Crime Updates

Alert message sent 20/11/2019 10:00:00

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Good morning,

Please find below, details relating to the Community Impactive Crimes that have occurred between 11th and 17th November in the Trowbridge area.

54190111855 – Between 10th and 11th November, suspect has broken into a car parked in Lamplighters Walk, Trowbridge. It is unknown how the suspect got into the car, but no damage was caused. No valuable items were left inside the car, only insignificant items taken.

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.

54190113152 – Overnight on 13th November, a black and grey ‘Specialized’ bike was stolen whilst locked at Trowbridge Train station by cutting the lock.

54190113537 – Mid-morning on 15th November, elderly victim’s purse was taken from her at Halifax, The Shires, Trowbridge. This contained £237 in cash, bank cards and 3 rings.

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 – e.g. 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.

54190112338 – Overnight on 11th November, entry has been forced to a garden in Ferris Way, Hilperton by damaging a fence. Entry has then also been forced into a shed by damaging a padlock.

54190112513 – At 1825 hours on 12th November, a vehicle was stopped by Police on Wyke Road, Trowbridge. Michael MILTON, age 68 from Victoria Road, Trowbridge has been charged with driving a motor vehicle when over the prescribed alcohol limit and is due to appear at Salisbury Magistrates Court on 06/12/19.

54190114504 – Between 13th to the 18th November, a door has been levered open of a vehicle that was parked up in a residential car park on Broad Street, Trowbridge via unknown means.  Two tool boxes filled with vehicle tools have been stolen.

54190113349 – at around 1800 hours on 14th November, the downstairs window of a property has been smashed to gain entry on Ashmead Court, Trowbridge where a burglary has then been committed. It is unknown what items have been taken at this time.

54190112329 – At around 1045 hours on 12th November, a female was walking along Biss Meadows, Trowbridge with her young baby in a pushchair when she was confronted by two males who grabbed at her bag, and being unable to remove it from her shoulder, stole her purse containing a passport and £80 cash.

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 - Temporary Trowbridge Community Coordinator
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Sarah Fawcett (Police, T/Community Co-ordinator, West Wiltshire CPT)

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