Police urge visitors to keep valuable out of site in cars when visiting beauty spots
Police are urging residents and visitors to the area to be vigilant following a rise in thefts from vehicles parked in some of our local beauty spots.
Over the past month there were eight reports of incidents of this nature at areas including Avebury and Silbury Hill.
On some occasions, this has included vehicles left unlocked. In other incidents, windows have been smashed so offenders can steal items left inside such as mobile phones, handbags and luggage.
One incident occurred on 31 October - a handbag containing purses, £65 cash and credit cards was stolen from a vehicle parked in a layby off the B4003 Avebury to West Kennett road between 2.30pm and 2.45pm.
Sgt Pete Foster said: “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.”