When Angel Lawson installed CCTV at his home in Dorcan he thought it would bring him peace of mind.

But after it recorded a night-time prowler trying to get into his prized Audi TT he found himself worrying even more.

He put the system up on his house in Lytchett Way last month after hearing about suspicious incidents in the area.

And last Wednesday morning he discovered the footage of a man fiddling with the car’s door handle while it was parked on his drive.

The 38-year-old said: “When I saw it, it made me very angry.

"It made me think ‘get off my property’. You just don’t know what their objective is. It makes me worry if they’re going to come back.

“It’s made me a bit paranoid now because last night I ended up watching the camera for an hour before I went to sleep to see if they would come back.

“It’s quite stressful. It’s worked out against me in a way because I got cameras to give me peace of mind but now I’ve caught something it’s worrying.”

He posted the footage on Facebook and was shocked by how many people told him they had suffered similar experiences. “Some people even sent me messages saying that this has happened to them and worrying about whether it’s the same person.

“It was a bit of a surprise that it’s happened to so many people. Where I am it’s a small cul-de-sac, everyone knows each other, no-one thinks something like this would happen.

“In my opinion, crime does certainly seem to be picking up and I don’t know if lockdown has anything to do with it.

"But maybe I just feel like it is because I’ve got cameras now and I’ve seen it for myself and more people are noticing it.”

He said decided not to report the issue to the police because he was not confident the culprit would be found. “I don’t have a lot of faith in the police these days.

"I just wanted to get it out on Facebook and make people aware. There’s a chance that the person who did it saw the Facebook post and saw how much attraction it got and that might put them off from doing it again.”.

A Wiltshire Police spokeswoman said: “We would always encourage people to report concerns regarding suspicious activity or crime in their area.

“When similar activity was reported in Swindon on July 5, officers attended and located two individuals who were arrested. You can report crime by calling us on 101, or 999 if a crime is in progress.”