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Jubilee Centre ASB camera deployment ended after six months

Posted on Thursday 23rd January 2020 at 9:56 pm by SH (Editor)

Composite image showing a 'CCTV Zone' sign and a general street view in Savages Wood Road.

A temporary CCTV camera used to combat high levels of anti-social behaviour (ASB) around the Jubilee Centre on Savages Wood Road, Bradley Stoke has been removed by South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) after being in operation for just over six months.

The camera’s installation, which took place on 18th June 2019, was requested by the local police team to support the prevention and detection of ASB and to assist in the identification of anyone taking part in such activities. The move was supported by the police neighbourhood inspector and the council’s ASB and community safety team leader.

On 18th September 2019, the need for the camera’s continued presence was reviewed and a request was received from the police for the camera to remain to cover the busy Halloween and Firework night period. The police stated that they had historically had issues in the area during these periods and the camera’s presence provided reassurance to the general public. As a result of this, it was agreed that the camera would remain in situ and be further reviewed once this period had passed.

The CCTV camera was subsequently removed on Wednesday 27th November 2019.

An SGC spokesperson told the Journal:

“The decision to remove the camera was made between the council’s ASB team and the police, based on the evidence showing a drop in incidents and no further justification for its continued presence.”

A response to an enquiry asking for a log of incidents for which footage from the Savages Wood Road camera was requested stated:

“During the camera’s deployment, the council received a total of 12 requests from either the general public or the police to review CCTV footage. These reports consisted of three noise disturbances, six mopeds being driven on the cycle path, two assaults and one burglary. All of these incidents were reviewed on CCTV and, where necessary, the footage was extracted and supplied to the police to assist with their enquires.”

• You can report ASB by phoning 101 or via the Avon and Somerset Police website (www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/report).

More: Spike in Bradley Stoke ASB incidents has receded »

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Police issue warning following spate of patio door break-ins

Posted on Friday 15th November 2019 at 10:20 am by SH (Editor)

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Police are warning residents in Bradley Stoke and Patchway to report any individuals acting suspiciously and ensure their doors and property boundaries are secure, following a number of recent burglaries across these areas.

A total of eight break-ins in properties across Bradley Stoke and Patchway have occurred between Wednesday 30th October and Friday 8th November. All of the incidents have happened during the day where criminals have targeted rear patio doors by smashing glass door windows and forcing the doors with an implement. Front doors have also been targeted in some of the properties.

There are currently no identified suspects but investigations are ongoing. Members of the public are asked to remain vigilant and to get in touch if they any notice any individuals behaving suspiciously or if have any information which can help with the investigation.

Residents are encouraged to take note of the following burglary crime prevention advice, particularly regarding securing doors and boundaries of properties:

  • Lock all your windows and doors every time you leave your house – even if you are just in the garden – and remembering to double lock UPVC doors
  • Keep entrances to your property easily visible by ensuring nearby hedges and trees are well maintained
  • Make sure boundaries to your property – including fencing and walls – are in a good state of repair
  • Ensure any side gates are securely locked to prevent unwanted access to the rear of your property
  • Where possible install a visual burglar alarm and an outside security light, ideally one of which is sensor-activated
  • Remove valuables from view of ground floor windows
  • Remove keys from door locks and store them out of sight
  • Store any high value items such as jewellery and passports in a properly secured and hidden safe or bank vault
  • Where possible, leave radios and lights in your house on a timer to make the property appear occupied
  • Consider joining your local Neighbourhood Watch scheme

More: To report suspicious activity, phone 101 »

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CCTV zone set up near Jubilee Centre

Posted on Tuesday 30th July 2019 at 11:11 am by SH (Editor)

Composite image showing a 'CCTV Zone' sign and a general street view in Savages Wood Road.

South Gloucestershire Council has deployed a temporary CCTV camera on Savages Wood Road, near the Jubilee Centre. The camera’s installation was requested by the local police team to support the prevention and detection of anti-social behaviour (ASB) and to assist in the identification of anyone taking part in such activities. The move was supported by the police neighbourhood inspector and the council’s ASB and community safety team leader.

The temporary camera is expected to be in place for a period of three months, with the ongoing need being reviewed at regular intervals.

The council’s deployable CCTV cameras are not proactively monitored. Pre-recorded footage is reviewed reactively as and when incidents are reported to the ASB team via the police or members of the public.

This article originally appeared in the July/August 2019 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on page 12). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH (except August), to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Working group formed to tackle “spike” in ASB

Posted on Monday 8th July 2019 at 9:34 pm by SH (Editor)

Community safeguarding event organised in response to a spike in anti-social behaviour in Bradley Stoke.

Local organisations have formed a working group to coordinate a proactive approach to community concerns following a recent spike in anti-social behaviour, which has since reduced, and concerns regarding risk-taking behaviour in Bradley Stoke.

Whilst levels of anti-social behaviour in Bradley Stoke are generally low, they do fluctuate and occasionally there is an increase which causes understandable concern and frustration.

The group, which is formed of Avon & Somerset Police, Bradley Stoke Town Council, Bradley Stoke Community School, Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre, the Willow Brook Centre and other agencies, first met late in May and discussed a range of issues and incidents that have occurred recently across Bradley Stoke.

Figures show an increase in anti-social behaviour in Bradley Stoke in recent months, although it was noted that reported cases are not on the scale that other areas of South Gloucestershire have witnessed in recent years. However, it was also noted that some comments made in recent weeks on social media, and in some Facebook groups, regarding the levels of anti-social behaviour do not reflect the level of reported cases and have created a perception that the issue is far worse than it is in reality.

Where anti-social and risk-taking behaviour is occurring, it has been found recently to be across a range of ages and has the involvement of young people from a whole range of different backgrounds.

The group agreed a set of main concerns which it would seek to address over the coming months:

  • Hype on social media is, in effect, demonising young people in Bradley Stoke and ‘painting them all with the same brush’.
  • A relatively small group of young people are having a large effect on Bradley Stoke and the perception of young people as a whole.
  • Some evidence of small groups of young people in the area engaging in risky behaviour.
  • A lack of parental awareness over where their children are, who they are with and what they are actually doing.
  • A general lack of respect amongst a minority of young people in the area towards adults.
  • The availability of drugs to young people in the area.

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