Overnight police patrols stepped up following increase in car crime in South Bristol

Police are asking the public to remain vigilant – after an increase in criminal damage and thefts from vehicles in South Bristol in recent weeks.

Overnight patrols are ongoing in the affected areas of Bedminster, Windmill Hill, Southville and Redcliffe – and police are actively appealing for information to help identify offenders.

Four arrests have already been made but the Neighbourhood Team are investigating further reports of criminal damage to and theft from vehicles parked in the Bedminster area overnight over the past two weekends (February 7-8 and 14-15).

Police are encouraging anyone who has had their vehicle damaged to report it if they have not already done so.

Sgt Wesley Neal said: “We share the community’s concerns about this recent increase in car crime and we are endeavouring to increase our patrols at key times, especially overnight.“

“We’d remind residents of the importance of the importance of removing all valuables from your vehicle overnight. Don’t leave any items on display.  Whilst there have been some cases of criminal damage where nothing has been taken, most offences that we are aware of have taken place where items have been left visible.

“It’s vital that members of the public report any damage or suspicious behaviour to us as soon as possible. Every report we receive allows us to build a clearer intelligence picture and will help us to bring the offenders to justice.

“If you find items that have been left in the car by offenders, such as screwdrivers, gloves, or face masks, please make this clear when contacting the police.”

To report damage please call 101, quoting reference 5221003177.