We have recently seen a number of issues raised on social media which our PCSOs say have not been reported to the Police. They are therefore unaware of any such concerns amongst local residents and are unable to react accordingly. The most important advice they say can give is to report incidents to the Police before posting on social media. You can do this by:
Calling 999 if you are reporting a crime that is in progress or if someone is in immediate danger.
Reporting crimes online or by calling 101 if they are not an emergency.
Alternatively, for non-emergencies report via Crime Stoppers which is anonymous
With respect to some of the incidents reported locally:
In relation to intruders in gardens or homes, they ask that residents phone 999 and offer as detailed a description of the offender(s) as possible.
Cars should be left as empty as possible, with dash cams and sat navs removed. Steering wheel locks act as a good deterrent.
They recommend an app called 'HollieGuard'This is free of charge and available on iTunes and Android app stores - see https://www.hollieguard.com for more information. This app turns smartphones into a personal safety device, so users can alert a friend or family member if they need help. The app can be used to let contacts know about a planned route e.g. route home from work or dog walking route.
Residents may feel safer sticking to well-lit routes e.g. main roads after dark. Anywhere where there are more people/vehicles around. Page 29 of the Crime Prevention Handbook has some further advice around this - see https://west-midlands.police.uk/_flysystem/public-sync/inline-files/West%20Midlands%20Police%20Crime%20Prevention%20Handbook.pdf.
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