Canal Watch Newsletter

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Recent Incidents and Crime

Date and Time
Crime Reference

07/04/2021 04:00
Male has chained his pedal bike up on his canal boat called poppy - IP has heard a noise and noticed lock has been removed from the tyre on his bike. The tyre has been taken.

08/04/2021 17:15
RP has been walking along the canal path near to the Marina in Staverton Trowbridge when an unknown person has ridden past and has snatched the IP's mobile phone from her hand and ridden off.

Royal Wootton Bassett
21/03/2021 10:02
Unknown suspect has caused damage to three footpaths signs along the canal, it is believed that this has been done by a pellet gun.

17/03/2021 11:33
Unknown suspect has damaged the fencing to gain entry to the compound and removed one of their boats. The boat was dragged 500 yards where more fencing was damaged. No damage to the boat. The staff caravan has also had its windows broken.

Crime Prevention Advice
With Summer on the way, it’s time to enjoy the outdoors again but please bear in mind the following to keep your boats safe:
Here are tips to help prevent theft of your boat or its contents and deter petty crime and vandalism.
Car alarms are based on 12VDC operation and so are the majority of our boats. Fit a good-quality alarm system, with a warning sign, to deter a casual thief. Top units will message owners about a security breach.
Fit a GPS tracker: the most sophisticated units tell you and the police if your boat moves.
Disable your engine.
Chain your boat to the mooring in urban areas to stop people casting it off. You can use chain or steel rope and a padlock. Heavy-duty nylon cable ties also work if you clamp ropes together close to bollards and T studs.
Fit window guards and bars across entrance doors.
Upgrade all locks to the best quality available and secure hatches and doors with heavy-duty internal hasps.
Use cylinder padlocks, such as high-security van types, which are harder to pick than conventional padlocks.
Fit PIR-activated security lighting.
Fit a locking fuel tap or a tank alarm to protect the fuel in your tank.
Don't leave valuable kit on the roof.
Chain up bicycles.

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Tracy Ince (Police, Watch Coordinator, HQ)

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