April 2018: On The Beat
Beware doorstep tricksters
WE'VE had calls in February and March about a man claiming to have cleared guttering – unasked – at homes in Hanham and Kingswood and demanding payment.
Twice householders were persuaded to hand over cash, but thankfully most people turned him away.
We’ve carried out house to house enquiries in the areas affected, handed out ‘No Cold Calling’ stickers and arranged for the Bobby Van to visit. South Gloucestershire Trading Standards officers are now investigating.
Remember: it’s your doorstep, your decision. Always use the door chain and if you’re in any doubt about a caller keep them out. If you feel threatened or intimidated call 999 straight away. Otherwise report it on 101.
• We get more calls about anti-social behaviour (ASB) as the weather improves. The term covers a wide range of issues, including noisy neighbours, inconsiderate vehicle use, littering, damage and rowdy or drunken behaviour.
Because of this we, South Gloucestershire Council and housing providers all have powers to deal with different aspects of it, and work closely so we can all enjoy our community spaces and feel safe in our homes.
We need evidence to take action, so please report issues as they happen, with as much information as you can. It helps us build a picture of what’s happening, where and when, enabling us to target our response and bid for resources.
Find more information on reporting ASB from www.avonandsomerset.police.uk or www.southglos.gov.uk
Young people often get blamed for ASB. We’ll tackle those who cause issues, but remember most just want to meet their friends. Parents and carers can help to keep their children safe and out of trouble by making sure they know where they are and who they’re with.
From PC Lee Humphreys