Crime prevention advice following two burglaries in Royal Wootton Bassett

Alert message sent 16/09/2021 16:18:00

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We are urging people to take note of crime prevention advice after two burglaries in Royal Wootton Bassett over the past week.

Please be reassured that we are taking action, with officers carrying out increased mobile patrols, with both marked and unmarked police vehicles in residential areas, and we will be targeting suspicious incidents, vehicles and people.

However, now the nights are drawing in and houses are often left in darkness until the occupants return home from work, we would like to give some advice on how you can help keep your home safe and secure.

• If you are out when it gets dark leave a light on in the house and perhaps a radio on. Make it look like someone is home.

• There is a trend for smashed rear patio doors or windows to gain entry to houses. Make sure that side gates and access to the rear of your property is secure. Keep wheelie bins away from gates so they can’t be used to climb up on. Bolt and padlock gates so someone can’t reach over the open side gates.

• Keep all windows closed and locked. Even the small windows.

• Don’t leave keys in patio doors, windows or back doors. Take them out and hide them out of view.

• Be a nosey neighbour and be aware of who is parked outside your neighbours' houses if they aren’t in. Write down descriptions of vehicles or persons you think may be suspicious and tell the police.

• If you have house alarms or CCTV cameras, make sure they are working. Please inform local police officers if you have CCTV as your cameras may have captured something you aren’t aware of.

• Keep jewellery locked away. Ideally in a safe but otherwise well out of sight.

Anyone with information about the recent burglaries, the first of which happened in Goughs Way on Tuesday (14/09) and the second which happened in Parsons Way yesterday (15/09), should call us.

If you saw anyone acting suspiciously in these areas please call Wiltshire Police on 101, quoting crime reference numbers 54210089829 (Goughs Way) or 54210090177 (Parsons Way). Alternatively, information can be left anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
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Siobhan Stayt (Police, Media Officer, Wiltshire)

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