On The Beat: October 2017

October 06 2017

I’d like to remind you to be alert to people going door-to-door offering to carry out work after a man in his 80s was overcharged for replacing a single roof tile at his home in Hanham.

Watch out for doorstep tricksters

I’d like to remind you to be alert to people going door-to-door offering to carry out work after a man in his 80s was overcharged for replacing a single roof tile at his home in Hanham.
If you care for someone who is vulnerable, please help them to get quotes for any work which needs doing, and make sure they keep their cash in the bank, not at home.
If you have an unexpected caller, always use the door chain or talk to them through the letterbox or a window and if you’re not sure, don’t open the door – it’s your doorstep and it’s OK to say no. If you’re suspicious, give us a call straight away on 101.
Now is a good time to think about your home security, because the darker nights can make it easier to spot when no one is at home. I suggest using timer switches set to turn lights on at dusk, as well as fitting motion-sensing security lights.
Also think about all the things you keep in your shed and garage. Bicycles and power tools are valuables often stolen from outbuildings.
 Even ladders or hand tools could be used by a thief, so it’s important to make sure your shed, garage and gates are sturdy and secured with good quality locks.
Other top home security tips include:
•    Join Neighbourhood Watch – it’s one of the most effective things you can do to prevent burglary
•    Lock up and set the alarm, if you have one, at night as well as when you go out
•    Hide your keys and handbag or wallet safely out of sight. Never leave your keys in the back of the door or in view of a letterbox or window

If you hear a suspicious noise in the night please do check if you feel safe to do so. If you see someone behaving suspiciously call 999 immediately, otherwise ring 101 at any time.
You can find security advice, information about Neighbourhood Watch and more on our force website:  www.avonandsomerset.police.uk.