Your support really helps

Published on: 02 Oct 2017

We’d like to thank everyone who came to our recent meetings in Downend to hear what we and South Gloucestershire Council are doing to deal with anti-social behaviour in the area.

Having community support is really important too. We’re very grateful to those people who have been reporting incidents and those who have volunteered to help us deliver leaflets when needed.

The darker nights as we head into autumn can make it easier for would-be thieves to spot when no one is at home, so now is a good time to think about your home security. I’d recommend using timer switches set to turn lights on at dusk, as well as fitting motion-sensing security lights.

Also think about all the things you keep in your shed and garage. Bicycles and power tools are valuables often stolen from outbuildings. Even ladders or hand tools could be used by a thief, so it’s important to make sure your shed, garage and gates are sturdy and secured with good quality locks. 

We have recently arrested two teenage boys in connection with a bicycle theft in the area. They’ve both been released under investigation. Make sure your bike is identifiable by keeping a record of the serial number and permanently marking it with your postcode - and always use a good quality lock. 

Other top home security tips include: 


Join Neighbourhood Watch – it’s one of the most effective things you can do to prevent burglary


Lock up and set the alarm, if you have one, at night as well as when you go out 


Hide your keys and handbag or wallet safely out of sight. Never leave your keys in the back of the door or in view of a letterbox or window

If you hear a suspicious noise please do check if you feel safe to do so. If you see someone behaving suspiciously call 999 immediately, otherwise ring 101 at any time.

You can find security advice, information about Neighbourhood Watch and more on our website www.avonandsomerset.police.uk.

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