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Alert message sent 14/01/2020 12:46:00

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Good afternoon,

Please find below details relating to the Community Impactive Crimes that have occurred between 6th - 12th January in the Trowbridge area.

Cat converter thefts:
At the following locations: Court Street car park, County Hall car park, St Stephen’s place car park, Trowbridge on 06/01/20, the following cars have had their catalytic convertors cut from them: 64 plate Toyota Auris, 56 plate Honda Jazz, 53 plate Honda Jazz, 57 plate Honda Jazz.

Vehicle damage/thefts:
54200003718 – 11/01/20-12/01/20, West Street, Trowbridge
Unknown suspect(s) have smashed the rear window of a car whilst it has been parked on the road up from the registered keeper’s address.

54200002102 – 07/01/20-08/01/20, Lambrok Road, Trowbridge
Unknown suspect has stolen IP's number plate off the back of a vehicle which was parked up overnight on a driveway.

Theft from Vehicles

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.

Bike thefts:
County Hall car park – 30/12/19-07/01/20
Pink and purple Apollo bicycle.

Bikes

When parking away from home make sure your bike or motorbike is locked to a heavy duty piece of street furniture and where possible with the lock or chain off of the floor.
At home, lock bicycles and motorcycles in a secure garage or shed if you have one, using a good quality U-lock or chain and padlock to a ground anchor.
Fit an alarm to your motorcycle.
Mark your bicycle frame with your postcode in two separate locations if possible, one of which should be hidden.
Register your bicycle for free with www.immobilise.com . This will help police to find it if it gets stolen. The immobilise website also has some useful tips about bike security.
Take a photograph of you bicycle and keep it with the insurance details.
Make a note of the make, model and serial number.

Burglaries:
54200002314 - Bond Street buildings, 07/01/20-08/01/20
Unknown person/s have entered the property through the back gate and unlocked back door. Various items have been taken including trinkets boxes, hip flasks and bottles of spirits and wine.

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 .

Can I please remind you all that crimes need to be reported via 101, we are unable to take reports via email.

Many thanks,

PC 2281 Sarah Fawcett - Trowbridge Neighbourhood Police Officer
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Sarah Fawcett (Police, Neighbourhood PC, CPT Trowbridge)

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