Car stolen in Durrington burglary

Car stolen in Durrington burglary

Published by The Spire FM News Team at 9:34am 18th June 2019. (Updated at 9:39am 18th June 2019)

Keys to the vehicle were taken from inside a house early yesterday morning.

It's thought the offender got into the property in Bulford Hill through a slightly open window while the owners were asleep.

Police were called at around 6.40am yesterday (Monday June 17th), when a Nissan Micra was noticed missing.

The car was found last night in the Tilshead area, following a search by officers using Automatic Number Plate Recognition.

The vehicle's been recovered for further enquiries to be carried out.

The burglary happened in the Bulford Hill area of Durrington


A 20 year old man, who is local, has been arrested on suspicion of burglary and theft of a motor vehicle.

He's also been arrested on suspicion of failing to provide a specimen of saliva and driving whilst disqualified.

He's in custody in Melksham for additional questioning.

PC Michael Tryhorn said:

"This was excellent team work by all the officers involved which enabled us to locate the vehicle the same day as we received the initial report. As a result, we now have one person in custody.

"This burglary occurred when the homeowners were asleep - it is believed the offender entered the property through a window which had been left slightly ajar. We do not underestimate how upsetting and distressing it must be to find somebody has entered your home where you should feel safe, without your permission, and we are continuing with our investigation."

Police are now asking anyone with information about the burglary to get in touch with them on 101, quoting crime reference number 54190057906.

You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Wiltshire Police have some tips on how to keep ourselves safe from burglaries in our homes - they include:

  • 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

There's more advice on preventing burglaries on the Wiltshire Police website.

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