January 2017 : On The Beat
Happy New Year! As we welcome in 2017, please spare a thought for elderly neighbours who may be feeling particularly lonely and isolated during January, as the winter stretches ahead.
Happy New Year! As we welcome in 2017, please spare a thought for elderly neighbours who may be feeling particularly lonely and isolated during January, as the winter stretches ahead. We know that social isolation increases vulnerability to crime – rogue traders and doorstep criminals in particular prey on elderly people who they see as easy targets.
Sometimes, all it takes is a simple ‘hello’ to an elderly neighbour, to make them feel safe, less isolated and part of the community. Keep an eye out for them and please report suspicious activity to us, in particular unfamiliar people knocking on doors offering to carry our work, or claiming to be from utility companies. Genuine callers won’t mind making an appointment to come back when other people can be present.
If you are worried about cold callers in your area, please contact us via the ‘contact us’ section of our website (www.avonandsomerset.police.uk) or by calling 101. If you think a crime is in progress then always call 999.
It was great to see so many people turn out for the recent ‘super’ neighbourhood forum covering Bishopston, Redland and Cotham. We listened to your concerns about speeding on Bishop Road, especially during school drop off and pick up times. We are now looking into the possibility of establishing a Community Speed Watch in this area to help residents take control of the problem. If you are interested in being involved, please contact PCSO David Said via the ‘contact us’ pages of the force website.
We also heard your concerns about people riding bikes on the pavements and/or without lights, especially around the junction of Gloucester Road and Nevil Road. Where shifts allow, we will monitor this junction, and will be talking to cyclists to educate them about what is legal and where necessary, carrying out enforcement.
We recently paid a visit to the Turkish Community Centre on Gloucester Road so that members of the community know who we are and where to turn to if they have any concerns. We are always looking to build links with different community groups, so if you would like to discuss any concerns, please get in touch via the website, or by calling 101.
We’re keeping a close eye on the roads surrounding HMP Bristol due to the ongoing issue of packages being thrown over the walls or brought into the prison, often containing drugs or other contraband items. We also continue to receive reports of drones flying overhead in the area. Please help us by keeping your eyes and ears open for anything suspicious - that goes for users of the nearby allotments, as well as local residents - and report your suspicions to us. Always call 999 if you think a crime is in progress.
Did you know you can follow the team on Twitter @ASPBristolNorth?
Wishing you a safe 2017.
Sergeant Adam Dolling