Priorities for Wiltshire East CPT
Updated on: 16/01/2019 
Priority 1 Burglaries

Across our area we have again seen a rise in the number of burglaries taking place. These are mainly involving people breaking into houses and stealing jewellery and car keys. Please take note of the following advice to improve the security of your homes, garages and sheds.

To improve the security in and around your home we are asking residents to remember the following advice:


  • 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.

  • Consider purchasing a faraday box to store fobs for "keyless" cars, particularly if it is high performance.



Priority 2Purse Thefts

Within the town centres of the 3 main towns that are covered by East CPT we have had an increase in the number of purse thefts. These have been occurring when people are in shops and are leaving their purses and wallets on the counter to pay and also when walking around town with the offenders taking them directly from bags. We are committed to not only reducing this but to also bring those that are identified as suspects to justice where possible. We are endeavouring to increase the foot patrol within the town centre of both uniformed and non uniformed staff in an effort to tackle this problem. Local PCSOs are also attending various places within the community where they are issuing those that want them with purse chains.

Please also take note of the following advice to keep your possessions safe during this busy shopping period.

  • Where possible, dont put your purse down on counters. Place them back in your bag or pocket to keep them out of sight.
  • Always fasten your bag when you are walking out in the street. This will prevent easy access for potential thieves.
  • Avoid using the back pocket to store wallets and phones in. Items stored here are much easier to take than if they are in a pocket on the side or front.

As always, if you see anyone acting suspiciously then please call in and let us know.

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