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Have You Heard of County Lines 10/5/21

 

Have you heard of County Lines? County Lines are the means 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.

The signs of child exploitation can be hard to spot as it usually happens gradually over time.

Signs a child maybe 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.

You can give information anonymously at Crimestoppers online or call 0800 555 111.

To report a crime or incident, please contact us via Live Chat on our website www.west-midlands.police.uk between 8am – midnight or call 101. Always dial 999 in an emergency.

Message Sent By
Andrew Ryan (Police, Engagement & Consultation Officer, Walsall NPU)

Burglary Crime Prevention 10/5/21

 

Good afternoon,

We would like to take this opportunity to remind you to consider your home security.

There are simple steps that you can take to make your home safer.  Burglars look for homes that appear to be empty or have easy access to the back of the building.

They can also choose homes where there are no visible signs of protection such as alarms or security lighting, and where trees and high bushes provide good cover. in addition, something as simple as locking doors and shutting windows in unoccupied rooms can make a big difference.

Below are some tips that will help improve the security of your home.

Your doors

  • Front doors should have a viewer and door chain where possible.
  • Letter boxes should be positioned so that people cannot reach through and release the lock
  • Wooden back doors should ideally be fitted with a five lever mortice deadlock and two bolts
  • UPVC doors or doors with Euro Cylinders should have DHF TS007 3 Star or Sold Secure Diamond Standard Anti-Bump replacement cylinders fitted. Always consult a Master Locksmiths Association accredited locksmith if you are unsure. Badly fitted Euro Cylinders can compromise your security.
  • When fitting security products always remember to use strong bolts and long screws. Follow the manufacturers guidelines or consult a specialist using the guide from the Master Locksmiths Association
  • Laminated glass should be used in all glazed areas. Wooden beading should be glued and fixed securely. In the case of UPVC beading should be internal, externally beaded older UPVC windows can have the beading sealed into place
Your windows
  • All ground floor windows and those which open onto accessible areas such as balconies or roofs should be fitted with window locks, unless designated as a means of escape.
  • Replacing your doors and windows If you decide or need to replace your doors and windows, please look for products that are tested to the PAS 24 standard from 2012 onwards and carry the Secured by Design logo.
Lock snapping
  • We are aware that some people may try and snap your locks to gain entry into your home. This is not a new concept and has been around for some time. 
  • On most UPVC doors the type of locks fitted will be a Euro profile cylinder, these are the types of locks which can be snapped. There are locks on the market which can combat this method of entry and branded as Anti-Snap locks, they will be tested to meet a certain standard.
  • If you are changing locks make sure the lock is tested to TS007 and achieve 3 Star standard. There are two ways to attain the TS007 3 Star standard:
  • Replace your existing cylinder with a TS007 3 Star Kitemarked cylinder. The cylinder will clearly show the 3 Star Kitemark logo. It gives the highest level of security available with several layers of protection built in. You don't need to replace your existing handles. Or replace your existing cylinder with a TS007 1 Star Kitemarked cylinder, and replace your door handles with TS007 2 Star Kitemarked handles. By combining a 1 Star Cylinder with 2 Star handles, you get the same 3 star rating.
For further crime prevention advice you can download our booklet here

Message Sent By
Andrew Ryan (Police, Engagement & Consultation Officer, Walsall NPU)

Buying Fake Goods  6/5/21

 

Hi citizens, please be aware our high streets are now up and running with all our lovely shops but there are also sellers on the streets who will try and sell you goods which look genuine items ie boxed named brands which might look the part but you'll be very disappointed when you open the box or use it and it breaks within a short time. These goods are not the genuine products and although they look the same they carry health risks when using them and you wont have any guarantee or be able to trace the seller when things go wrong. If you are approached by such persons selling these fake goods please report it, it costs companies and individuals money when such products flood the market.

https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/a-z-of-fraud/counterfeit-goods-fraud

You can also contact the Citizens Advice for consumer advice.

Your local Trading Standards office can also be able to give you advice.

Message Sent By
Gary paskin (Police, Pcso, Wolverhampton)

Recent Crimes Update 30/4/21

 

Good Afternoon,

On 25/04/21 at approx 04:30hrs unknown offenders approached a vehicle in the Shelfield area. Where the window was smashed with unknown object, locking wheel nuts were stolen from inside vehicle. The same used to remove the wheel nuts on vehicle. Offenders disturbed and made good their escape.

On 26/04/21 at approx 04:45hrs. 3 Unknown offenders have approached a vehicle in Woodhaven road, Walsall. Offenders were seen working behind the vehicle and were disturbed however made good their escape with the vehicles Catalytic Converter.

On 28/04/21 at approx 02:30hrs 3 Unknown offenders approached a vehicle on Pelsall Lane and made good their escape with the vehicles Catalytic Converter.

On 28/04/21 at approx 13:45 Unknown offenders have approached a secure property in Pelsall. They have made an attempt to gain entry to garage by reversing car into garage door. Attempted to break door to gain access however none was made. Offenders made good their escape.

On 29/04/21 at approx 19:30hrs there was a Theft Of Motor Vehicle on Lichfield Road. Unknown offenders.

On 29/04/21 at approx 00:00hrs unknown offenders have approached a secure property in Westminster Road, Pelsall. They have snapped lock to rear of property however were disturbed and made good their escape. No access gained.


Above are the crimes that have occured in the Rushall, Shelfield, Pelsall and Brownhills areas recently.

Please ensure that your vehicles and properties are secure and no valuables are left on show.

For any more information on security advise for the home/vehicle please go onto the west midlands police website.

Or visit EDWIN at Pelsall Village Centre at THE WATCH HUB.

Enjoy the weekend and keep safe!

PCSO Sarah Bennington
 

 

Operation Sceptre A Week of Action Against Knives 26/4/21

 


Good Morning, hope you all had a lovely weekend.

This week we are running a knife crime activity week in your area as part of Operation Sceptre - a national week of action.

Clearly with Covid restrictions in place we can’t involve the community in our work as much as we would like to.
  • However it means you might see our officers doing these things:
  • Weapon sweeps where we will be looking for knives hidden in public places
  • Test purchasing – where we will be checking that retailers are being responsible and only selling knives to people of the correct age
  • Officers using knife arches and knife wands to search for weapons
  • More officers at transport hubs including bus stations
We would normally be talking to children in school about knives and the dangers of knife carrying but we cannot do this at the moment.

However, if you want to take this week as an opportunity to talk to your child about knife crime we have help and advice on how to have that chat, including what to say on our website.
https://www.west-midlands.police.uk/campaigns/life-or-knife

Neighbourhood Watch Launches Protect Your Car Campaign 31/03/2021

 

As a valued Neighbourhood Watch supporter we want to tell you about our new PROTECT YOUR CAR campaign

Car crime is a real problem in the UK. Alarmingly, one car is stolen every ten minutes.(1) With Covid-19 and the recent lockdowns, many people aren’t driving or checking on their cars as much as they used to. At Neighbourhood Watch, we need your help to remind car owners to remain vigilant about where and how they park their cars, in order to keep them safe. 

John Hayward-Cripps, CEO of Neighbourhood Watch Network, says

"Most car crimes happen because cars are left unlocked.  There is a misconception that some cars are auto-locking and lock themselves if left unattended after a period of time. This isn’t always correct.  Another misconception is that your car is too old and no one will bother stealing it.  This is also incorrect – both new and old cars are at risk. Having a car stolen or broken into is more than simply a hassle, it can impact on people’s livelihoods.  The good news is that there are simple steps everyone can take to help reduce the risk to their car. With only a 46% recovery rate3 we’re reminding everyone to leave your car lockedlit and empty.”

Remember - Leave your car:

  1. Locked (2)   A simple mistake that can prove calamitous: 44% of cars are broken into via an unlocked door. Leave your car locked video.
  2. Lit (2) 80% of car crime occurs during the evening or at night. Parking near street lamps or in a busy area can deter thieves. Leave your car lit video.

  3. Empty (or with no items on show)  Owners often forget that personal belongings within the car are at as much risk of being stolen as the car itself.   Leave your car empty video.



John Hayward-Cripps continues

“Car thieves are opportunists. Leaving items on a car seat or forgetting to lock your car can act as an invitation for crime. We want to instil the habit of double-checking where and how you’ve parked with our three simple steps: leave it lockedlit and empty.  As a local charity with a trusted voice in the community, we’re asking everyone to proactively support their neighbours and friends by sharing our three steps with three others. By spreading the word, we’re confident we can crack down on car crime which can be deeply distressing and debilitating for its victims.”


How to support our campaign:
 

LEARN: Visit www.ourwatch.org.uk/protectyourcar for top tips and advice on keeping your vehicle safe.

FOLLOW: Follow us on our social channels (Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / LinkedIn) to share our messages within your communities. Tag #ProtectYourCar

SHARE: Forward this email to your friends and family, or download this image and share it on WhatsApp with the following message ‘Car crime remains a pressing problem in the UK – alarmingly, one car is stolen every ten minutes. The vast majority of car crimes happen through unlocked cars, parked in badly lit areas and where there are visible items to steal.  Remember these simple steps to keep your car safe… leave it locked, lit and empty.  For more top tops visit www.ourwatch.org.uk/protectyourcar

For more information, including requests for a press release or campaign pack, please contact our Senior Communications and Digital Manager Deborah Waller on Deborah.waller@ourwatch.org.uk  
 

Roadmap To Easing Covid Restrictions 30/03/2021

 WMRCCU Cyber Crime Sentinel Newsletter - Issue 42 24/3/21

 

Good Afternoon,

 

I hope you’re all safe and well.

 

Please see the link for West Midlands Regional Cyber Crime Unit’s newsletter – The Cyber Crime Sentinel – Issue 42 https://mailchi.mp/9085feb0210d/wmrccu-cyber-crime-sentinel-newsletter-issue-4236774

 

If you know of anyone that should be added to our distribution list, please feel free to signpost them to sign up at: www.wmcyber.org/subscribe

 

Alternatively, if you do not wish to continue to receive our cyber newsletter updates, please do email me and I will take you off the distribution list.

 

 

Have a great week!

 

The Mental Health Act is changing 24/3/21

Walsall Prevent Digest - March 2021 24/3/21

links to School Nurse workshops via webinar

Weekly Covid Newsletter 19.3.21

 


Good Morning Walsall,
 
The tragic murder of Sarah Everard in London has been acutely felt in towns and cities across the country. 

Chief Constable Dave Thompson has written a blog about the issues from this situation that are affecting us in the West Midlands. In his blog, he discusses the difficulties of balancing freedom to assemble and protest with the substantial restrictions that have been passed by Parliament to manage the current pandemic. 

You can read the full blog here

Here in the West Midlands we advised local groups that under current restrictions, we could not facilitate a gathering on Saturday, which led to events being cancelled. A responsible step given the health crisis.

A small number of people decided to attend briefly to pay their respects and make a statement on the issues of women’s safety. These people were socially distanced and wearing face masks and no enforcement action was taken on Saturday night.

We understood the strength of feeling and people’s desire to come together to mourn and show respect to Sarah Everard as well as to make a statement on the issue of women’s safety. 

In his blog, Dave Thompson goes on to talk about violence against women and the actions that police and society as a whole need to take to bring about change.
 
If home doesn't feel safe
We know that home is not the safest place for everyone. If you feel frightened by the person you live with, you are allowed to leave your home.  Local refuges are open and are taking people in.

You will find details of charities and organisations that offer help and advice to victims of domestic abuse here.

You can contact us on Live Chat where specially trained officers can provide support and help keep you safe. Remember, in an emergency always call 999.
 
Prevention advice on stalking
Stalking is a form of harassment and involves a fixation and repeated or unwanted behaviour that makes a person feel distressed or scared. Behaviour is varied but can include being followed, being sent unwanted gifts or threats of violence. Stalking can be carried out by men or women.

You can find more about how to protect yourself here.  Remember, in an emergency always call 999.

The Hollie Guard app
Hollie Guard is a free download app, which turns a smartphone into a personal safety device


Have a good weekend,

Walsall Police.

Completing Your Census Support

Dog Theft Survey 11.3.21


Neighbourhood Watch Network is supporting Sussex's Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, who, in partnership with the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC), has created an online survey designed to understand the public’s perception of dog theft, enforcement, and the prosecution of offenders.

The survey includes a question seeking views on whether dogs should be treated in law merely as property when they are stolen. Having a common understanding of how the public feels about this issue will help inform discussions that PCCs and NWN will have nationally, as well as allow police forces to better understand the public’s views.

Mrs Bourne said: "Pet theft, dog theft in particular, is a growing concern for the public and their fear has been perpetuated over the last couple of weeks with shocking reports in the media of more dogs being snatched by criminals.

"I am incredibly eager to get more detail around this issue and understand residents’ views and if they feel more could be done to respond to their concerns or for more preventative measures to be put in place to better protect their pets.”


Neighbourhood Watch Network have just been approached to help support this campaign so apologies for the short notice as the survey closes on Friday12th March.  Please, if you can, and haven't already, take a couple of minutes to complete the survey as your support and views are really valuable to us.

Link to survey is here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/dogtheft

Kind regards

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK, Central Support Team

Follow us.. ourwatch.org.uk / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / LinkedIn
Neighbourhoood Watch Network is a charity registered in England & Wales, CIO no: 1173349

 

FAO – All Walsall Schools, PRU Alternative Provision and Walsall College.

 

Over the past few years I would like to think that as a Prevent team we have tried to provide you with as much information as possible that will support you when dealing with any Prevent related matter that may present itself during your day to day business. Such information will include a ‘Prevent Guidance for Schools Handbook’, ‘Referral Flowchart’, monthly newsletters, any number of other resources/strategic documents and of course access to the Walsall Safer Partnership Prevent Webpage. However, we also fully accept there has always been a need for Prevent guidance for Parents and Carers.

 

With this in mind please find attached our newly developed Walsall Prevent Programme – A Guide for Parents and Carers which we believe provides useful and relevant information around the dangers of radicalisation. This guidance is clearly directed towards the parents and carers of children and young people. 

 

The information sheet contains the following information:-

 

  • Overview of radicalisation.
  • Why do people become radicalised?
  • How are young people radicalised?
  • How can parents keep young people safe?
  • Tacking the issue: a step by step guide.
  • Where else can I find support?
  • What can I do if I have a concern?

 

We welcome any feedback on the guidance and naturally we would encourage you to add the advice to your school websites and maybe even attach to school newsletters. You may of course also have ideas of your own as to how best to make full use of the information.

ACT Video and the UK National Terrorism Threat Level reduced from SEVERE to SUBSTANTIAL.

 

FAO – All Walsall Schools and Walsall College.

 

The Home Secretary Priti Patel has today announced that JTAC have lowered the UK national terrorism threat level from SEVERE to SUBSTANTIAL.                                                                                                                 

Dear all,

 

As you may already be aware, the UK National Threat Level has been lowered from SEVERE (an attack is highly likely) to SUBSTANTIAL (an attack is likely).

 

The UK continues to face a threat from Islamist terrorism and Right-Wing Terrorism (RWT), and to a lesser extent, Left-Wing, Anarchist and Single-Issue Terrorism (LASIT).

 

Following the threat level increase to SEVERE on 3 November 2020, the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) judges that momentum generated by the spate of Islamist terrorism attacks in Europe has dissipated. However, UK-based terrorists continue to demonstrate the intent and capability to conduct attacks.  JTAC assesses that the current threat posed to the UK is SUBSTANTIAL.

 

The terrorist threat to the UK primarily emanates from self-initiated terrorists who are unpredictable and difficult to detect. Low-sophistication methodologies, particularly bladed and blunt-force weapons, remain the most likely methodology to be used in a terrorist attack in the UK.

 

You can read the Home Secretary’s Statement to Parliament here: https://questions-statements.parliament.uk/written-statements/detail/2021-02-08/hcws769

 

The below links are two new animated ‘explainer films’ about Prevent and are aimed at the general public, concerned friends, a family audience and provide an introduction to Prevent and to the work of Prevent officers.

 

I am hoping you are in a position to share these links more widely.

 

https://actearly.uk/support/reach-out-for-help/

 

https://actearly.uk/working-together/how-we-help/

 

 

Part 2 - Free Awareness Session on Child Exploitation 9/3/21


Good Morning Walsall,

Please see the below message on behalf of our colleagues from Street Teams Community Futures.
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Parents/Carers in Walsall, please join Street Teams Community Futures for PART 2 of our free awareness session on Child Exploitation on Wednesday 10th March at either 12pm or 5pm. This will be a 45 minute session via Zoom. All you need to do is download the Zoom app and click the below link to access the:

12pm session
https://zoom.us/j/91567886290?pwd=Y2NZMGw1WnBqT3kwSm42bFExYm50Zz09 

5pm session
https://zoom.us/j/92002201422?pwd=NU01RTc0cGpPNjM1MFlYQ3V3UGpYQT09

Thank you.
 
 

Back To School Special Edition 5/3/21


Good afternoon,

After the long separation from friends, we know how exciting it will be for young people to be together again. Please help them to stay safe however, by going straight home after school, instead of hanging out with their mates.

Please find attached our Back to School Newsletter with some helpful advice you can pass on to young people that will help them to protect themselves:

Have a good weekend

Walsall Police.
 

 
Attachments
Back to school newsletter wmnow.pdf - 333.2 KB

Asb Concerns - Pelsall High Street 5/3/21


Dear Resident

We’re aware that there are some concerns within the community in Pelsall, regarding anti-social behaviour around the High Street.

There have been several reports made via third parties which have been shared with us, and we thank you for taking the time to do this.

However, we’d ask you to report these directly to us as well please.

We know you are worried about issues including noise nuisance, large groups gathering in cars and the use of drugs.

We’re keen to understand more about this from you, and are working with our partners in the local authority to address them.

We have increased our patrols in the area, local officers are working with local businesses and the community to better understand these issues which we are taking very seriously. Officers from our local neighbourhood taskforce team have issued several fixed penalty notices for breaches of CoVID restrictions.

As with all community concerns, crime and anti-social behaviour, we need you to report everything to us so we can get an accurate picture of what is happening and when. Information and intelligence from you is absolutely vital – we need you to inform us of what is going on and when - if you know who is involved, or have descriptions of people, or cars, we need this from you too.

While we may not be able to respond immediately - depending on the nature of what is being reported - it helps us gain a better understanding of what is taking place and we can work with you while we conduct our enquires, including gathering CCTV etc.

We’re committed to listening to your concerns and working with you and our partners to make your area a safer place to live in.

Please report any issues or concerns via live chat on our website or by calling us on 101. All your reports help us build a better picture of what is happening so we can direct our resources appropriately.

Please do not use WMNow to report incidents.

For more information about us follow us on Twitter @BrownhillsWMP or sign up to WMNOW, a free messaging service for information in your area at https://www.wmnow.co.uk/

Walsall Police

 Walsall College - Virtual Open Day and Free Online Course Events 4/3/21

Later this month we will be hosting two free virtual events for people to take part in. On March 22nd we will be detailing our free online courses available for adults, whilst on March 24th we will be holding our Virtual Open Day which is open to absolutely everybody. Would you possibly be able to circulate this information to see if there would be any interest?

 

Free Online Course Event – March 22nd


On Monday 22nd March from 4.00pm until 5.00pm we will be holding an online event for adults to discover a number of free online courses available for you to learn from the comfort of your own home. This will enable you to learn about the courses available including our free Level 2 and Level 3 distance learning courses in Business, Administration, Health and Social Care, our free recreational courses, free courses for unemployed and jobseekers, as well as the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

 

For further information and to register your place, please use the link below:

https://www.walsallcollege.ac.uk/event/online-event-discover-free-online-courses/

Walsall College Virtual Open Day – March 24th

 

On Wednesday 24th March from 4.00pm until 7.00pm Walsall College will be holding a free virtual open day giving you the chance to explore all the different opportunities available.

 

On the day you will be able to access a wide range of support and guidance, including:

 

·       Get the chance to chat to lecturers as they explain how our courses for school leavers develop your skills and talent and prepare you for your dream job

·       Discover learning opportunities for adults that you might not be aware of; from online, part-time day, evening and distance learning courses plus higher education and professional courses

·       Chat to our Apprenticeship Team about different training programmes and how to apply for vacancies

·       Receive courses and careers advice from our impartial Guidance Team

·       Find out about the bus passes, bursaries, free meals and other support packages available from our Student Finance Team

 

For further information on how to register your place please click the following link - https://www.walsallcollege.ac.uk/event/walsall-college-march-open-day-21/

 

 

 

 

Free Awareness Session on Child Exploitation 2/3/21


Good Morning Walsall,
Please see the below message and opportunity from our partners at Street Teams Community Futures.

Parents/Carers in Walsall, please join Street Teams Community Futures for part 1 of their free awareness session on Child Exploitation on Wednesday 3rd March at either 12pm or 5pm. This will be a 45 minute session via Zoom and the following week part 2 will be delivered. All you need to do is download the Zoom app and click either the 12pm session link or the 5pm session link

12pm session
https://zoom.us/j/93575405701?pwd=SlF2ZS9ROGVkLzF5TnpVTjBpRkRKdz09

5pm session 
https://zoom.us/j/97897512054?pwd=WnYrSExOdjc3MENkRmxENVcyTlpaUT09
 

Message Sent By
Andrew Ryan (Police, Engagement & Consultation Officer, Walsall NPU)

Walsall Prevent Digest Feb 2021 23/2/21

Vehicle Crime - Stay Alert 23/2/21


Dear citizen,

Please note recent vehicle crime in the Rushall and Pelsall areas where offenders have entered secure vehicles and stolen items from within;


On 20th February 2021 between 01:54 and 02:10 hours, a secure vehicle was approached around the Marlpool Drive area of Pelsall and unknown offenders have gained access and searched the vehicle, escaping with a black tresspass coat, headphones and a key fob. The offenders then made off.

Between 14:00 hours on 21st February and 08:00 hours on 22nd February 2021 a secure vehicle was approached around the Burton Avenue area of Rushall and unknown offenders have gained access and searched the vehicle, escaping with perfume stolen from the glove box. The offenders then made off.


In most cases car crime is committed by opportunist thieves and can be easily prevented.

Please read the below Vehicle security advice aimed at all owners of a vehicle.

Most vehicle crime is committed by opportunist thieves who may be put off by relatively cheap security precautions and being a savvy driver.

By following these simple steps you could significantly reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim of vehicle crime:

• Lock all windows, doors and the sunroof whenever you leave the vehicle, even for just a few minutes
• Check your fob has done its job. Double check that the doors to your car are locked, even after pressing lock the button on your key fob.
• Remove all valuables — never leave anything on display, even just a small amount of small change. Thieves are opportunist
• Register all valuables in the car, such as radios and sat nav systems on Secure Asset Register
• Make a note of all serial numbers for items such as Sat Navs and Dash Cams remove them or lock them away when not in use
• If your vehicle doesn’t have one, fit a Thatcham approved alarm and tracking system
• If your car does not have them, fit a locking petrol cap and locking wheel nuts
• Take portable sat navs and dashcams with you when leaving the car, together with any supporting objects for them. Make sure you make a note of the serial number as well
• Wipe away any suction pad marks left on the windscreen or dashboard and remove the cable - thieves will look out for these
• Don't leave the equipment in the glove box – thieves will usually check there first


Theft from vans

When your whole livelihood is in one vehicle, it is even more important to think how you can keep your van and its contents safe, so in addition to the advice for keeping your car secure then consider the following:

• Always aim to park in busy, well-lit areas and reverse into parking spaces against a wall or solid object. This will make the back of your vehicle inaccessible to potential thieves
• Always remove items from view and whenever possible, remove tools, stock and other equipment from the van, especially when leaving it overnight. If you cannot then Place tools in a Sold Secure or Secured by Design accredited lockable tool chest
• Visible security features can be a strong deterrent, so consider an approved Thatcham Sold Secure steering lock, mesh grilles on load-bay windows and bulkhead to divide the load area from the cab and even consider pedal boxes. You could also consider Slamlocks or Hykee locks
• Always use a secure car park if they are available to you
• Security mark your tools and any other high value property by using products such as DNA property marking and UV pens and etch with your company name. Make sure you make a note of serial numbers also register them on Serial Asset Register

Catalytic converters

• speak to the manufacturer of your vehicle. Ask what security products are available
• mark them with a code that’s designed for the converter, and has a code unique to it. Display any warning stickers given to you
• think about fitting a protection device to cover the converter. Ask your vehicle manufacturer for more details.
• use your vehicle’s alarm or install a Thatcham approved alarm. This should activate if your vehicle is titled or lifted
• if you can, try to park your vehicle so people cannot get underneath it. We do appreciate though that this is not always possible

 

Crime Prevention Handbook For Convenience 23/2/21


Dear citizen,

Would you benefit from a handy crime prevention pdf handbook that you can download to your phone, tablet or laptop and browse through at your leisure?
Perhaps you are wanting to make your home more secure but you live a very busy lifestyle and do not get chance to properly research this? Perhaps you would like to purchase security items on the go whilst on a shopping trip but aren't too sure where to begin? Or perhaps you would just like some everyday crime prevention advice covering a range of crime types?

If so then our handy crime prevention handbook can be accessed and downloaded from the West Midlands Police website. It offers information and advice around crime prevention from securing your home to street crime to online safety.

Please take a look and if you feel it may benefit you then download the handy guide to your digital device.

Please visit west midlands police website > crime prevention > and download at the following link:

["<a]https://west-midlands.police.uk/_flysystem/public-sync/inline-files/West%20Midlands%20Police%20Crime%20Prevention%20Handbook.pdf" target="_blank">https://west-midlands.police.uk/_flysystem/public-sync/inline-files/West%20Midlands%20Police%20Crime%20Prevention%20Handbook.pdf

(Please note: if link isn't accessible then you can find it by visiting: west-midlands.police.uk/crime-prevention)

Vehicle Crime In Brownhills and Pelsall Area  23/2/21


There have been numerous incidents of Vehicle crime reported to us from the Brownhills/Pelsall area in the last few weeks.

These have occured where unknown offenders have stolen secure vehicles that are keyless cars where they are using devices to copy the key codes. We advise to invest to have your key in a key blocker where it cannot be copied. There will be links below on advise surround this.

Other incidents are where unknown offenders have gained access to properties to get the car keys to steal the vehicles, please ensure your windows and doors are locked and keys are not in a visible place.

Please ensure your vehicle is secure, remove valuables when parked and unattended. Consider the use of additional security measures such as steering and or gear lever locks, as well as alarms and immobilisers.

Additional measures for vans include the fitting of slam locks, dead locks & can lock protections plates. (Details can be found on line by searching ''Van security''.

Any other advice regarding crime prevention or security you can visit the West Midlands Police website and go onto Crime-Prevention.
Otherwise you can contact The Watch Hub which is normally based in Pelsall Village Centre however due to covid are working remotely.

Black Country Innovate 11/2/21

 

Black Country Innovate offer a free 1-2-1 confidential counselling service currently funded until 31st March 2021, this service is available in the following languages; Romanian, Polish, English, Slovakian & Punjabi. 

It is aimed at those who have been adversely affected by Covid-19. 
  
If you have any questions please email: Info@bc-innovate.co.uk. 

Volunteers required 10/2/21

Delivery Driver Attacks 3/2/21


Delivery drivers we salute you. In this lockdown delivery drivers are getting food, medicines and other goods to people, helping to keep them safe at home.

Sadly though delivery drivers are becoming a target for thieves. We are currently seeing drivers attacked for the goods they are carrying, any cash they might be collecting on food orders or the vehicles they are driving.

What we are doing?

We are working with the big delivery companies like Royal Mail, Amazon, Just Eat, Uber Eats and the big supermarkets to help stop attacks. However with so many new drivers starting work recently it’s impossible to contact everyone.

What can you do?

Do you know someone working as a delivery driver? If so please pass on this safety advice to them:

These top tips should help them keep safe while they are working:
  • be aware of vehicles following you and where you are.
  • if something does not look or feel right, do not make the delivery. Stay in your vehicle and report any suspicious activity to us or your employer.
  • do not leave your engine running or keys in the ignition when making a delivery. Make sure you remove your keys and lock your doors.
  • be aware of anyone acting suspiciously when you're in any delivery area. 
  • think abut fitting an approved vehicle tracker and install a dashcam.
  • if you're delivering take away food, can the take away or restaurant take payment in advance.
  • If you feel there's a threat to your life, or someone else's life, call 999 immediately. If you feel you cannot stay where you are, call us and get to a place of safety.

If you want to report any concerns about delivery driver attacks in your area or tell us something you think we need to know - you can Live Chat us via the website www.west-midlands.police.uk or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Thank you for your help in keeping this vital community of drivers on the road and keeping them safe as they help others.

Walsall Police

27/1/21

WIN! Design a Croods 2 inspired treehouse and win it for your local community



In partnership with ‘The Croods 2: A New Age’ and Co-op, we want children up to the age of 16 to design their very own Croods 2 inspired treehouse for their local community. What’s more, the winning entry will be brought to life and built within a nearby Wildlife Trust location to be enjoyed by the public for years to come!

What do you need to do to enter?

  • Head over to Co-op Insurance website to download the treehouse template and top tips for entering
  • Design a Croods 2 inspired treehouse for your local community – it can be as wacky as you want, let your imagination run wild!
  • You can draw, paint, use computer software or even cave drawings to create your design, but above all be sure to think about how this could be used by the community and bring a lot of fun.
  • Share the design on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #Croods2Treehouse and tag Co-op (@coopukinsurance on Facebook and Twitter) and Neighbourhood Watch Network (Facebook: @ourwatch; Twitter: @N_Watch and Instagram: @neighbourhood.watch.insta) to enter.
  • The competition closes on 22nd February and the winner will be contacted within 5 days via social media. The treehouse will be built by 26th March, just in time for the film’s release and Easter holidays!
  • See the attached flyer, or click here, for more details.

How to support the campaign

We rely on the amazing Neighbourhood Watch volunteers and supporters to spread the messages of Neighbourhood Watch and to provide the first step for all people to connect with their neighbours for mutual support, a key strategic goal. We hope that you will promote this campaign within your community and use it to reach more families within your area.  

We have secured some amazing prizes to be won over the course of the partnership. See the attached a fun activity pack (or view it on our website here) to keep children entertained whilst they are home schooling. Please feel free to share this with families in your area.  If you cannot print at home and would like an activity pack and competition entry template posted directly to your door along with a treehouse template to enter the competition please email croods2@isg.media.

To support this campaign, you can:
  • SHARE: Follow us on social media to share our posts on the partnership and competitions
  • INFORM: Share this email and the attached flyer and activity pack with your community. This could be via email, WhatsApp or in your local newsletter
  • WATCH: Go and see the film (COVID-19 restrictions dependant) when it comes out on the 26th March! 

Neighbourhood Watch and Croods 2 special edition logo

The Neighbourhood Watch brand and iconic yellow roundel is undeniably widely recognised across the UK. To celebrate this partnership, we have created a unique and playful adaptation of our logo featuring The Croods and The Bettermans to be used on all material supporting the partnership.  We will be using the fresh and fun adapted logo on all our social media channels, within our website and on all materials created for this partnership. 



We hope you are as excited as we are by this unique partnership and the opportunity it presents for Neighbourhood Watch to engage young people. If you would like more information visit www.ourwatch.org.uk/croods2 or email Deborah.waller@ourwatch.org.uk

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25/1/21 Lockdown prevents groups meeting, which affects us all, causing more people to be isolated affecting their mental health. Bringing People Together is a network of groups that welcome everyone by telephone, mobile or computer all from the comfort of their own home. There are now over 14 groups meeting weekly or fortnightly in the Black Country, Staffordshire and Shropshire. Each group is run by two hosts and a partner organisation who provide the safeguarding and GDPR. On 12th February at 10am we are holding a free webinar called ‘Bringing People Together to tackle isolation during lockdown 3’. When we started in July 2020 Bringing People Together had questions that we needed to answer How do we get people together when our venues are closed? How do we use the new technology when not everyone has the right device or the knowledge to connect? How do we grow in confidence that we can keep people safe online? The National Lottery Community Fund enabled us to answer these. We will share our learning in this webinar, where there will be an opportunity to have your questions answered. Some of our groups are now very well established, having been running for many months, and we are learning the advantages of meeting online which we hope will continue after the restrictions have lifted. To book your free tickets bpt-webinar.eventbrite.co.uk We still have funding to support more groups and to find out more about joining please look at our website www.BringingPeopleTogether.org.uk or contact Su Parker 07791044311

25/1/21 The government has launched the Ask for ANI (Action Needed Immediately) codeword scheme to enable victims of domestic abuse to access immediate help from the police, or other support services, from the safety of their local pharmacy. https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/940379/Training_information_-_Ask_for_ANI.pdf Also known as Domestic Violence Closure Scheme, Clare's Law is intended to provide information that could protect someone from being a victim of attack. The scheme allows the police to disclose information on request about a partner's previous history of domestic violence or violent acts

Distraction burglary warning after pensioners targeted in water board scam

We’re reminding people to be vigilant and look out for elderly family members and neighbours following a series of distraction burglaries in Walsall and Birmingham.

Two fraudsters pretending to be from the water board attending a fault have stolen cash from the homes of five elderly people between 9 January and 20 January.

Detectives are investigating and believe the incidents are linked.

The offenders used similar distraction techniques in each of the burglaries; posing as staff from the water board, they told their victims there was an issue with the water and to go and turn their taps on. Once distracted the crooks have gone in and taken cash, jewellery and other expensive items.

As we do all we can to find the people responsible we ask you to look out for elderly relatives, friends and neighbours and remind them of the dangers of bogus callers.

We’ve got tips and advice on distraction burglaries here.

It’s worth remembering that the water board does not exist anymore. If anyone receives a knock on the door from people claiming to be from the police, council, a utility company or any other organisation always ask to see identification.

If anyone sees anything suspicious or have been visited by doorstep callers who they do not believe to be genuine, they should contact us as they may have important information. In an emergency please dial 999.

Distraction burglary is a terrible crime. We understand the trauma it causes. It’s an invasion of your privacy in the place you should feel safest. We’ll investigate any lines of enquiry, including CCTV, forensics and information from witnesses.

For more information on how to keep your home secure or for support an advice if you or some you know has been affected this terrible crime search burglary on our website: www.west-midlands.police.uk

Hate Crime Support Service Volunteer Recruitment 18/1/21

 Vehicle Number Plate Thefts 14/1/21

Good afternoon,

I have been talking to Edwin Venables from The Watch, there have been a number of thefts and attempted thefts recently of vehicle number plates from all across the east locality, especially in Pelsall, Brownhills, Rushall and Shelfield.

Successful theft of your number plates can have serious consequences for you, should they be used in crime or picked up on speed cameras, etc.

Edwin has asked me to send out this email to remind everyone that The Watch is selling anti-theft number plate screw kits.

If you want to add some extra security to your number plates, then please contact Edwin, who will be happy to sell you the kit.

Of course, The Watch isn’t open to the public at the moment, but you can still contact Edwin, his email is edwin.venables@virginmedia.com

 Many thanks…

 

John Morris

Locality Manager - East

Resilient Communities

Economy Environment & Communities

Walsall Council

Civic Centre - 1st Floor Zone 1b

Darwall Street

Walsall WS1 1TP

 

Nhs Vaccine Text Message 7/1/2021

 

Stay alert: watch out for a fake text message claiming to be from the NHS claiming you are eligible to apply for the vaccine and will include a link 'to apply'.

The link takes you to a fake NHS website and asks you for payment and other personal details.

Remember to remain vigilant and remember that the NHS will never ask for payment for the vaccine.

Do not respond to the text message or click on any links. Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to 7726. This free-of-charge short code enables your provider to investigate the origin of the text and take action, if found to be malicious.

If you have been a victim of fraud then please contact Action Fraud 0300 123 2040 or on their website at actionfraud.police.uk

Please share this message with your family and friends so we can prevent as many people as possible from falling victim.

Thank you & stay safe.

Vehicle Crime 4th January 2021

 

On the 4th January 2021 there have been numerous car thefts/car crimes in the Brownhills/Pelsall/Rushall/Shelfield area.
Springfields Road - Shelfield there was an interfere with vehicle in which the number plates were attempted to be taken but unsuccessful.
Westgate Rushall - Theft of Motor vehicle in which the car was being valeted and while the door was open an unknown offender has got into the vehicle and made good their escape.
Hednesford Road - Brownhills, theft of motor vehicle of which a white ford transit Van was taken by unknown offenders and they made good their escape.
Wallace Road - Brownhills, interfere with vehicle of which a ford transit van had the sliding doors drilled to be able to steal either the van or something from the van. Disturbed and nothing taken.
Foundry Lane - Pelsall. theft from motor vehicle where the number plates were taken off a Blue Skoda Estate.

Please be aware that this is occuring in the area and to keep your vehicle secure!

Some advice below to securing protecting your vehicle;
- Remove obvious things like money, handbags, phones etc.
- Do not put yourself at risk for your car, if you have to spend time locking security items it is advised to do this when locked inside your vehicle.
- If you have to park away from home ensure it is a safe and secure location and check your surroundings before exiting the vehicle.

For more advice on security go to the WMP website

www.west-midlands.co.uk

Keep safe and remember...

Stay at home, protect the NHS, Save lives.
HANDS, FACE, SPACE

 

 

No Excuse For Abuse 25/11/20


We know that home is not the safest place for everyone right now. If you feel frightened by the person you live with, we want you to know help is available.
 
Recently we’ve seen that the lockdown has put pressure on new couples, who have moved in together at an early stage in their relationship to avoid separation. Without having enough time to get to know their new partner and spot any warning signs, some of them now feel trapped. This can feel worse if there isn’t the usual support from family and friends nearby.
 
If you need help and support, here are several charity organisations across Walsall, which can offer that.
 
If you need to leave your house to escape an abusive situation, no matter what level of lockdown, you are allowed to do so. If you need to go somewhere, local refuges are open and are taking people in.
 
We know women, men and members of our LGBTQ+ communities can all suffer domestic abuse. The National Domestic Abuse Helpline is there to support everyone – you can call them on 0808 2000 247.
 
Of course we are always here to help. If you are worried about your own safety or the safety of a member of your family, a friend or neighbour, get in touch with us.
 
If someone is in immediate danger and their life is threatened, call 999 and we will get officers to them as soon as possible.
 
If it isn’t safe to talk out loud, you can make a silent 999 call by typing 55 after the call is answered.
 
Alternatively you can avoid talking on the phone by using Live Chat.  We have specially trained officers who can provide support and practical assistance and help keep you safe - even in periods of isolation.
 
Below are some of the charities and organisations that provide help and support to people in Walsall. For a full list visit: No Excuse for Abuse
 
Black Country Women’s Aid
24 hour helpline:  0121 552 6448
Text or WhatsApp between 9am-9pm weekdays
07384 466 181
Website: https://blackcountrywomensaid.co.uk/
Email: info@blackcountrywomensaid.co.uk
 
Walsall Council Housing
01922 652250
 
Adult Social Care
0300 555 2922
 
Children’s Social Care
0300 555 2866
 
We also know that children often suffer in households where there is domestic abuse. If you are concerned about a child, you can get advice, Live Chat our staff and report abuse to us using this link - https://www.west-midlands.police.uk/your-options/child-abuse
 
Alternatively you can talk to the NSPCC https://www.nspcc.org.uk/ 

Cyber Crime Sentinel Newsletter - Issue 27 23/11/20

Attempted Burglary 17/11/20


An attempted burglary occurred in Lichfield Road, Shelfield - On 16th November 2020 between 2.20am and 2.40am. In this incident unknown offenders have damaged the back door handle in an attempt to enter the property. Fortunately no access was gained and the offenders made good their escape.
If you saw anything please contact 101.

Please check your property is secure.

Remember the shorter days have arrived so please set a timer to turn lights on if you are not back home until after dark. A property in darkness is always an attraction to burglars.

More crime prevention advice can be found by visiting
https://www.west-midlands.police.uk/crime-prevention
 

 

 

Alert Parcel Thieves Targetting Delivery Vehicles 16/11/20


We’re urging couriers to lock their vans and cars after a driver suffered a broken finger and a sprained ankle as she tried to stop a thief who jumped in her delivery van in Sheldon, Birmingham recently (Thu 5 Nov).
 
The 30-year-old woman tried to open the door, but was hit by the van as it sped off, throwing her to the floor.
 
And in Woodcross, Wolverhampton, on Friday 6th Nov, another driver suffered cuts and bruises after he grabbed the door handle on the passenger side of his car to prevent it being stolen and was dragged along before having to let go.
 
With Christmas just over a month away it’s a particularly busy time for couriers who work around the clock to get parcels delivered, particularly this year during the Covid lockdown as more people shop online.

Unfortunately parcel thieves target delivery vehicles for valuable items, and have been known to loot parcels, and steal vans and cars.

This month in Walsall and Wolverhampton alone we’ve received reports of 10 delivery vehicle thefts in just 10 days, so today we’re reminding delivery drivers not to leave engines running and to remove keys and secure vehicles every single time they’re left unattended. This applies to courier company employees and also self-employed couriers.

And, if you are unfortunate enough to be targeted, don’t tackle the offenders, please consider your own safety first – don’t be a hero!
We are working with delivery companies to share crime prevention and safety messages so that we can all receive the parcels we have ordered.

Any suspicious behaviour can be reported via Live Chat at www.west-midlands.police.uk between 8am and midnight or by calling 101 anytime.

In an emergency always dial 999. To remain anonymous please contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Walsall Police   

Supporting You and Your Community Through Covid-19 12/11/20




We recognise that this is a challenging period for us all and even more so for vulnerable people. As Neighbourhood Watch we believe it is very important that we all take care and protect ourselves as a priority and where possible we safely carry on the great work of supporting and staying connected with our communities.

In England, between 5th November - 2nd December, national restrictions mean that:  
  • You should only leave home for food, medical reasons, exercise, education, or work 
  • You must work from home if you can 
  • You should avoid travel unless essential 
  • Schools and essential shops will remain open 
There are a variety of ways however in which we can support our loved ones and communities through these restrictions.

Keeping your loved ones safe
The most valuable thing we can all do is keep ourselves and our loved safe - physically and emotionally. 
Supporting your community
There are a variety of ways in which you can support your community depending on your individual situation. A few ideas are: The NHS Volunteer Responders programme, set up by NHS England, is here to help people in England to stay safe during coronavirus. NHS Volunteer Responders have now completed more than a million tasks! Following an initial recruitment campaign for new volunteers in 70 local authority areas, they have now opened up recruitment across England. This is in response to the lockdown that began on 5 November and because demand for the volunteers’ support is continuing to rise. It will also help to meet NHS requests for additional direct support during this winter. At the same time, they are encouraging anyone who signed up as an NHS Volunteer Responder in March but had to step down due to other commitments, to re-join the programme and give as much time as they can.

As the programme evolves it will focus on direct support to the NHS with tasks such as the delivery of equipment to monitor vulnerable COVID-19 patients in their homes, and with stewarding people at vaccination clinics. They will also continue to support vulnerable people by delivering food and medication, and through Check In and Chat phone calls. They are not intending to replace any local volunteering activity. They aim to work collaboratively with volunteering leads in local areas.

If you are interested in joining as a volunteer you can attend an online meetings by clicking the link below at the specified time:
Thursday 19th November, 11.30-12.30 Join Microsoft Teams Meeting
Thursday 3rd December, 11.30-12.30 Join Microsoft Teams Meeting
Thursday 17th December, 11.30-12.30 Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

Beware of scams and crimes
Criminals are using the COVID-19 pandemic to scam the public. To help you avoid becoming a victim, we have highlighted on our website the wide variety of COVID-19 scams and crimes which have arisen, key protection advice and guidance on how to report these scams.

Community response stories
For further inspiration on ways in which you can support your community, have a look at our Community Response Stories. If you have a story you would like to share, please submit it using this form.

Domestic abuse survivors
Are you or someone you know is a domestic abuse survivor, the information below may be very useful.
Keep safe,

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK, Central Support Team

Operation Sceptre A Week of Action Against

Knives 10/11/20



This week we are running a knife crime activity week in Walsall and across

the force area as part of Operation Sceptre - a national week of action.

Clearly with Covid restrictions in place we can’t involve the community in our work as much as we would like to. However it means you might see our officers doing these things:

Weapon sweeps where we will be looking for knives hidden in public places

Test purchasing – where we will be checking that retailers are being

responsible and only selling knives to people of the correct age

  • Officers using knife arches and knife wands to search for weapons
  • More officers at transport hubs including bus stations

We would normally be talking to children in school about knives and the

dangers of knife carrying but we cannot do this at the moment.

However, if you want to take this week as an opportunity to talk to your

child about knife crime we have help and advice on how to have that chat,

including what to say on our website.

https://www.west-midlands.police.uk/campaigns/life-or-knife



Walsall Police

Protect Your Passw0rd National Campaign Launched By Neighbourhood Watch 10/11/20


Neighbourhood Watch launches PROTECT YOUR Pa$$W0rD campaign with 3 quick and easy steps

As we spend more time at home and on our online devices, over one third (34%) of people say that they’re more concerned about cybercrime than physical crime and a startling 1 in 5 people are a victim of cybercrime!* You could be more at risk than you might think.

If strengthening your passwords is something you keep putting off, or you feel overwhelmed by the sea of online security information, you’re not alone.

As part of our Cyberhood Watch initiative, launched in 2019 in partnership with Avast, we have launched a PROTECT YOUR Pa$$W0Rd campaign that targets both the overwhelmed and complacent, providing everyone with 3 easy steps to be more secure online.

PROTECT YOUR Pa$$W0Rd in 3 easy steps
  1. Create a separate password for your email account
  2. Use 3 random words
  3. Turn on two-factor authentication (2FA)
To find out more about how to do each step visit our Password Protection page on our website .

But we won’t stop there!  Whilst taking those 3 easy steps will go a long way to protecting yourself online, we want to protect not just you but your whole community! To do this, we are asking you to spread the word and help protect your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours by sharing these 3 easy steps with 3 others.

To share with others you can forward this email to at least 3 of your friends, share the information from our Password Protection page in your local newsletter, or share our campaign on your social media channels using our Protect your Pa$$W0Rd Campaign Pack,

More about the campaign
Our campaign will run on social media for 4 weeks from 9th November 2020. We are targeting both Neighbourhood Watch members and non-members alike with two different attitudes to online security.

For those that are unsure and overwhelmed by an abundance of advice, we want to cut though the noise and simplify the confusion, so they feel empowered to take action.

And for those that think ‘it won’t happen to me’ we want to shock them into action, so that they realise how prevalent the problem is, even amongst young people.

We have created social media animated and still graphics targeted to both those audiences, supported by further information detailing how and why to take each step on our dedicated Password Protection page.

Download our Protect your Pa$$W0Rd Campaign Pack to share the campaign across your networks using email, whatsapp, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and in newsletters.

Why not go one step further and share our Protect your Pa$$W0Rd Press Release locally and don’t forget to let us know about any local press you are able to generate.

Visit our Protect your PA$$word campaign page to find out more.

*Perceptions of cybercrime in the UK report produced in partnership with Avast, surveyed over 14,000 Neighbourhood Watch members: https://press.avast.com/hubfs/media-materials/kits/Avast%20Cyberhood%20Watch/Avast_CyberHood_Watch_Report%20FINAL.pdf?hsLang=en

For more information contact Deborah Waller on deborah.waller@ourwatch.org.uk.

Kind regards

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK, Central Support Team

Brownhills - Vehicle Crime 9/11/20


Between Friday 6th November and Sunday 8th November two theft of motor vehicle's and one attempted theft has taken place in the Brownhills Area. On Silver Street and High Street.
These were all taken place after 16:30 which is where the dark nights come into play!

Please be careful when out and about in your vehicle or if you are parking to make sure it is a well lit area, and to not leave any belongings inside your vehicle.

For crime prevention advice please click onto the following link ["<a]https://west-midlands.police.uk/crime-prevention" target="_blank">https://west-midlands.police.uk/crime-prevention

- Lock doors once inside your vehicle to keep yourself safe.
- Do not leave belongings inside vehicle unless necessary, if so keep them hidden!
- Be aware of your surroundings when leaving or going to your vehicle.
- With darker nights, park in a well lit area.
- Perhaps invest in extra security for vehicle such as 'Steering wheel Locks'

Keep Safe! Brownhills Neighbourhood Team.

Warning Cruel Thieves Targeting Elderly Black Country Residents


Good evening,

We’ve issued a warning to residents in the Black Country following a spate of distraction burglaries by a gang targeting elderly people.

There have been at least 15 offences committed since mid-October by cruel crooks posing as police officers, “water board” engineers and gardeners to trick their way into pensioner’s homes. Once inside they are distracting victims while accomplices search rooms for cash, jewellery and other valuables.

During one offence on the afternoon of 22 October in Greenwood Road, Walsall, they gained access to a back garden by claiming to be carrying out water pipe maintenance. 
The residents returned from a shopping trip to find their patio window smashed and a safe stolen containing cash and personal documents.  

Please click here to read our full story: and to see how you can help with our investigation.

Click this link for information on preventing this happening to you or someone you know

Walsall Police

Healthy Spaces Team Half Term Activity

Healthy Spaces Team October Half Term offer this year is based around a pumpkin carving activities, tennis activities sessions, and a Halloween theme to one of our trails on our Love Exploring app. Due to the pandemic all sessions have been agreed within medical guidance and with social distancing a priority.

Craft task –Pumpkin Carving

We have four Pumpkin carving activities running across the borough this half term.

 

Monday 26th October: King George Vth Playing Fields, Bloxwich (by the play area) - 2pm till 4pm

Tuesday 27th October: Willenhall Memorial Park (in the bandstand) - 10am till 12pm

Thursday 29th October: Holland Park, Brownhills (by the play area) - 10am till 12pm.

Friday 30th October: Walsall Arboretum - 10am till 12pm

 

Booking is essential as places are limited. Please book by calling 01922 650465, or emailing Healthyspaces@walsall.gov.uk to book your place or enquire about further information.

 

If you are unable to make these sessions please take a look at this video so you can safely have a go at home with your parent or guardian.

 

Play - Tennis

We have four tennis activity sessions planned across the borough for the week. Book early as places are limited for this programme of tennis games and challenges.

 

Monday 26th October: Willenhall Memorial Park 1-3pm

Tuesday 27th October: Leamore Park 1-3pm

Thursday 29th October: Palfrey Park 1-3pm

Friday 30th October: Blackwood Park 1-3pm

 

Booking is essential as places are limited. Please book by calling 01922 650465, or emailing Healthyspaces@walsall.gov.uk to book your place or enquire about further information.

 

Explore – Halloween trails within Love exploring app.

 

The Love Exploring App puts the power of discovery in your hands this summer by providing a range of active family games and guided tours that are fun to do and free to use. Available for Willenhall Memorial Park and Walsall Arboretum. Explore our parks this half term with our Halloween themed characters. How many do you dare to find!

Virtual Parenting offer November and December 2020

Walsall Community Dialogue Project - Open Dialogues Recruitment

 

Are you a resident living in Walsall and interested in meeting new people from across the borough? This may be just the project for you: The Walsall For All Community Dialogue Project. Across three online dialogue sessions, facilitated by us, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Share your experiences and stories with others
  • Talk about the things that are important to you about living in Walsall
  • Meet people from different backgrounds

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If you are interested in getting involved as a participant or you would like a group that you are currently involved with to be part of the project, please register your interest by signing-up here and we will be in touch.

 

If you are having trouble accessing the form, or want to learn more, please get in contact with Daisy: daisy@faithbeliefforum.org or Jaishree: jaishree@faithbeliefforum.org

 

Get Involved In Your Community 10/9/20 Do you live in the Brownhills, Pelsall or Rushall-Shelfield area of Walsall? Would you like to get involved in a community initiative aimed at making your area a safer place to live and work? Have you heard about Streetwatch? Streetwatch is a community led initiative where groups of local residents meet up and walk around their community. Just being a visible presence in your community will help deter and prevent crime and anti-social behaviour. Whilst you are doing this you will meet new friends and maybe speak to neighbours who you have never spoken to before. Streetwatch is all about building a sense of community spirit. In addition to deterring criminal activity, groups are also actively improving their areas in other ways. When volunteers go out on a Streetwatch walk they will often look out for other issues or concerns in their area. Environmental issues such as poor or broken street lighting, fly-tipping, damaged or broken street furniture and more, are all reported to the relevant agencies. Streetwatch groups are already established across Walsall and are actively improving the areas they operate, however, we are looking for residents who live in the Brownhills, Pelsall and Rushall-Shelfield areas to get involved. Although you will be trained and supported by your local policing team, who will also join you on some of your walks, Streetwatch is very much organised and led by you, the community. Please see the poster below for further details including how you can get in touch with us, alternatively you can reply to this wmnow message.

 
 
 

Multi Factor Authentication  7/9/20


Good Morning, We hope you had a great weekend.

Please see the below for advice around Two Factor Authentication (2FA) / Multi Factor Authentication (MFA). A great tool to use to protect your accounts.

However good your passwords are, they can only provide so much protection. They could be stolen from your service provider or from your phone, tablet or laptop. Or you could get tricked into revealing them. This is why we want more people to use 2FA, both at work and at home.

Accounts that have been set up to use 2FA will require an extra check, so even if a criminal knows your password, they won't be able to access your accounts. This is reassuring if you suspect some of your passwords aren't as strong as they could be, or you've re-used them across different accounts, or you worry that (like anyone) you may one day fall for a scam email that reveals your password to a criminal.

When setting up 2FA, the service will ask you to provide a 'second factor', which is something that you (and only you) can access. This could be a code that's sent to you by text message, or that's created by an app. Some types of 2FA provide more protection than others (because the second factor is more difficult to steal), but since any 2FA is better than none, you should use 2FA wherever you can. It only takes a few minutes to set up for each account, and it's well worth it for the amount of additional protection it gives you.

Check out our youtube video here around How to set up 2FA / MFA  - WM RCCU 2FA/MFA Video

Or listen to our latest Cyber Threat Weekly Podcast to hear more about Multi Factor Authentication (MFA)
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