Please find below, details relating to the Community Impactive Crimes that have occurred between 25th November - 1st December in the Trowbridge area.
54190117055 – At 1230 hours on 25th November, there was a Police pursuit on the Paxcroft estate, Trowbridge where the vehicle was being driven dangerously and failed to stop. The vehicle was seized (Section 165 Road Traffic Act) and multiple offences are currently being investigated.
54190117818 – At around 1330 hours on 27th November on Silver Street, Trowbridge, person(s) has walked closely behind the victim who has then realised that her bag was open and her purse was no longer in the bag. Purse is a large pink fabric purse with zip across top and a pop close flap where cards were kept.
54190117857 – At around 1315 and 1400 hours on 27th November in the Shires Shopping centre, Trowbridge, a purse was taken from victim’s bag. Purse is plain red, medium size, with a flap over popper, zip section inside and wallet section where cards were stored. The cards were then used to withdraw £590 from cash machines.
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.
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.
Consider using a purse chain or bell.
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.
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.
54190119062 – Between 27th and 29th November on Frome Road, Trowbridge, suspect/s have gained entry to a panel van by unknown means and stolen various tools including a Makita drill, adhesive mixer, Angle grinder, skill saw, impact driver and drill set and planer.
54190117366 – At 1120 hours on 26th November, Dylan Rose, aged 32 years from St Thomas Passage, Trowbridge, assaulted 4 persons on Church Street, Trowbridge and was arrested and charged with assault and public order offences and appeared at Swindon remand Court on 27th November.
54190117960 – Overnight on the 25th November, suspect(s) have entered the unsecured rear garden of an address in Victoria Road, Trowbridge and have stolen tools and equipment, including a cement mixer which were being used to renovate the house.
Garden security is very important as the garden is an access point into your home.
Secure your garden with lockable gates and walls or substantial fencing. Thorny plants around the perimeter and trellis on top of fences make it harder for an intruder to access your garden.
Keep your ladder and garden tools locked away, as they can be used by burglars to access your home. Keep tools inside if you do not have a garden shed.
Remember to lock garage and shed windows and doors. Use electronic shed alarms or padlock alarms to deter thieves.
Make sure any valuable items stored in sheds are well-secured, to a ground / wall anchor where possible.
Store bins securely to prevent them from being used to access upstairs windows or flat roofs.
Outside security lighting can act as a deterrent for burglars.
Walking on gravel is noisy and this can help to deter intruders.
54190118717 – Between the 28th and 29th November, suspect(s) have gained entry to a double garage on Lydiard Way, Trowbridge and have stolen a number of items from within including 2 Marin mountain bikes, a lawnmower and tools.
54190118027 – Overnight on the 27th November, suspect(s) have broken the lock to the victim's work van by unknown means and have stolen 1 x Dewalt drill, 1 x combi drill, 2 x suction cups and 1 x level whilst the van was parked on Manor Road, Trowbridge.
54190118096 – Overnight on the 27th November, suspect(s) have broken into a van by unknown means also parked on Manor Road, Trowbridge and have stolen various tools including an Evolution Range Mitre saw, an Erbauer track saw, a Bosh jigsaw, a Makita Drill set, a Makita Plainer, an Erbauer Sander, an Erbauer biscuit joiner, a Macallister detail saw, a Stanley knife, a Brad nailer – nail gun and an empty tool box.
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 sat nav, 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.
Can I please remind you all that crimes need to be reported via 101, we are unable to take reports via email.
PC 2281 Sarah Fawcett - Temporary Trowbridge Community Coordinator
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Sarah Fawcett (Police, T/Community Co-ordinator, West Wiltshire CPT)