Garage burglary in Marlborough - appeal for information

We’re investigating a burglary at an address in Ermin Close, Baydon, Marlborough.

The incident happened at approximately 12.30pm yesterday (31 July 2017).

The offender was disturbed in the garage of an address. He ran from the scene when disturbed. A drill was taken but found in a neighbouring garden.

The man is described as white, aged in his late 20s, of slim build and with dark hair. He was wearing a black hoody and grey beanie hat.

We are appealing for sightings of anyone matching this description or anyone who saw or heard any suspicious activity in the area. Our crime reference *69526 refers.

PC Teresa Herbert said: “Whilst Wiltshire remains one of the safest counties in the country in which to reside there are a number of measures to consider to keep your homes safe;

• Lock your doors and windows every time you leave the house, even if you’re in the garden, and make sure you have approved locks or bolts on all doors and windows

• Never leave a spare key in a hiding place like in a plant pot or letterbox - a thief knows all the hiding places

• Keep all keys, purses and wallets out of sight and away from the letterbox

• Consider installing a burglar alarm, and only use a company that is registered or certified with the NSI or the SSIAB

• Do not open the door to anyone you don’t know or are not expecting. Always check by using a spy-hole or look through a window

• Make sure that you have up to date contents insurance

• Register all serial numbers from electrical items, tools and garden equipment with the free national property register. Mark items without serial numbers with an artificial DNA property marker such as Smartwater or SelectaDNA

• Do not keep large amounts of cash at home - it is much safer in a bank or building society

• Trim back any plants and hedges at the front of your property to no higher than 1 metre to remove hiding places

• Always report any suspicious activity, note any vehicle registrations, descriptions of persons involved and direction of travel

• Use a timer to set lights to mimic your usual activity when you are not at home

• Take photographs of all jewellery including hallmarks and keep them safe. Also consider using an artificial DNA property marker on jewellery or other valuable items

• Make sure any bolts are low enough so they cannot be opened by reaching over the top of the gate

Anyone with information should call 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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