Keep your property secured, warn police

April 10 2015

POLICE are urging residents in Ashley Down and Bishopston to ensure their homes, sheds and garages are secure following a recent spate of burglaries.

POLICE are urging residents in Ashley Down and Bishopston to ensure their homes, sheds and garages are secure following a recent spate of burglaries.

Twelve break-ins have been recorded within the area over the past fortnight.

All but one of the offences have happened overnight - but police are advising residents to ensure doors and windows are secure at all times, including those on sheds and garages.

Small electrical items have been stolen from all of the houses, including laptops and mobile phones, while bikes have been targetted in shed and garage break-ins.

Police are also encouraging residents to register their valuables online in order to increase chances of reuniting stolen goods with their owners.

Tracking software should also be installed on laptops and mobile phones. 

Neighbourhood manager inspector Mark Runacres said: “We don’t want people to feel alarmed by the warning, but it is important everyone is aware of the need to secure their homes, sheds and garages.

“Most of these offences have happened overnight, but the advice is just as relevant in the daytime, particularly during the current warm weather.

“Keep valuables out of sight from windows, close doors and windows when you’re in another room or in the garden, and make sure your bike is not only in a locked shed or garage, but has good quality, Sold Secure-rated locks.”

To register valuables visit: www.immobilse.com and www.bikeregister.com. To install laptops and mobile phones with tracking software, visit: www.avonandsomerset.police.uk