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Crime Round-up for Gloucester

Alert message sent 07/08/2020 16:40:00

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Yet again, there have been several reports of persons roaming the residential streets of Gloucester trying car door handles to see if any have been left unlocked.  There is also a suggestion that electronic devices are being used to open vehicles that have the proximity type security and ignition systems.

The areas effected this last week include, Prices Ground in Abbeymead, Tuffley Crescent and Winchcombe Road in Tuffley, Estcourt Road, Carlton Road in Linden, Ladywell Close in Hempsted, Nelson Street in Tredworth and Friars Orchard in the city centre.

It you do own a car that has the proximity type of security system, make sure the keys are kept well away from the vehicle and the front or rear door at night.  Simple “Faraday Cage” cage type pouches are available from the Neighbourhood Watch Office at Hucclecote Police Station priced at £3.50.  See the illustration below.  These pouches prevent access to the wireless signal of the key. Call my office on 01452 752086 or email me at bob.lloyd@gloucestershire.pnn.police.uk if you are interested in obtaining a pouch.

Three or four vehicles parked in Neven Place and Podsmead Road had number plates removed during the week.  The thefts seem to have taken place during the late evening and into the night.  If your plates go missing please report it to the police as the stolen plates may be used on another vehicle and used in crime.

Connected with this type of crime was a burglary that occurred in Great Grove, Abbeymead on the night of 1st and 2nd August. It is not known how the thief gained entry but a wallet, an iphone and a money box was stolen.  CCTV shows a male offender outside the property and at other houses in the area at around 3.30am to 4am that morning.

The favoured type of property remain bankcards as they provide a ready source of cash and goods.  There are a number of such thefts reported this week where over £200 worth of goods has been obtained by the thieves.
 
Please check and make sure wallets, purses, handbags and other valuables are not left in vehicles overnight. 

The other home burglaries that have been reported this week are:
  • Dreadnought Drive in Tuffley where an Attempt was made to gain entry by removing some of the beading to a rear window.  This occurred overnight on 4th and 5th August
  • A ground floor flat in Hyde Lane, off London Road, was entered through an open window on the evening of 8th August. |A mobile phone was stolen.
Please call 101 if you have any information regarding these crimes or saw or heard any unusual activity in the area at the time of the incident.  Alternatively report information on line at https://www.gloucestershire.police.uk/tua/tell-us-about/soh/something-youve-seen-or-heard/​​​​​​​

If you see or hear anything suspicious report it straight away to 101 or online and if you believe a crime is being committed then dial 999. You can also report information regarding criminal activity anonymously to Crime Stoppers by ringing 0800 555111.

The National Neighbourhood Watch Network is running a public survey to start to benchmark whether membership of a Neighbourhood Watch scheme or living in a Neighbourhood Watch area has an impact on levels of crime, concern about crime, neighbourliness and the willingness of communities to work together. The survey link is https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NWimpact which will close on 21st August 2020.  The survey is open to anyone, so if you have a few minutes to spare please take part.  You don’t have to belong to Neighbourhood Watch to join in.

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Bob Lloyd (Police, Neighbourhood Watch Officer, Gloucestershire)

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