Crime Updates

Alert message sent 10/12/2019 17:49:00

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Please find below, details relating to the Community Impactive Crimes that have occurred between 2nd – 8th December in the Trowbridge area.

54190119324 – During the morning on 02/12/19, unknown suspect has stolen a purse from a handbag in The Shires, Trowbridge. This was a black cloth Animal purse, with a zip for coins and a fold over wallet for notes, containing £80 cash, credit card, Next store account card and driving licence.

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.

54190119589 – at 1800 hours on 02/12/19, a male with a skeleton snood over his face had been approaching people on Fore Street, Trowbridge with a cheese wire saying he was going to kill them. Ernestas BARTKUS, aged 23 from Bradford on Avon has been charged with Section 4 public order and at Swindon Remand Court on 09/12/19 was remanded on unconditional bail for this and other offences.

54190121386 – at 2120 hours on 07/12/19 on Mortimer Street, Trowbridge, the same male, Ernestas BARTKUS was arrested on suspicion of possession of a knife. One of the additional offences he was remanded on unconditional bail for Possession of a knife/bladed/sharp/pointed article in a public place.

54190119562 – During the day on 02/12/19 at Downside Park, Trowbridge, a property was entered and fishing rods, fishing equipment and art and craft equipment stolen.

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, a property register that helps police identify your property and catch criminals.

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

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, Neighbourhood PC, CPT Trowbridge)

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