GARDEN SHED -
HOW SECURE IS YOURS?.
As you will see from the reported crime section of
this bulletin three sheds were recently broken into in Fovant, the
cost of replacing the items stolen runs into thousands of pounds.
Lets face it sheds are vulnerable, they are made of wood and usually
sit in the dark at the bottom of your garden. Thieves will always
target them as a source of income. So let's make it as hard as possible
for them shall we. I've been banging on about shed alarms
for years in this bulletin - they are still available to buy from
Tisbury Police Station and they are still only £5.
If that doesn't put them off what else can you do? I have recently
seen a locally produced device called 'Shed Secure' which
is worth considering. It is basically a device which enables you
to lock your mower, tools, bikes etc to a solid metal fixing inside
your shed. It is easy to install and doesn't cost a huge amount.
If you want to know more give me a ring or contact the guy who actually
makes them - Stephen Bax on 01722-716411.
It's the sort of thing that really spoils a thief's day, and we
DRUGS RAID IN MERE BEARS FRUIT.
On Friday the 25th of April a search warrant obtained
under the Misuse of Drugs Act was executed at an address
in Mere. A quantity of controlled drugs was seized and two
males were arrested. One has been charged and will appear in court
and the other who was 16 yrs old was given a reprimand. This was
made possible by information received directly from the concerned
residents of Mere. You expressed a concern that there was drug dealing
taking place in a house and wanted us to do something about it.
This just goes to show that if you give us information about
a suspected illegal activity in your community we will take it seriously
and if we are able to deal with it we will. Keep the flow of information
coming we need it.
SUMMER IS COMING, BE ON YOUR GUARD
With summer approaching, (although its raining
buckets as I write this) it may be time to review your home security.
Once it warms up we all start opening windows and doors to let some
fresh air (and wasps) in and immediately become more vulnerable
to the opportunist thief. Now I don't want you to panic as
this sort of thing is not rife in the area but it does still happen
from time to time. Just be a little more careful than usual, for
example: if you are sitting in the back garden drinking beer and
eating sausages make sure the windows and doors at the front are
locked securely. If someone knocks at your front door have
they got a partner in crime who is nipping round the back? If you
go out make sure the house is secure. The best possible deterrent
to potential house burglars is a burglar alarm with an alarm box
that is clearly visible to anyone approaching the house.
SUMMER SOLSTICE - KEEP 'EM PEELED.
The Summer Solstice will soon be upon us and
as usual Wiltshire's most famous landmark will become the centre
of attention on and around the 21st of June. People come
from all over the world to watch the sun rise over the 'heel stone'
and enjoy the mystical atmosphere of an 'overnighter' at Stonehenge.
The vast majority of the visitors are decent law abiding citizens
who treat other people and their property with respect. Wouldn't
life be great if everyone did? Anyway back to reality, some
visitors will as usual attempt to set up camp nearby prior to the
event and will try to do the same afterwards. In the past they have
damaged gates and fencing in order to gain access to land where
they can hold their 'rave' type festivals. Could I ask you
all to 'keep 'em peeled' for signs of any mass gatherings
on land in this area in the build up to the solstice and immediately
after it? Thanks.
REPORTED CRIME APRIL 2003
(TISBURY, WARDOUR, HATCH, E HATCH & NEWTOWN)
Beat Officers: PCs Mark Littlewood and Mark Steele
1st Thief stole a garden gnome from garden in Churchill Estate.
(PC Mark Steele)
12th Youth punched and kicked 13yr old boy causing injury.
15yr old male arrested. (PC Mark Steele)
Between 5th and 12th thief stole 4 alloy wheels from garage in Tisbury.
(PC Mark Steele)
17th Barn at Wardour broken into during the evening. Tree
surgeon equipment stolen. (PC Mark Littlewood)
17th 3 juveniles arrested on suspicion of damaging fencing
at Tisbury play park. (PC Mark Littlewood)
24th Man from Wardour arrested for drink driving in Tisbury.
(WPC Angie Carpenter)
TISBURY NORTH BEAT
(BERWICK ST. LEONARD, CHICKSGROVE, CHICKLADE, CHILMARK, FONTHILL
BISHOP, FONTHILL GIFFORD, HINDON, RIDGE, SUTTON MANDEVILLE SWALLOWCLIFFE
& TEFFONT) Beat Officer: WPC Angela Carpenter
14th Three sheds in Fovant broken into overnight, trials
motorcycle, petrol flymo and a large quantity of fishing equipment
stolen. (WPC Angie Carpenter)
20th Handbag stolen from boot of car parked near Hindon during
afternoon. (WPC Angie Carpenter)
TISBURY SOUTH BEAT
(ANSTY, ALVEDISTON, BERWICK ST.JOHN, CHARLTON, THE COOMBES, THE
DONHEADS, LUDWELL & TOLLARD ROYAL)
Beat Officer: PC Paul Wilson
2nd Female arrested for drink driving on the A30 following
accident. (WPC Angie Carpenter)
10th Female arrested having thrown drink over barmaid in
pub at Tollard Royal. (PC Paul Wilson)
16th During the afternoon/evening a burglar smashed glass
in a patio door to gain entry to a house in Donhead St. Andrew.
Cash, jewellery and an acoustic guitar stolen. (PC Paul Wilson)
20th Overnight burglars broke into a cottage undergoing renovation
in Berwick St.John and stole an electric transformer. (PC Paul
MERE BEAT (including BURTON)
Beat Officers: PCs Graham Briant, Pete Robins and Lucy Deakin.
1st Thief cut padlock to storage room at farm in Mere but
stole nothing. (PC Jerry Wilkins)
1st Burglar broke into farm outbuilding and stole a quantity
of power tools. (PC Pete Robins)
5th Thief entered a house in Mere during the evening whilst
the occupant was out in the garden and stole money from a bedroom.
(PC Pete Robins)
17th Ornamental garden gnome stolen from garden in Mere.
(Yes, another one!) (PC Pete Robins)
19th Man from Gillingham arrested in Mere for drink driving.
(PC Pete Robins)
25th Two males arrested for possessing and supplying a controlled
drug in Mere. (PC Graham Briant)
MERE SOUTH BEAT
(EAST KNOYLE, WEST KNOYLE, SEMLEY, SEDGEHILL & WILLOUGHBY HEDGE)
Beat Officer: PC Jerry Wilkins
1st Thief entered farmyard in Sedgehill, cut padlock to outbuilding
but stole nothing. (PC Jerry Wilkins)
Between 18th and 22nd mindless vandals smashed windows of
pumphouse between Upton and Willoughby Hedge with sticks and stones.
(PC Jerry Wilkins)
MERE NORTH BEAT
(GASPER, KILMINGTON, MAIDEN BRADLEY, NORTON FERRIS, STOURTON, WOLVERTON
& ZEALS) Beat Officer: PC Steve Porter.
9th Attempted burglary at a house in Zeals foiled by good
door lock. (PC Jerry Wilkins)
21st 18th Century vase stolen from public display at Stourhead
House. (PC Steve Porter)
25th Car at Lower Zeals broken into overnight. CD player,
50 CDs, bag and tools stolen. (PC Steve Porter)
25th Concrete mixer and cordless drill stolen overnight from
building site at Lower 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'
TISBURY 01747-870203 / MERE 01747-860268
CONTROL ROOM 01722-411444
CRIMESTOPPERS 0800 555 111