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Thames Valley Police Alerts

Keyless Vehicle Thefts

Please be aware that the theft of keyless vehicles continues to occur across both the Bracknell and Wokingham areas.

 

Increasingly, modern cars that have keyless entry and ignition systems are proving to be a particular target, as thieves can utilise electronic devices to copy and mimic the vehicle’s actual key in order to get in and start a car without causing any damage.

When at home please be mindful that your key fob’s signal can be detected through doors, windows and in some cases through a house wall. A simple way of preventing the signal leaking out and being picked up by a thief is to store your key fob in a signal blocking pouch or tin.  

Police recommend that when provided, owners fully utilise the manufacturer’s security systems, possibly as simple as ensuring a PIN code is entered so it can’t be started by anyone who doesn’t know the security number.

 

You should also consider utilising tried and tested forms of physical security:-  

·       An overt steering lock or wheel clamp – available from motorist stores

·       Parking so your car is blocked in by other vehicles

·       A concealed “kill switch” to prevent the engine from starting

·       Installing a rising / folding security bollard to block your driveway

 

In addition to these measures, having your driveway or parking space covered by motion activated lighting and good quality CCTV could be a deterrent.


If you have seen anything suspicious, have any CCTV or Dashcam footage of suspects, or have any information about these thefts, please report this by using the Thames Valley Police on line reporting portal at www.thamesvalley.police.uk or by calling the non-emergency number 101. If a crime is in progress, dial 999.


If you wish to remain anonymous or don’t want to speak to the police you can pass any relevant information via the independent charity Crimestoppers  on 0800 555 111 free of charge.

Say No to Cold Callers & Doorstep Rogue Traders

Thames Valley Police have received reports of cold callers in the Wokingham area. Doorstep callers or cold callers are traders who make unsolicited visits or telephone calls in an attempt to sell goods or services. Unscrupulous traders often target the elderly, isolated or vulnerable householders, and those who live alone. They call at homes unexpectedly, offering services or goods that residents have not asked for at a low price. Common types of work offered include pressure washing, tree surgeon services, garden clearance, roof repairs or guttering and driveway work. Once work has begun, the price often increases quickly and claims that extra work is needed to complete the job are common. They may be verbally aggressive in order to pressure householders into paying or agreeing to extra work and use confusion tactics over quotes and pricing in order to make householders doubt what they had agreed. Typically, there is nothing in writing. Often they will fail to provide the required notice detailing cancellation rights, which is a criminal offence and sometimes offer to take householders to the bank to make cash withdrawals. Genuine reputable tradespeople do not need to find work in this way. Residents who buy goods or pay for work are likely to be targeted again. 

Cold Calling can also be a cover for persons planning more serious offences such as Distraction Burglary, Car Crime or ‘Bogus Official’ offences such as pretending to be from the Water Board and needing to fix a leak, or from a Care Agency where entry is gained to a house by deception in order to steal while the occupant is distracted.

If someone does call at your door, please consider the following advice:

Stop: Are you expecting anybody, have you arranged any appointments?
Chain: Secure the door bar or chain before opening the door.
Check: Ask for and double check the caller's ID. Legitimate traders will not mind you asking and should be able to prove who they are.

·  Don’t agree to any work or sign anything on the spot.

·  Don’t feel pressured to buy. It is your home and your right to say ‘No’.

·  Don’t ever go to a Bank or Cash point with a trader. Legitimate traders would never do this.

·       If you have vulnerable neighbours or family members who could potentially fall victim to these types of fraudulent individuals check in on them and report online or call 101 with details of suspicious vehicles or individuals.

·       If you suspect a crime is in progress or about to occur please note descriptions, if safe to do so, and contact police on 999.

Neighbourhood Watch is a successful crime prevention initiative. Getting together with your neighbours to take action can cut local crime. If you would like information on setting up or joining an established local scheme visit www.ourwatch.org.uk

The Public Protection Partnership may be able to assist you and your neighbours by creating a No Cold Calling Zone in your street or area. For more information on how they can help, visit:

www.publicprotectionpartnership.org.uk

Please pass this advice to friends, family members and neighbours who might not receive Neighbourhood Alert emails.

Say NO! to doorstep callers. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

Increase in thefts of tools from vans

Are you a Tradesperson or have a friend or relative that is routinely carrying and storing the tools of their trade in a van? If so, please be vigilant - especially if the van is sign written and may be advertising what tools and equipment are on board.

 

Criminals are continuing to target vans for the tools and equipment that may be carried within them. These are often organised gangs of thieves who have the means of disposing of hundreds of individual power tools.

 

Although offenders often manage to strike unnoticed and have made off before victims discover the thefts, the Police still want to hear from anyone who has been affected by this and to obtain any available CCTV, dash cam and video doorbell footage.  Please ensure you report any thefts, van alarm activations or suspicious incidents either online at www.thamesvalley.police.uk or by calling 101.

 

Don’t let your van be a target, please consider the following crime prevention advice:

·        Empty your van of all tools and valuables when unattended, if possible.  

·        Always close and lock your van doors and fit them with robust deadlocks.

·        Fit your van with a vehicle intruder alarm system.

·        Fit a Dashcam system that activates when the vehicle is approached.

·        Store tools in robust and secured containers within the van.

·        Keep a list of your tools and their serial numbers and mark them so you can readily recognise them when on site, but also so police can identify them as stolen if they are found in someone else’s possession.

·        Check whether your van insurance covers the theft of your tools at all times, as some policies may have exclusions during certain time periods.

·        Park in well-lit and overlooked areas (most offenders don’t want to be seen) and park to restrict access to the rear and side doors, if possible.

·        If you park your van on a private driveway or the road outside your home, consider installing a video doorbell or CCTV that will monitor the parked vehicle.

If you have any information relating to crime in your neighbourhood, or about those committing these thefts you can contact the Police online at www.thamesvalley.police.uk or by phoning 101.

Appeal for witnesses following a burglary on Nine Mile Ride, Bracknell

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following a burglary in, Bracknell.

Between 5.00pm on Saturday 20 January and 9.00am on Monday 22 January 2024 offenders gained entry to commercial storage containers of a cycle hire business in Swinley Forest just off Nine Mile Ride, Bracknell.

The business had not opened on the Sunday due to high winds and stormy weather.

The offenders managed to enter the forest, and then force the locks and doors of the storage containers and steal 13 distinctive brand new orange coloured “Whyte”    E-160RSX electric bikes.

Investigating officer PC 5523 David Wrigley of the Priority Crime Team based at Loddon Valley police station said “We are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed anything suspicious or may have information to contact Thames Valley Police either on line via the force website or by calling our 24-hour contact centre on 101, quoting reference 43240032619

If you don’t want to speak directly to police you can contact the independent charity “Crimestoppers” anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are asked for, and your call is not traced or recorded, and you wouldn’t be expected to attend court.

CHIP & PIN  Frauds and thefts

As Christmas approaches many of us will be visiting town and doing a lot more shopping.

Unfortunately fraudsters may not be far behind, some have already targeted shoppers who’ve used either a Credit or Debit card and had to enter their 4 digit PIN at the point of sale, or whilst withdrawing cash from an ATM.

Offenders seem to prefer “Out of Town” store locations, where they can have their get away car parked up close by, but they have also struck at town centre stores and banks.

Offenders working in small teams target shoppers, taking note of the PIN as the victim taps it into the keypad at the till. They then either distract the victim in order to quickly steal the card, or follow the victim, seeking to pick pocket the victim’s purse or wallet as they continue shopping, or in car parks will distract the victim once the handbag and purse have been placed in the car, whilst a second offender sneekily opens the car and snatches the purse.

On occasions the offenders have then simply gone on to withdraw cash from an ATM at the same store before fleeing, other times they have simply gone on their own shopping spree. And all before the victim is aware their card has been stolen.

Offenders seem mainly to be foreign men, but women have been involved in at least one incident.

Whilst intending to withdraw cash from an ATM (cash machine) victims have been distracted by individuals who have been loitering nearby claiming that they know the machine is working or that the victim has just dropped something, they have watched the victim enter their PIN and simply make a distraction in order to steal the actual card.

Other offenders interfere with ATMs using illegal devices that retain a victim’s bank card once it has been entered into the machine whist recording the PIN as the victim taps it into the keypad. The offenders then later retrieve the victim’s card and use it plus the PIN to obtain cash or purchases.

To prevent yourself, friends or relatives falling victim to these type of fraudsters remember the Golden Rules;

1.     Pay by “Contactless” card payment whenever possible

2.     Never let anyone see what  PIN , cover your finger with your other hand as you enter it

3.     Never write your PIN down

4.     Never say your PIN out loud, to anyone

and

5.     If you ever lose your card, report it immediately to your bank.

 

 

No one from any bank,  Police Officer or other legitimate investigator will ever ask for or need to know, your PIN.  KEEP IT SECRET!

 

E-SCOOTERS

We know many people will be buying or receiving e-scooters as gifts this Christmas, but many will not be aware of the legalities on their use. Before you buy, please bear in mind the following:-

 

Personal e-scooters –

These are for use on private land only.

These are illegal on any public highway.

You cannot get insurance to ride these on the road.

 

This is because e-scooters are classed as motor vehicles in law. In theory, this means that you need an MOT, road tax and insurance to use one, however it isn’t currently possible to register e-scooters in this way.

Privately owned e-scooters can only be used on private land, with the permission of the landowner.

You cannot use a privately owned e-scooter on the road, pavement or in a public space. If you do then you risk receiving a large fine, points on your driving licence and your e-scooter could be seized.

 

Rental e-scooters –

Some parts of the UK are running government trials of rental e-scooters. If you’re over 16 and have a full or provisional driving licence, then you can use these on public roads and cycle paths. Please check that your driving licence covers categories AM, A or B.

 

Zipp, Lime, Ginger, Tier and Voi are permitted by a government scheme to hire e-scooters in cities and towns across the Thames Valley. Renters must hold a provisional or full drivers licence to hire them. The rental company will supply e-scooter motor insurance for renters. These scooters must be ridden on the road. Rental schemes are currently being trialled in Buckinghamshire (Zipp Mobility), Milton Keynes (Lime, Tier and Ginger), and Oxford (Voi). Slough were trialling the use of e-scooters, but that trial is currently suspended.

Stolen GPS systems returned after being listed on eBay

Following an investigation by the Thames Valley Police Rural Crime Taskforce, two stolen GPS systems were returned to their owner after being listed on eBay.

Investigating officer PC Huw Kime, of the Rural Crime Taskforce, said: “We are committed to tackling serious and acquisitive crime affecting our countryside communities.”

Read more on our website.

Trackers and markings prove their worth as stolen digger recovered from Bulgaria – Milton Keynes

This is why you should use trackers and forensic markings!

Following our investigation, a stolen digger worth £17,000 was recovered from Bulgaria because of the tracking chip it was fitted with.

 

Read more on our website.

WhatsApp Scam

This was reported on Nationally by our colleagues in the UK National Fraud Intelligence Bureau(NFIB) in late July:

https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/alert/action-fraud-warn-of-recent-whatsapp-scam-hitting-community-and-religious-groups

 

Since, we here in TVP, have seen several being reported to Action Fraud over the past few weeks and it continues to be a national trend.

The TVP Corporate Communications Team, will be making this messaging available via the local Neighbourhood policing teams for their community contacts.

 

Nevertheless if you have links with Community Groups (Note this is not linked to the current situation in the Middle East) across the TV area do please share with them the NFIB item (As above) from July 2023 as well as the attached Social Media graphic.

 

The Guidance and reporting process is as summarised below (Taken from the above item).

“Large community and religious WhatsApp groups are being targeted by scammers who infiltrate these groups to deceive their members into sending them money. The fraud often begins when a member of the group receives a WhatsApp audio call from the fraudster, pretending, or claiming, to be a member of the group. This is done in order to gain the individual’s trust, and often the scammer will use a false profile picture and / or display name, so at first glance it would appear to be a genuine member of the group.

The fraudster will then call the victim and say they are sending a one-time passcode which will allow them to join an upcoming video call for group members. The scammer then asks the victim to share this passcode with them so they can be “registered” for the video call. What’s really happening is that the scammer is asking for a registration code to register the victim’s WhatsApp account to a new device where they then “port” their WhatsApp profile over.

Once the fraudster has access to the victim’s WhatsApp account, they will enable two-step verification which makes it impossible for the victim to access their account. The scammer will then message other members of the group, or friends and family in the victim’s contacts, asking them to transfer money urgently as they are in desperate need of help”

Oliver Shaw, Detective Chief Superintendent and Head of Action Fraud and the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) said:

“WhatsApp continues to be a popular platform for community and religious groups, but sadly also for fraudsters. Here, the scammers rely on the goodwill of group members and their intrinsic desire to help others in distress.

“We urge people always to be wary when receiving contact via WhatsApp or other messaging platforms. This is particularly the case when being asked to provide account information – despite the fact that you may recognise the individual’s profile picture and / or name.

“Never share your account information with anyone, and if you think it’s a fraudulent approach, report the message and block the sender within WhatsApp. To make your account more secure, we advise setting up two-step verification to provide an extra layer of protection. This makes it increasingly more difficult for fraudsters to gain access to somebody else’s WhatsApp account”.

What can you do to avoid being a victim?

·  Never share your account’s two-factor authentication (2FA) code (that’s the six digit code you receive via SMS).

·  Set up two-step verification to give an extra layer of protection to your account.

Tap Settings > Account >Two-step verification > Enable.

·  THINK. CALL. If a family member or friend makes an unusual request on WhatsApp, always call the person to confirm their identity.

·  You can report spam messages or block a sender within WhatsApp. Press and hold on the message bubble, select ‘Report’ and then follow the instructions.

If you have been a victim of fraud or cybercrime, report it at  https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/ or by calling 0300 123 2040. In Scotland, victims of fraud and cybercrime should report to Police Scotland on 101”

Rogue Roofing & Gutter Cleaning Traders

Residents across the Bracknell and Wokingham police area are being warned to be vigilant and to not become victim to rogue Roofing & Guttering traders.

 At this time of year many rooves develop a growth of moss over the tiles and falling leaves may clog gutters, these are rarely critical situations that require immediate resolution, so never be pressured into accepting offers of cleaning from any Cold Calling tradesman.

There are laws that anyone working at height or on rooves has to comply with, so if your caller has nothing more than a ladder, there is every possibility that they are not genuine.

 If someone knocks claiming to be simply in the area and offering to do the work there and then, there is every possibility that they are not genuine. Reputable tradesmen do not seek work in this manner.

If your roof and gutters aren’t causing you a problem, don’t accept a strangers word that you need work doing, unfortunately rogue traders who are allowed up on a roof often claim to then discover serious damage (which they may well have caused themselves) to tiles or chimneys that they offer to repair at extortionate prices.

Rogue Traders using such scams have recently been reported after targeting vulnerable residents in the Beach Lane area of Earley and are likely to have struck elsewhere.

Protect yourself and your property by following this simple safety advice:

·        If you are not sure who is at your door, don’t open it.

·        Ask the caller for proof of identity, if they claim to be from a legitimate company think about asking if they are a Ltd. Company or a Sole Trader, and ask for and check the company’s VAT registration details. You can confirm any Ltd company’s details on line, via the Companies House website,  check to see if they are registered with Directory Enquiries - don’t use any telephone numbers provided by the caller- they may be bogus.

·        Don’t let them onto your property until you are satisfied.

·        If in doubt keep them out.

·        If you are suspicious report the incident to police on-line or by phoning 101.

 

If you believe your home requires repair/ cleaning work and you see adverts or receive flyers from individuals or companies offering such work, consider making on line checks to confirm any quoted addresses, phone numbers, email addresses or websites.

Best still is to seek recommendations available from Citizen’s Advice or Trading Standards.

Trading Standards will also be able to advise you on how to set up a “No Cold Calling Zone” in your neighbourhood should you and your neighbours want one.

Don’t be rushed into agreeing work or parting with your money. Obtain written quotes for any work confirming the company’s details and details such as, exactly what needs repairing, (dimensions and materials), who will be removing debris and how much it will cost before you allow it to commence.

As always if you have any information relating to this type of offence or would like to report a crime please contact Thames Valley Police via the on-line portal on their website or by phoning the non-emergency number 101.  For residents across the entire Bracknell and Wokingham Police area you can contact Trading Standards on 01635 519930.

Increase in reported thefts of high value vehicles

Thames Valley Police have seen an increase in reported thefts of high value vehicles across the Bracknell and Wokingham areas. 

 

Unfortunately, some high value prestige makes and models of cars can be targeted by organised criminal groups, often as they are worth more to criminals and easier to dispose of as parts rather than a complete car.

 

Modern cars that have keyless entry and ignition systems are proving to be a particular target, as thieves can utilise electronic devices to copy and mimic the vehicle’s actual key in order to get in and start them without causing damage.

 

Car owners can utilise tried and tested forms of physical security to try and deter these car thieves:-  

·       Fitting an overt steering lock or wheel clamp – either of which should be readily available at motorist stores

·       Parking so your car is blocked in by other vehicles

·       Having your driveway or parking space covered by motion activated lighting and good quality CCTV

·       Installing a rising or folding security bollard to block your driveway

·       Keeping your key fobs away from windows and doors when at home and turning off their wireless signal (check your vehicle manual to see if this is possible or contact your vehicle manufacturer.) Use a signal-blocking pouch/case or secure metal container to store your key fob and any spares

 

If you have any information relating to crime in your neighbourhood or have CCTV, video doorbell or Dashcam recordings of suspicious individuals, vehicles or activity please report this via our website at www.thamesvalley.police.uk or by calling the non-emergency number 101.

 

If you wish to remain anonymous you can pass information via the independent charity “Crimestoppers” by phoning 0800 555 111 or via their website. 

 

For more advice on how to keep your vehicle safe, please visit the Thames Valley Police website www.thamesvalley.police.uk

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Thames Valley Police warns of increase in online shopping fraud on social media

Thames Valley Police is seeing a high number of fraudulent offences involving the selling of items online and through social media.

In the past 13 months, data provided by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau shows that there have been 2,925 victims within the Thames Valley who have been targeted in this particular type of fraud. This is 21% of all different types of fraud which has resulted in losses of £2.3million. 

To find out more about how this happens and how you can spot the signs, go to our website.

Community groups invited to apply for grant funding from £200,000 fund to help prevent crime

Matthew Barber, Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), has today opened the second of this year’s application rounds to the Community Fund

 

The Community Fund, jointly managed by the PCC and the Chief Constable, helps to prevent crime and keep communities safe. Money for the scheme is created from the proceeds from the sale of items seized from criminals that cannot be returned to their rightful owners.

 

On today’s announcement, Matthew said: “I’m pleased to announce the second round of this year’s Community Fund is now open for applications. This round is an exceptional £200,000 and we are delighted to be able to offer community and voluntary groups the chance to apply with the aim of reducing crime in our communities." 

 

More information - Community groups invited to apply for grant funding - Thames Valley PCC (thamesvalley-pcc.gov.uk)

Attention Land Rover Defender owners

Thieves are targeting British countryside icons within the Bracknell and Wokingham areas as the cost of Land Rover Defenders and their spares rocket.

Land Rover Defender owners are urged to take sensible security measures to protect their iconic vehicles as rural criminals and organised gangs are targeting them for their parts value, either stealing the entire vehicle or stripping parts from unattended vehicles.

Although other makes of similar vehicles are also been stolen, the value of thefts from and reported theft of Land Rover Defenders has recently rocketed by 87%.

The advice from Insurers and police is that owners of such vehicles should fortify their vehicles as much as possible, using a combination of measures such as immobilisers, tracking devices and pedal and steering locks. Cost effective measures can make life difficult enough for a would be thief causing them to abandon their attempt.

 

Top tips for securing classic a Land Rover Defender:

·        Keep the vehicle locked at all times when not in use.

·        Fit an accredited alarm for security and a tracking device to locate your vehicle if stolen- (NFU and some insurers offer discounts on certain products).

·        Fit a mechanical immobiliser such as a steering wheel or pedal lock, and use other vehicles or install security bollards to block your vehicle on your driveway.

·        Consider marking component parts with a forensic marking solution or system.

·        Keep the vehicle in a lockable building if possible, or park in a well-lit area which is overlooked or covered by CCTV.

·        Have the vehicle’s Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) etched on every window.

·        Consider fitting a hidden battery isolation or fuel cut-off switch

·        Take photographs of unusual features, modifications, damage or repairs which could aid identification if stolen.

·        Ensure any valuables are removed from the vehicle

·        Don’t share information on social media which could indicate where your vehicle is kept

·        For modern vehicles, keep electronic keys in a faraday pouch or box.

Scam Prevention

Today, PCSO Richardson joined with Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator, Geoffrey Pegg at Hilltop Community Centre, Crest Road. We discussed the different types of scams and how you can protect yourself. We would like to remind residents of High Wycombe to always remain cautious and ensure they keep their personal information safe.

An easy way to protect yourself is to Take 5.

Take 5 is a national campaign to help guide you to prevent email, phone based and online fraud.

• Stop
Take a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information
• Challenge
Could this be fake? It’s ok to refuse or ignore any requests. Criminals typically try to pressure or rush you into making a decision.
• Protect
Contact your bank immediately if you think you’ve fallen victim for a scam. Report this to Action Fraud.

Most common scams to be aware of:

• “You’ve missed a delivery” text messages
Always check the contact number and be very cautious when receiving a link to a website.

• Impersonation Scams
Fraudsters pretending to be from your bank, the police or other services.
The Police will never ask you to transfer money or request your bank details.
Always double check if the bank have genuinely contacted you by either going into the branch, or calling the number listed on your bank card.
Always check who you’re speaking to and don’t be pressured into doing anything you don’t want to.

• Online Advertisements and social media scams
Fraudsters tricking shoppers into paying in advance for goods or services that are never received. Always check the websites or links you’re using.

• Investment Scams
The purchase of fake bonds or cryptocurrency.

• Covid Related Scams – track and trace, or vaccination scams
The NHS test and trace service will not ask you for bank details or payments.

Introducing Check A Website

Dear Resident, 
Get Safe Online has partnered with Cifas, the UK’s leading fraud prevention service, to launch ‘Check a Website’.
'Check a Website' is a new, easy-to-use online tool which helps determine whether a website is likely to be legitimate or a scam … before you visit it. It is hoped to prevent thousands of people in the UK falling victim to unwanted online scams every year. 
  To use, simply type in the address of the website you want to check, and your results will appear within seconds. To try it out simply visit www.getsafeonline.org/checkawebsite/
Secondly, for parents and grandparents, you may be interested in this month's online safety awareness campaign - Switched-on Parent. The attached new leaflet provides lots of tips from our experts on how to encourage your children or grandchildren to use the Internet safely. 

Smart Motorway Safety Advice

Smart motorways are up and running in many places across the country, including parts of the Thames Valley.
What used to be the hard shoulder is now a fourth lane and there are overhead signs above the lanes.
These will display important information such as variable speed limits and lane closures.
It’s important that you obey these signs for your safety and that of other road users.
You’ll see a red 'X' if a lane is closed.
This can often be set far in advance of an incident to help those who are dealing with it.
Make sure to leave gaps in the traffic to allow people to filter into an open lane.
Driving in a closed lane could result in a fixed penalty of up to £100 and three points.
National Highways and Thames Valley Police will be carrying out enforcement on these roads.
For more information, please visit the National Highway’s website

Catalytic Converter Thefts

Overnight  between Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 April  thieves targeted a number of cars in Hatch Ride, Ellis Road and Wiltshire Avenue in the North Crowthorne area, cutting off and stealing the Catalytic converters whilst the cars were parked outside the owners homes.

During the month similar thefts have occurred elsewhere across the Bracknell and Wokingham boroughs, with one car been targeted during daytime whilst it was left in a town centre multi storey car park.

Catalytic Converters are targeted as precious metals are used to make the actual filters contained within them, so have a good second hand value or otherwise command a good scrap value.

The thieves operate by jacking the rear of a car up so they can slide underneath and then use cordless power tools to cut through the exhaust pipe, completing the theft in a matter of minutes.

Catalytic Converters come in varying designs and sizes with different car manufacturers using different makes, and currently Honda and Lexus cars seem to be the favourite targets.
To reduce the risk of your car been targeted you can,

  • arrange for your car's dealership to supply and fit security brackets.
  • ensure the car alarm always sets as you leave it unattended
  • fit a dashcam with motion activation that will record anyone walking up close to your car.
  • reverse into parking bays, or up against a wall or fence
  • avoid parking in unlit areas.

If you have any information about these thefts or have CCTV or Dashcam footage you are asked to contact Thames Valley Police on 101.  Should you not want to speak to a police officer or want to remain anonymous to contact the independent charity “Crimestoppers” on 0800 555 111.

For more advice on how to keep your vehicle safe, visit the Thames Valley Police website. www.thamesvalley.police.uk/advice/protecting-your-home-and-belongings/

Please feel free to share this report and advice on social media.

Over 20K People Fell Victim To Remote Access Scams

More than £50 million was lost last year to scams where victims are tricked into handing over control of their computer or smartphone to criminals.
New data from Action Fraud, the national reporting centre for fraud and cybercrime, reveals that 20,144 people fell victim to scams where they were persuaded to grant criminals remote access to their device. Victims reported losing a total of £57,790,384 – an average loss of £2,868 per victim. 
What are remote access scams
Remote Access scams will often begin with a browser pop-up saying that your computer is infected with a virus, or maybe a call from someone claiming to be from your bank saying that they need to connect to your computer in order to cancel a fraudulent transaction on your account. Regardless of the narrative the fraudster’s use, their goal is to steal your money or access your financial information by tricking you into allowing them to remotely connect to your computer.
Detective Chief Inspector Craig Mullish, from the City of London Police, said:
"While remote access tools are safe when used legitimately, we want the public to be aware that they can be misused by criminals to perpetrate fraud. We often see criminals posing as legitimate businesses in order to trick people into handing over control of their computer or smartphone. 
“You should only install software or grant remote access to your computer if you’re asked by someone you know and trust, such as a friend or family member, and never as a result of an unsolicited call, browser pop-up or text message.”
How to protect yourself

  • Only install software or grant remote access to your computer if you’re asked by someone you know and trust, such as a friend or family member, and never as a result of an unsolicited call, browser pop up, or text message.
  • Remember, a bank or service provider will never contact you out of the blue requesting remote access to your device.
  • If you believe your laptop, PC, tablet or phone has been infected with a virus or some other type of malware, follow the NCSC’s guidance on recovering an infected device.
  • Protect your money by contacting your bank immediately on a different device from the one the scammer contacted you on.
  • Report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via actionfraud.police.uk. If you are in Scotland, please report to Police Scotland directly by calling 101.

The Best Way To Keep Hackers Out of Your Online Accounts

Enabling two-factor authentication (2FA) is the single most important thing you can do to improve the security of your online accounts.
What is 2FA?
Two-factor authentication (2FA) is a way of strengthening the login security of your online accounts. It's similar to how an ATM works. You need both your debit card (first factor) and your PIN (second factor) to get access your account and withdraw cash. The main objective is better security. If your card is stolen, they still need your PIN. If your PIN is stolen, they still need your card.

Enabling 2FA will help to stop hackers from getting into your accounts, even if they have your password.

How do I enable 2FA on my accounts?
Here are links you can use to enable 2FA on some of the most popular online services and apps:


For more of the government’s latest advice on how to stay secure online, visit the Cyber Aware website: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/cyberaware

0800 555 111 - A Number To Remember

Thames Valley Police have frequently repeated that their success in fighting crime is very dependent on the efficient gathering of relevant information – ‘criminal intelligence’ – from the public. So, we all have a personal stake in helping this process.
The Neighbourhood Watch national website - ourwatch.org.uk – offers ideas of what to look out for under various crime headings. Even those living in peaceful, low-crime areas may occasionally overhear or see something that is suspicious or ‘doesn’t look right.’ Putting together criminal intelligence has been described as a bit like a jigsaw, and even little bits of information can help – by confirming other pieces perhaps. So, it is important that we all report things that we feel could help the police.
I am sure you know that you should immediately call 999 if you see a crime being committed or in an emergency. And you should call 101 to report anything else to the police – or go online to do so. This, of course, involves you in providing your own contact details, and even though these will be treated in complete confidence by the police, sometimes we can be reluctant to ‘get involved’ to that extent. That is understandable, but we do not want your ‘piece of the jigsaw’ to be missed. It could be vital!
So, we are partnering with CrimeStoppers to remind everyone of ‘The 3rd Number – 0800 555 111’ that enables you to report your information totally anonymously if you prefer. Please view this link, and consider adding the number to your mobile phone speed-dial list so it is quickly ready when needed.
While contacting the police directly – especially if you could be an important witness – is what we hope most people will do most of the time, having the CrimeStoppers anonymous alternative plays a vital part in helping the police to ‘complete the criminal-intelligence jigsaw’.
Whichever way you do it – please report it!
Many thanks for your support!

Shed and Allotment Security

There has been an increasing number of sheds being broken into on allotments and in residential locations across the Wokingham area. The Priority Crime Team are asking residents to check their shed, garden and allotment security. Allotment Holders may wish to consider removing equipment and items from sheds during this time.

Please follow the below links for further crime prevention advice:
www.thamesvalley.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/non-residential-burglary/secure-shed-garage/
www.thamesvalley.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/residential-burglary/protect-your-home-by-protecting-your-garden/

Please report any suspicious incidents, sightings or information by using our online service at: www.thamesvalley.police.uk. We're asking you please to only call 999 if it is an emergency and 101 if it is urgent.

The National Allotment Society has information about the effect of coronavirus on Allotment Holders at: https://www.nsalg.org.uk/news/covid19-information/

If you are looking for information about the government instruction to stay at home and how that may affect you, you'll find guidance on Gov.uk
Information about the police enforcement powers put in place to reduce the spread of the virus can also be found on the Government’s website.

You can visit the NHS website for information and advice about coronavirus.

Please Secure Your Bicycle

These 10 tips may help your bike remain safe, secure and not a statistic.

1. Register it
Get your bike security marked and registered at www.bikeregister.com It is a highly effective, visible deterrent to bike thieves. They know that if they are caught with a registered bike, the owner can be traced and they could be arrested.

2. Record it
Remember to record details of your bike such as the frame number (normally found underneath the bike between the pedals or where the back wheel slots in), the BikeRegister number plus any other distinguishing features, and take a photo.

3. Double-lock it
It can take thieves as little as few seconds to cut through some locks, so use two good quality locks, at least one of which is a D-lock.

4. Lock the lot
Lock the frame and both wheels to the cycle parking stand.

5. Secure it
Secure your bike as close to the stand as possible to give any thieves little or no room to manoeuvre.

6. Remove the removable bits
Take parts that are easy to remove with you. Or use locking skewers or nuts which can increase security by securing the bike's components to the frame permanently, making it difficult for thieves to steal detachable parts.

7. Park secure
Lock your bike at recognised secure cycle parking. It should be well lit and covered by CCTV.

8. Remember safety begins at home
Take the same care to lock your bike securely at home as you would on the street.

9. Check ownership
Ask for proof of ownership and check the bike frame number on www.bikeregister.com

10. Act fast
If your bike has been stolen, contact us as soon as possible, give us your frame number, BikeRegister number, a photo and any other details and make sure you update the status on BikeRegister. The sooner we know, the sooner we can act, which might stop it being sold on.
https://stolen-bikes.co.uk can help to spread the word on the theft of your bike and offer you advice to help get it back.
www.findthatbike.co.uk lists adverts for bikes placed on online marketplaces, which you can check frequently to see if yours has been listed for sale.

Rural Crime Action Group RCAG Wokingham

The Rural Crime Action Group (Wokingham) are a group of volunteers and representatives from organisations including Thames Valley Police, Wokingham Borough Council and the National Farmers Union who are passionate about keeping the rural communities safe.

 

Rural crime tends to fall into one of four categories:

  • Agricultural 

Covers working farms, farm machinery, farm buildings and smallholdings. Offences include theft of equipment or fuel, damage to property and livestock worrying. 

  • Equine 

Covers working stables and equestrian centres and includes offences like tack theft and livestock worrying.

  • Wildlife

Includes hare coursing, poaching and interfering with protected species. You can find out more about wildlife crime on our website www.thamesvalley.police.uk

  • Heritage

Defined as 'any offence which harms the value of England's heritage assets and their settings to this and future generations'. This can include offences such as lead theft from churches, damage to ancient monuments and illegal metal detecting.

Rural crime can also fall under environmental crime, which covers illegal waste dumping, fly tipping, polluting watercourses and land.

If you are concerned about rural crime or your own security, a member of the RCAG can visit you and offer security and crime prevention advice for you, your premises or your home. Where, appropriate, assistance is available for those who find themselves in difficult circumstances.

 

You can contact the chair of the RCAG, Hugh Payen, at hugh.payen@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk or contact the Twyford neighbourhood policing team on TwyfordNHPT@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk 

Please note that as a team of volunteers, your enquiry may not receive an immediate response.

 

The RCAG do not respond to incidents of rural crime so please continue to report these on 101, online at www.thamesvalley.police.uk or call 999 in an emergency.

If you have information about crime or anti-social behaviour in your area but you do not want to speak to the police, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Thefts of Outboard Motors

Warning to boat-owners to be vigilant following thefts of outboard motors in the area.

If you have any information, please report online at https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/
or alternatively, contact the Thames Valley Police non-emergency number 101.

If you do not want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

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ST NICHOLAS REMENHAM,

SERVICES 

FEBRUARY/March 2024

 

Sunday 3 March    

11.15am sung Matins (BCP) with hymns

 

Sunday 10 March – Mothering Sunday

11.15am Holy Communion (BCP) with hymns

 

Sunday 17 March

11.15am sung Matins (BCP) with hymns

 

Sunday 24 March – Palm Sunday

11.15am Holy Communion (BCP) with hymns

 

Friday 29 March – Good Friday

12 noon said Matins

 

Sunday 31 March – Easter Day

11.30am* Holy Communion (BCP) with hymns

*Please note the later start time of the Easter Day service as the Bishop is going to St Mary's that morning for a confirmation service.

www.remenhamparish.org.uk

Rectory Office – 01491 577340

rector.hwr@btinternet.com

 

We continue to hold a service every Sunday at 11.15am (details above).  The church is open daily from 9.30am to 4.00pm for private prayer.  

Rubbish & Recycling

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Traffic & Travel

Please click on the graphic above for the latest information on traffic and travel from Wokingham Borough Council - thank you

EMERGENCY INFORMATION

 

In emergencies defibrillators can soon be found at the following:
 
Remenham & Aston
locations:
Hambleden Lock
Opposite Temple Island
Remenham Parish Hall
The Flower Pot, Aston
The Leander Club
Upper Thames Rowing Club
 
Remenham Parish Council Oct
2023

 

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