Walsall Summer Holiday Activity Programme
Walsall Council will be running a Walsall Right for Children Summer Holiday Programme for children and young people aged 5 – 16 years old in Walsall over the summer holidays.
Walsall Holiday Activity and Food Programme ( HAF) #HAF2021
On the 21st June 2021 we will be sending out over 14,000 postcards to all children / young people aged 5 – 16 years old who are eligible for free school meals .This will include a unique code (for each child) which will allow them to register and book activities through our website.
Over the summer we will be providing a wide range of opportunities for children and young people who are eligible for free school meal , this will allow those who qualify an opportunity to engage in a summer offer that is within 3 miles of where they live, and is a combination of:
Ø A traditional holiday face-to-face provision (a holiday club) providing a range of activities throughout the day for children to attend. Each child will attend for at least four days a week. This programme will cover four weeks in total. Child/ren & young people can attend the same setting for 4 weeks or they can pick and choose a week at a time with other providers. Your child/en & young people will also receive a healthy meal at each provision.
Ø A specific course Opportunities to provide children with specific skills (Courses), for example, dance, music, swimming, sports coaching, youth work training, fishing, mentoring - this may be face to face or online (this will be in the description of the booking details)
Ø A pick and mix offer targeted at young people aged 13 + to provide them with a daily offer of activities they can engage with. This may also be virtual or face to face..
How do families register and book on to the programme?
• On the 21st June all families who are in receipt in free school meals, young carers, CP/CIN plan and EH will receive a postcard through the post which will contain a child's unique code.
• The website they will need to use is https://go.walsall.gov.uk/children_and_young_people/haf_signup
• If they need any support or have lost their postcard they will be able to email us at WR4C@walsall.gov.uk or ring us on 01922 653899 ( Mon – Fri 10:00- 4:00)
• As a professional you are able to complete the registration and booking of activities with the family via this link :
How do I check if the family is eligible?
- If the child is eligible for free school meals (FSM)
- Or is a young carer
- Or on a CP/ CIN EH on a plan
There are number of ways you can check is the family are eligible for the HAF programme.
• You can email us at WR4C@walsall.gov.uk stating the child's name, address and date of birth
• School’s - you can request for your school to have access to a portal ( please complete the form)
Ø You are only able to see children registered at your school
Ø Add a child - allow them to sign a missing child up for the FSM – HAF programme.
Ø Allow the user to add the details of a child – their name, address and the parent’s name. It should then generate a unique code to allow the child to sign up to activities
Ø Remove a child - If a child is no longer eligible remove them from the list
Ø Go through the registration form with the parent.
• Childrens Services teams can email us and will be notified of eligible children on a plan.
As part of the overall Childrens Services Summer Activities Programme, there will be an offer targeted to those Children and Young People with specific needs. In line with Public Health guidance, we are planning to deliver summer Short Break activities safely, for those children who need specialist support.
From the referrals received through the HAF Portal, if it is evidenced that a Child or Young Person may require additional support to access and enjoy participating in the summer activity programme, the referral can be shared with our Short Breaks Team. Children and Young People, who live in Walsall, have a registered disability and in receipt of an up to date Short Break Passport, may be eligible to access activities through the targeted Short Break service offer.
We are working with some of our specialist short break providers to deliver targeted services during the summer and this will be planned with our Disabled Children and Young People Team and Early Help Hub/Teams to ensure there is a service offer in place over the Summer Holidays, for Disabled Children and Young People are open to Children's services.
We need your help! in promoting sign up to the summer programme to ensure that as many children as possible in Walsall can benefit.
• We have created a template letter you can provide to families you know are eligible for FSM – see attached ( WR4C Sumer Holiday Template letter)
• Promote the benefits of registering and taking up the offer and check if they need any support with signing up.
• As a professional you are able to complete the registration and booking of activities with the family via this link - https://go.walsall.gov.uk/children_and_young_people/haf_signup
• If you have any newsletters due to go out or would feature an article on your website / bulletin etc., see attached publication doc or email WR4C@walsall.gov.uk
• Posters – If you would like any in your organisation please email WR4C@walsall.gov.uk or a printable version - see attached
See attached power point from our Professional information sessions in June 2021
Please email any questions to WR4C@walsall.gov.uk or ring our Holiday Activities helpline on 01922 653899 (Monday – Friday 10:00- 4:00pm
To keep up to date on summer communication please visit : https://go.walsall.gov.uk/children_and_young_people/holiday_activities_programme/summer_communications
Just 15% of people have heard of a ‘ghost broker’.* Do you know what one is?
Have you ever heard of a ‘ghost broker’? No, we are not talking about things that go bump in the night – this is a lot scarier. ‘Ghost brokers’ are fraudsters who sell fake or invalid car insurance policies. Victims are sold fake insurance documents for a policy that does not exist, or for a genuine policy that has been set up using false details to lower the price of the premium.
How do ‘ghost brokers’ operate?
Fraudsters lure victims in with the offer of cheaper insurance premiums, usually via social media or by word-of-mouth. These individuals or groups pose as middlemen for well-known insurance companies, claiming they can offer you legitimate car insurance at a significantly cheaper price.
This type of fraud is typically carried out either by forging insurance documents, falsifying your details to bring the price down, or by taking out a genuine policy for you but cancelling it soon after.
Often, the victim is not aware that they have been scammed until they are involved in an accident and try to claim on the policy.
Who do ‘ghost brokers’ target?
‘Ghost brokers’ tend to target vulnerable communities, including members of non-English speaking communities who may not have full knowledge of UK insurance and laws, as well as young people looking for cheaper insurance deals.
Last year, Action Fraud received 694 reports of ‘ghost broking’, with almost a third (29%) coming from victims aged 17-29. The reported losses for these victims alone totalled £113,500, with each individual losing an average of £559.
Figures also indicate that over half (58%) of all reports in 2020 were submitted by men.
What could happen if I drive without valid insurance?
As policies sold by ‘ghost brokers’ are either invalid, non-existent or fraudulent, this means that the driver is technically uninsured, meaning that you could face:
How can I protect myself from ‘ghost brokers’?
There are simple steps that you can take to spot the signs of these scams and avoid being taking for a ride by ‘ghost brokers’:
Hello, Hope you are well!
Below are some of the crime updates from the last couple of weeks.
On 05/06/21 on Hodgkins Close, Brownhills. A theft of motor vehicle.
Unknown offenders wearing dark clothing have approached the unattended vehicle. Used an unknown implement to gain access to the van and driven by unknown means in unknown direction.
Between 29/04/21 - 03/06/21 on Catshill Road, Brownhills. Attempted burglary.
Unknown offenders have tried to gain entry to property by snapping lock on door. No access made.
On 26/05/21 On Chester Road North, Brownhills. A theft of motor vehicle.
Unknown offenders have stolen locked, parked and unattended vehicle from location by means unknown. Offenders made good their escape.
On 03/06/21 on Rose Drive, Clayhanger. Burglary - Residential.
Unknown offenders have gained access to the rear garden by climbing a fence. Snapped lock to a rear door and entered the house. After a tidy search they have stolen items from the house including car keys and made off in victims vehicle.
On 04/06/21 on Hednesford Road, Walsall. Theft from motor vehicle.
Unknown offenders have approached vehicle and taken EBIKE from the rear of vehicle. They have then placed the bike into unknown vehicle and made good their escape.
On 03/06/21 on Railswood Drive, Pelsall. Attempted burglary - Residential.
Unknown offender approached front porch door and tried handle. Have then made way to side of the house to try and open the gate. No access made. Offender made good their escape.
On 24/05/21 on Wolverhampton Road, Pelsall. Theft of motor vehicle.
Unknown offenders made good their escape with motor vehicle.
On 05/06/21 on Norbury Road, Pelsall. Attempted burglary - Residential.
Unknown offenders were in rear garden of property and disturbed. Gained access by jumping over fence. Victim heard offenders trying door handle of property and disturbed them by shouting. Offenders left over fence making good their escape. No property stolen.
On 24/05/21 on Daisy Bank Close, Pelsall. Theft of motor vehicle.
Motor vehicle was left with keys inside vehicle. Unknown offenders have taken vehicle with keys.
On 28/05/21 on Sedgemere Grove, Shelfield. Burglary - Residential.
Unknown offenders have broken double glazing window smashing panes of glass to gain entry. Made untidy search of property. Taken items from the house and made good their escape by means unknown.
On 17/05/21 on Green Lane, Shelfield. Theft of motor vehicle.
Unknown offenders have approached vehicle and stolen by unknown means from outside address.
Please keep your doors and windows locked, ensure that nothing valuable is left in sight in a vehicle when unattended.
Any extra security advice or gadgets please attend Pelsall Village Centre WS34LX to visit The Neighbourhood Watch Team - where they can provide you with advice and you can purchase any gadgets needed.
Brownhills Neighbourhood Team.
Good Morning Walsall,
Neighbourhood Watch Week is here! This years theme is 'let’s LISTEN, TALK, DO! with our neighbours. Life might be a little different at the moment, but this year there are more reasons than ever to get together for community, friendship and fun.
Neighbourhood Watch Week 2021 (5th-11th June) is an opportunity to build on the existing and new neighbourly relationships formed throughout the pandemic. It is a time for communities to build on the connections made before and during lockdown.
To see how you can get involved or if your interested in joining a NHW scheme near you, visit: https://www.ourwatch.org.uk
https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/nwweek also have a variety of resources to support you to 'LISTEN, TALK and DO' with your community. We encourage you to use these resources as you see fit within your community - but always within Covid-19 government rules.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved with Neighbourhood Watch here in Walsall. We are very fortunate to have some fantastic NHW Schemes who actively promote crime prevention, community safety and of course neighbourliness. Walsall also has excellent support for both new and existing schemes and it's members with the fantastic Walsall Borough Neighbourhood Watch Association (WBNWA) and it's members.
So, to everyone involved with Neighbourhood Watch in Walsall, members of the WBNWA, NHW Coordinators and NHW members, thank you for your support in helping to make Walsall a safer place to live and work.
|Phishing remains the most successful attack vector for cyber criminals targeting individuals and businesses. |
Cyber criminals love phishing. Unfortunately, this is not a harmless riverbank pursuit. When criminals go phishing, you are the fish and the bait is usually contained in a scam email or text message. The criminal’s goal is to convince you to click on the links within their scam email or text message, or to give away sensitive information (such as bank details). These messages may look like the real thing but are malicious. Once clicked, you may be sent to a dodgy website which could download viruses onto your computer, or steal your passwords.
As of 30 April 2021, over 5.8 million emails were reported to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS). The tool, which was launched by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the City of London Police last April, allows the public to forward suspicious emails to an automated system that scans it for malicious links. Since its launch, over 43,000 scams and 84,000 malicious websites have been removed.
What are the most common phishing scams?
The most commonly spoofed organisation reported in phishing emails was TV Licensing, with victims of these emails reporting losses totalling £5.3m. The majority of losses occurred as a result of victims following malicious links in the emails and inputting their personal information into what they thought was the legitimate TV Licensing website. Shortly after, they would receive a call from criminals impersonating bank staff who was able to convince them that their bank accounts were compromised and persuaded them to transfer all of their money to a new ‘safe’ account. Some of the other most commonly impersonated organisations included HMRC and DVLA. We also received more than 40,000 suspicious email reports relating to COVID-19.
How you can protect yourself from phishing messages.
Fake emails and text messages can sometimes be difficult to spot and criminals are constantly getting better at finding ways to make them seem more authentic. Email address spoofing, for example, is just one of the tactics criminals will use to try and make their fake emails look real. Here are some tips you should follow to protect yourself, and others, from scam emails and text messages:
1: Be cautious of messages asking for your personal information. Official organisations, such as your bank, should never ask you for personal or financial information via email or text message. If you receive a message and you want to check that it’s legitimate, you can call the organisation directly using a known number, such as the one on a bank statement or utility bill.
2: Report suspicious emails. If you receive an email you’re not quite sure about, you should report it to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS) by forwarding the email to: email@example.com. Your reports will help government and law enforcement agencies to remove malicious emails and websites.
3: Report suspicious text messages. If you receive a suspicious text message, you can report it by forwarding the message to 7726. It’s free of charge and enables your mobile network provider to investigate the origin of the text and take action, if found to be malicious.
4: Report fraud. If you’ve lost money or provided personal information as a result of a phishing scam, notify your bank immediately and report it to Action Fraud.
For more information on how to protect yourself from fraud and cyber crime, please visit: actionfraud.police.uk/cybercrime
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Earlier this month, we proudly released "Our Plan 2021-2024", which forms part of our 3-year rolling strategy in making the West Midlands safer, stronger and healthier.
The role of a fire service and a firefighter is to understand and manage risk to communities and the brigade, in the delivery of its services. We identify this through our Community Risk Management Plan.
We continually review our risk assessment using an evidence-based approach to identify the annual priorities and three-year objectives and to make sure we are meeting the changing needs of our communities.
Over the last 12 months, we’ve utilised every hurdle, success and experience in order to adapt, learn, evolve and plan more effectively for the future.
For everything you need to know about Our Plan, follow this link: https://wmfs.link/3vnxSKQ
Thank you, and stay safe!
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Most people will give very little thought to the catalytic converter in their car and many don’t know what it is, but unfortunately there are thieves giving it plenty of thought.
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|In response to the increased fear of pet theft, Neighbourhood Watch has launched our PROTECT YOUR POOCH campaign. |
The campaign will run on social media from 17th – 30th May but those who do not use social media can support the campaign by displaying this poster in their community, or attending our online Dog Theft webinar on the 27th May at 5pm. The webinar will be led by Neighbourhood Watch Network with speakers from the Met Police and Crimestoppers, as well as special guest speaker Katy Bourne, PCC for Sussex. To book your place, click here.
The PROTECT YOUR POOCH campaign encourages people to keep their pets SECURE, IN SIGHT and SEARCHABLE, and to HELP MAKE PET THEFT A SPECIFIC CRIMINAL OFFENCE. The Met Police and Crimestoppers are backing our SECURE, IN SIGHT and SEARCHABLE message. More information on the campaign can be found on www.ourwatch.org.uk/protectyourpooch.
You can support the campaign by acting on our advice and sharing our messages in the following ways:
About guest speaker Katy Bourne, PCC for Sussex
Katy Bourne is in her third term as Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Sussex. She was first elected in 2012, re-elected in 2016 and again in 2021. The PCC’s role is to hold the Chief Constable to account for the performance of the Force; effectively making the police answerable to the communities they serve.
Katy is responsible for setting the strategic direction and priorities for Sussex Police through the Police & Crime Plan. This includes setting the police budget and local police precept – the amount residents pay for policing in their council tax. She also has a statutory duty to deliver community safety initiatives including Restorative Justice and crime reduction grants, along with commissioning support services for victims of crime.
Her genuine passion and commitment to making a difference has won her praise from successive Home Secretaries and Prime Ministers and in June 2019 she was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
For anybody who wishes to have a PROTECT YOUR POOCH campaign pack, please email Deborah.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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|The newly elected Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands, Simon Foster, is calling for members of the public and organisation 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
The call for evidence will end on Monday 10th June and a full consultation on a new Police and Crime Plan will then follow in due course. People and organisation can submit their views by clicking https://www.westmidlands-pcc.gov.uk/your-new-police-and-crime-plan/
Last week I was elected as our regions new Police and Crime Commissioner and from Thursday 13th May I formally take on the powers of the PCC role.
I have often stated that I wish to be a People and Communities, Police and Crime Commissioner.
It is therefore one of my first tasks to write to members of the public and organisations to let me know what your priorities are for policing and criminal justice.
I will draw up a new Police and Crime Plan to set out the people’s priorities for my three year term of office. The plan is a legal document required by law and in order to shape the plan I intend to listen to what the public and other agencies views are on the priorities.
A PCC’s term is normally four years, but the pandemic delayed last May’s voting by 12 months.
As the West Midlands PCC I am responsible for setting the police budget and have the power to raise some funds through Council Tax, but most of West Midlands police’s budget comes from central government. Over the last decade that budget was cut by £175 million and saw the number of officers at the force shrink by a quarter.
I have already committed to ensuring 450 new police officers are recruited and serve local communities across the region. I also want to crack down on knife crime and domestic abuse. But my Police and Crime Plan will set out a much wider range of policy objectives so it is important that I first hear the views of the public before writing it.
I am writing to you and your network directly because I know you may share some of my key concerns and ambitions. In order to truly understand what change is needed, I believe it is crucial for people to tell me exactly what problems and concerns they have, so the policing plan becomes a “People’s Plan.”
As your PCC I am calling for your views and evidence on the main themes set out in my manifesto:
Building stronger communities
Tackling violent crime
Delivering a safe economy
A more equal police service
Better policing for all
For a more accountable police and crime commissioner
The call for evidence will end on Monday 10th June and a full consultation on a new Police and Crime Plan will then follow in due course. People and organisations can submit their views by clicking here
Police and Crime Commissioner
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|On 08/05/21 between 15:00hrs and 23:00hrs on Field Lane, Pelsall.|
Residential burglary has taken place by unknown offenders. Where valuables stolen from property and they made good their escape.
On 10/05/21 on High Street, Clayhanger.
Vehicle was approached by unknown offenders who have stolen it and made good their escape.
Between 17:00 07/05/21 - 09:00hrs 10/05/21 on High Street, Clayhanger.
Unknown offenders attempted to gain access to a vehicle by smashing the window and causing damage to the ignition barrel. Offenders made good their escape without vehicle.
On 11/05/21 at 22:30 on Fullelove Road, Brownhills.
Unknown offender has stolen a Van by unknown means and made good their escape.
On 12/05/21 between 14:00 - 16:00hrs On Shannon Drive Brownhills,
Unknown offenders have approached a vehicle and taken the screw out from the number plate and caused damage to to lock of drivers door. Offenders made good their escape leaving with nothing.
On 12/05/21 between 14:00hrs - 08:00hrs on the 13/05/21 on Old Town Lane, Pelsall.
Unknown offenders have approached vehicle taking the catalytic converter and made good their escape.
On 12/05/21 at approx 21:00hrs on Lindon Drive, Brownhills.
Unknown offenders have approached vehicle and taken front and rear number plates and made good their escape.
On 13/05/21 between 00:13 - 08:00hrs. On Grove Crescent, Pelsall.
Unknown offenders have approached a vehicle attempting to steal the catalytic converter causing damage to vehicle, however were disturbed and made good their escape leaving with nothing.
On 15/05/21 between 18:30 - 22:30 on Brownhills High Street.
Unknown offenders have approached a female on the high street gaining access to handbag and stolen Iphone and purse. Offenders made good their escape.
If there is any information you can provide to the above crimes please contact 101 or use West Midlands Police Web Chat to report this.
Please keep yourself safe.
Brownhills Neighbourhood Team.
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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.
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.
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Burglary Crime Prevention 10/5/21
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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.
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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
|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, 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.
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 locked, lit and empty.”
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.
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 locked, lit 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.
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.email@example.com
WMRCCU Cyber Crime Sentinel Newsletter - Issue 42 24/3/21
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!
|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,
|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.
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
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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:-
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.
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.
|Good Morning Walsall,
Please see the below message on behalf of our colleagues from Street Teams Community Futures.
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:
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
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 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:
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/
|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
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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
• 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
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:
(Please note: if link isn't accessible then you can find it by visiting: west-midlands.police.uk/crime-prevention)
|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 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.
|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:
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.
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
Vehicle Number Plate Thefts 14/1/21
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Locality Manager - East
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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.
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
Keep safe and remember...
Stay at home, protect the NHS, Save lives.
HANDS, FACE, SPACE
|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
Walsall Council Housing
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/
|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
|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.
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:
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:
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.
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK, Central Support Team
the force area as part of Operation Sceptre - a national week of action.
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
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.
child about knife crime we have help and advice on how to have that chat,
including what to say on our website.
|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$$W0Rd in 3 easy steps
But we won’t stop there! Whilst taking those 3 easy steps will go a long way to protecting yourself online, we want to protect not just you but your whole community! To do this, we are asking you to spread the word and help protect your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours by sharing these 3 easy steps with 3 others.
To share with others you can forward this email to at least 3 of your friends, share the information from our Password Protection page in your local newsletter, or share our campaign on your social media channels using our Protect your Pa$$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 email@example.com.
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK, Central Support Team
|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.
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
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!
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:
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.
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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)