Police & Crime

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

Total Crimes reported – 12

House Burglary – 0

Criminal Damage – 4

Thefts from sheds and outbuildings – 2

Theft from Vehicles – 1

Other Theft – 1

Other Crime – 4

The community Policing priorities for this area are:-

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

  • 30th September – At approximately 8pm a resident noted that her dog was displaying unusual behaviours, growling and barking at something unknown, shortly after her husband noticed that an attempt had been made to enter their garage in Crux Easton.
  • 24th September – A caravan which was at the time unoccupied was entered and items removed. Bishops Green.
  • This can often be a peak time for Non Dwelling Burglaries, please be mindful of any unusual vehicles and people in your area. Call police on the 101 number to report suspicious activity, do your best to note vehicle registrations, and person descriptions.
  • If you have any questions about how to prevent crime in your area, please contact Abbey or anyone else in the rural SNT team for advice.
  • Alarmed Padlocks are available at a cost of £10 each. These are good quality strong padlocks which we are selling below the normal retail value. Money received is used to replenish stocks.

Reduce anti-social behaviour across the beat area

  • Reports have been received about street drinking, noise and nuisance in the Woodlands area of Penwood. We ask that those in the area are mindful of their noise levels and the disturbance you could cause to neighbours. Please ensure that litter is placed in a suitable bin.

Reduce speeding across the beat

  • The safety camera van is continually being deployed across the beat area.
  • Residents of Highclere Parish and East Woodhay parish are showing a keen interest in Community Speedwatch. I will be holding a meeting in October to discuss this further. If volunteers are available from other areas we would also be keen to speak with you.
  • Ongoing speed issues in Ecchinswell are being addressed by Hampshire County Council. Richard and Abbey are meeting today with Parish Councillors to discuss this further.

Other incidents of note

  • We have had a number of reports about poaching over the past fortnight. Pheasants are being shot with what appears to be a catapult whilst they roost in the trees overnight. If people or vehicles are seen in suspicious circumstances, particularly at night in areas with a large number of pheasants, please note a registration and contact police.

I note that similar incidents occurred last year, on one such incident  a gamekeeper’s vehicle was shot at with a catapult causing damage to his windscreen. In light of this it is not recommended that members of the public confront poachers. Observe from a distance and contact police on 999 if a crime is in progress.

  • 20/09/2014 – Criminal Damage – A ten year old boy was chased by a 15 year old whilst at the park in Woolton Hill. During this time the ten year old lost his trainer, the 15 year old has written on the trainer in marker pen. Damage was also caused to the 10 year old’s baseball. We do not know the identity of the 15 year old at this time. He is known as Matt and was with three other males known as Luke, Will and Ben. If anyone knows the identity of the male please contact police so that appropriate action can be taken.
  • 22/09/2014 – Criminal Damage – Adbury Holt – Residents of a property reported that a strange male was in their garden, when challenged by the occupants he claimed to be involved with scouts, he then made off. It was later discovered that damage had been caused to a tree in the garden.
  • 28/09/2014 – Criminal Damage – Ecchinswell – Two males were seen causing damage to a property in Ecchinswell that has been unoccupied for some time. The males smashed windows and caused a substantial amount of damage. Enquiries are ongoing.
  • 27/09/2014 – Theft – Ecchinswell – A garden in WhiteHill was entered by persons unknown who have removed a cast iron chimera (?).
  • 28/09/2014 – Theft from a vehicle – A vehicle in Broadlayings, Woolton Hill, was damaged. A window was smashed by a brick, vehicle entered and money stolen from within.

CRIME PREVENTION - This month we are focusing on Non Dwelling Crime, affecting household sheds, smallholdings, livery yards, farms and everything in between.

Equipment security is an aspect of rural crime that is particularly relevant to farms and small-holdings, but can affect everyone. In this section, there is general information on how to keep equipment as safe and secure as possible.

There is also a small section of firearms security, but further detailed information can be obtained from the Firearms Licensing department (see right).


Machinery Security:

Keys and locks

  • No vehicles should be left in a visible place when not in use.
  • When vehicles or plant equipment are kept outside they should be locked and the keys secured in your possession or in a locked key safe.
  • Consider the use of hitch locks, wheel clamps or ground anchors. You may require a combination of the above to meet insurance requirements.

Security markings:

  • All property, including vehicles, should be uniquely marked, photographed and recorded somewhere safe. This should include serial, chassis and model numbers.
  • Use property marking to uniquely mark all types of property.
  • Include your postcode and property name or number in a non-obvious place.
  • Popular options include stamping, etching, UV marking and DNA products.

Tracker and data tagging:

  • Consider fitting a tracking device or a data tagging chip.
  • Your insurance company can provide advice on suitable products.

Plant Equipment Identification Guide:

  • The Plant Equipment Identification Guide is available online but hard copies are available upon request from CESAR (see right).

Diesel theft:

  • Store diesel in a secure fuel tank and use good quality locks.
  • Avoid installing storage tanks in isolated areas, such as outlying buildings.
  • Consider using a mobile tanker that could be removed to a secure place when not in use.
  • Consider the use of a “diesel dye” that makes your diesel traceable and therefore less attractive to thieves.
  • Report incidents of suspicious activity to the police and if possible record vehicle details and descriptions of the people involved.

Scrap metal theft:

  • Dispose of scrap metal regularly and legitimately to make your premises less vulnerable to metal thieves.
  • If you are approached by opportunistic “scrap dealers”, tell them you have a contract with a legitimate scrap dealer and ask them to leave.
  • Report incidents of suspicious activity to the police and if possible record vehicle details and descriptions of the people involved.

Tack security:

  • Secure windows on the inside of tack rooms with solid iron bars (tubular steel can be bent).
  • Secure all doors with good quality locks. Use bolts not screws on the hinges.
  • Property mark tack and display signage to deter thieves.
  • Padlock gates with substantial padlocks and heavy duty chains.
  • Consider reversing the top hinge on yard gates to prevent them from being lifted off.
  • Fit security lights and an intruder alarm.

Firearms security:

  • There are strict regulations with regard to safe storage and use of firearms.
  • It is an offence not to comply with these conditions.
  • If you need advice about firearms security, contact the force Firearms Licensing Department.

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.

Please see our website for further information on safer homes, safer roads, safer streets and safer vehicles.

Hampshire constabulary appeals

There are current appeals throughout the force area that may be of interest to you. They are updated regularly. Please take a look via the following link.

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.

Follow us on Twitter: @HighclerePolice

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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