A number of reports have been reported to the Police from residents in Henleaze and Westbury On Trym stating between the approximate hours of 01:00 and 04:00 they have sighted a male aged in his early to middle twenties 5’ 9 to 6’ tall dressed in dark clothing (possibly jogging bottoms) wearing a cagoule style top with the hood up, this male is walking onto residents driveways and trying car door handles, a small minority of reports have confirmed property has been stolen from vehicles that were left unlocked and insecure. Please leave nothing on show in your vehicle including empty holdalls and coats as criminals often smash car windows on the chance they will find something of value within.
There have been many instances across the whole of North Bristol where multiple persons have been sighted attempting to obtain entry into parked vehicles at night and during the early hours of the morning – if you have CCTV footage of any activity of this kind, we urge you to report this via 101.
In addition to theft from motor vehicles there has been similar reports regarding shed and outhouse break-ins, where burglars are stealing mainly electrical power tools and gardening equipment/machinery. Residents are advised to keep valuable items out of sight and locked in a secure cabinet which is secured to the wall/floor of the building if possible. A further crime prevention measure and deterrent is to install a wireless shed alarm alerting you and startling the potential burglar if they gain access, these vary in price and levels of sophistication the more expensive type are Wifi compatible which can alert you via your mobile phone after installing the respective App.
If you notice anyone acting in a suspicious manner or see anyone trying car door handles please call 999 and try to get a description of them, the vehicle registration if applicable and their direction of travel (going up or down the road) and a photo on your mobile phone if given the opportunity and not placing yourself at risk.
Intelligence led overt and covert mobile patrols are being conducted in around the Henleaze and Westbury On Trym areas with the objective of apprehending the person/s responsible, and being better placed to respond more effectively to any reports of an incident in progress.
Tuesday 26th April, 2022
Whilst there seems to be less reports about this issue of late, we are keen to continue to encourage residents to ensure that their vehicle is locked and secured at all times and that all valuables are removed from sight.
Please also contact us with any CCTV footage that you may have showing suspicious activity in regards to persons undertaking vehicle interference (trying car door handles etc.) whether they manage to gain entry or not. This could be VITAL in helping us identify offenders.
Monday 1st November, 2021
Please always ensure that your vehicle is locked and fully secure when leaving it, with ALL property completely out of view or removed from the vehicle. If you have suspicions of any type of vehicle interference occurring in your area, please call us on 101 and let us know.
If you have ANY CCTV footage of vehicle interference occurring, please call us on 101 to report this so that we can view and where possible obtain this footage from you and identify the persons involved. It is imperative that any footage available be reported as soon as possible – intelligence from the public is of paramount importance to progress investigations in these matters.
IN THE EVENT OF SEEING VEHICLE CRIME TAKING PLACE (THIS INCLUDES PERSONS TRYING CAR DOOR HANDLES) AS IT HAPPENS, DIAL 999 IMMEDIATELY.