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Recent Crime and Incidents
Update of Crimes/Incidents throughout Wiltshire affecting Farms, Horse owners, Yards and Rural areas.


03/01/2022 16:28
Unknown suspect has gained entry to the barn building by forcing the patio doors with a crow bar. Electrical tools and equipment TVO £1500 have been stolen
West Knoyle

02/01/2022 18:59
Unknown suspect(s) has stolen 90 cells of batteries from two milk floats at the yard TVO £10,000. No one other than the RP has access to the yard, which was locked with a padlock. The RP believes the padlock has been cut in order to gain access and there was no sign of it in the vicinity.

03/01/2022 22:13
Unknown suspects have caused damage to the IP's farm, crops and fencing whilst hare coursing
Enford, Pewsey

05/01/2022 13:40
Male suspect has driven into a yard and proceeded to steal 2 lorry batteries - each valuing £400. Male has then been sighted and confronted and driven off with his back doors open - before he was able to steal any more.

04/01/2022 12:05
Known male suspects have done graffiti on a derelict barn.

04/01/2022 16:12
Unknown suspect(s) have driven over the IP's land and damaged the grass and crops whilst hare coursing as the IP has found 13 dead hares.
Collingbourne Ducis

13/01/2022 09:05
Unknown suspects have cut the padlock securing a barn. Items valued at between £1000 and £2000 have been stolen within.
South Marston

13/01/2022 07:28
unknown suspects have entered farm buildings and have stolen a quantity of power tools.
South Marston

18/01/2022 01:12
RP reporting that Known male suspect and further unknown suspects have attempted to gain entry to two outbuildings, causing damage to the locks, in an attempt to steal two motorbikes, which have been advertised on Facebook.
Wootton Bassett

11/01/2022 16:50
Unknown suspect(s) have entered farmyard, unhooked a livestock trailer tvo £400 and taken it.

12/01/2022 12:53
Unknown suspect(s) have used unknown items to damage the IPs machinery that was parked in woodland. Property Doosan 13ton 360 excavator - damage to windows £500 cost to repair
Great Bedwyn Marlborough

16/01/2022 11:35
Unknown suspect(S) have gained entry to the yard by unknown means. Whilst on site they have then smashed the passenger windows of three vehicles belonging to the same company and carried out an untidy search within - it is not known if anything has been stolen
Dorcan Swindon

18/01/2022 10:40
unknown suspect has removed 5 gates from the land owned by the farm, the land has 250 cows on which were left insecure following the theft. Theft TVO £1000

20/01/2022 12:17
Unknown suspects have entered a construction yard by breaking the gate padlock. Once inside they have broken another padlock to a container and stolen metal fencing clips and metal bolts from some black bins. Over a tonne of clean stainless-steel metal stolen. Stolen items - 4,000 x metal stainless steel fencing clips value approx £8,000 and 200 x stainless steel threaded secure bolts value approx £1,000.
Damaged items - 2x padlocks value approx £100
Bulford Barracks

24/01/2022 15:17
Unknown suspect(s) have cut a padlocked chain and gained entry to a farmyard where they cut the CCTV camera wires and stole two quads valued at £2500 & £3500.
Savernake Marlborough

20/01/2022 08:02
Sometime over night-unknown suspect(s) have broken into Tack room in IP's barn. Lock and chain have been taken from the scene as well. Various Tack items stolen as follows: Therapy Rug £3,500- x1 saddle TVO £3,000 - x4 saddles TVO £2,500 ea and x2 bridles TVO £150ea.   Theft TVO- £16,800....   Security lights at the barn had been turned off using an over ride switch (not known how suspects would know where that was located )
Inglesham Swindon

21/01/2022 17:34
Known suspect has cut a padlock to a gate and has stolen farm cultivator.


27/01/2022 10:49
Unknown suspect has set fire to the IP's trailer of cattle hay by unknown means in which Fire needed to be called

News and Updates from Rural Crime Team:
Op Galileo – January 2022
We are now in the middle of the Hare Coursing/deer poaching Season, and as such the force is taking part in an Operation Galileo ‘intensification’ period to prevent and pursue would be offenders – this is everyone’s responsibility.
On the face of it poaching could be considered a ‘victimless’, summary only crime, not that serious an incident, but these offenders have a total disregard for their victims and their livelihoods; it is not overly dramatic to say that the rural community feel they are in a war against those who want only to damage their land and property, but when challenged, habitually threaten them.

Crimestoppers Success Stories

Between April and November 2021, Wiltshire and Swindon police were able to action 33 Crimestoppers reports relating to drink driving, which resulted in 8 positive outcomes and 10 arrest and charges. They also actioned 29 Crimestoppers reports relating to disqualified drivers, which resulted in 5 positive outcomes and 5 arrest and charges being made!

If anyone knows details of someone who regularly drinks/drug drives and wishes pass information on 100% anonymously, please contact Crimestoppers 24/7 0800 555 111. Speak Up, Stay Safe.

Crime Prevention Advice

Preventing theft from your doorstep
Here are some things you could do to reduce the risk of doorstep theft:
track your parcel to ensure you or someone else is at home for the delivery
install a video doorbell; this can be connected to your mobile so you are notified immediately of any delivery, and is easier to install than a full CCTV system
install a security light
arrange for your parcel to be delivered to a trusted neighbour, or other family members who will be at home; if you live in a flat, is there a concierge who could accept the parcel for you?
use an off-site locker service for frequent deliveries, or for expensive items; these parcel boxes are more likely to be in busy, safer locations - such as supermarkets - rather than secluded areas which could be targeted by thieves

Wiltshire Council Prosecutions





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