March 2017: On The Beat

February 24 2017

We’re asking communities to be on their guard and to look out for vulnerable or elderly neighbours, after a number of reports of door-to-door sales people calling on residents in north Bristol.

We’re asking communities to be on their guard and to look out for vulnerable or elderly neighbours, after a number of reports of door-to-door sales people calling on residents in north Bristol.

The cold callers are reported to be selling cleaning equipment and other cheap goods, but they don’t have the required Pedlar’s Licence. Some reports state they have been aggressive, pushy and rude with residents, resulting in people feeling threatened in their own homes. 

Last month, a resident in Clifton called us to report a man going door to door in her area. He said he was an ex-convict trying to change his ways and seemed overly interested in the inside of the house.

Because of this resident’s quick thinking in calling us, we were able to get there, seize his bags of cheap goods and report him for summons for not having the necessary licence. 

Please take time to say hello to your neighbours who may be isolated or lonely and to advise them that it they’re not sure who is calling at their house, then don’t open the door.

Last month saw us visiting schools and talking to children about how to stay safe on the internet. PCSOs David Said and Joe Read gave talks at Ashley Down Junior School and St Bonaventures Primary School. Feedback from the teachers was very positive and they plan to carry out a session aimed at parents in the near future. 

You may have seen my officers holding mobile beat surgeries in coffee shops, cafes and pubs along Gloucester Road recently. We’ve been advising people on how to keep their handbags, phones and other personal belongings safe whilst they’re out and about. If you put your phone down on a table, or hang your bag on the back of a chair, you could be making things very easy for a thief, so keep them on you or out of sight.

Our next, and probably last, Forum meeting in its current format is on 16 March from 7pm to 9pm in the Claremont Room at Redland Green School. The main topic of conversation will be what to do following the withdrawal of support for the Neighborhood Partnerships and ideas for building on the successful work and networking that was achieved. Please put this date in your diary and be prepared to come and discuss what projects the community would like to continue to bring forward, and ideas for how this might be achieved.

The UN International Day for the elimination of racial discrimination takes place on 21 March and will launch the next stage of our hate crime awareness campaign. More than half of victims and half of offenders are within two km of their homes when a hate crime takes place. So this year we are calling on all communities to work together to celebrate diversity and look out for their community. There are some fantastic initiatives already happening in communities across the area, so please do get involved.  Please find us on social media and help us share your story at #hello 

Don’t forget, you can follow what the team gets up to on Twitter @ASPBristolNorth or you can contact us on the Avon and Somerset Police website www.avonandsomerset.police.uk if you have a local issue you would like to raise with us.

 Until next time,

 Sergeant Adam Dolling