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Can you help the police help you?


Avon and Somerset Police have launched a new crime prevention website as part of a force-wide day of action.

Today (20/01), more than 200 officers and staff hosted dozens of events as part of Op Hercules aimed at tackling the biggest issues in your community.

The new site, www.aspolicestaysafe.co.uk, is packed full of crime prevention advice and downloadable material.

The website covers topics such as how to protect your home and property, advice on staying safe when you are out and about and stopping vehicle crime

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 site hosts a range of crime prevention materials and I’d encourage residents, neighbourhood watch and other community groups to take a look.”

Sgt 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, our officers:

• spend 30,000 hours on patrol in your neighbourhoods
• respond to 4,433 emergency 999 calls
• handle 12,758 calls on our non-emergency 101 line
• spend 10,000 hours at the scene of a crime or incident
• deal with 2,629 reported crimes
• detain or arrest 500 people
• look for 150 people who were reported missing

How you can help us:

• Take action - avoid being a victim of crime; protect your home and your property
• Look out – check on neighbours; help older residents; report anything suspicious – nominated neighbour, just say ‘hello’
• Stay safe online – get informed to protect yourself, your children, friends and family
• Get involved - sign up for community alerts; join your local Watch scheme
• Work with us – become a volunteer or a special.

We are supported by 340 volunteers who work alongside police officers and staff to serve their communities. We have 333 Special Constables who are unpaid volunteer police officers with the same powers as regular officers.
We have 230 volunteer Police Cadets between 14 - 17 years who support community events and raising money for charities.
There are over 700 Community SpeedWatch volunteers who are local people helping to make their roads safer. In a typical week, they identify 238 speeding drivers.

Posted on Friday 20th January 2017
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