May 2017: On The Beat

April 28 2017

It’s been great to see the sun shining over recent weeks and it certainly makes for more enjoyable foot patrols!

It’s been great to see the sun shining over recent weeks and it certainly makes for more enjoyable foot patrols!

 New beat manager PC David Rockell has been leading some work to reduce the ongoing vehicle crime problem.  As a result, one man was arrested and subsequently charged to court for theft from a motor vehicle on Queen’s Road.  Another man has also recently been charged.  The same advice applies, though: please ensure you leave your vehicle secure and remove all property from view.  Also, if you see someone acting suspiciously, report it – don’t rely on someone else to pick up the phone.  If you believe a crime is in progress, call 999.  Or, if you have information that might help, report it online or on the non-emergency number, 101.

 A number of people have raised concerns about drug use in the Dirac Road and Ashley Down Green areas.  In response, we’ve carried out both high visibility patrols to deter and reassure, as well as undercover operations to challenge suspects.  We are also working with the nearby college to ensure students are aware of both the health risks and potential consequences of being caught in possession of drugs.

 Sheds are still being targeted in the area, particularly for bikes.  Please ensure you review just how secure any outbuildings are and consider the value of what you’re storing in them.  Think about purchasing a shed alarm, which are relatively inexpensive, and ensure bikes are hidden, well-secured and registered on www.bikeregister.com

 Over recent months, we’ve had reports of cold callers selling over-priced products, rogue traders taking money for half-completed jobs and distraction burglars conning their way into homes. In May, Rogue Trader Week will highlight the impact this has on their victims and what you can do to prevent it. 

Follow these top tips to keep you and your neighbours safe from rogue traders:

• Who are they? Check they have ID and give their company a call to confirm.

• No details, no deal. If they don’t have any company details or offer to work for cash then remember it’s ok to say no

• Don’t speak to them alone. Genuine callers won’t mind coming back on another day when you’re not alone.

• Keep your house safe. If you have a safety chain fitted, always attach the chain before opening the door to strangers.

• Say hello to your neighbour, have a chat with them about the tradesmen they use or even offer to be with them when a tradesman next calls. 

Our message to the community is that it’s ok to say no! 

As you will know, Southmead Police Station has now closed and the neighbourhood police team are temporarily based at The Bridewell in the city centre. We are working on finding them a permanent home in Southmead and will update on this as soon as we can. In the meantime, the front office continues to operate Monday to Friday from 10am - 6pm from the mobile police station, temporarily housed on the forecourt of the fire station opposite Southmead Station.

Don’t forget you can follow what the team is up to on Twitter on @ASPBristolNorth

 

Until next time

Sergeant Adam Dolling