On The Beat: December 2017

December 01 2017

Communities who look out for one another and report suspicious incidents are a real deterrent for thieves – it’s why Neighbourhood Watch works so well.

Communities who look out for one another and report suspicious incidents are a real deterrent for thieves – it’s why Neighbourhood Watch works so well.

We’re grateful to a witness whose call about suspicious behaviour around homes in Hanham led to the arrest of a teenage boy and recovery of stolen property recently.

Officers responded and found an abandoned vehicle containing tools stolen from a van in Warmley the same night. At the time of writing our enquiries continue, with the suspect released under investigation.

We’ve had reports of near misses involving pedestrians and cyclists riding on the pavement in Longwell Green. People often can’t hear riders coming up behind them and there’s potential for serious injury if there’s an accident. It is an offence to ride on the pavement which could lead to a £50 fine.

No one wants their Christmas ruined by crime. We can all take a few steps to protect our property:

• keep your phone, keys and wallet in an inside pocket and your bag close

• park in a busy area, always lock your vehicle and don’t leave anything on view

• hide presents safely away until Father Christmas has been, not on view to tempt an opportunist thief

And keep ourselves safe on a night out:

• ensure someone knows where you’re going, who with and when you’ll be home

• keep an eye on your wallet, bag, phone and keys

• look after your friends

• designate a driver who’ll stick to soft drinks, pre-book a taxi or arrange a lift home

• remember you could still be over the legal limit for driving the morning after

 

We wish you all a safe and happy Christmas and New Year.