New crime prevention website aims to ease police workload

PUBLISHED: 16:00 27 January 2017

Avon and Somerset Police launch new website with crime prevention and safety tips.

Avon and Somerset Police launch new website with crime prevention and safety tips.


The police are encouraging people in North Somerset to protect themselves against crime by using their new website which is packed with safety advice.

The new site, www.aspolice, covers topics including protecting your home and property, advice on staying safe when you are out and how to reduce the risk of vehicle crime.

People are also being asked to report any suspicious activity in the area and keep an eye on neighbours and older residents.

Sergeant Lee Kerslake said: “We want to arm the public with as much crime prevention information as possible in a bid to help them help us keep our communities safe.

“The website is really easy to use and there are a host of materials that you can search, download and print.

“We are always here when you need us, but the information on this site aims to reduce the amount of time you might need to contact us.”

In a typical week, officers spend 30,000 hours on patrol, respond to 4,433 emergency calls, spend 10,000 at the scene of a crime or incident, detain or arrest 500 people and look for 150 people reported missing.

Officers are asking people to make their jobs easier by looking up the advice so they can reduce the risks of becoming a victim of crime.

The new website was launched on Friday when 200 officers hosted dozens of events across the area to tell people about the new resource.

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “Residents always tell me how important their local policing teams are to them.

“Having days like today, where the teams are based in local areas talking about crime prevention and road safety, I know will really mean a lot to local communities.

“The new StaySafe website will be one tool to help prevent crime before it happens, by giving local people resources to help ensure the safety of their community.”

The constabulary is supported by 340 volunteers who work alongside police. officers, 333 special constables who have the same powers as regular officers, 230 police cadets and more than 700 speedwatch volunteers who are helping to keep their communities safe.

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