Take security seriously

October 31 2013

DI Dominic Graham reports we had a number of burglaries in the Downend and neighbouring Fishponds area during September and October.


We had a number of burglaries in the Downend and neighbouring Fishponds area during September and October.

I’m pleased to be able to tell you that after some dedicated policing work we were able to arrest and charge a man with three burglaries. He has appeared in court and been remanded in custody.

South Gloucestershire is a low crime area, but it’s still important for people to take their security seriously.

Many of the thefts we investigate are carried out by opportunist thieves who get into homes through open windows or doors. Especially now that we’re seeing the darker evenings, it’s a good idea to follow a few simple tips to deter burglars:

• Join or set up Neighbourhood Watch

• Always lock up and setting the alarm at dusk as well as when you go out

• Keep your keys safely hidden away – never in the back of the door

• Use a timer switch to turn lights and a radio on if you’re not home before it gets dark

• Mark your property with your postcode and register it at www.immobilise.com

You can find much more advice on our website, www.avonandsomerset.police.uk

We’ve also had some burglaries where the thieves are searching for gold jewellery. Of course jewellery and watches often have great sentimental value above and beyond their cash value. If you have valuables please lock them away in a safe. Choose one which is accredited ‘Sold Secure’.

It’s also a good idea to take a photograph of your jewellery and keep the pictures and a description somewhere safe, just in case.

Finally I’d like you all to know that Staple Hill Neighbourhood PCSO Dan Cowley was named as the North East Policing Area’s PCSO of the Year in the Avon and Somerset Community Policing Awards in October.

Volunteer Police Cadet Jemima Suffolk, who gives up her own time to work with the neighbourhood teams based at Staple Hill Police Station, was also recognised at the event. She was one of the overall forcewide winners.