How to make life difficult for thieves

June 30 2017

IT'S really important to look after your keys. Nowadays vehicle security is so good thieves fish through letterboxes for car keys or even break into homes to get them.

IT'S really important to look after your keys. Nowadays vehicle security is so good thieves fish through letterboxes for car keys or even break into homes to get them. 

We arrested two teenagers after two burglaries in Hanham last month (June). In one case keys and a handbag were stolen, but no cars taken. A BMW car, stolen with the keys in the other incident, was recovered in St George the next day, leading to the arrest of two suspects nearby. 

You can make life difficult for thieves by: 

• keeping your car in a secure garage, fitted with an alarm (if you can) 

• always turning the key and taking it out of the lock – some doors seem locked when you lift the handle but can still be opened by criminals unless you turn the key 

• keeping your keys safely out of sight (and never in the back of the door!)

• fitting a letterbox cage 

• locking up and setting the alarm at night 

•  joining Neighbourhood Watch 

We’ve had complaints about children riding bicycles in a way that risks their own and other road users’ safety. With school holidays coming up please make sure your children don’t ride on the pavement and do wear helmets. 

We’re currently dealing with a number of young people for causing damage. Make sure you know who your kids are with, where they are and what they’re up to. It’s only a minority who get involved in anti-social behaviour and often they simply haven’t thought about how their behaviour could affect others. 

Please ask them to be considerate. It’s also worth reminding them that once school is out for the summer, school grounds are out of bounds. And they should know that some ASB - such as criminal damage - is an offence which could affect their future job and travel prospects.

If you witness crime or ASB call us straight away. It’s 999 if a crime is in progress or someone could get hurt, otherwise ring 101 at any time. You can also report incidents online at www.avonandsomerset.police.uk 

Finally - we need volunteers to join a Community Speed Watch scheme for Oldland and Longwell Green. If you’d like to help, please contact PCSO Cath Boyce through www.avonandsomerset.police.uk – enter your postcode in the ‘your area’ section and click on the green ‘contact the team’ button.

 

PC Lee Humphreys