A local councillor has organised a public meeting to discuss the rising burglary rate in Bradley Stoke after the latest published figures showed the number of monthly incidents running at four times the two-year average.
Data published on the official police.uk website shows there were 16 burglaries recorded in Bradley Stoke during November 2016*, the highest in any month over the last six years (which is as far back as online data goes). In the 12-month period ending one year previously (December 2014 to November 2015), there was an average of 3.0 burglaries per month, a figure which has risen to 4.8 in the year to November 2016.
The latest surge easily exceeds the most recent peak of nine burglaries recorded in April 2016, which local police described at the time as a “spate”.
Enquiries by the Journal have revealed that a significant proportion of the recent Bradley Stoke burglaries (22 since the last week of June 2016) have involved the theft of ‘high value gold’. Anecdotal evidence suggests that Asian households account for a disproportionately high number of the properties targeted in such cases.
Cllr Tom Aditya, who also sits on the Avon & Somerset Police Advisory Board, raised his concerns about the increasing number of burglaries at last Wednesday’s Bradley Stoke Town Council meeting, and mentioned that one recent incident had seen burglars threaten a householder with “screwdrivers and daggers”.
The public meeting, which takes place at Holy Trinity Church, Broad Croft, Bradley Stoke BS32 0BD this Tuesday (24th January) at 7pm, will be attended by Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Dom Graham, who is leading the Avon & Somerset Police force’s response to the issue of high value gold burglary.
In a post on his personal Facebook page, Cllr Aditya writes:
“Our neighbourhoods are severely affected by aggravated burglaries, which are increasing day by day. Unfortunately, the police have not been able to fully restrain the menace or to bring all culprits under the law … Due to urgency of the issue, a public meeting has been convened at short notice at Holy Trinity Church Hall on Tuesday 24th January at 7pm, with Detective Chief Inspector Dom Graham who heads the anti-burglary action force of Avon & Somerset Police.”
“This is a community meeting to interact with the top police official in charge of the operation and to think together ways for more robust action that can bring a better outcome and raise awareness amongst the people. I invite all residents to the meeting on Tuesday evening.”
Parking at the church hall is limited, so people living nearby are asked to walk to the venue.
Related link: Bradley Stoke crime statistics (police.uk)
Note: Data on the police.uk website is published with a delay of around two months.
Update (24th January)
In relation to Cllr Aditya’s claim about neighbourhoods being “severely affected by aggravated burglaries”, we have obtained the following statistics from Avon & Somerset Police (all relating to the period between the last week of June 2016 and 17th January 2017, i.e. approx 6.5 months):
- In Bradley Stoke there have been 38 domestic burglaries, with no aggravated burglaries
- In South Gloucestershire there have been 388 domestic burglaries and four aggravated burglaries
- Forcewide there have been 2,341 domestic burglaries and 54 aggravated burglaries
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