Crime

Be vigilant when visiting beauty spots in East Wiltshire

With cases of robberies now on the increase in East Wiltshire, police in the city have urged visitors and residents to the town to be cautious and report any suspicious activity service. There’s a rise in cases of theft from vehicles parked close to some local beauty spots in the city.

Last month alone, the police said it received eight reports of robberies from different areas including Silbury Hill and Avebury.  On several occasions, this has included vehicles left unlocked, the police said.

Criminals have breached the door lock in some incidents while windows have been smashed by the suspects to help them steal items left in the vehicles. Some frequently reported cases show criminals targeted phones, handbags and luggage.

On October 1, between 2:30 and 2:45, criminals stole a handbag containing purses, some cash and credit cards from a vehicle parked in a layby off the B4003 near Marlborough between 2.30pm and 2.45pm.

“As a result of these incidents, we have increased patrols in the areas of Avebury and Silbury Hill but we would also like to encourage members of the public to be vigilant when leaving their vehicles parked in beauty spots. Do not leave valuable items in your vehicles – if you are unable to remove luggage, make sure it is locked away and out of sight in the boot of your car. Always check you have locked your car and if you see anything suspicious call police on 101 or 999 if a crime is in progress” Sgt Pete Foster said:

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