THE GRASS NEEDS CUTTING WHERE
IS YOUR MOWER?
Spring is here, sort of, and everything is bursting
into life. Many things come with spring, the daffodils have arrived,
the bluebells are on their way, birds are singing and rabbits are,
well rabbits are doing what they do best.
However, a less well known creature ventures out into the countryside
in the spring, the greater spotted, greasy haired lawnmower thief.
He is habitually shy and is very hard to spot. Normally a nocturnal
creature he will be seen increasingly as the days get longer. He
normally travels by car, pick-up or van and is commonly seen with
others of his ilk. He is strongly attracted to sheds, barns and
outhouses in his pursuit for his main prey, the lawnmower. Although
the lawnmower is his main target, he is also attracted to other
garden implements and tools, in fact he will steal anything he can
pick up that will fit into his vehicle. Why is he more prevalent
in spring and early summer? He knows that he can easily sell on
lawnmowers and garden tools at this time of the year.
Please be aware that your property is always at risk from thieves.
If you don't believe me look at the list of last months recorded
crimes and count the number of thefts involving lawnmowers and tools!
Please make sure that your lawnmower and other tools are secure
when not in use.
If your shed is secure but you would like to ensure that any prospective
thief who still tries to break in gets the fright of his life consider
a shed alarm. The Wiltshire Crime Prevention Panel buys simple shed
alarms in bulk and as such they will only cost you £5.50p.
A very cheap alarm system I think you will agree! If you want one
together with a free demonstration contact me at Tisbury and I will
order one in and deliver it personally.
Finally on garden equipment security, do you know the make, model
and serial number of your lawnmower, brushcutter, strimmer, leafblower,
hedgetrimmer, chainsaw etc? If you don't please find it out and
make a note of it, if it is stolen it may aid us to catch the offender
and also recover the property.
And, finally, consider postcoding your property. If you don't know
how to or haven't the equipment required give me a ring or drop
me an e-mail. I have a full property marking kit here which is underused!
ANTIQUE KNOCKERS WARNING - BE AWARE.
We have had reports from our colleagues in Portsmouth
about a group of men who may visit this area purporting to be legitimate
antique dealers. They will knock on your door and ask to look at
antiques and offer you cash for them. If you are not in they may
leave you a leaflet stating that they will return at a later date.
I would be very suspicious about this method of doing business.
Some of these men will offer you very small amounts of cash for
There have been incidences whereby some of these people have returned
and burgled houses.
If someone calls or drops a leaflet stating they are antiques dealers
please ring the Police Control Room straight away with as much detail
as possible. Ideally we would like to speak to them before they
leave the area to check them out thoroughly. Remember that this
is part of our job, policing the streets.
MOBILE PHONE OWNERS BEWARE.
Information has come to light from a colleague in
Salisbury that there is a fraud being used to trick mobile phone
owners. It works by someone claiming to be a mobile phone engineer
ringing you on your mobile and telling you that he is carrying out
a check on your phone. He will ask you to dial a series of numbers
into your phone. He will say thank you and will then be able to
make as many calls as he likes using your phone number. If you are
on a monthly contract that could be expensive. If someone like this
does ring you my advice is to end the call immediately.
HAVEN'T YOU GOT ANYTHING BETTER TO DO?
It is a simple little question that is occasionally levelled at
us. The most common source of this question is the motorist, but
it can come from anywhere. A colleague recently walked into a shop
just out of our area whilst investigating a burglary and was greeted
with the question before he said a word!
Okay so what is your point I hear you ask. Well my point is this:
when I joined the Police it was because I wanted to do two things,
lock up bad people and look after the good people. Perhaps an over
simplification and perhaps a little naive but that was the gist
Unfortunately it is not that simple. The job involves much more
than that. One of the problems is identifying the baddies amongst
the vast majority of goodies. Criminals drive cars like you and
me. Decent folk walk around late at night. Most of us can all look
suspicious to someone or find ourselves in suspicious circumstances.
Burglars don't wear stripy shirts or carry swag bags nor do they
look like the villains do on the television. So please bear with
us, we really are trying to do what we wanted to do when we joined.
It's just not as easy as some people think.
REPORTED CRIME TISBURY SECTION JULY
REPORTED CRIME TISBURY SECTION APRIL 2001
ALVEDISTON 8th ~ Isolated barn forcibly entered
and tools stolen (PC Madams)
BERWICK ST JOHN 11th ~ Secure shed forcibly entered and lawnmower
stolen (PC Madams)
CHICKLADE 8th ~ Vehicle seen to drive-off having failed to
pay for fuel at Service Station (PC Wilkins)
CHILMARK 10th ~ Property stolen overnight from insecure building
site (Crime desk)
DONHEAD ST ANDREW 23rd ~ Tools stolen from tractor parked
in field (PC Bispham)
DONHEAD ST MARY 6th ~ Male arrested following a drive-off
from Service Station whereby fuel was obtained without payment (PC
Madams) 8th ~ Motorcycle stolen from driveway of house whilst occupiers
inside (PC Madams) 13th ~ Male arrested and charged following a
drive off from Service Station whereby fuel was obtained without
payment (PC Pilley) ~ Petrol strimmer and leaf blower stolen overnight
from shed in Higher Coombe (PC Madams)
EAST KNOYLE 8th ~ Two separate instances of theft of door
mirrors overnight from securely parked Peugeot motor vehicles (PC
FONTHILL BISHOP 19th ~ Tools and Rat poison stolen from insecure
barn (PC Steele)
MERE 4th ~ Two instances of criminal damage at premises,
both connected (PC Pilley) 13th ~ Male motorist stopped and arrested
drink/drive, charged three times over the limit (PC Littlewood)
17th ~ Two youths from Gillingham arrested for attempting to pervert
the course of justice (PC Pilley) 17th ~ House burgled whilst occupant
away, antique furniture stolen (PC Mills) 18th ~ Attempts to forcibly
enter shop premises foiled on activation of alarm system (PC Mills)
19th ~ Male arrested on Castle Street for being drunk & disorderly,
having been threatening to Ambulance crew and Police Officers (PC
Wilkins) 22nd ~ Window of shop front premises damaged (PC Mills)
28th ~ Car stolen from Castle Street Car Park overnight. Found crashed
in Stoke Trister, near Wincanton later the same night. (PC Mills)
SEMLEY 2nd ~ Female arrested for assault and criminal damage
(PC Steele) 6th ~ Insecure caravan stolen from field (Crime desk)
STOURTON 25th ~ Quantity of roofing tiles and slates stolen
from building site overnight (PC Pilley)
TISBURY 14th ~ Female arrested for breach of the peace having
been found drunk (PC Littlewood) 19th ~ Two securely parked cars
interfered with and an item forcibly removed from one (PC Littlewood)
26th ~ Dwelling entered, elderly resident distracted and cash stolen
TOLLARD ROYAL 6th ~ Insecure outbuilding forcibly entered
and a generator stolen (PC Madams)
WEST KNOYLE 14th ~ Car seen to drive off Service Station
forecourt having failed to pay for fuel (PC Wilkins)
Section crime stats by PC 1235 Jerry Wilkins
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