Use the technology to safeguard your valuable items

Published on: 02 Jul 2013

dominic graham

If you use the Bristol to Bath cycle path you may have seen my team chatting to cyclists during National Bike Week (June 15-23).

They were giving riders advice on how to secure their bikes at home and while out and about, because bicycles are one of the things we see stolen most often.

We also handed out more than 100 ‘bike passports’. They’re a handy way to record a description of your bike, including a photo and the frame number – so that we can easily prove a bike is yours should we seize it from a suspect.

 A bike was among the things stolen by thieves who broke into a house in Emersons Green during Bike Week.

The householder believed he disturbed the thieves when he came downstairs at about 7am. He realised a smart phone was missing and used a tracking app to trace it.

With the information he gave us we were able to arrest two men nearby within the hour. We also seized suspected stolen items.

A 28-year-old man and a 23-year-old man appeared in court the next day charged with the burglary in which a bike, purse, electrical goods and cash were taken.

 Thankfully we don’t see many burglaries in South Gloucestershire, but even one is one too many. There’s a lot you can do to secure your home. It really is worth installing tracking apps on your smart phones and tablet computers – and I’d also recommend registering things like bikes, phones and Mp3 players on www.immobilise.co.uk. It’s free and secure.

 National Neighbourhood Watch Week was also in June. Joining your local watch is a really effective way of keeping crime down in your area, with members four times less likely to be burgled.

 Visit our website, www.avonandsomerset.police.uk for information on Neighbourhood Watch and more advice on protecting your property.

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