, you will have to prove, the items belong to you.  Think about how you would identify your solitaire diamond engagement ring, from the thousands of others out there.  You can easily photograph your jewellery, with your mobile phone and email the pictures to yourself and keep them in your inbox.  Take a photo from above, looking down on the item.  18ct rings for example, do not stay round for very long, as the gold is so soft.  Take off your rings and look.  That shape could, if overlaid against a recovered ring, help identify it as yours.  Details of the hallmark helps - that gives the year of manufacture and gold content.  Look at the claws.  If you wear rings together for any length of time, one side generally shows evidence of wear / scratches- photograph that unique damage, it will be unique, to your item
If you have ever had any item cleaned, or valued by a jeweller that would help.  You may not be aware that generally, jewellers photograph most items, when you take them in.  It is to protect themselves, in case when they give it back, they say it has been scratched / damaged.  They have the photos to show the condition, when it was brought in.  If watches are repaired, jewellers sometimes mark the inside of the back cover.  So - if you have had your jewellery in a jewellers, ask them, in case they have this detail and good photographs / descriptions, of your items.
Think about photographing other valuables, at the same time - it only takes a few minutes.  Make a ‘set up’ and do everything that is valuable and might possibly be stolen.  This would be really useful, in the case of a burglary - but fires happen and then listing valuable items and proving value, can be a nightmare.
Think about a short video on your camera, of all your contents.  Start from your front door and do a video walk through, of all rooms.  It can help after a burglary, as it can sometimes take months, to establish exactly what was taken.  In the case of a fire, it can also be invaluable.
NEXT Bedroom.  If you have children, it will be their bedrooms next.  They will have Xboxes, play stations, laptops, video / computer games etc.
Then the thief will start downstairs - having only a few minutes left.  If you have an airing cupboard, the thief will pull everything out, as people hide items between the towels / sheets.
The Ground Floor:  The first room targeted, will be the kitchen.  Thieves will empty out all the kitchen cupboards, swiping everything across the room.  Imagine the mess.  They will be looking for tins containing cash / keys.  Fridges and freezers, will be emptied, as people hide jewellery, amongst the frozen peas.
Decorative Boxes on kitchen walls to hold keys !!  These must be removed immediately.  Particularly, if they contain labelled Neighbours’ keys - ‘Mr. Smith at No. 5’, ‘Mrs Jones at No.27’, ‘front door’, ‘back door’, ‘spare car keys’ etc..  All keys, must be hidden, where it will take the thief, more than 5 minutes to find.
Car keys, must be particularly protected, particularly spare car keys.  If the thief finds these, they are likely to take those and your car on the driveway.  They will also, be able to load larger items into the car and drive it away.
If the car is not there, having the spare keys, they could return to steal it.  You will have to have the keys changed, to prevent this.  That is an expensive business.
NEXT Room.  Is your study, or the place you keep paperwork.  They want - cheque books, pension books, building society / credit card / bank account, statements - passports - anything that can provide evidence, to copy and steal your identity.  These items are really difficult to hide, as often there is a lot of it and it is bulky.  Perhaps, there is a way of storing and hiding it, in a garage / basement / loft.
Old documentation:  It is not always necessary to shred it, when disposing of it, but it must be torn into pieces, to prevent anyone using those documents, to create bank accounts and other fraudulent transactions.
The Opportunist Thief, will not be doing this, but they will know someone, willing to buy these items from them.  Identity theft is massive.  Don’t make it easy.
Last room, will be the living / sitting room.  Often, people have valuable items on display.  They will fill up the pillowcase / or a sports bag, if they have been lucky to find one - with whatever they can pick up.
Often, they will put the items stolen, into a plastic supermarket bag, to keep them dry and hide them, near the property - perhaps in a hedge, or behind those roadside electrical boxes, for collection later.  You may have returned and called the police, who will be carrying out an ‘Area Search’, for anyone looking suspicious and the thief cannot be caught with anything on them, which could tie them, to the burglary.
Thieves generally won’t travel to burglaries, in their own cars, they chose to travel around, using public transport.  It is safer, to come and go on a bus, where they are unlikely to be searched.
Call the police if you see anything out of the ordinary.  You may not know exactly what you have seen, but something, drew your attention.  Rely on your instincts, they are there for a purpose, to protect you and our brains, are really good at protecting you.  Just go online at the TVP website and fill in an intelligence report - information that we may find useful.  We had a case several years ago, where our Area Co-ordinator in Maidenhead, was walking home and a car sped out of a side road.  He thought it was so suspicious, he wrote down the index on his hand and when he got home, phoned it through to the police.  We looked it up and said thank you, but it didn’t appear suspicious.  Several hours later, the owner of a house in that road returned home, found they had been burgled and phoned the police !  We already had the index of a car, which may have been involved - brilliant !
 
That is how it is supposed to work.  You are NHW members wherever you are, not just in your road, thinking about locks and bolts.  It is wherever you are and you see something suspicious, ring us !
 
Please remember, You will not have been watched and personally targeted.  You were burgled, because an opportunist thief, walked along your road and you were the easiest target, because you had made a mistake and left a window open, a side access unprotected.  Very easy things to rectify.  We can all do more, to protect ourselves, but we need to be aware and know what to do first, as a priority
 
HERE ENDETH THE THIRD LESSON !
 
Next week, we may deal with Car Crime, our next priority !
 
You are our eyes and ears
 
My role as Community Engagement & Resilience Officer, is to make contact with, any community group out there and make presentations, to spread Crime Prevention advice and protect people from crime - and - to build up their ‘Resilience’.  To train you, in how not to become a victim of crime.  To reduce the number of crimes - and of course therefore- the number of victims.
Anyone who has been a victim of burglary, knows how traumatic it is and how long it takes, to get over it and move on with their lives.  You do not want it to happen to you.  Following this advice and particularly getting a burglar alarm, will reduce the chances of you being the victim of a burglary, significantly.
 
 
MAIDENHEAD CENTRAL:
maidenheadcentralnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
13/9  Thursday 2.20 a.m.  Highland Court, Grebe Way.  A witness reports a car had been broken into and the locks damaged.  Not yet known if anything stolen.
12/9  Wednesday 9.15 a.m. / 11 a.m.  Nicholson’s Lane.  Locked up bike in a bike rack stolen.  A red, Massi Max-1, mountain bike.
12/9  Wednesday 7.30 a.m. / 11.30 a.m.  Grenfell Place.  Locked up bike in a bike rack stolen.  A red & black mountain bike - WITH FRAME NUMBER
 
RIVERSIDE & BELMONT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
 
MAIDENHEAD WEST
maidenheadwestnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
BISHAM, COOKHAM, HURLEY, THE WALTHAMS, LITTLEWICK GREEN & KNOWL HILL:
12/9  Wednesday 7.10 p.m.  Bisham Court, Bisham.  A witness heard a loud noise and looked out to investigate.  They saw a white van parked in the garage block.  They went outside and saw two men beside a garage, with the door wide open.  They immediately jumped into the van and made off.  2 garages entered and searched.1. Nothing stolen.  2.  Wine, camping equipment and 4 bikes stolen.  1.  A black Claude Butler, boy’s mountain bike.  2.  A dark green, Raleigh, mountain bike.  3.  A white, Trek, child’s mountain bike.  4.  A dark blue, Pendleton, racing bike.
 
PINKNEYS GREEN & FURZE PLATT:
11/9 - 12/9  Tuesday 5 p.m. / Wednesday 8 a.m.  Burglary.  Courthouse Road.  Shed break.  Lock forced - nothing appears to have been taken.
11/9 - 12/9  Tuesday 10.30 p.m. / Wednesday 8 a.m.  Bath Road.  Large cartwheel with seat stolen from outside a house.
 
MAIDENHEAD SOUTH
maidenheadsouthnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
BOYN HILL, COX GREEN & WOODLANDS PARK:
22/8 - 12/9  Powis Close.  Burglary.  Entry via forced letterbox in the front door.  Cash and a laptop stolen.
13/9 - 14/9  Thursday 4.30 p.m. / Friday 7.10 a.m.  The Croft.  VAN ENTERED BY UNKNOWN MEANS - Tools stolen.
 
OLDFIELD & BRAY:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
 
I am afraid the PEC are slow to answer at the moment - hence my recommendation that you let us know using the online reporting system:
 
https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/

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