Watch out for fireworks- and drones!

September 30 2016

With the leaves turning and the nights drawing in, it feels like autumn has suddenly arrived and we find ourselves looking ahead to halloween and bonfire night.

With the leaves turning and the nights drawing in, it feels like autumn has suddenly arrived and we find ourselves looking ahead to halloween and bonfire night. 

Each year, we run special operations to help ensure these occasions are fun and family-friendly instead of an excuse for anti-social behaviour, intimidation and reckless behaviour – especially where fireworks are concerned.  This year is no exception and you can expect to see additional patrols, especially in previous hotspots, to help prevent any problems.  As ever, we’d urge people to keep an eye on any elderly or vulnerable relatives and neighbours who may feel uneasy.  Please consider printing off a poster on their behalf that states ‘no trick or treaters’ – available from our website.

Local residents, along with parents of children at Ashley Down Primary  School, will be joining me for regular community speedwatch sessions during autumn and winter. We will monitor drivers’ speeds to try and improve road safety, which is especially important at this time of the year, as the mornings become darker for the school run.

Car crime continues to be an issue in Bishopston and I'm pleased to report that last month a man was sentenced to 18 weeks in prison for theft from motor vehicle offences. The man was stopped on Elton Road and found to be in possession of a sat nav, camera, binoculars and an unopened parcel which wasn’t in his name, as well as gloves and a torch.  When we turned on the sat nav we discovered a home location stored on the device, which led us to the victim, who had indeed had his car broken into.

Please don’t make it easy for car thieves – always remove items such as sat navs, laptops, wallets, phones and bags from your vehicle. If you want to be extra cautious, you can push the back seats down to show an empty boot. It sounds obvious, but always lock your vehicle too – it’s surprising how many cars are left unlocked, or with windows open, making a car thief’s work very simple.

Finally, there have been a number of incidents of drones being flown near to HMP Bristol. These are often used for criminal purposes, to bring drugs or mobile phones in and out of the prison. In one incident, a large drone with a package attached was found in Cornwall Road, having lost control and crashed. There is an on-going investigation into this, and I would ask all residents to be vigilant and to report any suspicious activity, that you can see or hear, on 101 or via our online reporting form.

 

  

Sergeant Adam Dolling