September Column: On the Beat

August 30 2013
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The last couple of weeks have been extra busy for the neighbourhood police team.

with PCSO David Said PCSO David Said

The last couple of weeks have been extra busy for the neighbourhood police team with lots of annual leave, meaning fewer officers having to be spread across adjacent beats.

First I must mention the fatal incident in Egerton Road, which resulted in a murder charge. It occurred at a house providing support for those with mental health issues. The beat team have been in the area providing reassurance to local residents. A number of local people believed the house was a bail hostel or “half-way” house, this is not the case.

Burglaries are currently down by 14.5 per cent against last year. We continue to work with residents to ensure their properties are less vulnerable and are actively supporting Neighbourhood Watches in the area. If any readers are aware of a vulnerable person who needs their home security reviewed, then call a member of the Bishopston beat team on 101. We can visit them and check if they qualify for the safer homes scheme.

We have also been looking at road safety in the area. I recently carried out a speed watch with Bishopston councillor Daniella Radice on Ashley Down Road. A total of 124 cars were checked with five drivers getting warning letters about their speed. The fastest driver was clocked at 38mph. Weather conditions and the amount of traffic were factors. The plan is to carry out more speed watches this month especially during
school pick-up and drop-off times.

A new term at the City of Bristol college on Ashley Down Road is due to start and the beat team will be joining college staff at a “road show”-type event early this month aimed at keeping students safe, and encouraging responsible behaviour while they are in the area. Local residents often report more incidents at the start of term after a quiet summer break.

On behalf of the Bishopston policing team we hope you have a safe and crime-free September.