POLICE officers and neighbourhood watch volunteers have been door knocking in an area of Bridlington following a rise in burglaries and bogus calls.
Officers from the Neighbourhood Policing Team joined forces with Bridwatch and the Community Engagement team to visit the Avenues and Marton Road area which has been targeted by burglars and bogus callers over the last few weeks.
Officers and volunteers were knocking on doors and leaflet dropping, giving residents crime prevention advice, encouraging them to form neighbourhood watches and to take a zero tolerance approach towards bogus callers and burglars working the area.
Mike Bowman, chairman of Bridwatch, said the event was “absolutely tremendous” with six new watches being recruited on the Avenues.
“From those who responded, from the whole of the Avenues, we had only four people who said no. Of those who answered the door 98% said ‘we want to re-start the watch’,” Mr Bowman said.
And he believes the additional presence of officers, not only as part of the canvassing event, but on the town’s streets generally, has reassured residents and deterred criminals. “From my perspective it’s apparent how much more police are visible on the streets,” he said.
“Life’s about perception and if people don’t see a police officer crime goes up but if they see a police officer crime tends to go down,” he added.
The event was launched in response to a number of burglaries that have happened in the area in recent weeks.
Between 9.30am and 12.30pm on Saturday September 15 a terraced house on Medforth Road was broken into while the home owner was asleep upstairs.
It is believes the house was entered through a small front bay window into the living room. A handbag containing bank cards, personal documents, cash, and make-up was stolen.
A games console and various electrical goods were stolen between 8am and 12.20pm on Monday September 17 from a semi-detached house on Sewerby Road.
The back door to the house was forced open and every room searched. The items stolen were a white Nintendo Wii with controllers and accessories, a digital camera, a Dell laptop and charger, a purple ipod Touch, a Samsung mobile phone, a Play Station 3, an iphone 3, and a 28in flat screen Toshiba TV.
A boys pale blue scooter and BMX bike were also stolen from a shed in the back garden.
Between 9.30am and 2.30pm on the same day a semi-detached house on Marton Road was entered through a rear ground floor door.
All rooms were searched and a digital camera, three watches, cash, a bank card, a white gold necklace and matching earrings were stolen.
On Wednesday September 19, between 8am and 7.10pm, someone entered a detached house on Beaulieu Court through an unlocked kitchen window.
The items stolen were GHD hair straighteners, a digital camera, a Dell laptop, a toy remote control car, various jewellery including a solid white gold bangle, an antique gold bracelet, an antique sapphire ring, and a diamond eternity ring, cash, an electric powered specialised model car, cosmetics and perfume.
Jewellery and watches were also stolen when a property on Sewerby Heads was burgled between 9.30am and 1pm on Thursday September 20.
The ground floor kitchen window was forced open and items taken included a ladies Tag Heur watch, a man’s Lacoste watch, a man’s Adidas watch, a gold bracelet, and a diamond engagement ring.
Mr Bowman has thanked Sgt Carl Sweeting, of the Neighbourhood Policing Team, for organising the canvassing event and everyone who supported it.
Given its success Bridwatch now plan to hold further such canvassing events inn other areas of Bridlington.
“It will be a co-ordinated effort and we will continue doing it for as long as it takes,” he added.
•Bridwatch will hold their EGM at the Masonic Hall, on St John’s Avenue at 7pm on Monday November 19. All members are invited to attend.