Thieves targeting car badges in Chippenham

This Is Wiltshire: PCSO Sarah Hardwidge is investigating the theft of car badges in Chippenham PCSO Sarah Hardwidge is investigating the theft of car badges in Chippenham

Police in Chippenham are appealing for information about a spate of thefts of car badges.

So far seven incidents have been reported in the areas of St Mary’s Street, Rudman Park and Lowden, all between September 12 and 16.

Cars targeted included a Mini Cooper, Mercedes, Mazda, Toyota, Fiat and Audis.

Since the thefts, police have put flyers through the doors of homes in the affected areas.

PCSO Sarah Hardwidge said: “It’s an extremely unnecessary crime which has caused residents a lot of expense to replace the missing badges. The offenders have caused damage to the vehicles by snapping the badges off. The Mini Cooper badge cost £35 to replace alone.”

One car owner whose badge was stolen, who did not wish to be named, said: “This is very frustrating.

“It may only seem to be a plastic car badge, but they are expensive to replace and there is the added cost of repairing the damage caused when they are broken off.”

Another said: “I work really hard and it makes me so sad that someone comes along and damages my vehicle.

“I now feel vulnerable and nervous leaving my car outside in case it is vandalised again.”

PCSO Hardwidge previously worked in Calne where there was a spate of similar thefts in the town about a year ago.

She said: “We caught some youngsters who were doing it. They had sold a lot on eBay as the badges do fetch quite high prices.”

Police have stepped up patrols in the affected areas in Chippenham.

If you have information about the thefts, call Chippenham Neighbourhood Policing Team on 101.

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1:52pm Wed 10 Oct 12

max_lan says...

7 incidents over 4 days from almost a month ago. I think this news might have been useful 3 weeks ago but I think you missed the boat if your plan was to warn people about the problem.
If you're just spreading FUD, then this is spot on.
7 incidents over 4 days from almost a month ago. I think this news might have been useful 3 weeks ago but I think you missed the boat if your plan was to warn people about the problem. If you're just spreading FUD, then this is spot on. max_lan
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2:51pm Wed 10 Oct 12

antmanrob says...

Well the place to look is the local secondard school.

This was going on when I was at school some 15 years ago in London. (dam I am old lol)
Well the place to look is the local secondard school. This was going on when I was at school some 15 years ago in London. (dam I am old lol) antmanrob
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3:13pm Wed 10 Oct 12

Phorever says...

I collected loads when I was a kid. Had over 50 at one point.
I only ever removed sticky ones though. If they were bolt on ones, I left well alone.
Why buy a new badge, when you can get them from scrapyards for a quid?
Even cheaper if they fall into your toolbox. *cough*
I collected loads when I was a kid. Had over 50 at one point. I only ever removed sticky ones though. If they were bolt on ones, I left well alone. Why buy a new badge, when you can get them from scrapyards for a quid? Even cheaper if they fall into your toolbox. *cough* Phorever
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6:00pm Wed 10 Oct 12

djqster says...

I hope she's going to ticket that Golf for parking across two disabled bays.
I hope she's going to ticket that Golf for parking across two disabled bays. djqster
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6:21pm Wed 10 Oct 12

Roy-Orbit of Chippenham says...

antmanrob wrote:
Well the place to look is the local secondard school.

This was going on when I was at school some 15 years ago in London. (dam I am old lol)
Well the place to look is the local secondard school.

Yes, you should know.
[quote][p][bold]antmanrob[/bold] wrote: Well the place to look is the local secondard school. This was going on when I was at school some 15 years ago in London. (dam I am old lol)[/p][/quote]Well the place to look is the local secondard school. Yes, you should know. Roy-Orbit of Chippenham
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6:29pm Wed 10 Oct 12

escapedsouth20 says...

Are the thieves in Chippenham 20 years behind the rest of the country. Beastie Boys are not around now people. I know life is slower in the South West but blimey, I didn't realise just how far behind it is.
Are the thieves in Chippenham 20 years behind the rest of the country. Beastie Boys are not around now people. I know life is slower in the South West but blimey, I didn't realise just how far behind it is. escapedsouth20
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6:54pm Wed 10 Oct 12

Roy-Orbit of Chippenham says...

Yes, the car is improperly parked across a bay aswell and will surely attract a fine via a camera somewhere. Good old UK.
Yes, the car is improperly parked across a bay aswell and will surely attract a fine via a camera somewhere. Good old UK. Roy-Orbit of Chippenham
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4:55pm Thu 11 Oct 12

Phorever says...

They have already paid the fine. That's the council offices. Have you seen their parking charges?
They have already paid the fine. That's the council offices. Have you seen their parking charges? Phorever
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