A West Midlands Police Message.

Over the last few Weeks there has been a slight increase in the number of burglaries in your local area, forcing access to gain high value property within homes. Police are warning of a rise in Asian gold being targeted. With this in mind we would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the importance of making sure your property is secure at all times and to let you know about what we are doing to deal with the problem.

Most burglaries are opportunist and therefore simple measures can often be enough to prevent a burglary occurring. Follow these simple crime reduction tips to further reduce the risk of becoming a victim of burglary:

Make sure doors and windows are locked, especially when leaving the house.
Secure your doors. Check the condition of the frames and glass panels. Fit devices such as chains and door viewers.
When you are out, leave a light on to give the impression that there is somebody at home. Timer switches can be fitted to operate radios and lights when you are out. Radios tuned to talk orientated stations can often give the impression that someone is talking inside.
Use your burglar alarm if you have one.
Never leave a spare key in a convenient hiding place, such as under the doormat or in a flowerpot a burglar will look there first.
Make sure that your sheds and garages are secure. Always lock ladders and tools away to stop a burglar using them.

With Regards to Jewellery and Property Our Advice is to:

Hide jewellery and leave it at home.
Stay alert and look after one another.
At home photograph your jewellery and keep an inventory on immobilise.com
Keep jewellery in a safety deposit box or at your bank.

We’re doing all we can to stop thieves in their tracks:
Several tactics are being used, such as targeted patrols, Planned operations and the robust management of known offenders, to prevent any increase.
There will be a officers patrolling locations both on foot and in vehicles. Houses that are potentially vulnerable will also be identified and officers will be distributing crime
Prevention advice. We are also working with people who work out and about in the community to make sure we have as many eyes looking out for offenders as possible.
We are encouraging households to join their local Neighbourhood Watch scheme or to set one up to help prevent burglary in their street.
Neighbourhood Watch schemes help residents work together to tackle problems in their community. They help cut crime by focusing on helping people to protect themselves and their property.

Residents interested in starting up or joining a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme should sign up to WMNow https://www.wmnow.co.uk/

Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more