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Criminal Activity

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.

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.

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