Crime Updates

Alert message sent 02/01/2020 15:36:00

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Good afternoon,

Please find below details relating to the Community Impactive Crimes that have occurred between 23rd and 29th December in the Trowbridge area.

54190126904 – At around 0342 hours on 24/12/19, a female suspect has entered a house on The Halve, Trowbridge via an unlocked window.  There has been an untidy search and a Canvas Griffith University Bag has been stolen which contained a passport, driving licence, bank card and small gifts from travelling.

54190128264 – overnight on the 29/12/19, a property on Cockhill, Trowbridge was broken into by smashing a side window. The garage was also broken into by breaking the locks.

54190127711 – during the early hours on 25/12/19, partial entry was made into a premises on The Mowlems, Southwick via an insecure front window. No items were 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 – .

54190126942 – overnight on the 23/12/19, a shed has been broken into on Whiterow Park, Trowbridge by removing the padlock and 3 tool boxes of hand tools, an angle grinder and other power tools have been taken.

54190128557 – between the 29th and 31st December, power tools and garden equipment were taken from garage on Rambler Close, Trowbridge. The front roller door has been damaged to gain access.

54190127684 – during the 27/12/19, suspect(s) have forced entry into a secured garage on Wyke Road, Trowbridge by prising off the lock on the side door. A Yamaha WR250 motorcycle, HT3 Ram bicycle in red and white, an electric Oset bicycle in black, red and white and a Makita drill, grinder and impact tool with battery were stolen.

54190128219 – between the 28th and 30th December, 3 garages on Kennet Way, Trowbridge have been broken into by unknown means and three vehicles have also been tampered with. A security camera has also been damaged.

Garden Security

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.

54190127193 – at 0248 hours on 25/12/19, Edwin ROXAS, aged 41 years from Harmony Place, Trowbridge was stopped driving a vehicle on British Row, Trowbridge and failed a road side breath test. He has been charged with driving a motor vehicle when over the prescribed alcohol limit and is due to appear at Salisbury Magistrates Court on 24/01/20.

54190127450 – at 0056 hours on 27/12/19, Timothy BAKER, age 49 years from Marsh Road, Hilperton, was stopped driving a vehicle on Wyke Road, Trowbridge and failed a road side breath test. He has been charged with driving a motor vehicle when over the prescribed alcohol limit and is due to appear at Salisbury Magistrates Court on 24/01/20.

54190126897 – at 0417 hours on 24/12/19, a 16 year old male from Melksham was found in possession of a bladed article at Tesco Extra, Trowbridge. He was arrested and charged and is due to appear at Salisbury Magistrates Court on 21/01/20.

54190127833 – at 1428 hours on 28/12/19, Paul SIMMS, aged 56 years from Trowbridge was seen staggering in Tesco Express car park, Frome Road, Trowbridge. He was arrested on suspicion of driving whilst over the prescribed limit and has been charged with failing to provide a specimen for analysis and is due to appear at Salisbury Magistrates Court on 24/01/20.

54190127282 – at 2204 hours on 25/12/19, following a RTC where a vehicle has collided with two parked vehicles on Cockhill, Trowbridge, a 39 year old male from Hilperton was stopped by members of the public and his keys were removed. The male was arrested for driving a vehicle whilst unfit through drugs following a positive drugs swipe for cocaine and has been released under investigation.

54190128235 – overnight on 29/12/19, the rear window of a parked and secured van was smashed on Cloford Close, Trowbridge and the door lock was smashed off to gain entry to the rear of the van.  Items were then stolen from inside.

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.

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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