|Flight Ticket Fraud
Fraudsters are attempting to entice victims who are looking for cheap flights abroad.Victims have reported booking tickets via websites or a “popular” ticket broker, only to discover that after payment via bank transfer or electronic wire transfer, the tickets/booking references received are counterfeit. In some cases, all communications between the company or broker and the victim have been severed.
Fraudsters are targeting individuals who are seeking to travel to African nations and the Middle East, particularly those wishing to travel in time for popular public and religious holidays.
This is a note to the residents and constituents of Wednesfield North.
Recently I received a newsletter from the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Mr David Jamieson . I have reproduced it here for you. It is an explanation as to why your Counciltax for Policing in the West Midlands will rise. Please read the statement.
From the Police and Crime Commissioner Mr David Jamieson – “After the Policing Minister had opened the newly refurbished Lloyd House in November last year he set off back to London by train.
During his visit Nick Hurd had given me a very strong reason to be optimistic. Without committing to any figures, the impression he gave was that, after years of cuts, more money was finally on its way to our force.
“Would 2018 be the first year in almost a decade that the force doesn’t have to reduce the number of coppers?” I thought to myself.
This looked like very good news. Since 2010 we have seen our spending power reduced by £145 million and we have 2000 fewer officers keeping you safe in the region. With the problem of terrorism an increasing threat, our force is becoming seriously stretched.
There are fewer officers able to patrol the beat. Fewer officers who can make sure your family is kept safe.
So you can imagine how disappointed I was to learn, less than one month later, that West Midlands Police would not be given any extra money by the government. Instead, the buck for raising funds was passed to you.
If you want more money for policing, we were told, you’ll have to raise your own council tax.
So here is my choice. Reluctantly raise council tax and reduce the speed at which the force shrinks or leave the local tax unchanged and watch crime rise.
I am extremely proud of the brave officers at West Midlands Police. The organisation is made up of thousands of hard working individuals. They put their lives on the line 365 days a year to keep us safe. For that I am extremely grateful. But their job is becoming increasingly challenging. Your safety, and the safety of your families, is precious and I will not see it taken for granted.
So here is my proposal. In line with the government’s plans, we should raise council tax for a typical household by £12 a year. That’s £1 per month. This will reduce the impact of central government cuts. If we do this, I can protect around 190 officers at West Midlands Police. Any one of those 190 officers could be the officer who prevents your home from being burgled or your son or daughter from being mugged as they travel home on the bus.
At a time when families are working harder than ever for smaller and smaller pay packets, the thought of raising taxes, even by a small amount, goes against my instinct. The people of the West Midlands are being squeezed enough. But on this occasion I hope you’ll understand that your safety and that of your family must not be compromised.”
If any Wednesfield North resident would like to make a comment on this statement and the information it contains…perhaps you can email me on – email@example.com.
Good Morning Councillor Phil BATEMAN
West Midlands Police has released images of people they want to trace in connection with a series of rush robberies in which victims have been attacked in their own homes in Wolverhampton.
The individuals pictured are suspected of being involved in house raids that have seen victims threatened with weapons before jewellery and cash was stolen.
Thieves struck at five homes spread across Bradley, Chapel Ash, Bescot, Pleck, West Bromwich, and Wednesbury between the 13 and 18 January. A further three raids took place last night, all in Wolverhampton.
Up to five Eastern European suspects are understood to have burst into homes and on some occasions used bleach and cleaning fluids on the hands of victims in a sub-standard attempt to clean DNA evidence.
West Midlands Police Force CID Inspector Ade George said: We are currently investigating five crimes across Wolverhampton, and a further three on Sandwell and Walsall. Force has been used on a number of occasions and victims left traumatised by the experience.”
We believe these criminals scope areas for homes that could be potential targets, I ask people to be aware of individuals or vehicles in their area acting suspiciously. If you are in any doubt, call police.
People who behave in this way deserve no protection, we need people to come forward and tell us who they suspect is involved so we can take action, identify and bring those responsible for these burglaries to justice.”
also like to ask for residents who are reading this in the news or on social media, to help us inform the wider community by sharing this information with neighbours, friends and family members.”
Information on how to protect your home can be found on our website: https://www.west-midlands.police.uk/campaigns/darker-nights/burglary
We are also issuing this advice for jewellery owners:
Keep the jewellery in a safe place and locked up if possible
Consider installing a safe at home which is securely fixed to the floor or wall. Speak to your insurance company and ensure you have a safe that offers the correct level of protection
Ensure that the jewellery is insured
Consider storing high valuable items elsewhere such as in a bank or safety deposit box; contact your bank for details
Make a list of all jewellery stored in your house with a description of each item
Photograph all pieces of jewellery against a plain background with the ruler next to them to give an idea of size
Make sure your home is kept secure at all times: keep windows and doors locked, switch lights on when going out to make your home look occupied, use burglar alarms and install dusk till dawn security lights on the outside of your property
If you are buying jewellery as a gift, dont leave it or its packaging on display. Follow as much of the above advice as possible to keep it safe.
For approved and tested products visit www.securedbydesign.com
Anyone with information, or who has been offered Asian or high value gold for sale, is asked to contact West Midlands Police on 101.
Alternatively information can also be passed anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
‘Partners and Community Together’
10.30 am Tuesday 16th January 2018
The Hub, Ashmore Park, Griffiths Drive, Wednesfield.
Sergeant Danher together with other agency partners, invite you to attend the next meeting of the Wednesfield North PACT open meeting. You can influence the policing priorities in your Neighbourhood at the
Open meeting starting at 10.30 am
You will also receive information on how crime & Anti social Behaviour are being tackled in this Neighbourhood.
West Midlands Police are warning –
Individuals and businesses are being warned to watch out for cold calls and online contact from fraudsters who are offering victims the opportunity to apply for Government grants for an advance fee.
To make the grants look legitimate fraudsters have set up bogus companies and convincing looking websites that claim to be operating on behalf of the UK Government.
Fraudsters cold call businesses and individuals offering the grant and if they’re interested direct them to fill out an online application form with their personal information.
Once the fraudsters have that information they’ll contact back victims and congratulate them on being accepted onto the grant programme.
Pre-paid credit cards
Applicants are then asked to provide identification and are instructed to get a pre-paid credit card to deposit their own contribution to the fake Government grant scheme.
Fraudsters will then contact victims on the phone or are emailed and asked for the details of their pre-paid credit card and copies of statements to in order for them to add the grant funds.
Of course the grant funds are never given by the fraudsters and the money that’s been loaded by the victim onto the card is stolen.
If you receive one of these calls, hang up immediately and report it to us. We’ve already taken down one website fraudsters have been using to commit this fraud and are working with Companies House to combat this issue.
PROTECTION / PREVENTION ADVICE
How to Protect yourself:
Be wary of unsolicited callers implying that you can apply for grants. You should never have to pay to receive a government grant, and they definitely won’t instruct you to obtain a pre-paid credit card. The government should have all the information they need if a genuine grant application was submitted, therefore any requests for personal or banking information either over the phone or online should be refused.
Fire can swiftly turn into a tragedy when it breaks out in our communities.
Over the last few years your three City Councillors have tried to alert our community of Wednesfield North of the importance of having working smoke alarms fitted in our homes and property. We have shared information on social media sites that show our residents have been in contact with the Fire Service and have taken advantage of the free service they offer to have smoke alarms fitted.
This is an important service offered by the Fire Service. Please use it.
Statistics I have requested under Freedom of Information legislation. Tells me that the West Midlands Fire Service has been called out 700 times over a two year period (2015 & 2016) here in our City of Wolverhampton.
During the 700 times that the fires service turned out here in our city, there were 24 persons who were injured by fire, and there were 3 people who lost their lives.
Looking a little closer at Wednesfield North we have been grateful to the fire service as they attended to 9 property fires in 2015 and 9 property fires in 2016. The calls in Wednesfield North as an average of the fires in Wolverhampton are just over 2.5%.
We should always be on our guard against the threat of fire in our homes. Plus we should all be good neighbours and ensure that our family and friends have a working fire alarm.
Luckily for all of us here in Wednesfield North the actual call out to property fires has not increased at all in the two year period (2015 & 2016). Staying stable at 9 call outs for 2015 and 9 call outs for 2016. But that is still 18 call outs too many!
The fact that we have had no injuries and no fatalities here in our Ward of Wednesfield North during this period, is something to be thankful for.
As we start a New Year 2018, I would urge you to ask your family, your friends and your neighbours – “Do you have an active smoke alarm?” If they haven’t – ask them to contact the local fire station to fit a free one.
Lets do all we can to keep fires out of Wednesfield North.
I am sure that Wednesfield will want to congratulate Keith Fraser former Police Superintendent with responsibility for Wednesfield. Today he has announced his joy and ‘excitement’ at being appointed the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales. He had recently retired from the Police force after 32 years of duty.
Keith was a very good Policeman, and helped me with lots of problems we have had here in Wednesfield with anti social behaviour and other crime. Always willing to offer advice and help even when I caught him at home and off duty.
I am very pleased that the region will have Keith sitting at the national table in an area of law and order that is critical to us all.
Here is how he responded to the Secretary of States announcement. “I am so excited and pleased that The Secretary of State has announced that I have been appointed to the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales.”
Congratulations Keith your experience going forward will be a very useful asset for the new organisation you are joining.
Everyone is concerned about crime – We are no different here in Wednesfield North than other places. It is a fact that we have one of the lower crime counts in here in the City and across the Black Country.
But we do not have no crime!
When looking back over the last 11months we have had 422 Violence and Sexual Offences reported here in our Ward. According to Crime UK.
That is a massive 20% or 1 in 5 of all crimes under-taken here in Wednesfield North has been categorised as being of Violence and Sexual Offences!
So what can we do about that? In short I am not certain. We certainly need to reduce this type of crime. I suspect that much of this will take place in peoples homes, and not out on the streets…But I maybe wrong in that assumption.
The police are the experts but we all know that their resources are stretched to near breaking point.
The Government must start soon to release the national purse strings, they must start to reinvest in the Police so that the rest of us can feel safe on the streets and in our homes.
The Governments current plans are to allow the Police and Crime Commissioners to levy increases to your own Counciltax Bills to pay for extra police resources. I feel that the support the police should be getting should be through the national taxation we all pay to government.
Let me know what you think…… I am keen to see if you feel similar to me on these issues.
|Violence and sexual offences||422||20.04%|
Councillor Phil Bateman said “I have been taken a back by the fact that over this period these statistics are not getting any better.”
He went onto say -” Comparison of crime types in Wednesfield North between November 2016 and October 2017 are both shocking and frightening.
These are not my statistics they are crime statistics for Wednesfield North compiled by Police UK. The huge rise in violence and sexual offences has certainly startled me as the figures for Anti Social Behaviour, Burglary, Shoplifting, and Vehicle Crime has also.
It is these statistics and statistics like these for the whole of Wolverhampton, that led to me placing a resolution to Wolverhampton City Council this summer calling for the Government to make more Government financial resources available for the City of Wolverhampton.
Your three Labour Councillors Rita, Mary and I are committed to doing all we can, to ensure the Police and the Government recognise that your property, and your safety, is vitally important, and will be strongly campaigned for by your three City Councillors.
Comparison of crime types in this area between November 2016 and October 2017 are here.” Let me know what you think!
Number of crimes
|Criminal damage and arson||162||7.69%|
|Possession of weapons||15||0.71%|
|Theft from the person||14||0.66%|
|Violence and sexual offences||422||20.04%|
Recently I wrote to West Midlands Police about the levels of knife crime here in Wednesfield North.
I wanted to find out more about the actual knife crime situation locally. This followed some allegations made to me re an incident recently.
I have been very much reassured by the response I have received from the Police and Crime Commissioners Office and senior members of Wolverhampton Police.
I asked how many incidents involving a knife had taken place in our Ward of Wednesfield North between 2014 and 2017.
The response I have received has been very encouraging. Wolverhampton senior Police Officers tell me that
- There have been just 7 reported offences in Wednesfield North during this period
They point out that this is less than 2 offences a year, and it covers domestic related incidents as well as those in public places. While that is seven incidents too many, it is not anywhere near epidemic proportions.
I am very re-assured by those statistics. The Police go onto inform me that they do patrol public open space in the Ward, and those patrols have led to weapons being recovered on public open space, here in Wednesfield North. The police find and removal, led to the police removing weapons from our local streets. I applaud them for this action.
The Police went onto explain that they work in schools and in communities to make people aware of the dangers of knives here in Wednesfield. The PCC said he had supported and ensured that surrender bins had been supported, that has helped get hundreds of knives off the streets in the West Midlands.
I want to thank Police and Crime Commissioner Jamieson for his response, and Chief Superintendent Jane Meir and Inspector Tracey Packham for also contributing to the response letter .