Surge in crime sees police bolster patrols

PUBLISHED: 07:00 26 November 2018

More police will be seen on the streets of Portishead.

More police will be seen on the streets of Portishead.

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Police have stepped up high-visibility patrols in Portishead after a spate of criminal behaviour in the town in recent weeks.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary has reported a rise in thefts and criminal damage, with cash, valuables, bikes and power tools topping thieves’ hit lists.

The force has responded by mobilising more officers to the town in a bid to deter criminals.

Nick Gough, chairman of Portishead’s neighbourhood watch and partners and communities together groups, told the Times a ‘noticeable increase’ in burglaries, thefts and garage break-ins has been endured in the past eight weeks.

Police have urged homeowners to ‘be our eyes and ears’.

A spokesman said: “We have had reports of vehicles being damaged and broken into and a number of shed and garage break-ins at properties.

“Thieves have been taking cash, coats and valuables from cars, tools from parked vans and bikes and electrical power tools and bikes from garden outbuildings, sheds and garages.

“We will be increasing our patrols in the area but are also appealing for members of the public to be vigilant, be our eyes and ears – and report anything suspicious.

“We are urging homeowners to review security in their homes and any associated buildings such as garages, outbuildings and sheds, especially if they are used to store electrical power tools, bikes or other valuable items.”

Mr Gough added: “We understand residents of Portishead are concerned about the recent rise in burglaries, car and garage break-ins and other crimes being reported.

“We take these concerns very seriously and actions are in place to catch the perpetrators.

“To tackle these issues neighbourhood watch has been working with the Portishead beat team to do house-to-house enquiries and delivering crime prevention materials and warning letters to residents.

“In addition response teams, special constabulary volunteers, mounted police and plain clothes officers have been conducting high-visibility and covert operations to try to bring the perpetrators to justice.”

Police want people to report anything suspicious by calling 101 and quoting reference 5218227736.

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