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Please read your December 2017 Community Policing Report

The festive season is particularly tempting for criminals as they expect to find gifts and high value goods in people’s homes and cars. It is important to ensure that your house is secure and that you take precautions to stop criminals who will have no thought about taking your carefully chosen gifts for loved ones. 

As we all know, our towns will be exceptionally busy and with increased numbers of people on Wiltshire streets, it is easier for thieves to strike unnoticed. 

Below are a few simple tips to help prevent you not becoming a victim of crime whilst out and about during the Christmas period :

 With increased numbers of shoppers on local streets, there are inevitably more vehicles in car parks which provide more opportunities for criminals. Don’t let your vehicle be an easy target by following the advice outlined below: 

It is equally important to keep your Christmas gifts safe at home by following the points outlined below:

It is important not to stop thinking about safety after Christmas day too. Make sure you don’t put your rubbish out too early. Putting packing and boxes on display will advertise all the new items you have in your home providing thieves with a checklist of your equipment for them to steal.

CRIME EXCEPTIONS

These figures are based on an evaluation of data, over a two year rolling period. Using this data we can predict what figure is the average that should be reported in a specific month, and what are the higher and lower parameters that we may expect. Figures outside of these parameters are classed as ‘Crime Exceptions’.

The only crime exception for the Westbury Rural area relates to offences of Violence Against the Person. Whilst this does include physical assaults, it does also include incidents whereby threats have been made and some verbal altercations.

The offences of Violence Against the Person normally show an average of 3.8 incidents a month, however November saw an increase to 11 incidents.

Having looked at the incidents in more detail, there are none that are linked in any way. They range from minor domestic assaults, to abusive mail received through the post.

There was one report of a Dwelling Burglary last month that occurred in The Crescent, Dilton Marsh. Two males attended the property of an elderly male and purported to be from the Council in order to gain entry. A male has been identified as a suspect in relation to this offence, and arrest enquiries are ongoing to try and locate him.

OTHER INFORMATION

For the last six weeks we have included Community Speedwatch within the weekly tasking meeting, whereby four locations are highlighted by the CSW Team and targeted over a two week period.

Chapmanslade was highlighted recently and targeted; as a result one driver was issued with an FPN after travelling at 39 mph in a 30 mph area.

Speed checks were carried out in the Dilton Marsh area. No one was caught driving above the speed limit.

LOCAL CRIMES

Two males were seen going through recycle bins in the Brokerswood area. The reporting person was able to provide us with the registration number of the vehicle the males were using. I would encourage people to report any suspicious activity to Police.

A stolen vehicle was located in the area of Bratton. Thanks to the member of the public who reported this to police.

We have had a number of reports relating to a loose horse in the Brokerswood area. Please take good care when driving through this area; I am aware that this is a fast road with some nasty bends.

For a detailed breakdown of the crime in your area visit…

https://www.police.uk/wiltshire/

Sector Inspector – Inspector Andy Fee – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sector Deputy – Sergeant Gill Hughes – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Community Coordinator – Pc Charly Chilton : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.