This is the crime summary for the month July of 2013 for the parishes of:
Ashmansworth, East Woodhay, Highclere, Burghclere, Newtown, Litchfield, Ecchinswell & Sydmonton.
Total Crimes reported - 23
House Burglary – 0
Criminal Damage – 3
Thefts from sheds and outbuildings – 1 (Attempt)
Theft from Vehicles – 2
Theft of a vehicle - 0
Other Theft - 5
Other Crime – 12
This month saw a significant decline in the number of thefts from sheds and outbuildings, however there are still suspicious vehicles and people seen in suspicious circumstances, which may be involved in attempted thefts or looking for potential targets. Please continue to report these via the 101 number or 999 if you believe it to be urgent. They are very helpful calls!
There was one theft of oil reported this month. Please contact Abbey for information about how to best secure your tank.
Hampshire constabulary’s website has some information on Oil Tank Security that is worth a read http://www.hampshire.police.uk/internet/news-and-appeals/2013/july/hampshire-constabulary-offers-advice-to-beat-rural-oil-thieves. On 27/07/13 at approximately 03.00 a caravan was taken from Oakley Farmhouse Caravan site in Washwater. Did you see any suspicious vehicles in the area? We are potentially looking for a transit type van with several occupants. A similar incident occurred one month before from the same site between 22/06/13 – 23/06/13 when a caravan was taken from an address in Washwater.
Between 13/07/13 – 14/07/13 a trailer with a speedboat on suffered a blowout near to Tothill Services on the A34 Northbound carriageway. The trailer and speedboat were left in a layby at 2030. On return the nest day the owner of the speedboat returned at 1100 to find the trailer and boat had been removed.
Remember… You can call crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111
The community Policing priorities for this area are :
Thefts from sheds & outbuildings (including theft of metal)
Anti – Social Behaviour
Prevent thefts from garages, sheds and outbuildings (including theft of metal)
Reduce anti-social behaviour
Numerous reports of Anti-social behaviour have been reported this month, although a number of them are personal.
A number of calls were received regarding noise and possible illegal raves. These transpired to be fully licensed/private functions or parties within a residence where the occupants were asked to turn their music down.
Motorcyclists are still being reported for use of vehicles illegally and in an antisocial manner across the beat. Statements are being obtained with a view of issuing section 59 warnings to offenders. This could result in vehicles being seized. Motorcyclists are reminded that there are areas where the use of off road motorcycles is legal. Please look into this as an alternative, use of vehicles off road, particularly in residential areas is extremely dangerous and can result in serious injury or death of unsuspecting pedestrians.
There has been a reduction in the complaints regarding Bishops Green ASB.
Reduce speeding across the beat
Speed enforcement has been carried out across the beat including the deployment of the safety camera van with some people being reported for speeding.
Enforcement will continue where possible.
Patrol vehicles have been parked up in key spots to slow down drivers at busy times and speeding traffic monitored.
Other incidents of note
Illegal Raves! During summer months the force sees an increase in illegal music events. If you see large numbers of vehicles, foot traffic, evidence of speakers or other equipment being carried around in rural areas, please call us to report these circumstances and help us locate offenders who often cause significant disturbance and disruption to local communities.
If you are a landowner/manager who is concerned about raves occurring on your land we offer some simple target hardening advice. Ensure fields with fences/hedges and gates are secured at the end of each working day. Empty barns are secured where possible. Open fields with no fences/hedges are made less accessible by ditch digging; this will also deter poachers and travellers. If you do not have gates on your fields, can you place another barrier in place? Some use logs or large concrete blocks which can only be removed by heavy machinery.
If you suspect a rave might be planned in your area or that one may be in progress please call us on the non-emergency number.
Matt & Abbey
PCSO 15097 Abbey CARPENTER
Whitchurch Police Station, Dances Lane,
Whitchurch, Hampshire, RG28 7EG
External: 101 Internal: 624-472
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