On The Beat: June 2017
Published on: 30 May 2017
I’m delighted to tell you that my colleague PC James Rochford has been named Avon and Somerset’s Neighbourhood Officer of the Year.
He was presented with the award last month after being nominated by a member of the community who described him as “my rock”.
We’re really proud of him. We’ve been working to tackle problems with nuisance motorcycles on Siston Common.
We do have powers to seize vehicles which are being used in an anti-social way and recently one of our PCSOs was able to do just that thanks to a prompt call from a member of the public.
The owner will now have to pay more than £100 to get the motorbike back. We hope this will serve as a warning to others, but if there are further problems please call straight away on 101. As we’re heading into summer a quick reminder about keeping your home secure. An open window or door can let in more than a breeze. It only takes a burglar a moment to walk away with your phone, handbag or wallet while you’re in the garden or another room. Always secure windows and doors if you’re not in the same room, and lock up and set the alarm at night as well as when you go out.
There’s more home security advice on our website, www.avonandsomerset.police.uk, where you’ll also find information about joining or setting up a Neighbourhood Watch.
Remember, if you see someone acting suspiciously around a neighbour’s property, call the police straight away. If they’re obviously breaking in, ring 999. Otherwise, call the non-emergency number 101: our operators are on hand 24/7.
Finally, we’ve relaunched our Safe Places service, with a new 24/7 number to help people with communication difficulties stay safe when they are out and about.
Once registered, an individual can call the Safe Places number if they find themselves in a crisis situation, such as if they are lost, feel scared or upset and don’t know what to do, or if they have been a victim of crime.
Register at www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/safeplaces or by fill in a form at a police enquiry office.