POLICE have thanked a witness whose call about suspicious behaviour in South Gloucestershire led to the arrest of two burglary suspects yesterday.

Officers were called to Mackie Road in Filton just before 2.50pm, after a witness reported two men behaving suspiciously around a house.

They searched the area, leading to the arrest of two men on suspicion of burglary by 3.12pm. The two men remain in police custody at this time.

Neighbourhood sergeant Steve Ives said: “We’re really grateful to the member of the public for taking the trouble to report their suspicions.

“Communities where people look out for one another really can help to keep neighbourhoods safe – that’s why Neighbourhood Watch works so well.”

Enquiries continue, and if anyone has information which could help officers, contact them through their website or call 101, quoting reference 5217259886.

Alternatively information can be reported anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Police have reminded residents to ensure their homes are secure by locking up and setting the alarm at night as well as when going out, making sure keys are never left in the lock or in sight of the letterbox, and keeping high value jewellery with a secure storage company and cash in the bank, not at home.

They have also suggested fitting motion-sensing security lights around the property, keeping tools locked up in a secure shed or garage, and making sure garden furniture and wheelie bins can’t be moved to gain access to upstairs windows.

If someone is seen acting suspiciously around a neighbour’s property, call police straight away. If they’re obviously breaking in, ring 999. Otherwise, call the non-emergency number 101 which is monitored 24/7.

If there is a suspicious noise – breaking glass, an alarm sounding or barking dogs –check what’s happening, if safe to do so.

Anyone interested in joining or setting up a Neighbourhood Watch are asked to visit www.avonandsomerset.police.uk or call 101 for advice.