On The Beat: March 2018

March 03 2018

I HAD a great day at Christ Church Primary School in Hanham recently. I visited as part of a careers and aspirations day.

Positive links with the young 

 

I HAD a great day at Christ Church Primary School in Hanham recently. I visited as part of a careers and aspirations day.

I spoke with children in reception and Years one and four about my role keeping people safe, alongside people from a number of different professions. 

It’s an important part of community policing for us to get into local schools and build positive connections between the police and young people.

At this time of year we often get reports of rogue traders offering to do household maintenance or gardening work – before carrying it out unnecessarily, to a poor standard, or overcharging.

Though thankfully this doesn’t happen often, it does disproportionately affect older people – who are more likely to be at home during the day – and can have a significant impact on their wellbeing as well as their finances.

Please help to protect any vulnerable relatives or friends by helping to find reputable tradespeople and sharing our advice:

• use a door chain with unknown or unexpected visitors 

• check identification – genuine callers expect this and will wait

• if you’re not sure, don’t open the door and report it by calling 101

• if you feel threatened or intimidated call 999 straight away 

• lock your doors while you’re in your garden or another room 

• keep cash in the bank, not at home

• join Neighbourhood Watch

• set up a 'No Cold Calling Zone' through South Gloucestershire Council (SGC)

• sign up to utility companies’ password schemes

Fraudsters can also contact you online or over the phone. Visit the national fraud and cyber-crime reporting centre Action Fraud’s website, www.actionfraud.police.uk, for up-to-date information on fraud.