Neighbourhood Watch

Operation Lollipop

Members of the public in Bromsgrove, Rubery, Alvechurch, Wythall and Hagley are now able to send digital photographs of dangerous or inconsiderate parking outside schools directly to their Safer Neighbourhood Teams via a dedicated email address – OperationLollipop@westmercia.pnn.police.uk 

Officers will then investigate and make contact with the registered keeper to take appropriate action where possible.

Operation Snap

Members of the public can submit (via a secure online form – https://www.nextbase.com/en-gb/national-dash-cam-safety-portal/) digital footage showing potential traffic offences.

This can range from driving dangerously or carelessly to overtaking on solid white lines, using a mobile phone while driving, ignoring traffic lights or dangerous driving around other road users, such as horse riders and cyclists.

Your submission will be sent to West Mercia Police where the evidence will be reviewed by one of their road traffic officers, who will enforce against any offences committed.

Any footage submitted through the portal can also be used by the Police to help educate other road users and to advise on case results.

Home Security Scam Alert

If you get a telephone call from someone offering home security with an alarm that links you to the police, put the phone down, dial 1471 to get their number and report to the police, tel 101. 

A resident in the village has received one such call….it was a SCAM. 

Please warn your elderly & vulnerable neighbours.

West Mercia PCC and Worcestershire council come together to tackle road safety

Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion and Worcestershire County Council are giving members of the public the ownership to improve the safety of their roads as part of a joint campaign.

Last weekend, at Sander’s Park in Bromsgrove, both organisations asked the county’s residents to let them know where they want the focus to be as part of the ‘Roads Focus’ campaign. The Commissioner and council want to give the public ownership to highlight where their concerns are. Be it installing white gates at the entrance of a rural village, putting up more signs to highlight young or elderly people crossing, introducing speed enforcement in a village or asking for other measures to discourage speeding.

During a week of action, which will take place in November, the Commissioner and the council will start implementing some of the changes that have been suggested by the public.

Those wanting to highlight concerns in their area can share their suggestions via https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4560444/Roads-Focus until the end of Sunday 7 October.

Over the course of the campaign, more work will be carried out to improve the safety of Worcestershire’s roads and general road safety advice will also be given to ensure people remain focused when using the road – be it as a driver or pedestrian.

PCC John Campion said: “I am committed to improving road safety, which is why I am pleased to be working with Worcestershire County Council on this very important issue. With this campaign, we want to start by asking people where they have concerns. We hope to resolve some of those and see more people feeling safer within the communities they live in and on the roads they use.”

Councillor Alan Amos, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways at Worcestershire County Council said: “The safety of Worcestershire roads is one of our top priorities as a council, and working together with the Police and Crime Commissioner, we’re looking forward to making our highways a better place for all road users. This campaign is an opportunity for us to get the views of local residents to identify potential hazards, enabling us to identify areas for improvement across the county, subject to funding and resources available.”

Theft of motor vehicle

Between 15th and the 23rd August 2018 a 53 plate black Land Rover Freelander was stolen from a layby off Sandy Lane, Wildmoor.

Did you see anything suspicious? Telephone the police 101.

Preventing Vehicle Crime

Preventing Vehicle Crime

Do not be complacent about keeping your property and your vehicle safe. By following the below advice you can help prevent opportunist thieves from striking.

Never leave anything on show in your vehicle and remember to take your sat nav and audio equipment with you. Always remove the sat nav cradle and wipe away the suction marks.

Remember, never leave the car with its engine running or the keys in the ignition and fit self-locking screws to prevent number plates being stolen and always lock your car and fully close its windows and sunroof when you are leaving it unattended. Double check by pulling your vehicles door handles to ensure the central locking system is working correctly.

Fit anti-theft devices to steering wheels, fuel caps and wheels and park in well-lit areas or in a secure car park. Never leave your mobile phone behind and do not store items in the boot, remember to take them with you.

Keyless entry vehicles, although convenient, are currently an extremely easy target for theft with increasing numbers being stolen. However, there are several steps you can take to reduce your risk.

1. Ensure your vehicle is properly locked and keep keys far away from doors and windows to ensure the vehicle is no longer in range of the key?s signal.

2. Place keys in a metal/foiled lined box or container, or another container that blocks the keys signal from reaching the vehicle when it?s not in use.

3. Switch off the key?s wireless signal when you don?t need your vehicle. If you are unsure if the key has this function, find out in your owner?s manual.

4. You could also purchase an aftermarket security device, such as a steering wheel lock, a driveway parking post or even a wheel clamp. Even if the thieves are able to access and start your car, these should prevent them from driving away. Many criminals will consider bypassing these as ?too much hassle?.

5. Other steps include checking if there are any software updates for the car itself, remaining vigilant for unusual activity in your area and having an aftermarket immobiliser or tracker fitted.

For further information on all forms of crime prevention, please visit: https://www.westmercia.police.uk/article/4877/Vehicle-safety

Do you own a car with keyless entry and ignition?

Do you own a car with keyless entry and ignition?

Crime Prevention advice for vehicles with Keyless Entry and ignition

Although this technology is advantageous for the driver, it also means the vehicle can be unlocked and started remotely by car thieves. Thieves can use wireless transmitters to capture a vehicle?s radio transmission, which is then relayed to another device held close to the key fob that might be in a pocket at a motorway services or close by at home.

The fob is fooled into thinking it is next to the car and the vehicle can be unlocked. Once the thief is inside the car, the process can be repeated to start the engine. In a bid to combat this, a protective wallet can be used. Within the wallet there is a protective sleeve, which looks like a piece of lining.

There are number of key fob pouch protectors available on the market for you to choose from. It is advised the wallet should be used at all times to safeguard your vehicle with the keys being placed in the sleeve to stop the signal from being transmitted

Reporting Incidents

Please do not report crime or other incidents via Twitter or other forms of Social Media ? Please call 101, report online via https://www.westmercia.police.uk/report or, in an emergency, 999. Additional information is often required by officers in order for the police to act upon any information given.

Please view the advice below on which number you should ring.

999 is for reporting emergency situations only; below is a helpful mnemonic to remember when to use it.

P – Phone 999 only if
O – Offenders are nearby
L – Life is at risk
I – Injury is caused or threatened
C – Crime or disorder is in progress
E – Emergency situations

What is 101?

101 is now the number to call when you want to get through to your local police when it is less urgent than 999. It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Calls to 101 from land lines and mobile networks cost 15 pence per call, no matter what time of day you call or how long you are on the phone.

When should I use 101 or the online reporting form https://www.westmercia.police.uk/report?

If you have had a minor traffic collision.
If your property has been damaged.
If your car has been stolen.
If you suspect drug dealing.
If you have been burgled and there are no offenders on scene.
If you have witnessed a crime.
If you have information about criminals in your local area.
If you have seen a missing person.
If you need crime prevention advice.
If you want to speak to a local police officer/ your local Safer Neighbourhood Team.
If you want to speak to the police about any other incident that doesn’t require an immediate response.
If you want to make us aware of any policing issues in your local area.

What happens when you call 101?

When you call 101, you will be greeted by an automated system that will automatically identify your location and offer you the option of being connected to your local police force.

If you would like a different force you will be given the option to speak to an operator to select your chosen area. Your call will be answered by police contact handlers in the control room of that local police force.

If you are anywhere in the UK you can still dial 101 and you will be given the option of speaking to police contact handlers within West Mercia. If your selection is not correct, you will be given the option to speak to an operator.