HELP STOP THIS NOW - IT SIMPLY ISNT
· 5.00pm Wednesday 25th of June 2003 Fovant.
Two men call at the address of a lady in her 80s. One of them
distracts her saying his football is in her garden, the other one
enters her house searches and steals.
· Between 11.45am and 5.45pm Wednesday 25th
of June 2003 Fonthill Bishop. Someone entered the house of a lady
in her 70s whilst she was in the garden. They searched the
house and stole belongings.
· 2.00pm Tuesday 30th of June 2003 West Knoyle.
Two men engage a visually impaired lady in her 80s in conversation
and trick their way into her house. Once inside they search the
bedrooms and steal money.
· 2.15pm Tuesday 1st of July 2003 Wilton. Two
men purporting to be from the Waterboard call at the house of a
gentleman in his 80s. They trick their way in and steal money.
· 5.30pm Wednesday 2nd of July 2003 Warminster.
Two men call at the house of a lady in her 80s. They say they
are from the council and have come to fit new windows. Once inside
they search and steal.
· 4.00pm Saturday 5th of July 2003 West Knoyle.
A man forces his way into the house of a couple in their 80s
barricades himself in a bedroom, searches and steals money.
· 1.00pm Monday 14th July 2003 South Newton.
A man tricks his way into the home of a lady in her 80s searches
and steals property.
I am unable to commit my thoughts to paper about the
people committing these crimes. Suffice it to say that this cowardly,
parasitic behaviour is about as low as a thief can go. The people
who commit these crimes have no respect for their fellow man, no
compassion, no conscience, they are utterly selfish.
All the victims are decent law abiding people, some of whom fought
for this country during the war. They do not deserve this plague
upon them, they deserve respect and our protection. Unfortunately
there arent enough coppers to have one guarding every vulnerable
household so this is where you come in. All the offences recorded
above happened in broad daylight. Undoubtedly the offenders were
seen by neighbours or passers by. Why didnt anyone ring the
Police? Ill tell you why, we are too trusting, we are not
suspicious enough, and we are all too willing to find a reason for
someone being somewhere rather than question their presence. I implore
you to become suspicious and if you suspect someone contact the
POLICE immediately. If your suspicions are misplaced it doesnt
matter, we would rather you report it than not. If you think something
is suspicious then that is good enough for us. Only prompt action
will have results.
We all have elderly relatives, how
would you feel if it happened to yours?
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REPORTED CRIME FROM 25TH JUNE TO 28TH JULY 2003
(TISBURY, WARDOUR, HATCH, E HATCH & NEWTOWN)
Beat Officers: PCs Mark Littlewood and Mark
5th - Window smashed in The Square. (PC Mark Littlewood)
17th Sinclair C5 stolen from industrial unit in Tisbury. (PC Mark
TISBURY NORTH BEAT
(BERWICK ST. LEONARD, CHICKSGROVE, CHICKLADE, CHILMARK, FONTHILL
BISHOP, FONTHILL GIFFORD, FOVANT, HINDON, RIDGE, SUTTON MANDEVILLE
SWALLOWCLIFFE) Beat Officer: WPC Angela Carpenter
25th June - Burglar entered a house in Fonthill Bishop during the
day via an unlocked door and stole cash and jewellery from an upstairs
bedroom. (Salisbury CID)
25th June - Two burglars tricked their way into an elderly ladys
bungalow saying they wanted to use the toilet, whilst inside they
searched the house stealing her purse. (Salisbury CID)
13th - Thieves siphoned diesel from 4 coaches in Sutton Mandeville,
the following night thieves broke into an empty storeroom at same
location. (WPC Angie Carpenter)
12th - Mobile phone stolen from house in Chilmark. (WPC Angie Carpenter|)
20th - Trailer stolen overnight from farm near Hindon. (WPC Angie
24th - Mobile phone stolen from property being restored in Sutton
Mandeville. (WPC Angie Carpenter)
TISBURY SOUTH BEAT
(ANSTY, ALVEDISTON, BERWICK ST.JOHN, CHARLTON, THE COOMBES, THE
DONHEADS, LUDWELL & TOLLARD ROYAL) Beat Officer PC Paul Wilson
15th Thieves broke into farm buildings near Tollard Royal overnight
and stole a trailer, quad bike and assorted farm equipment. (PC
20th Burglar entered house during the day whilst occupants were
in and stole a handbag. (WPC Angie Carpenter)
MERE BEAT (including
Beat Officers: PCs Graham Briant, Pete Robins and Lucy Deakin.
27th June - Male smashed a house window and hit the occupant through
it. (WPC Lucy Deakin)
10th Male arrested at Mere police Station for unruly behaviour.
(PC Pete Robins)
14th Thieves attempted to steal a lorry from Quarryfields Industrial
Estate. (WPC Lucy Deakin)
17th Burglar broke into Costcutters in Mere and stole
cigarettes and spirits. (Pc Pete Robins)
MERE SOUTH BEAT
(EAST KNOYLE, WEST KNOYLE, SEMLEY, SEDGEHILL & WILLOUGHBY HEDGE)
30th June - Two men tricked their way into elderly couples house
and stole money. (Salisbury CID)
16th Thieves broke into lorry parked in layby on A303 but stole
nothing. (PC Jerry Wilkins)
MERE NORTH BEAT
(GASPER, KILMINGTON, MAIDEN BRADLEY, NORTON FERRIS, STOURTON, WOLVERTON
& ZEALS) Beat Officer: PC Steve Porter.
18th Thieves were disturbed attempting to steal a trailer from stables
at Stourton. (PC Steve Porter)
June - Vandal scratched car paintwork and bent aerial on car parked
at Zeals. (PC Steve Porter)
If you would like to leave a non-urgent message for
your beat officer or would like advice please ring the following
numbers either TISBURY 01747-870203 or MERE 01747-860268.
Be aware that you may get an answer phone if all officers are out
on patrol which may not be picked up for several hours.
OTHER NON EMERGENCIES
CALL 01722-411444. ALL EMERGENCIES -999
THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE IS PENNED BY ROB SEXTON, CHAIR OF THE WILTSHIRE
AND SWINDON NHW DEVELOPMENT GROUP. HE HAS ASKED ME TO BRING IT TO
NHW - THE NEW AGE
NHW has operated quite successfully for many years
and the police have had a major involvement - in fact they have
managed it, lock, stock and barrel. In many respects they have done
a good job, but they do not have the resources to organise activity,
train local co-ordinators or develop strategies.
For example, let me give you a few things to ponder:
· Do you know who runs the NHW in the village next door or
what crimes are happening there? Indeed is there someone in your
own village who co-ordinates what you do?
· Do you meet regularly to discuss how you can help each
other or work together?
· Have you had any training for your role? Do you know what
more you could be doing?
· Have you or any of your neighbouring watches engaged in
any crime prevention initiatives?
· What effect can you, as a lonely voice, have on the development
of policy and such things as methods of communication with the police
and the dissemination of information?
These are just some of the issues which the County's new NHW Development
Group have been tackling. At present NHW effectively stops with
the NHW Liaison Officer, Barry Strange, and he has to service thousands
of watch schemes. Together with Sgt. Cullop he is our only link
into senior management, but their degree of influence in the wider
scheme of things is relatively minimal. As a consequence NHW has
tended to stand still.
So, the Development Group have been looking at a new
structure, through which we, as NHW members, will manage our own
organisation and the police will support us. We will have a management
group at county level, with NHW representatives from each police
division, who will act as the Co-ordinators for their division.
They will work with several Regional Co-ordinators on their own
division, each of whom will be responsible for a number of villages
and other communities. Their role will be to draw together (and
recruit where necessary) the Area or Village Co-ordinators, so they
can all meet, share good practice, learn, engage in training and
plan activities. Our ability to communicate throughout the system
will therefore be greatly enhanced.
Our ability to influence policy and resources will
also be significantly improved, because at each level the more senior
NHW Co-ordinators will have links into police senior management,
right up to the Chief Constable.
Another important benefit is that the new structure
will enable Ruralwatch (which is the combination of Farmwatch, Stable
Alert and various other rural watch schemes) to be brought into
the fold, rather than being isolated as they are at present. Ruralwatch
was created because it was recognised that the communities these
different watch schemes service were actually part of the wider
rural neighbourhood. If we have the information, and thereby the
inclination, we can play an important part in thwarting the criminals
who specialise in preying on these sections of our community.
This idea of a new structure may all seem rather top
heavy, but it exists elsewhere and has been very successful. Both
we and the police are therefore convinced it is the way forward
and that it will mean a much healthier and more effective NHW, through
which everyone will be able to participate more fully and, of course,
create safer communities.
Chair of the Wiltshire and Swindon NHW Development Group