On the Beat - news from Keynsham Police - April 2022

April 01 2022

You may have seen us around Keynsham using the mobile police station, interacting with residents and promoting the BikeRegister.

This security scheme allows you to register your bikes, along with photographs, on a database, so that if they are stolen, we have a better chance of identifying them and returning them to you.

If you see the mobile police station, please pop along with your bike so we can get it registered.

We have also been using this vehicle to park in key areas and interact with youths, which gives us a great opportunity to speak with them about antisocial behaviour and see what we can do to try to prevent it.

We have been using available legislation to issue parenting orders, which makes it the parents’ responsibility to control their children’s behaviour, reducing the issues they cause.

*As many of you will be aware, Scrumptious Sweets in the High Street has been the victim of a number of burglaries. We have been working with the owners to investigate and have received information that named an offender.

This resulted in two arrests and property relating to an offence being found. Police are taking positive action against the offender.

*We have had more reports of inappropriate material being sent between students at our secondary schools.

I’d like to remind all parents and guardians that all social media platforms, including Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram, have age restrictions for a reason, with terms and conditions to protect young people.

It’s also a good idea to make yourself familiar with applications your children use so you can check what information they share.

It’s easy to turn a blind eye, but if you think about these as another friendship group, it’s the same as showing an interest in who they hang around with.

Also it’s a good idea to check the security settings they have in place so that unknown people cannot befriend them, as this is how vulnerable people are targeted.

*With the change in the weather, we are looking forward to a summer of people being out and about and enjoying what Keynsham and Saltford have to offer. We are blessed with lots of beautiful outdoor spaces we all need to enjoy.

One of the biggest complaints we have is when people using these spaces are disruptive and leave rubbish behind.

Let’s clear up after ourselves and be respectful of our surroundings so we can all enjoy the better weather.

We will be out and about, so if you see any of the Neighbourhood Policing Teams, please come and speak to us and tell us what’s going on.

*Don’t forget - if you have any information you think would interest us, you can either report it on the Avon and Somerset Constabulary website through the neighbourhood pages, or you can phone Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111, which is totally anonymous.

We have a beat surgery at the Meadows Community Building, Greenfield Road, Keynsham, on Wednesday April 6 between 9.30am and 10.30am, so if you would like to speak to us, please pop along.

PC James Evans