This is the crime summary for the month of October 2013 for the parishes of:
Ashmansworth, East Woodhay, Highclere, Burghclere, Newtown, Litchfield, Ecchinswell & Sydmonton.
Total Crimes reported - 19
House Burglary – 0
Thefts from sheds and outbuildings - 5
Theft from Vehicles – 5
Other Theft - 5
Other Crime – 4
The community Policing priorities for this area are :
Prevent thefts from garages, sheds and outbuildings (including theft of metal)
Rural industrial units/storage/business premises have been targeted in a series of non-dwelling burglaries in the northern part of the beat, the rural area of Basingstoke district, Andover and West Berkshire areas.
An attempt was made to enter a unit at Lane End Farm. Offenders made off empty handed in a 4×4. A wood chipper was taken from a property in Knights Lane.
A Maroon 4×4 was seen to drive on to land, damaging a fence and made off when seen. Number plates have been stolen from vehicles and may be used to disguise a vehicles true identity in crime.
Reduce anti-social behaviour across the beat area
Halloween went off with no problems reported. There have been a number of complaints with regards to vehicles being driven in an antisocial manner. Drivers are reminded that vehicles used in ASB can and will be seized! You have been warned!
There are often complaints regarding noise. With the festive season approaching, please bear in mind that your neighbours might be able to hear your party/music.
Reduce speeding across the beat
The safety camera van has been deployed across the beat area and a number of offenders have been caught.
Other incidents of note
Vehicles are still being broken in to around beauty spot areas, if you are going out and leaving your vehicle parked up in a car park or at the side of the road, please ensure you take your valuables with you. These thefts are also happening when vehicles are parked outside of addresses, this can happen at any time of day. A lawnmower was taken from a garden in Burghclere. A bronze statue was taken from a garden in Burghclere and is still outstanding. A red post box was taken from the side of the road at Aldern Bridge on the Border with TVP on the A339. Scrap cable was taken from a skip in Ball Hill. Damage was caused to a vehicle parked in Harwood Rise, Woolton Hill.
Across the Rural area:
A number of Burglaries from Outbuildings and farm buildings have been reported.
Several 4×4 vehicles have been noted as having possible involvement as well as vans and some cars. If you see any people or vehicles in suspicious circumstances please do not hesitate to report it via 101 or 999 in an emergency. 18 reports of suspicious activity have been reported across the beat this month. These reports are often very valuable, PLEASE keep them coming!
We are approaching the season when Oil thefts begin to be reported. Please take the time to check your tanks now, see what level the oil is sitting at, checks should be carried out as regularly as possible. Electronic devices are available to fit to tanks to enable you to carry out these checks without leaving the house. In addition, we have a supply of Oil tank alarms available for sale at £100 each. These read your tank levels and can also sound an alarm in the event of your oil level dropping rapidly. This will alert you at the time of a theft in progress.
Alternatively there are alarms available for purchase on various online websites. Some of these alarms alert you via text message. Perfect if you are not at home to hear your internal alarm go off.