Church Watch Bi-Monthly Newsletter

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Recent Incidents and Crime
Update of crimes and incidents (church related) throughout Wiltshire
Date and Time
Crime Reference

23/02/2021 01:41
Suspect/s have broken into an empty church three times causing damage to the metal gate and smashing a window. There has been a smashed phone and an orange Stanley knife left at property.

01/03/2021 00:00
RP is reporting that the shed in the church grounds used to store the garden machinery has been found open with the padlock removed.  items stolen are two lawn mowers and one strimmer. Honda Mower HRG 465 SD frame no MADF 1623830 plus Stihl petrol strimmer AL-KO petrol mower, broken lock, internal security box TVO £1425.00

11/03/2021 16:00
Unknown suspect shave gained entry to the church hall building by forcing the double-glazed window open. They have also cut the electric cables, so the lights do not come on. Once inside they have tried to force open the door the locked kitchen area but have been unsuccessful. Although there is alot of expensive Railway Model equipment inside nothing appears to have been stolen

20/02/2021 02:20
Unknown male suspect has caused damage to planters within a church grounds. The earth has been upended and bulbs tipped all over the path and will therefore need replacing. Value of damage is unknown

20/02/2021 00:00
Between dates stated unknown person has smashed the windows of the cemetery chapel

Steeple Langford
24/02/2021 00:01
Unknown suspect has used force to push an old Victorian grave with an existing crack causing it to collapse. The grave is in a churchyard. It is not clear if the intent was damage only or if the suspect was attempting to access the coffin itself.


Crime Prevention Advice:
The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust           provides support - Stay Safe Online (SSOL)
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 myself.” Mrs R
To access the service for free advice please email: or call 01380 861191.
Further information is on our website:
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Tracy Ince (Police, Watch Coordinator, HQ)

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