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Recent Crime and Incidents
Update of Crimes/Incidents throughout Wiltshire affecting Farms, Horse owners, Yards and Rural areas.
Crime Type
Month – Feb 2021

5 x Trailer Thefts
2 x Oil/Diesel
1 x Chemical fertilizer
1 x Attempt shed break in

Criminal Damage
3 x Crop damage
1 x Gate damage
2 x Hare Coursing
1 x Farm Machinery 


Please note replies to this message are not monitored 24/7. If you want to offer information on any of the above or report a crime or incident this must be reported via 101.
You can also visit the Wiltshire Police website and select ‘Report’ to report non-emergency incidents.
Always call 999 if someone is at immediate risk of being injured or a crime is in progress.
News and Updates from our Rural Crime Team
Two areas currently being targeted within Wiltshire for Hare coursing type offences. North/east areas around the Ridgeway (Swindon) and Marlborough Downs, prior to that the south west of the county had been subject of a number of offences. There seems to be an increase in damage to fields, driving over crops etc. Ongoing work with Bund project to help reduce access for targeted farms.
The Rural Crime Team have been involved in a high number of Pro-active patrols across the county over the last few months, including joint patrols with Salisbury/Devizes/Swindon/Warminster/Chippenham/Amesbury community policing teams, members of the special constabulary, MOD Police, Hampshire and Thames Valley.
The following incidents have seen success;
3 vehicles seized and crushed having become stuck and abandoned after being involved in damaging farmland.
Two males arrested under the Hunting act in east Wiltshire and released under investigation. Located with Catapults, ball bearings and dead hare. 5 x dogs in vehicle having travelled from outside of Wiltshire.
Two males to be interviewed from in relation to Daylight trespass offences, again in east Wiltshire, vehicle seized for no insurance and one dog seized; currently in the Foster scheme being used by Wilts. One of the males is on the top 18 Poacher list for Op Galileo.
Two vehicles disturbed in south west Wiltshire and pursued during a joint operation between police and Farm watch volunteers, one vehicle abandoned and seized, offenders escaped in a second vehicle from Police.
One vehicle containing five males/dogs was disturbed, pursued and ‘stung’, all occupants arrested, the case is still under investigation.
Two males pursued and arrested for daylight poaching in the Warminster area, vehicle seized and males released under investigation.
Successful prosecution of 3 x males for Hunting act offences, night poaching and FTS for Police from Dec 2019 (delayed due to COVID). 2 males pleaded Guilty, 3rd awaiting sentencing (3rd march). Combined fines over £2000, along with confiscation of vehicle and hunting lamp. One of the males is an Op Galileo top 18 poacher.
2 males still awaiting court case for daylight trespass for incident at Devizes was adjoined until March 2021 due to COVID.
   Crime Prevention Advice – Stay Safe Online (Bobby Van)                                                           
The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust proudly launched a free and essential new scheme in 2017 to help older people and those with disabilities stay safe online.  It was the first service of its kind in the UK and has been accessed by over 1800 people in Wiltshire.
The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust is an independent charity which for 22 years has provided an invaluable home security service.  It works in partnership with Wiltshire Police.
In addition to its work helping to make people’s homes safe and secure, the Trust recognised that in this ever-changing modern world they needed to look at the security of our devices and systems to increase awareness about cyber security. We are empowering our clients to avoid the traps and pitfalls laid out by criminals.
The Stay Safe Online service is unique in offering advice and assistance across Swindon and Wiltshire for those aged over 60 or aged 18-plus with a registered disability. 
The Trust fully understands that raising awareness, about computer/tablet/smartphone-based fraud and what to do if you have concerns over your online safety, will help towards preventing and reducing the risk of this type of crime. We know that cyber-crime and fraud can have a demoralising impact, both financially and emotionally, on victims’ lives. The good news is that we can do something about this through education on staying safe online and sharing advice.
In light of the current restrictions on travel, face to face visits or group talks are temporarily not able to take place so the team of police vetted volunteers are committed to continue to provide this service by offering support to eligible people over the phone.
We have had the following feedback from individuals who have had the telephone “consultation”:
“Thank you for your comprehensive information.  There is plenty to digest and implement.  Happily, you confirmed I was doing some things appropriately but also you identified a number of "doors" I have to secure.  All most helpful & much appreciated.” Mr H
“The telephone call with The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust volunteer went extremely well and I found it very reassuring.  I could thoroughly recommend the Stay Safe Online service.  I am self-isolating and normally ask one of my children to do online ordering for me.  However, after my telephone call I was confident enough to place orders online myself.”
To access the service for free advice please email: or call 01380 861191.
Further information is on our website:
Message sent by
Tracy Ince (Police, Watch Coordinator, HQ)

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