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Fears allayed over “daily surge” in domestic burglaries in Marlborough

Police have revealed that the Marlborough is not suffering from an outbreak of domestic burglary and remains one of the safest towns in the country.

A claim that the introduction of a CCTV system was urgently needed because “we are being burgled on a daily basis in the town” came from Councillor Noel Barrett-Morton at Monday’s Marlborough town council meeting.

His appeal for action came during a debate calling for £10,000 to be added to next year’s budget and followed his plea during his successful by-election campaign last October that a CCTV system was vital.

And it received full backing from his Conservative colleagues on Monday when their plea for immediate funding was rejected.

However, Police Sergeant Vince Logue told Marlborough News Online that there had been only one domestic burglary in recent weeks, although rural farms and gardens had suffered from a series of thefts in the months leading up to Christmas when tools, machinery and quad bikes had been stolen. 

“There has been no surge in burglaries of domestic properties,” he said. “Crime in Marlborough is at a very low level.  The town has been described by the Chief Constable as one of the safest in Britain.”  Ironically, since last Monday's council meeting and the initial publication of this story there have been two separate domestic burglaries reported in the Barton Park area.

“The trouble is that when we do get a domestic burglary people do become agitated.  That is very understandable but it is not a cause for alarm.  There is no serious outbreak of crime.”

Councillor Barrett-Morton told Marlborough News Online: “The purpose of my comments was to persuade council to include a sum of money in next year's precept in order that we can consider introducing a suitable CCTV system in Marlborough in the forthcoming year.”

“The majority of Councillors are in favour of getting a system in place quickly.  At the regular Crime and Disorder item on council agendas, police officers attending have on occasion given details of crimes committed in the High Street and their belief that the presence of CCTV cameras would assist in either discouraging criminals from carrying out the crime in the first place, or assist in apprehending those responsible.”

“Of course details of such crimes would have to be obtained through normal police channels.  At the meeting, it was stated that the sub committee of Councillors Hannaford-Dobson, Dow and Dobson would continue to investigate details of possible schemes to enable full council at a later date to consider a financial contribution to a CCTV scheme in Marlborough.”

“I look forward to contributing to their research which will, hopefully, culminate in the installation of a suitable system.”

Marlborough police officers are to attend a special meeting of Marlborough Chamber of Commerce’s executive to discuss the installation of a CCTV system, to which a funding contribution could be voted from the town council’s reserves.

But the council still awaits a detailed report from its sub-committee investigating a CCTV installation, possibly controlled from the town hall itself.

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