October 2017: On The Beat

September 29 2017

It’s been a busy few weeks for the local police team, especially with the schools going back. We’re likely to get even busier over the next few weeks as we welcome new and returning students to the area.

Allow more time to do the school run safely

It’s been a busy few weeks for the local police team, especially with the schools going back. We’re likely to get even busier over the next few weeks as we welcome new and returning students to the area.

The beat team are planning to meet up with council parking services officers to patrol the streets around local primary schools at drop off and pick up times over the next few weeks. The new term and the autumnal weather can mean more people drive to school, rather than walk. We receive more reports about parking around schools than almost any other issue.

I’d like to remind anyone dropping children off or collecting them to: 

• Never park on the yellow zigzags 

• Slow down 

• Respect the crossing attendant, if there is one 

• Park with consideration for residents. 

We’d prefer it if everyone just allowed a little more time for the school run and parked with more care! 

 There have been a number of thefts from sheds in our area recently. Bikes and power tools seem to be the most popular picking with burglars. I urge readers to secure their bikes within sheds, ideally anchored to the ground and to lock them as you would if you were locking your bike in the street or a public place. You may also wish to consider installing a shed alarm as a deterrent.

Please also keep a record of your bike frame number. We recover a lot of stolen bikes but often only have scant details provided by the victim which makes it tricky for us to return stolen bikes to their rightful owners. Registering your bike on Bike Register is the best way to keep a full log of your bike and its details.

Streets leading off the Ashley Down Road area have recently seen cars and vans targeted by thieves. Some drivers have left their vehicles unlocked with property on show. Kennington and Ashgrove Avenue have also seen a number of cars break-ins.

Please can readers ensure their vehicles are as secure as possible and to take all property with them when they go.

The neighbourhood police team are currently looking for some venues to hold their beat surgeries in. These are a great way for the public to meet their local team.

Once we’ve found a suitable venue we will publish some dates, so watch this space if you would like to come and talk with us.

 

Stay safe!

PC Adam Dolling