Police Report

This is the crime summary for the month of March 2014 for the parishes of Ashmansworth, East Woodhay, Highclere, Burghclere, Newtown, Litchfield, Ecchinswell & Sydmonton.

Total Crimes reported in March- 12

House Burglary – 0

Criminal Damage – 2

Thefts from sheds and outbuildings – 3

Theft from Vehicles – 1

Other Theft – 5

Other Crime – 1

The community policing priorities for this area are:

Prevent thefts from garages, sheds and outbuildings (including theft of metal)

  • 15th – Report of a shed being broken into in Gore End Road, Ball Hill. Nothing taken
  • 14th -15th – Barn entered in Featherbed Lane, Sydmonton/Bishops Green area. Power tools taken.
  • 14th – 15th – Greenhouse entered and lawnmower taken. Breachfield, Burghclere.

Many people take a great deal of trouble securing their home and property while at the same time leaving valuable garden tools and cycles in a shed that is either unlocked or not maintained.

Garden crime is now becoming more and more common. Tools such as lawn mowers, strimmers, hedge cutters, power tools and bikes are expensive items to replace and may incur the victim extra insurance premiums. This can also be an open invitation for thieves to use garden implements to break into their house or car.

The following section provides prevention and reduction tactics in relation to shed security.

Insecure Sheds

High burglary rates from sheds indicate that they are not only easy to break into but there is a large market for the stolen contents. With this in mind, consider if the property kept inside would be better stored elsewhere.


  • Place all tools and garden equipment in locked sheds and garages.
  • Secure more expensive items, e.g. mowers, bikes to an anchor point within the shed or garage.
  • Mark all items with postcode and record serial numbers. e.g. UV pens or forensic marking kits. Register the details for free on
  • Take photographs of items such as statues and garden furniture if they are unusual, for easy identification at a later date.
  • Fit a shed alarm.
  • Keep the structure in good repair.
  • Consider covering windows with curtains to obscure the view of the contents.
  • Consider external lighting.
  • Ensure the garden fences are in good repair between neighbours to prevent unlawful access.
  • Ensure side gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of the property.

Reduce anti-social behaviour across the beat area.

  • Graffiti by persons unknown. Offensive words spray painted on to road signs in Bishops Green. This was an orange paint. If you know who committed this offence of Criminal Damage please inform local officers.
  • Motorbikes – Penwood. Reports of Motorcycles being ridden off road illegally and causing a nuisance. Offenders are reminded that this is not an acceptable activity and a zero tolerance approach is taken by police. Anyone caught will be dealt with at least by means of a section 59 warning, and can have their vehicle seized.

Reduce speeding across the beat.

  • The safety camera van is continually being deployed across the beat area.
  • As seen in Burghclere in February.

Other incidents of note

  • On the night of 26th March a large scale police operation involving Thames Valley Police and Local Landowners/Gamekeepers took place. A number of reports were received across the rural of possible suspicious activity. All calls were responded to however it is likely that most events were in fact legitimate vehicles involved with our operation. We apologise for any alarm caused to anyone.
  • 24/03/14 – Criminal Damage – Members of the public were involved in a dispute in Penwood outside of Woodlands Stores. A male, thought to be a resident to the area kicked and punched the vehicle of the aggrieved party causing damage to the vehicle.
  • Vehicles are regularly stop checked in the area, one vehicle stopped in Harts Lane, Burghclere was found to contain two males who admitted to having smoked cannabis recently. A small quantity of cannabis was located and two males dealt with for possession of a class B drug.
  • 29/03/14 – Impairment – At approximately 2250 a single vehicle was involved in a collision outside of West Street on the Old A34. The driver fled the scene. Several units searched for the driver, a male was found and has been charged with a number of offences including drink driving after providing a positive breath test.

We regularly patrol beauty spot car parks and ensure there are signs warning motorists not to leave valuables in vehicles. Some of these signs have been removed by unknown people. If you see someone acting suspiciously, looking into vehicles, hanging around or removing these signs, please report it immediately to police. Take note of descriptions and vehicle registration numbers.

If you have any information regarding any of the incidents detailed in this update please contact us either by email or calling 101. If you know someone who is involved in criminal activity, have information relating to crimes that have occurred, but you do not want to call police directly. Then please visit or call 0800 555 111. This is a free and anonymous service.

Please contact us if you have any questions

Richard & Abbey


Hampshire Constabulary,

Whitchurch Police Station, Dances Lane,

Whitchurch, Hampshire, RG28 7EG

External: 101

Twitter: @HighclerePolice



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