Relentless on Burglary
We're on a mission to get you, our residents and businesses, to do your bit to help make life harder for burglars in Avon and Somerset.
Take a moment and think what it would mean to you, your family or your business if you were burgled. What precious photos or useful information are stored on your phone or laptop? What impact would it have on your business if your computer was stolen?
We hope it never happens to you – and actually, with burglary down 17% compared to last year, it's even less likely it will. But, we also hope that you follow the following steps, just in case. That way, you improve the chances of getting your stuff back and help us make sure the criminal ends up behind bars.
Here's what to do:
- Download tracking software - Android devices / Windows devices / Apple devices
- Register your property (anything with a serial number – phones, laptops, TVs, cameras, even bikes) here so if it ends up in the hands of a criminal, we know it belongs to you – and can prove it doesn't belong to them.
Don't just take our word for it...
The power of tracking software – a minute by minute account:
|0410||woman in St George, Bristol woke up to the sound of someone rummaging around downstairs|
|0416||she called police|
|0433||we began tracking the stolen iPad – location shown as Downend Road|
|0439||laptop now in Soundwell Road|
|0440||laptop now in Ingleside Road, heading towards Charlton Road. We spot a known burglar riding a mountain bike with a carrier bag on the handlebars. He tries to get away.|
|0442||laptop now in Charlton Road, heading towards Thicket Avenue|
|0443||laptop now in Thicket Avenue, past the junction with King John Road|
laptop now in Heathcote Road – burglar has fallen off the bike and tried to run away, but we've caught him.
Carrier bag contains all of the couple's stolen items, with the exception of the watch, which was later handed in at a police station.
The same burglar admitted breaking into another two Bristol homes, one in January and one back in 2009. These victims also got their property back. The burglar was sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison.
Here are some more recent successes:
- iPhone stolen from a woman at a Bristol nightclub at the beginning of October tracked to a car travelling in Stokes Croft. One man arrested on suspicion of theft, four others on suspicion of handling stolen goods and money laundering. As well as seizing 40 mobile phones, five laptops and tablets, three games consoles and two cameras, we also found £100,000 in cash. The victim also has her phone back.
- Laptop stolen as part of a burglary in Radstock. Tracked to a nearby house. Victim got the laptop back, man convicted.
- iMac stolen in a burglary at a small company in Bath in September. Tracked to an address in Kingswood, Bristol. Company has it back, offence still under investigation.
Don't forget to spread the word and make sure your family, friends and business contacts have done the same. It's time well spent.