This is the crime summary for the month August of 2013 for the parishes of:
Ashmansworth, East Woodhay, Highclere, Burghclere, Newtown, Litchfield, Ecchinswell & Sydmonton.
Total Crimes reported - 16
House Burglary – 0
Criminal Damage – 0
Thefts from sheds and outbuildings – 3
Theft from Vehicles – 3
Theft of a vehicle - 0
Other Theft - 4
Other Crime – 5
This month the rural area saw an increase in thefts from Shed/Outbuildings. Mostly offenders are targeting barns and farm properties, or industrial storage sites.
On 30/08/13 – 0130 a quad bike was taken overnight from a farm in Old Burghclere; it is likely to have been moved on a trailer.
An attempt to enter a farm building was made in North End. Again this happened in the early hours, however it is believed they were disturbed by an alarm and have made off empty handed.
On 06/08/13 entry was made to a container near Bishops Green, a disc cutter, hydraulic breaker and generator were taken.
Between 07/08/13 – 09/08/13 a John Deere ride on Lawnmower was taken from a garden in Adbury.
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)
Ensure good quality locks are used on out buildings. Padlocks with alarms are available from the beat team at around £10. Contact Abbey if you are interested in purchasing these.
Items in outbuildings can be marked and registered, contact Abbey for advice.
Reduce anti-social behaviour
There have been reports of antisocial behaviour in Ecchinswell, Woolton Hill and Burghclere.
In Ecchinswell males were drinking on the playing field and playing football. When a groundskeeper was attempting to mark the pitch he was targeted with abuse and footballs were kicked at him.
Similar behaviour was reported in Woolton Hill where a group of males were seen drinking, being loud and inconsiderate to local residents. Another male was then seen urinating in public.
Noise complaints were received in Burghclere, a group could be heard shouting and screaming and disturbing local residents.
The males were not located.
If you wish to report anti-social behaviour, please do so whilst it is on-going as this can help us to identify offenders and deal with it effectively and efficiently.
Those responsible for anti-social behaviour will be dealt with and housing associations notified if relevant.
Reduce speeding across the beat
We have received various reports about vehicles which regularly speed through the village of Ecchinswell, driving in an anti-social manner or driving dangerously will not be tolerated and can result in vehicle seizure.
Speed enforcement has been carried out across the beat including the deployment of the safety camera van.
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
Bishops Green one way system: Following numerous emails, it was apparent that a large number of people were failing to comply with the one way systems that had been put in place along Featherbed lane and Hyde Lane.
Officers have spent time in the area and drivers have been receiving fixed penalties and points on their license!
The number of reports has decreased however there will remain a police presence in the area during the remaining few weeks.
Beauty Spots! 2 reports received on the same day within the beat area, one witnessed a suspicious vehicle, and this sighting resulted in a male being arrested and charged for the offences.
Thieves target beauty spot car parks, if you park in any car park follow the advice below.
Please ensure that all valuables are removed from vehicles when parked even for only a few minutes (including not leaving handbags under seats !!) Glove boxes are not safe, ensure no valuables are left and leave them open to show thieves, there is nothing to take!
Matt & Abbey
PCSO 15097 Abbey CARPENTER
Whitchurch Police Station, Dances Lane,
Whitchurch, Hampshire, RG28 7EG
External: 101 Internal: 624-472
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