Last amended 12 November 2017
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Local Police - Beat Surgeries
Lansdown Crescent & environs has its own Beat Officer, Raymond Kelly, who can be consulted in face-to-face meetings every couple of months. These meetings take place at St. Stephen's Church Centre on Saturday mornings, 10am-12 noon.
There are no further 2017 dates; 2018 dates will be posted here once announced.
If you were at the 2014 LCA AGM, you will have heard from our Beat Officers how important Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) Schemes are as a tool for fighting crime. The Association co ordinates the local 'Watchers', and provides training and advice with regards as to what to look out for, whom to report to, and action to be taken when suspecting criminal activity in your area.
If you are interested in signing up as a 'Watcher', or for more information, please contact:
Delia Jay | Email
We want to alert you to a frightening incident encountered by one of our members last night. Whilst out walking her dog along the Crescent at 9.30pm a man who came from All Saints Road walked in parallel with her (on the field side pavement); he was uttering abusive and sexual language whilst watching her and in her opinion he seemed unstable. He exited the Crescent via the entrance to Upper Lansdown Mews East. She has reported this to the police.
Please be mindful whilst out walking, our member in particular wants to remind teenage girls not to use the alleyway to the rear of Lansdown Place East if alone.
Stephanie Higgins (Membership) | Email
21/02/17 7164 CS219 Crimes
The following incidents have occurred in your area recently:
If you have any information regarding these incidents, please contact the Police on 101. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
27/01/17 7164 CN201-CS226 Nottingham Knockers
Please be aware there have been reports of "Nottingham Knockers" in the area. These are groups of people who call at the door, often claiming to be ex-offenders "trying to go straight", selling overpriced, poor quality cleaning products. They can be very persuasive and often intimidating in getting people to hand over money, and will target elderly or vulnerable people. The Police recommend that residents are wary when answering the door to people they don't know. Always engage a door chain before opening the door, and ensure that any other entrance to your home is secure before you do so. Pedlars are supposed to show a Pedlar's Certificate that has been issued by the Police, but please don't always assume that what they show is genuine.
We are continuing to ask people for information on any other types of rogue traders, especially those that put leaflets through the door offering gardening or repair services, tarmacking or driveway repairs. Please discuss these leaflets with your Neighbourhood Watch contact:
Delia Jay | Email
Any other information you can provide would also be helpful, such as the date and time it was delivered, a description of the callers and details of any vehicle used. If someone in your area is actually using such a service, please let us know immediately so we can check they are a genuine tradesperson.
If you have any information regarding an incident, please contact the Police on 101.
06/01/17 7164 CS219-226 Distraction Burglary
At approximately 2pm on Wednesday January the 4th, an unknown male has called at a residence on Sydney Place, Bath, claiming to be from BT and needing to check her phones. The resident showed him where the phones were located, then left the culprit unattended until he suddenly left the premises. It was then found that he had searched the property and has stolen cash.
The Police want to remind residents to ensure that they use a chain when answering the door. Always ask for photo identification and if you have concerns, phone the company they claim to be representing using a telephone number you know to be correct. Never use a phone number given by the caller. If you feel vulnerable about answering the door, consider joining or starting a Nominated Neighbour scheme. Please ensure that any elderly or vulnerable neighbours, friends or relatives are aware of this type of crime and the actions they need to take.
06/01/17 7164 CS219-221 Car crime
We're investigating after almost 30 vehicles were found with smashed windows in on Wednesday January 4th.
Twelve were damaged in Weston Road, five in Warminster Road, four in Bathwick Hill and three in Mill Lane. A total of three more vehicles were damaged in Sydney Road, Lansdown Grove and Bathampton Lane.
Most of the vehicles, which include cars and vans, appear to have been searched and some callers have reported items being stolen including loose change, sweets, audio cables and a satnav. Others have said nothing was taken, or are not yet sure if anything is missing. A number of people reported seeing the damaged vehicles while on their way to work, often before the owners were aware, and officers are grateful for their help.
Neighbourhood Inspector Adrian Fallows said: "I would always encourage people to lock their vehicles and set the alarm and immobiliser, especially when leaving it overnight. I'd also ask anyone who hears smashing glass and a car alarm sounding to have a look and call us straight away on 101 if property has been damaged or 999 if you see a suspect. We did have a number of calls from people on their way to work who had noticed damaged vehicles and taken the time to contact us, and I would like to thank those people. Officers are carrying out house-to-house enquiries in the areas affected by these incidents and we'd like to hear from anyone who noticed anything suspicious in these streets overnight."
If you have any information regarding these incidents, please contact the Police on 101. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
We are warned of the likelihood of a crime spike around Christmas.
"The following incidents have occurred in your area recently: Between 6.30 and 7.20pm on Friday December the 2nd, unknown person(s) have smashed a kitchen window to gain entry to a residence on Hantone Hill. Once inside, they have located a spare set of car keys and then taken the vehicle. The car in question is a grey Audi A3, with the registration number WN66PLX.
Between 5pm on Saturday December the 3rd and 3am the following morning, unknown offender(s) have broken into a residence on Greenbank Gardens. The culprit(s) have forced open the front door before entering and stealing items from within.
If you have any information regarding these incidents, please contact the Police on 101. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111."
Last week there was a worrying incident outside Weston All Saints Primary School. As a result the Head Teacher sent an alert to all primary schools in Bath, warning parents and children to be vigilant. It is alleged that a man driving an old taxi approached an 11 year old girl near the school. The child’s mother raised the alarm and issued a warning via her Facebook page. The man has since contacted the local police station and has been interviewed by the police who are fully investigating. Our Ward Councillors who were at the Beat meeting are keeping a close eye on this.
We have also experienced a spike in opportunist petty theft and break ins recently. Garages to the rear of Lansdown Place West and Lansdown Crescent have been broken into and doors tampered with. In addition, cars parked on Lansdown Crescent have been broken into and residents enjoying a party on Halloween evening (they had left their door open for guests) had several laptops stolen. Our Local Officers reminded us to be mindful over the darker winter period of the security of our property.
In the last two days there have been two cars broken into and two houses burgled in the North area of Bath.
Entry to a house in Bannerdown was via a locked patio door. A pane of glass was broken and a TV was stolen.
Entry to a house on Lansdown Road was through the front window, which was broken. A laptop and iPad were stolen.
Two cars were also broken into on or near Lansdown Road; in each case a window was broken and small items were stolen.
We have been alerted to a small number of calls where scammers have been impersonating our call handlers and asking for people's personal information, including their bank details.
A group of scammers have 'hijacked' our 0800 555 111 number. The scammers are calling people, saying they are "Crimestoppers at the Home Office" and directing them to our website to clarify our number. They are then asking for personal details.
Crimestoppers has never, and will never, make cold calls to members of the public asking for any personal details, so if anyone does receive a call like this please report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.
Delia Jay | Email