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Police patrols increased in Portishead amid fears criminals leave secret messages for burglars

PUBLISHED: 15:58 19 May 2017

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Police patrols have been increased in Portishead after fears were raised that criminals were marking vulnerable homes to would-be burglars.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary said they are not aware of any intelligence that thieves were leaving secret messages to one another making homeowners vulnerable to crime.

There were rumours that white stones were being left outside houses in Hillside Road which fake charity collecting criminals felt they could target.

However, Acting Sergeant John Shaddick said: “We have only had one report relating to white stones and we don’t believe this to be linked to any crime in the town.

“We have increased our patrols in the area and utilised additional support from the Special Constabulary and the Police Cadets to reassure residents.

“We would always encourage the public to be vigilant as they can be our eyes and ears and we always want people to report any suspicious behaviour.”

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