On The Beat September: We're taking action on nuisance beggars

August 26 2016

The good weather is finally here and while you’re probably out enjoying picnics and playing on Horfield common or in St Andrew’s Park we would like to remind you to secure your home if you are out and about or away on holiday.

The good weather is finally here and while you’re probably out enjoying picnics and playing on Horfield common or in St Andrew’s Park we would like to remind you to secure your home if you are out and about or away on holiday.

Unfortunately the warmer weather can see an increase in the number of burglaries reported to us.  More than a third of burglaries in the force area are opportunistic with a thief gaining access through an open window or unlocked door when the householder is out, in the garden or in another part of the home. 

Remember to always shut and lock your doors and windows when you are away from the house, including in the garden.  Don’t leave valuables on display near windows or doors – especially those with cat flaps - and don’t leave keys visible through the front door, as thieves could try to hook them out through the letter box. It’s also worth registering all your valuables on www.Immobilise.com  to make them easier to trace and return to you if they are stolen.

After several complaints we’ve been doing some work in the area to tackle aggressive and nuisance beggars. One man, was caught operating in the Clifton area, which was a breach against an injunction already in place to stop such behaviour. The neighbourhood team are now seeking an arrest warrant for that man. Please continue to report this nuisance and anti-social behaviour.

Finally, don’t forget that we’ll be coming along to the Bishopston, Redland and Cotham Community Fair at Saint Michael’s church on 17 September, so please come and say hello.

 Until next time, 

Sergeant Adam Dolling