On the Beat - April 2021

April 01 2021

As many of you will know from various Keynsham-related pages on Facebook, we continue to be blighted by thefts from garages and sheds. These appear to happen from late afternoon through the night.

I have commented on a number of these posts requesting any CCTV or images of suspects to be forwarded directly to me at 3803@avonandsomerset.police.uk.

This information is helping us in trying to identify the offenders. Someone reading this must also have information as to who the offenders might be.

I would like us to pull together as a community in attempt to identify the offending people.

If you have any information, you can report it directly to me on the above email address or contact our non-emergency number 101.

If you want to do to remain anonymous, please contact Crimestoppers (crimestoppers-uk.org). Even the smallest bit of information could lead to the location of stolen property and the apprehension of offenders.

We have seen the efforts offenders are making to find bicycles - climbing into gated gardens and forcing garage doors.

If you have anything of value in your garage, please consider extra security, as you’d be surprised how easy it is to break in through a standard garage door.

If possible, block your garage door with a vehicle to prevent access. We will be laying on additional staff to combat these crimes.

• Meanwhile, our day-to-day work continues, and this month we actioned a misuse of drugs act warrant in Keynsham - the warrant was positive.

The investigation is ongoing but will have a positive outcome. The intelligence we get from the public is often the last bit of the puzzle we need to ask a judge for a warrant, so please keep the information coming.

• Keynsham, and in particular the Meadows estate, has been suffering with antisocial behaviour from moped riders.

We have been out on high-visibility patrols combatting this, and this month we have seized one moped for no insurance and issued others with Section 59 warnings for antisocial use. We will continue to deal with these matters as they arise.

• I would like to thank you all for your support during this time. The challenges we as a force have been facing in Bristol have been a big drain on resources across the force area.

All suitably trained officers have been drafted in to help and this of course puts strain on our ‘normal policing resource’, with myself and other officers being called in from days off to support our colleagues.

As I often have to remind people, the box of police staff is empty. During this operation, we have had support from a number of our neighbouring force areas and we are thankful for their help.

• As we come out of the Covid restrictions, please be mindful that we are doing our utmost to keep everyone safe during this time and will still have to enforce the regulations as they change.

So please keep an eye on the government website (www.gov.uk) to make sure that you are following the rules.