|Priorities for Wiltshire East CPT|
|Priority 1||Retail Thefts/Purse Thefts|
Christmas time is fast approaching which unfortunately means that we are likely to see an increase in retail thefts and purse theft from within the Devizes and Marlborough area.
You can take the following precautions to discourage thieves:
|Priority 2||Rural Crime - Hare-coursing and Beauty Spot Thefts|
It is imperative that we maintain a high visible presence within our rural county. As wintertime is fast approaching, we anticipate an increase in visitors to our countryside.
We will be aiming to regularly patrol our rural sites that unfortunately do become a target of vehicle and rural crime.
It is important for members of the public not to leave any valuables within their vehicles.
It is also important for members of the public to report any suspicious activity to us via 101 or 999 if it is a crime in progress.
|Priority 3||Frauds and Scams|
Fraud is the dishonest and intentional deception of a person intended to result in financial or personal gain. Fraud happens when someone deceives you or lies to you to gain an advantage, such as taking your money or finding out private information about you. Fraud could happen in person, over the telephone, or online via email, text or a website.
We have already received two reports this month of elderly persons being the victims of fraudulent activity. In both incidents, the victims have received phone calls regarding an 'upgrade' to their bank cards.
In one incident, a woman in the Devizes area gave her address to a caller and later received a visit from a man, who asked for her bank card.
If you suspect you've been a victim of fraud involving credit or debit cards, online banking or cheques, you should report it to your bank or card company. Where an additional crime has been committed with the fraud, for example, you have had your wallet or purse stolen or the card used fraudulently was taken as a result of a burglary, then this should still be reported to us on 101
|Priority 4||Burglaries/Unexpected Callers|
|As the season approaches we continue to receive reports regarding burglaries within the Devizes, Marlborough anf Pewsey area. Whilst the number is reducing the likelihood that in the months leading up to December/January this number could increase.|
Advice for commercial premises:
Advice for domestic premises:
Advice for unexpected callers:
You are never required to open their door to unexpected callers and that it is not rude to send someone away.
"IF YOU'RE NOT SURE, DON'T OPEN THE DOOR"
Display a 'No Cold Calling Home' sticker to discourage unwanted callers.
Do not keep money in the house and keep credit cards, debit cards, cheque books, savings books and any other valuables in a safe place
Never leave the door open and unattended - close it until you return
Ask to see the caller's ID, even if they have made an appointment to see you, and call their company yourself (not on a number they provide) to check they are genuine