August Column: On the Beat

August 06 2013
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The recent good weather has meant many people have been leaving their windows and in some cases front and back doors open.

May Column: On the Beat

with PCSO David Said PCSO David Said

Hello readers, the recent good weather has meant many people have been leaving their windows and in some cases front and back doors open.

I don’t want to suggest anything that will overheat anybody but please be aware that many of our most recent burglaries have involved no forced entry. A burglar wants to gain entry with as little effort as possible. I recently attended a burglary where the householder had left all her front ground floor windows open and gone out. She said she only popped out for ten minutes, but most burglars are in and out in just a few.

I should mention a recent success with have had. A gentleman had decided to leave his old “bus” close to Gloucester Road. We were receiving constant calls regarding this vehicle – some were saying it was a fire risk; others stating it was simply an eyesore. If a vehicle has tax and a registered keeper it is difficult for the police to simply get it removed. However, the owner of this vehicle was told about all the complaints and asked what his plans were for the bus. After some gentle persuasion the bus has now been moved off the beat.

We have also had some vans and small flatbed lorries going round the beat “collecting” people’s unwanted scrap from their front and rear gardens. This has included garden furniture and other items that were certainly not scrap. Please report any incidents or suspicious vehicles that you see that may be
involved in this type of activity.

Our new police station is nearly ready, and we will be moving from Bridewell in the city centre to a new office just off Whiteladies Road, in Kings Parade Mews, next to the NatWest bank this month. The coverage of the beat will remain the same.

The date has changed for our next Bishopston neighbourhood forum; the new date is Wednesday, September 11, 7-9pm at Ashley Down Primary School, Lower Hall, Downend Road Entrance, BS7 9PD. The forums are where local policing priorities are set.