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Please find below, details relating to the Community Impactive Crimes that have occurred in the Trowbridge area between 28th October and 3rd November.

54190107214 – Overnight on 27th October, a secured bike was stolen from the communal bike racks at a premises on Duke Street, Trowbridge by cutting through the padlock believed to be using bolt cutters. This was a Fuji Navada 1.5 Hard Tail bike.

54190107275 – During the morning on 28th October a male has been seen to look into a car on a driveway of Newtown, Trowbridge, approach the garage and take a tool, cutting the wire to a Security light. No entry gained.

54190107640 – Overnight on 29th October, a bicycle was stolen from an outside stairwell in Newtown, Trowbridge. The orange Trek bicycle was secured by a cable chain and padlock.

54190108300 – Overnight on the 30th October, the passenger front window of a vehicle parked in a car park on Stallard Street, Trowbridge has been smashed and the stereo has been stolen causing damage to the centre console removing it.

54190108825 – On 1st November, gardening work has been agreed to be completed for an elderly, vulnerable victim and work has begun. Further fees have then been requested for more work to be completed and the victim was taken to the bank for cash to be collected for the payment. The incident was brought to light by HSBC, Fore Street, Trowbridge who stopped the female parting with any money. A 41 year old male from Calne has been bailed for further enquiries to be completed. Trading Services have been made aware of this incident.

Doorstep Crime

** Not sure? Don’t open the door! **
Keep your front and back doors locked, even when you are at home.
Install a ‘spy hole’ or electronic viewer in the front door so that you can see who the caller is before opening the door.
Use a door chain or door bar so that you don’t have to open the door fully to talk to the person on the doorstep.
Even if the person calling has an appointment, check their identity card carefully.
If the caller claims to be from a particular company, you can check by calling the company in question using a number from the phone book. Don’t use a card or number given to you by the caller. Close and lock the door while you check. A genuine caller won’t mind waiting.
Don’t leave any doorstep callers alone with your door open.
Never agree to have work done by someone just passing by. If you think work needs to be done, get at least two quotations from reputable companies. Never sign anything on the spot – but if you have, remember you have a 14 day cooling off period during which you can cancel and receive a full refund.
Always shop around for the best price.
Be wary of special offers or warnings about your home.
Never hand over cash or sign anything.
Talk to someone you trust, such as a relative, friend of neighbour, for a second opinion.
Bogus callers may be smartly dressed and claim to be from the council, police or utility companies. They can also turn up as builders or gardeners and try to trick you into paying for unnecessary work.
Here are some responses you can use to callers at the door :
I do not buy goods or services at the door.
I’d like more time to think about it.
I want to shop around and get some other quotes.
I’d like to discuss it with someone else.
If you think a bogus caller has called on you, report it to the police immediately on 101 and to Trading Standards.

54190109012 – On 30th October, the hydraulic brakes have been stolen from the front and rear wheels of a pedal cycle at Trowbridge Railway Station.

54190109109 – Around midday on 28th October, an elderly male was shopping with his daughter when an unknown person has bumped into them near to The Shires, Trowbridge causing a distraction. His wallet was taken which contained £3,000 for funeral costs.

Personal Safety when out and about

When on foot :
Be aware of your surroundings.
Keep to well-lit and busy areas whenever possible and try to avoid routes that include underpasses, quiet alleyways, wooded or deserted areas.
Try to look and act confident.
Keep valuables out of sight. Be careful if you decide to take out your phone, mp3 player of wallet in public. If you are wearing your music player this will also make it more difficult to hear someone approaching you.
Try to avoid chatting or texting on your mobile telephone walking alone, as this could distract you and prevent you from noticing potential danger approaching.
Spread your valuables around – eg. Keys in jacket pocket, phone in bag, money in trouser pocket.
Consider getting a personal safety alarm to carry with you when out and about.
If someone tried to take something from you, it is usually safer to let them have it rather than get into a confrontation.
Walk facing traffic so a car can’t pull up beside you without warning.
Try to avoid using cash machines at night.
Consider using a purse chain or bell.
Avoid carrying important documents or credit cards that you don’t need to take with you.
Cover up expensive looking jewellery.
Remember that you are more vulnerable to attack when you have been drinking. Be careful of drink spiking – never leave drinks unattended; ask a trusted friend to look after your drink for you if you need to go to the toilet.
If you go jogging or cycling, vary your route from day to day, and the time if you can.
Stick to well lit areas and open spaces.

When out shopping :
Never leave your bags unattended, particularly on shopping trollies and be aware of people around you at all times.
Carry your bag close to you with the clasp facing inwards.
Keep it zipped up, and make sure your wallet or purse can’t be seen.
Avoid carrying valuables or large amounts of cash and spread your possessions about. For example, consider keeping your mobile phone separate from your keys and your store or credit cards separate from your purse.
Finally, never carry PIN numbers with any cards.

54190109298 – At 0120 hours on 3rd November, a vehicle was seen with no insurance driving on Union Street, Trowbridge. After a decamp, the male was detained and arrested. Robert FRAZONSKI, aged 20 from Studley Rise, Trowbridge has been charged with the offences of driving over the prescribed limit, no insurance and no licence and is due to appear at Salisbury Magistrates Court on 29/11/19.

54190109832 – At around 1045 hours on 1st November, suspect has stolen victim's brown leather wallet from his pocket at Market Street, Trowbridge. The wallet contained cash, a bank card, a bus pass, a senior rail card and library cards. Please see above personal safety crime prevention advice.

54190109965 – During the last week, the windows on the rear doors of victim’s van were smashed which was parked on the driveway at the rear of the property on Brewery Walk, Trowbridge.

54190110196 – between 2nd and 3rd November, the handle has been broken off the side door of victim’s work van and a piece of wood wedged in the top of the door. This occurred on Park Street, Trowbridge. No entry was gained.

54190107331 – between 24th and 28th October, a works van which was parked in the garden centre car park, Palmer Gardens, Islington, Trowbridge has received damaged to the windscreen which was cracked and the glass in the side window was smashed to gain entry to the front of the van. The lock has been levered off of a safe and forced open. The safe was empty and nothing was taken. The loom control wiring which controls the locking mechanism of the rear doors was also cut.

54190108539  - At 2000 hours on 31st October a mobile phone was taken from an address in Trowbridge whilst a sofa was being delivered which had been purchased through Facebook.
This occurred on Francis Street, Trowbridge.

Home Security

Most burglaries are opportunistic.
Always close and lock doors and windows when you go out – even if just for a short time – and when you go to bed at night. Don’t forget doors into garages and conservatories.
Make sure your locks and security measures comply with your insurance requirements.
Join or start a Neighbourhood Watch scheme. Membership of a scheme is a proven deterrent to burglars.
Keep keys, including shed and car keys, in a place where they’re not visible to anyone looking in. Don’t leave keys in the door, and never hide a spare key outside.
Keep valuables hidden and not visible from windows.
Take photographs of your valuable items for insurance purposes and keep them with your policy.
Window locks and visible burglar alarms can act as a deterrent to criminals.
Never leave packaging from new goods visible with your general rubbish. Criminals may see it and target your property.
Draw curtains in the evening and leave your lights on a timer switch if you’re going out.
Never give your keys to anyone you do not know well. Change locks in a new property so that you know exactly who has the keys.
Never keep large amounts of cash in the house.
Consider keeping expensive jewellery, house deeds and other important items in a home safe, anchored to the brick work.
Register valuable items free of charge with www.immobilise.com, a property register that helps police identify your property and catch criminals.

Consider registering expensive items with a forensic marking company such as SmartWater – www.smartwater.com .

54190109576 – overnight on 3rd November, suspect(s) have smashed the front and rear drivers side windows of vehicle while it was parked on Honeymans Close, Trowbridge and stolen a Samsung Galaxy A6 mobile phone.

Theft from Cars

Try to park somewhere open and well-lit.
Lock up – including the boot.
Remember to close the windows and sunroof.
Don’t leave anything on show in your car when you park – not even a coat or empty carrier bag.
If you have a removable satnav, remove it and take it with you if possible. Remove the mounting, polish any marks off the windscreen and hide the cable and mounting.
Store car ownership information at home, not in your car.
Number plates are often stolen for criminal use. Use plates secured with anti-theft screws, available from car accessory stores.
Try not to store things in the boot.

54190108620 – At 0213 hours on 1st November, Joseph DENT, aged 36 from Sheridan Gardens, Trowbridge has assaulted staff at Tesco Extra, Trowbridge. He has been charged with going equipped and assault and is due to appear at Salisbury Magistrates Court on 29/11/19.

54190107839 – Between 28th and 29th October, victim’s garage door on Wiltshire Drive, Trowbridge has been forced open by unknown means.  A Honda generator has been stolen.

Unknown suspect has stolen the IP's mountain bike which was left secure outside of the property.

54190109346 – Overnight on the 2nd November, a blue ‘Muddy Fox’ mountain bike with white forks left secure outside of the Dursley Arms, Trowbridge has been stolen.

54190108720 – Between 30th and 31st October, suspect(s) have used unknown means to remove a metal post box from the metal post which it was bolted to on Westwood Road, Trowbridge. The post box along with its contents have then been stolen. Since the end of August, there has been 12 reports of Royal Mail post boxes being stolen at various locations across the county.

Can I please remind you all that crimes need to be reported via 101, we are unable to take report via e-mail.

Many thanks,

PC 2281 Sarah Fawcett | Temporary Trowbridge Community Coordinator
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Sarah Fawcett (Police, Neighbourhood PC, CPT Trowbridge)

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