Steep rise in burglaries prompts calls for vigilance - and action

October 27 2017

RESIDENTS are being urged to contact their MPs if they are concerned about a steep rise in burglaries in Downend, Bromley Heath, Mangotsfield, Staple Hill and Kingswood.

RESIDENTS are being urged to contact their MPs if they are concerned about a steep rise in burglaries in Downend, Bromley Heath, Mangotsfield, Staple Hill and Kingswood.

The call comes from Rodway Labour Councillor Michael Bell, who says few of the raiders are being caught because of reduced police numbers because of funding cuts.

“Living in a secure, safe neighbourhood is the very essence of a civilised society and we are being badly let down by this Tory Government and their continual austerity cuts. In our own areas can I therefore encourage all of our readers to contact their MP be it Chris Skidmore, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Luke Hall or Jack Lopresti to say enough is enough, and something has to change,” he told Downend Voice.

Mr Bell said that the editor of Mangotsfield Matters Facebook page said he received daily reports of domestic break-ins. There have also been robberies at the post office and Tesco Express.

The raids on homes frequently result in bicycles being taken and some have seen cars stolen while their owners slept.

Police have also issued a warning about these so-called ‘creeper’ burglaries, where homes are entered and keys stolen.

Five took place overnight from Wednesday to Thursday October 4-5 in Staple Hill, Kingswood and Oldland Common.

Neighbourhood Sergeant Darren Warr said: "Always turn the key when you lock up at night and set the alarm if you have one, and never leave your keys in the back of the door, or in view from a window or letterbox. Put them safely out of sight.

"We’ve carried out house-to-house enquiries with neighbours in each area but are keen to hear from anyone with information which could help. Officers have visited the householders to offer crime prevention advice and Crime Scene Investigators have examined the premises."

If you can help, get in touch with police online, www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/contact, or by calling 101, quoting the reference number. 

In Bromley Heath, Neighbourhood Watch chairman Bill Crocker has urged residents to follow the police advice and not make life easy for thieves.

"If a crime is in progress ring 999. If possible don't shout out or turn lights on to let perpetrators know they've been spotted - difficult we know if they are causing damage to gain entry perhaps, but if they are just sussing things please try. 

"Using your landline so the mobile phone light doesn't give you away will, in the vast majority of casesbring a rapid response," he said.

Email contactus@bhnw.org.uk if you'd like to attend the next meeting on November 23.