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 email@example.com
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
|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)