Police Matters

Published on: 02 May 2013

Launch of anti-social behaviour plan

The new Police and Crime Commissioner, Sue Mountstevens, visited Downend in March to launch the anti-social behaviour part of her Police and Crime Plan.

She saw some of the work we’re doing with South Gloucestershire Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour Team and Merlin Housing Society to tackle problems affecting residents and businesses in Dibden Road.

It includes regular police patrols, installing CCTV to monitor the area, knocking down a wall and gating the stairs leading to the flats above the shops to deter young people who were hanging around causing nuisance.

 Since the beginning of the year similar problems have begun at Emersons Retail Park. We’ve teamed up with the council and retailers to set up a Business Watch scheme and improve CCTV in the area.

We’ve also been joined by the Volunteer Police Cadets in patrols to identify those involved in nuisance behaviour.

We’ve made a number of arrests of young people for damage and causing harassment, alarm or distress.

We and the council’s ASB team are now working to get those young people to sign Acceptable Behaviour Contracts. Often this is enough to improve their behaviour, but if not it can be used as evidence for further action.

We do understand that nuisance and anti-social behaviour can really make life difficult. If you are affected, please get in touch with the neighbourhood team on 101 or call the council ASB team on 01454 868582.

In April we teamed up with council trading standards officers to highlight the problem of doorstep crime. That’s ‘rogue trading’ and ‘distraction burglary’.

Rogue traders are people who pressure householders into having unnecessary work done, overcharge or do shoddy or incomplete work.

Distraction burglary is when a caller talks their way into your home to steal, or keeps you talking while an accomplice gets in through an open back door or window.

 During a week of action we stopped vans to make sure genuine traders were aware of their responsibilities, such as giving a seven-day cooling off period before starting work, and visited vulnerable local people to give them security advice.

 I’d also like to let you know about a change to the police team for Staple Hill. After four years on the team PC Simon Broad has chosen to return to emergency patrols. He has been replaced by PC Sue Baron. She has previously worked as a beat manager in Staple Hill, so knows the area.

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