December On The Beat: Trust your instincts - it really helps

November 24 2016

I CAN'T quite believe that Christmas has snuck up on us again; it seems to come around so fast. Rest assured that however you spend the festive period, officers will be working hard in the community to keep you safe.

I CAN'T quite believe that Christmas has snuck up on us again; it seems to come around so fast. Rest assured that however you spend the festive period, officers will be working hard in the community to keep you safe. 

I know that many local people are concerned about children being sold alcohol. My beat officers are working in partnership with other departments and agencies to address this issue. Shops found to be breaking the law can face a fine of up to £5,000 and over the coming months we will be carrying out a number of test purchasing operations to make sure local shops aren’t breaking the law. 

We’re always interested to hear what’s important to you, so we can address local concerns. We attend the local Neighbourhood Partnership Forum and it is a good place for the community to raise any police issues.

Thank you to the person whose 999 call last month led to two burglars being caught in the act in Redland. The beady eyed neighbour called 999 after spotting two men acting suspiciously. Local officers out in the area heard the call come in on their radios and were at the victim’s home on Cranbrook Road within minutes, where they arrested one man who appeared to be acting ‘like a lookout’. Other officers in the area later arrested another man who was found several houses away.  

This just goes to show what a difference it makes when people keep an eye out for each other and report anything that seems amiss to us, quickly. You know what feels normal for your area, so trust your instincts. We’d rather receive a call in good faith to check something out than miss the opportunity to protect a victim or their property.

Finally, it’s a dark side of Christmas that every police officer will recognise - an increase in domestic abuse incidents.  Throughout December we are highlighting this often hidden crime, and challenging the perception that a ‘typical’ domestic abuse victim is a woman in an unhappy relationship. Men can suffer abuse too, as well as elderly people and members of the LGBT+ community, who are underrepresented in reporting.

We are calling on family members and friends who are concerned about someone in their life to look, listen, ask and ask again.

For further information and support, visit www.thisisnotanexcuse.org.uk . To report abuse, contact us on 999 if it’s an emergency, or via the ‘contact us’ pages of our website www.avonandsomerset.police.uk or by calling the non-emergency number 101.

Have a great Christmas! See you in the New Year.

 

Sergeant Adam Dolling