Street targeted in spate of burglaries

Swindon Advertiser: PC Stacey McGarry and PCSO Andy Deller in Ferndale Road PC Stacey McGarry and PCSO Andy Deller in Ferndale Road

TWO people have been arrested following a spike in burglaries and house break-ins around Ferndale Road.

Over the last two weeks, 10 houses have been broken into and police are appealing for anyone with information about the incidents to contact them as soon as possible.

The local policing team have stepped up visibility in the area, and will hold a street meeting next week to advise residents about home security and update them on the unusual spike in crime.

Sector head Insp Paul Hacker said: “Our most urgent concern at the moment is around Gorse Hill and Ferndale Road. Over the last two weeks, we have had 10 houses broken into in that area alone. That includes six in the Gorse Hill area, and four in the Ferndale Road area.

“Following these incidents, we have had the police community safety bus in the area for the benefit of residents.

“In the run up to Christmas, this kind of opportunistic crime will occur. On this particular occasion, we have had quite a severe spike in the number of house break ins, concentrated in one particular area, which is quite alarming.

“The good news is that compared to where we were last year, we are still 30 per cent down on house break ins overall. It is a real shame we have had this recent spike, which has been concentrated in one place.

“A couple of the homes were left uninsured, and some were even left unlocked. If people are doing the simple things and making sure their home is secured, that will help in preventing these kind of crimes.

“Another common feature is that keys have been left in the door locks, so more can be done to reduce the risks.”

Stacey McGarry, beat manager for Gorse Hill, will hold the street meeting next Wednesday.

“All across Gorse Hill, Ferndale and Rodbourne there has been a spate of break ins over the last couple of weeks,” she said.

“Two people have been arrested in connection with these incidents, and have now been bailed pending further inquiries.

“We are appealing for local residents to come forward if they have any information and to be extra vigilant with home security. It could be around the home or in their sheds and garages, as we have also seen those targeted in recent weeks.

“In the meantime the local policing team have stepped up patrols in the area and put plain clothes officers on night shifts to try to identify the offenders.

“On December 11 myself and a colleague will be at Crossroads in Gorse Hill with the marked police van. We will be holding a street meeting for any residents who have concerns to be able to come to us and ask questions.

“Crime overall is down, and it is very unlike this area to have such a spike.”

If you have any information about the burglaries contact Wiltshire Police on 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.

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9:31am Wed 4 Dec 13

Ringer says...

What's the betting the criminals arrested have previous convictions for the same crime but will still be sentenced unduly leniently by a judge who will collaborate with their defence lawyer to ensure he can sentence in his usual manner and continue to encourage and nurture the town's criminal fraternity.
What's the betting the criminals arrested have previous convictions for the same crime but will still be sentenced unduly leniently by a judge who will collaborate with their defence lawyer to ensure he can sentence in his usual manner and continue to encourage and nurture the town's criminal fraternity. Ringer

12:20pm Wed 4 Dec 13

umpcah says...

Ringer wrote:
What's the betting the criminals arrested have previous convictions for the same crime but will still be sentenced unduly leniently by a judge who will collaborate with their defence lawyer to ensure he can sentence in his usual manner and continue to encourage and nurture the town's criminal fraternity.
Where can I bet a fiver ?
[quote][p][bold]Ringer[/bold] wrote: What's the betting the criminals arrested have previous convictions for the same crime but will still be sentenced unduly leniently by a judge who will collaborate with their defence lawyer to ensure he can sentence in his usual manner and continue to encourage and nurture the town's criminal fraternity.[/p][/quote]Where can I bet a fiver ? umpcah

12:39pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Ringer says...

umpcah wrote:
Ringer wrote:
What's the betting the criminals arrested have previous convictions for the same crime but will still be sentenced unduly leniently by a judge who will collaborate with their defence lawyer to ensure he can sentence in his usual manner and continue to encourage and nurture the town's criminal fraternity.
Where can I bet a fiver ?
Swindon Crown Court
The Law Courts
Islington Street
Swindon
[quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ringer[/bold] wrote: What's the betting the criminals arrested have previous convictions for the same crime but will still be sentenced unduly leniently by a judge who will collaborate with their defence lawyer to ensure he can sentence in his usual manner and continue to encourage and nurture the town's criminal fraternity.[/p][/quote]Where can I bet a fiver ?[/p][/quote]Swindon Crown Court The Law Courts Islington Street Swindon Ringer

1:00pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Davey Gravey says...

Most burglars are heroin addicts. If their drugs were made available to them on prescription burglaries would be virtually wiped out.
I appreciate that it wouldn't go far in solving drug addiction but would stop there being victims of their crimes.
Most burglars are heroin addicts. If their drugs were made available to them on prescription burglaries would be virtually wiped out. I appreciate that it wouldn't go far in solving drug addiction but would stop there being victims of their crimes. Davey Gravey

1:09pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Ringer says...

Davey Gravey wrote:
Most burglars are heroin addicts. If their drugs were made available to them on prescription burglaries would be virtually wiped out.
I appreciate that it wouldn't go far in solving drug addiction but would stop there being victims of their crimes.
And what about the other 'most' burglars who do it to top up their benefits income?

Maybe if the taxpayer gave them another grand a month that'd help wipe our burglaries as well?

Or, REALLY thinking outside the box for a minute, why don't we just put the ***** behind bars for a wortwhile period of time?
[quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: Most burglars are heroin addicts. If their drugs were made available to them on prescription burglaries would be virtually wiped out. I appreciate that it wouldn't go far in solving drug addiction but would stop there being victims of their crimes.[/p][/quote]And what about the other 'most' burglars who do it to top up their benefits income? Maybe if the taxpayer gave them another grand a month that'd help wipe our burglaries as well? Or, REALLY thinking outside the box for a minute, why don't we just put the ***** behind bars for a wortwhile period of time? Ringer

1:13pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Hmmmf says...

Davey Gravey wrote:
Most burglars are heroin addicts. If their drugs were made available to them on prescription burglaries would be virtually wiped out.
I appreciate that it wouldn't go far in solving drug addiction but would stop there being victims of their crimes.
Yes, free drugs for addicts, fantastic deterrent that would be. They already get methadone at our expense as it is.
Bring back the Black Act, and tweak it for the 21st century. It'll never happen in our lifetimes but it's nice to dream.

An Act for the more effectual punishing wicked and evil disposed Persons going armed in Disguise and doing Injuries and Violence to the Persons and Properties of His Majesty's Subject, and for the more speedy bringing the Offenders to Justice
[quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: Most burglars are heroin addicts. If their drugs were made available to them on prescription burglaries would be virtually wiped out. I appreciate that it wouldn't go far in solving drug addiction but would stop there being victims of their crimes.[/p][/quote]Yes, free drugs for addicts, fantastic deterrent that would be. They already get methadone at our expense as it is. Bring back the Black Act, and tweak it for the 21st century. It'll never happen in our lifetimes but it's nice to dream. [quote][p][bold][/bold] An Act for the more effectual punishing wicked and evil disposed Persons going armed in Disguise and doing Injuries and Violence to the Persons and Properties of His Majesty's Subject, and for the more speedy bringing the Offenders to Justice[/quote] Hmmmf

1:16pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Davey Gravey says...

@Ringer As you already know the current measures do not work. In and out of jail and the cycle continues.
Nearly all burglars do so to fund drug addiction.

@Hmmmf Methadone isn't the same as heroin hence why it doesn't work for many addicts.
@Ringer As you already know the current measures do not work. In and out of jail and the cycle continues. Nearly all burglars do so to fund drug addiction. @Hmmmf Methadone isn't the same as heroin hence why it doesn't work for many addicts. Davey Gravey

1:37pm Wed 4 Dec 13

house on the hill says...

Ringer wrote:
Davey Gravey wrote:
Most burglars are heroin addicts. If their drugs were made available to them on prescription burglaries would be virtually wiped out.
I appreciate that it wouldn't go far in solving drug addiction but would stop there being victims of their crimes.
And what about the other 'most' burglars who do it to top up their benefits income?

Maybe if the taxpayer gave them another grand a month that'd help wipe our burglaries as well?

Or, REALLY thinking outside the box for a minute, why don't we just put the ***** behind bars for a wortwhile period of time?
Because the prisons are overcrowded and there is nowhere to put them. Not a reason I know but that is the reality, we dont have enough prison spaces for all those who should be sentenced, so its not all the judges fault,. Back to Govt and why they werent built.
[quote][p][bold]Ringer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: Most burglars are heroin addicts. If their drugs were made available to them on prescription burglaries would be virtually wiped out. I appreciate that it wouldn't go far in solving drug addiction but would stop there being victims of their crimes.[/p][/quote]And what about the other 'most' burglars who do it to top up their benefits income? Maybe if the taxpayer gave them another grand a month that'd help wipe our burglaries as well? Or, REALLY thinking outside the box for a minute, why don't we just put the ***** behind bars for a wortwhile period of time?[/p][/quote]Because the prisons are overcrowded and there is nowhere to put them. Not a reason I know but that is the reality, we dont have enough prison spaces for all those who should be sentenced, so its not all the judges fault,. Back to Govt and why they werent built. house on the hill

1:47pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Hmmmf says...

Davey Gravey wrote:
@Hmmmf Methadone isn't the same as heroin hence why it doesn't work for many addicts.

Durr-hey.
[quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: @Hmmmf Methadone isn't the same as heroin hence why it doesn't work for many addicts.[/quote] Durr-hey. Hmmmf

1:56pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Davey Gravey says...

Hmmmf wrote:
Davey Gravey wrote:
@Hmmmf Methadone isn't the same as heroin hence why it doesn't work for many addicts.

Durr-hey.
What?

My point is that the current way doesn't work. Give them what they are hooked on and they won't steal to fund it.
It's a few individuals doing multiple burglaries. This measure would stop there being victims of their crimes.
[quote][p][bold]Hmmmf[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: @Hmmmf Methadone isn't the same as heroin hence why it doesn't work for many addicts.[/quote] Durr-hey.[/p][/quote]What? My point is that the current way doesn't work. Give them what they are hooked on and they won't steal to fund it. It's a few individuals doing multiple burglaries. This measure would stop there being victims of their crimes. Davey Gravey

1:58pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Ringer says...

Davey Gravey wrote:
@Ringer As you already know the current measures do not work. In and out of jail and the cycle continues.
Nearly all burglars do so to fund drug addiction.

@Hmmmf Methadone isn't the same as heroin hence why it doesn't work for many addicts.
The 'current measures' most certainly do not work... but ONLY because these criminals are taught, early on and on a continuing basis, that the courts don't really take their crimes seriously.

If the judiciary actually sentenced properly, instead of relentlessly doing all they can in order to sentence as unduly leniently as possible (even for criminals with hugely lengthy records) then we might actually see crime fall and these criminals realise it's not worth their bother.

But, as it stands, the criminals know there's little chance of going to prison and that the courts ensure that crime absolutely does pay.
[quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: @Ringer As you already know the current measures do not work. In and out of jail and the cycle continues. Nearly all burglars do so to fund drug addiction. @Hmmmf Methadone isn't the same as heroin hence why it doesn't work for many addicts.[/p][/quote]The 'current measures' most certainly do not work... but ONLY because these criminals are taught, early on and on a continuing basis, that the courts don't really take their crimes seriously. If the judiciary actually sentenced properly, instead of relentlessly doing all they can in order to sentence as unduly leniently as possible (even for criminals with hugely lengthy records) then we might actually see crime fall and these criminals realise it's not worth their bother. But, as it stands, the criminals know there's little chance of going to prison and that the courts ensure that crime absolutely does pay. Ringer

2:45pm Wed 4 Dec 13

A.Baron-Cohen says...

The police and the Courts are no longer deterrents, I think it is time for homeowners to arm themselves to protect their properties and family, the Law must be changed so that the great majority of law abiding citizens can own a self defense handgun / rifle.
The police and the Courts are no longer deterrents, I think it is time for homeowners to arm themselves to protect their properties and family, the Law must be changed so that the great majority of law abiding citizens can own a self defense handgun / rifle. A.Baron-Cohen

2:53pm Wed 4 Dec 13

benzss says...

Hmmmf wrote:
Davey Gravey wrote:
Most burglars are heroin addicts. If their drugs were made available to them on prescription burglaries would be virtually wiped out.
I appreciate that it wouldn't go far in solving drug addiction but would stop there being victims of their crimes.
Yes, free drugs for addicts, fantastic deterrent that would be. They already get methadone at our expense as it is.
Bring back the Black Act, and tweak it for the 21st century. It'll never happen in our lifetimes but it's nice to dream.

An Act for the more effectual punishing wicked and evil disposed Persons going armed in Disguise and doing Injuries and Violence to the Persons and Properties of His Majesty's Subject, and for the more speedy bringing the Offenders to Justice
I hope you're not often disguised in a forest
[quote][p][bold]Hmmmf[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: Most burglars are heroin addicts. If their drugs were made available to them on prescription burglaries would be virtually wiped out. I appreciate that it wouldn't go far in solving drug addiction but would stop there being victims of their crimes.[/p][/quote]Yes, free drugs for addicts, fantastic deterrent that would be. They already get methadone at our expense as it is. Bring back the Black Act, and tweak it for the 21st century. It'll never happen in our lifetimes but it's nice to dream. [quote][p][bold][/bold] An Act for the more effectual punishing wicked and evil disposed Persons going armed in Disguise and doing Injuries and Violence to the Persons and Properties of His Majesty's Subject, and for the more speedy bringing the Offenders to Justice[/quote][/p][/quote]I hope you're not often disguised in a forest benzss

7:58pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Localboy86 says...

A.Baron-Cohen wrote:
The police and the Courts are no longer deterrents, I think it is time for homeowners to arm themselves to protect their properties and family, the Law must be changed so that the great majority of law abiding citizens can own a self defense handgun / rifle.
But it sounds like most the houses were empty when burgled, so now there would be people who are prepared to break into your house running around with guns - idiot ! And ringer give it a rest on the court bashing, we get it, it's boring now
[quote][p][bold]A.Baron-Cohen[/bold] wrote: The police and the Courts are no longer deterrents, I think it is time for homeowners to arm themselves to protect their properties and family, the Law must be changed so that the great majority of law abiding citizens can own a self defense handgun / rifle.[/p][/quote]But it sounds like most the houses were empty when burgled, so now there would be people who are prepared to break into your house running around with guns - idiot ! And ringer give it a rest on the court bashing, we get it, it's boring now Localboy86

8:33pm Wed 4 Dec 13

anotherimigrant says...

Ringer wrote:
Davey Gravey wrote:
@Ringer As you already know the current measures do not work. In and out of jail and the cycle continues.
Nearly all burglars do so to fund drug addiction.

@Hmmmf Methadone isn't the same as heroin hence why it doesn't work for many addicts.
The 'current measures' most certainly do not work... but ONLY because these criminals are taught, early on and on a continuing basis, that the courts don't really take their crimes seriously.

If the judiciary actually sentenced properly, instead of relentlessly doing all they can in order to sentence as unduly leniently as possible (even for criminals with hugely lengthy records) then we might actually see crime fall and these criminals realise it's not worth their bother.

But, as it stands, the criminals know there's little chance of going to prison and that the courts ensure that crime absolutely does pay.
Quite right Ringer.

The idiots at the magic courts, that's were criminals are sent out to commit more crime, magically, are laughing there socks off.

Look at the other story's of today. Leigh Child's. Prolif thief and fencing stolen goods, made £60k in cash, how does that compare to your lousy wage packet. You'd need to be an MP to rob that much and get away with it or a councilor claiming expenses or a magistrate
[quote][p][bold]Ringer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: @Ringer As you already know the current measures do not work. In and out of jail and the cycle continues. Nearly all burglars do so to fund drug addiction. @Hmmmf Methadone isn't the same as heroin hence why it doesn't work for many addicts.[/p][/quote]The 'current measures' most certainly do not work... but ONLY because these criminals are taught, early on and on a continuing basis, that the courts don't really take their crimes seriously. If the judiciary actually sentenced properly, instead of relentlessly doing all they can in order to sentence as unduly leniently as possible (even for criminals with hugely lengthy records) then we might actually see crime fall and these criminals realise it's not worth their bother. But, as it stands, the criminals know there's little chance of going to prison and that the courts ensure that crime absolutely does pay.[/p][/quote]Quite right Ringer. The idiots at the magic courts, that's were criminals are sent out to commit more crime, magically, are laughing there socks off. Look at the other story's of today. Leigh Child's. Prolif thief and fencing stolen goods, made £60k in cash, how does that compare to your lousy wage packet. You'd need to be an MP to rob that much and get away with it or a councilor claiming expenses or a magistrate anotherimigrant

9:01pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Hmmmf says...

Davey Gravey wrote:
Hmmmf wrote:
Davey Gravey wrote:
@Hmmmf Methadone isn't the same as heroin hence why it doesn't work for many addicts.

Durr-hey.
What?

My point is that the current way doesn't work. Give them what they are hooked on and they won't steal to fund it.
It's a few individuals doing multiple burglaries. This measure would stop there being victims of their crimes.
Durr-hey because of course methadone isn't the same as heroin. The whole point of methadone (and buprenorphine) is to help get them off heroin, not feed their addiction at the taxpayer's expense. Your proposed 'solution' is insane and amounts to keeping addicts addicted in the hope they won't commit crime. That's nothing short of bribery, and really rather pitiful.
[quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hmmmf[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: @Hmmmf Methadone isn't the same as heroin hence why it doesn't work for many addicts.[/quote] Durr-hey.[/p][/quote]What? My point is that the current way doesn't work. Give them what they are hooked on and they won't steal to fund it. It's a few individuals doing multiple burglaries. This measure would stop there being victims of their crimes.[/p][/quote]Durr-hey because of course methadone isn't the same as heroin. The whole point of methadone (and buprenorphine) is to help get them off heroin, not feed their addiction at the taxpayer's expense. Your proposed 'solution' is insane and amounts to keeping addicts addicted in the hope they won't commit crime. That's nothing short of bribery, and really rather pitiful. Hmmmf

11:45pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Davey Gravey says...

Hmmmf wrote:
Davey Gravey wrote:
Hmmmf wrote:
Davey Gravey wrote:
@Hmmmf Methadone isn't the same as heroin hence why it doesn't work for many addicts.

Durr-hey.
What?

My point is that the current way doesn't work. Give them what they are hooked on and they won't steal to fund it.
It's a few individuals doing multiple burglaries. This measure would stop there being victims of their crimes.
Durr-hey because of course methadone isn't the same as heroin. The whole point of methadone (and buprenorphine) is to help get them off heroin, not feed their addiction at the taxpayer's expense. Your proposed 'solution' is insane and amounts to keeping addicts addicted in the hope they won't commit crime. That's nothing short of bribery, and really rather pitiful.
Well the drug and burglary laws ain't working are they? Nothing has got better has it?
Heroin addicts regularly say methadone is a waste of time as they still crave heroin.
There will always be drug addicts and they will always do whatever they can to fund it. That means there will always be victims of their crimes unless the system changes. Providing addicts with heroin isnt ideal but protects potential victims of crime.
[quote][p][bold]Hmmmf[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hmmmf[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: @Hmmmf Methadone isn't the same as heroin hence why it doesn't work for many addicts.[/quote] Durr-hey.[/p][/quote]What? My point is that the current way doesn't work. Give them what they are hooked on and they won't steal to fund it. It's a few individuals doing multiple burglaries. This measure would stop there being victims of their crimes.[/p][/quote]Durr-hey because of course methadone isn't the same as heroin. The whole point of methadone (and buprenorphine) is to help get them off heroin, not feed their addiction at the taxpayer's expense. Your proposed 'solution' is insane and amounts to keeping addicts addicted in the hope they won't commit crime. That's nothing short of bribery, and really rather pitiful.[/p][/quote]Well the drug and burglary laws ain't working are they? Nothing has got better has it? Heroin addicts regularly say methadone is a waste of time as they still crave heroin. There will always be drug addicts and they will always do whatever they can to fund it. That means there will always be victims of their crimes unless the system changes. Providing addicts with heroin isnt ideal but protects potential victims of crime. Davey Gravey

8:31am Thu 5 Dec 13

A.Baron-Cohen says...

Localboy86 wrote:
A.Baron-Cohen wrote:
The police and the Courts are no longer deterrents, I think it is time for homeowners to arm themselves to protect their properties and family, the Law must be changed so that the great majority of law abiding citizens can own a self defense handgun / rifle.
But it sounds like most the houses were empty when burgled, so now there would be people who are prepared to break into your house running around with guns - idiot ! And ringer give it a rest on the court bashing, we get it, it's boring now
Private security companies do provide residential patrols and it is not as expensive. In fact, it is a lot less expensive that paying for local police........
It would be in the interest of the council and community to scale down the number of police officers and increase private security instead.
[quote][p][bold]Localboy86[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A.Baron-Cohen[/bold] wrote: The police and the Courts are no longer deterrents, I think it is time for homeowners to arm themselves to protect their properties and family, the Law must be changed so that the great majority of law abiding citizens can own a self defense handgun / rifle.[/p][/quote]But it sounds like most the houses were empty when burgled, so now there would be people who are prepared to break into your house running around with guns - idiot ! And ringer give it a rest on the court bashing, we get it, it's boring now[/p][/quote]Private security companies do provide residential patrols and it is not as expensive. In fact, it is a lot less expensive that paying for local police........ It would be in the interest of the council and community to scale down the number of police officers and increase private security instead. A.Baron-Cohen

1:50pm Thu 5 Dec 13

house on the hill says...

A.Baron-Cohen wrote:
The police and the Courts are no longer deterrents, I think it is time for homeowners to arm themselves to protect their properties and family, the Law must be changed so that the great majority of law abiding citizens can own a self defense handgun / rifle.
Does that mean I can shoot arrogant morons who speed past me or cut me up at the lights too? Or anyone whose dog or cat cr4ps in my garden? I think you have been watching to many John Wayne movies!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]A.Baron-Cohen[/bold] wrote: The police and the Courts are no longer deterrents, I think it is time for homeowners to arm themselves to protect their properties and family, the Law must be changed so that the great majority of law abiding citizens can own a self defense handgun / rifle.[/p][/quote]Does that mean I can shoot arrogant morons who speed past me or cut me up at the lights too? Or anyone whose dog or cat cr4ps in my garden? I think you have been watching to many John Wayne movies!!!!! house on the hill

2:12pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Ringer says...

Politicrat does have a point, the Criminal Justice System (that we're all forced to pay for) now exists solely for the benefit and assistance of criminals.

There is no desire or attempt to protect the public and the judiciary treat their paymasters with nothing but malicious contempt.
Politicrat does have a point, the Criminal Justice System (that we're all forced to pay for) now exists solely for the benefit and assistance of criminals. There is no desire or attempt to protect the public and the judiciary treat their paymasters with nothing but malicious contempt. Ringer

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