I made the mistake of having a few days off and came back to a mountain of work so my Facebook posts have been a little thin this week! Here is a selection of what I have been able to upload.
West Midlands Police press release, posted Friday 11 July.
The red Honda Civic was taken by an opportunist thief at lunchtime on Friday 6 June and later recovered nearby.
Patrols have been boosted across the borough while Neighbourhood Watch groups are being asked to remain alert.
While car crime as a whole is down from a high of 4,714 in 2002/2003 to a low of 1,955 in 2013/2014 the past few weeks have seen a rise in car crimes with 32 investigated by officers last week.
Of those 32, four owners admitted leaving their cars unlocked while eight had external parts such as hubcaps, mirrors, a light cluster and a door panel stolen.
This recent rise is very unusual − as are the parts being targeted by thieves.
Officers have a plan in place to catch the crooks which includes plain clothes patrols and the use of capture cars − vehicles fitted with tiny CCTV cameras, microphones and silent alarms which alert officers when they are tampered with.
In addition to the technology, we’re also asking people to play their part by removing valuables, locking cars and keeping their eyes and ears peeled.
Tips for drivers:
• Don’t leave keys in the ignition when the car is left unattended
• Lock and check your car when you leave it
• Don’t leave anything on display
• Take your sat nav with you when you leave the car and remove any marks left by sat nav suction pads
• If you have a garage use it
• Never leave valuables in the glove box
It’s important to remember that insurance companies won’t pay out if drivers have forfeited their policy by not removing valuables and securing their vehicle.
For free car security tips visit: http://www.safermotors.co.uk/
Follow the link below to leave a message of condolence for PCC Bob Jones who sadly passed away today.
Here’s the press release:
Shoppers can pick up safety tips thanks to cop shop.
Visitors to Walsall’s Saddlers Shopping Centre will soon be able to pick some crime prevention while indulging in some retail therapy.
Amongst the shops offering food, fashion and gadgets, a new West Midlands Police shop has opened its doors to offer safety advice and tips to shoppers.
The shop, on the second floor near to the Park Street entrance, will be open weekdays from 10pm – 4am, and will allow visitors to speak to officers and staff about any issues affecting them during their visit.
Commenting on the new shop Sergeant Gary Iliff said: “Most shoppers probably won’t have crime prevention at the forefront of their mind. However many of them will have driven to the shops, will be purchasing goods and then returning home – so we’ll be on hand to offer advice on vehicle, home and personal safety.
“We’re also looking to team up with other locals groups and charities which will also allow them to use the shop to meet members of our local communities.
“Officers will continue to patrol the town centre and the front office at Walsall Police station is always open as well so there are a whole host of opportunities for people to speak to officers should they require advice or assistance.
For further crime prevention advice log onto www.walsallpolice.org.uk
Initially the shop will be open for a seven week trial period.