Crime prevention warnings.

Your New Police and Crime Plan – Let the New Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands, know what you think are the priorities for policing in the West Midlands.

The newly elected Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands, Simon Foster, is calling for members of the public and organisations to let him know what their priorities are for policing in the West Midlands.

This will form part of the new Police and Crime Plan which has to be published within a year of a Police and Crime Commissioner taking office.

The PCC is calling for views and evidence on the main themes he set out in his manifesto:

 

Building stronger communities

  • Fair funding
  • Community policing
  • Protecting victims of crime
  • Mental health and policing
  • Neighbourhood crime
  • Prevent children and young people becoming victims or offenders
  • The strategic policing requirement

Tackling violent crime

  • Combat violence against women and girls and domestic abuse
  • Honour based violence, forced marriage and female genital mutilation
  • Reduce violent crime including knife crime
  • Tackling drug dealing, supply and use
  • Hate crime

Delivering a safe economy

  • Modern slavery
  • Business crime
  • Fraud
  • Roads policing
  • Exempt accommodation and houses in multiple occupation

A more equal police service

  • Equality and human rights
  • Equality and diversity
  • LGBT+ policing
  • Criminal Justice System
  • Stop and Search
  • A police service representative of the communities it serves
  • Supporting public events

Better policing for all

  • A green police force
  • Valuing the whole police team
  • Multi-agency and partnership
  • Police stations
  • The policing service
  • Social responsibility

For a more accountable police and crime commissioner

  • A democratically elected police and crime commissioner
  • Accountability of the Chief Constable
  • Accountability, democracy and participation

You provide your views by completing the electronic form, which is available via the website link below:-

 https://www.westmidlands-pcc.gov.uk/your-new-police-and-crime-plan/?mc_cid=7ea78ae7a5&mc_eid=320414991b

 

Your New Police and Crime Plan

Spotting The Signs of County Lines

Please see below – Information provided by WM Now – West Midlands Police

Have you heard of County Lines? County Lines are the phone lines that drug dealers use to sell drugs around the country. Young people can get exploited into selling drugs where they live and in towns outside their area.

Drug gangs are exploiting kids in Solihull.
The signs of child exploitation can be hard to spot as it usually happens gradually over time.

Signs a child is involved in County Lines

  • Involved in crime such as robbery, theft, burglary
  • Away from school
  • Away from home – this can be overnight or days at a time
  • Friends with a new group, often older
  • Friends driving them around
  • Carrying a knife or weapon
  • New gifts – clothes, bike, phone, trainers, money
  • Storing money or drugs
  • Always on the phone
  • Leaving home suddenly
  • Engaging in sexual activity

How do these drug gangs exploit children?
They try to gain the child’s trust by:

  • Glamourising their lifestyle
  • Giving them money, gifts, clothes, drugs, alcohol
  • Offer them somewhere to stay
  • Find out more about them so they can ‘help them out’ with a problem they might have
  • Force them to do something in return for the gifts or ‘protection’ they’ve given them

This can happen face-to-face or online.
If you are in a situation where you need help or you’re worried about someone, visit our website to find help and support.
https://www.west-midlands.police.uk/campaigns/gangs

The St Giles Trust https://www.stgilestrust.org.uk/  can help you find a path out of gang life. Support is available for all the family too.

You can give information anonymously at Crimestoppers online or call 0800 555 111.
https://crimestoppers-uk.org/

Visit NSPCC for help and advice.
https://www.nspcc.org.uk/

Stop Cold Callers Knocking

Tidbury Green Parish Council have received the information below from West Midlands Police

Unfortunately despite the coronavirus, criminals still try and commit crime in our communities.
Crime can be known to happen on our own doorstep with cold callers and bogus officials claiming to be someone they are not.

We have designed you a poster you can print off and pop in your window to deter unknown callers. Or if you’re concerned for a vulnerable neighbour, you can still keep to social distancing by printing one off for them and posting it through their letterbox.

Here are some other tips for what to do if someone calls at your door:

  • Check to see who it is by using the spy or look through a front window.
  •  Always put the chain on before you open the door.
  • If you don’t know the caller, ask to see their identity card. Check it carefully, and keep the chain on while you do this.
  • If you’re still not sure, ask the caller to come back later. You can then check their story by phoning the organisation or company they claim to represent
  • Ensure your back door is locked.
  • Watch out for anyone who says they’re in a hurry. Don’t let them pressure you.
  • If you have any suspicions at all, don’t let them in.

If you’re still not happy, webchat the police online
https://west-midlands.police.uk/contact-us/live-chat or phone them on 999 in an emergency, and tell them what’s happened.

To download the Poster, Please click Here.