Residents in Wallisdown say they are afraid to leave their homes after burglars target their street

SCARED: Residents of Bascott road in Wallisdown concerened about the recent spate of burgalries and thefts in their road

SCARED: Residents of Bascott road in Wallisdown concerened about the recent spate of burgalries and thefts in their road

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RESIDENTS living in a quiet street in Wallisdown say they have been left living in fear following a spate of burglaries in the area.

Some residents in Bascott Road say they are too scared to leave their properties after a number of homes were targeted by thieves in recent months.

At a residents meeting held on Friday Margaret O’Conner said she felt tricked after her handbag was stolen on Good Friday.

The 86-year-old, who lives alone, said a man who claimed to be carrying out gardening work at her neighbour’s property came to her home asking to see her back garden.

“I was in the front garden with my dog,” she explained.

“He came in and said he was cutting hedge next door and asked to go into the back garden.

“I walked him through my bungalow and showed him the hedge.

“It wasn’t until the evening I realised my handbag had been stolen.”

Mandy Cooper who also lives in Bascott Road, said her 50th birthday was ruined after she was burgled last month.

“They took a lot of jewellery and some money,” she said.

“They turned our bedroom upside down. I just wanted to sit there and cry.

“They took my birthday money and the Euros we had for our holiday.

“I was so upset but I knew I had to carry on because we had family coming around.”

Residents said one disabled woman who lives on the street had her purse stolen in front of her as she sat in her wheelchair powerless to stop him.

Edward Mills said there had been nine thefts, burglaries or instances when residents have reported seeing strangers “rattling” door handles to see if they were unlocked since December.

He said: “People are frightened to leave their homes. They are too scared to go on holiday.

“It’s not right that people are living in fear.”

Number of offences falling

Sergeant Steve Houston from Winton Police Station said reducing the rate of burglaries in the area was a priority for the force.

“Reducing burglary is a priority for Dorset Police as demonstrated by the resulting year-on-year reduction in offences of 8.9 per cent,” he said.

“Dorset Police want residents to be safe and feel safe and provide extensive crime prevention advice through local Safer Neighbourhood Teams.

“Victims of burglaries and those who feel vulnerable to burglary are offered home security surveys which can be arranged through their local Safer Neighbourhood Team.”

He added: “If you see anything suspicious in your area please call 101 or 999 if it is an emergency or happening at that time.”

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8:00am Mon 28 Apr 14

pete woodley says...

Why no descriptions.
Why no descriptions. pete woodley
  • Score: 10

9:07am Mon 28 Apr 14

ReservoirFrogs says...

What a poor photograph, no arms folded out of all those people.
What a poor photograph, no arms folded out of all those people. ReservoirFrogs
  • Score: -9

12:02pm Mon 28 Apr 14

TheDistrict says...

If the perpertrators received much longer sentences, and I am talking years, not weeks, it might just make them think twice. At present, the sentences when received are either nothing, or a few weeks, usually served on remand. They think they get away with it, so do it again.
If the perpertrators received much longer sentences, and I am talking years, not weeks, it might just make them think twice. At present, the sentences when received are either nothing, or a few weeks, usually served on remand. They think they get away with it, so do it again. TheDistrict
  • Score: 11

1:27pm Mon 28 Apr 14

DemonDiva says...

If the perpetrators received ANY sentence, it would be quite something! As it is, they get a slapped wrist, a paltry fine, and told to attend a course! There is no justice in the town whatsoever, as is evidenced by the In The Dock section daily - and these are just the so-called petty crimes.
If the perpetrators received ANY sentence, it would be quite something! As it is, they get a slapped wrist, a paltry fine, and told to attend a course! There is no justice in the town whatsoever, as is evidenced by the In The Dock section daily - and these are just the so-called petty crimes. DemonDiva
  • Score: 5

1:43pm Mon 28 Apr 14

nickynoodah says...

Which one is Mike
looks like the one at the front wearing the blue hood.
Which one is Mike looks like the one at the front wearing the blue hood. nickynoodah
  • Score: -6

7:01pm Mon 28 Apr 14

60plus says...

It's very upsetting when someone invades your home it happened to me years ago I had to move house,if I had got my hands on the scumbag it wouldn't have been a prison sentence they got but a hospital bed for a long time.
It's very upsetting when someone invades your home it happened to me years ago I had to move house,if I had got my hands on the scumbag it wouldn't have been a prison sentence they got but a hospital bed for a long time. 60plus
  • Score: 0

12:20am Tue 29 Apr 14

yet_another_one says...

Benefit changes has changed the way these low life, scum bags are funding their drug habit.
Need I say more ?
Benefit changes has changed the way these low life, scum bags are funding their drug habit. Need I say more ? yet_another_one
  • Score: -2

7:43am Tue 29 Apr 14

davecook says...

yet_another_one wrote:
Benefit changes has changed the way these low life, scum bags are funding their drug habit.
Need I say more ?
So you are saying that benefits paid out of my taxes should be increased to cover drug users habits. No chance that you would think like me and just kill off the drug mules at the point of entry, take the drugs, and give them out free at police stations to the dwindling number of addicts due to nobody pushing them all the time. As soon as the money supply chain ends, the trade would die off. End of problem.
[quote][p][bold]yet_another_one[/bold] wrote: Benefit changes has changed the way these low life, scum bags are funding their drug habit. Need I say more ?[/p][/quote]So you are saying that benefits paid out of my taxes should be increased to cover drug users habits. No chance that you would think like me and just kill off the drug mules at the point of entry, take the drugs, and give them out free at police stations to the dwindling number of addicts due to nobody pushing them all the time. As soon as the money supply chain ends, the trade would die off. End of problem. davecook
  • Score: 0

11:21am Tue 29 Apr 14

yet_another_one says...

davecook wrote:
yet_another_one wrote:
Benefit changes has changed the way these low life, scum bags are funding their drug habit.
Need I say more ?
So you are saying that benefits paid out of my taxes should be increased to cover drug users habits. No chance that you would think like me and just kill off the drug mules at the point of entry, take the drugs, and give them out free at police stations to the dwindling number of addicts due to nobody pushing them all the time. As soon as the money supply chain ends, the trade would die off. End of problem.
No, davecook, not at all.
Please read my comment more carefully.
[quote][p][bold]davecook[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]yet_another_one[/bold] wrote: Benefit changes has changed the way these low life, scum bags are funding their drug habit. Need I say more ?[/p][/quote]So you are saying that benefits paid out of my taxes should be increased to cover drug users habits. No chance that you would think like me and just kill off the drug mules at the point of entry, take the drugs, and give them out free at police stations to the dwindling number of addicts due to nobody pushing them all the time. As soon as the money supply chain ends, the trade would die off. End of problem.[/p][/quote]No, davecook, not at all. Please read my comment more carefully. yet_another_one
  • Score: 1

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