February 2017: On The Beat

January 30 2017

As the winter goes on, please do keep an eye out for elderly neighbours who may be feeling particularly lonely and isolated at this time of year. I mentioned last month how sometimes all it takes is a simple ‘hello’ to make them feel more safe, less isolated and part of the community.

Beware 'fishing' thieves

As the winter goes on, please do keep an eye out for elderly neighbours who may be feeling particularly lonely and isolated at this time of year. I mentioned last month how sometimes all it takes is a simple ‘hello’ to make them feel more safe, less isolated and part of the community.

Elderly people can be more vulnerable to particular types of crimes such as rogue trading, as they are seen as easy targets. However, anybody can fall victim to such crimes. If you don’t know who is calling at your home and you didn't invite them there, remember - it's your doorstep and your decision, so be confident, and turn them away. 

Please be aware that we’ve had a number of burglaries recently in Westbury-on-Trym, close to the border with Redland, where offenders have ‘fished’ through cat flaps to reach handbags or reached through to unlock doors with keys.  Please take steps to prevent being targeted in such a way. 

We’ve been working with the Streetwise team, a dedicated police officer and council representative, who specialise in reducing the anti-social behaviour caused by begging and street drinking.  Recently, we ran a small operation which included Gloucester Road to deal with persistent beggars and, crucially, signpost vulnerable people to the support services that can help. 

A speed survey will shortly be taking place on Springfield Avenue with a view to setting up a new Community Speedwatch.  This is in response to several complaints about drivers’ speed and potential volunteers coming forward.  If you’d like to get involved, do get in touch.

 February 2 is Time to Talk Day and aims to bring the nation together and talking, to break the silence around mental health problems. Just talking sounds easy, but the stigma surrounding mental health problems can be one of the worst parts of the illness for the one in four of us that are affected.

 We want to understand and support in the most appropriate way. Last year, we joined forces with other emergency services to create a Mental Health Triage Team, ensuring that those with mental health problems get the care they need and ultimately don’t end up in a police cell.

 Throughout February, we’ll be encouraging people to open and up and talk about mental health issues and supporting wherever we can to break down the barriers , which can prevent people seeking the help they need.  Remember, the road to recovery can start with a simple ‘hello’.

 For more crime prevention advice, visit our new website www.aspolicestaysafe.co.uk

 

 Until next time,

 Sergeant Adam Dolling