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Abandoned Car- Reported!

There has been a car abandoned in Millbank Street Ashmore Park Wednesfield.

I have reported the car to West Midlands Police. I have also reported it to the City Council. I will keep local residents informed of events when I have received a response from the Authorities.

I want to thank Local residents for bringing this issue to my attention. Hopefully the Authorities will take the matter up and respond quickly to dispose of it. Making the highway safe again,

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Wednesfield Burglaries And Stolen Vehicles Recovered

Wednesfield Burglaries And Stolen Vehicles Recovered

Dear Residents
In the early hours of the 12th September 2018 a residential burglary occurred at an address in the vicinity of Wood End Road/Linthouse Lane Wednesfield. Two vehicles were stolen in what is known as a ‘car key burglary’.
A few hours after this offence, officers from Wolverhampton’s Offender Management Team located and recovered two stolen vehicles a short distance away in Castle Bridge Gardens. One of which was from the burglary mentioned above. The other vehicle was stolen from the Heath Town area a few hours before also.
At the same time West Midlands Police Traffic Unit also located another stolen vehicle just off Mill Lane Wednesfield. This was stolen several day before from the Scotland’s Area of Wolverhampton.
In the past 7 days there has been 2 residential burglaries and 7 business burglaries within Wednesfield area – this includes Wednesfield North/South and Fallings Park.
Car Key burglaries most company occur in the early hours of the morning. If you happen to see something that doesn’t look right or may be suspicious please do not hesitate to contact police on 101 or 999 if you believe a crime is taking place.
The same advice goes for unusual vehicles that may have ‘appeared’ overnight in quite residential streets. Burglars who steal cars frequently leave these in a seemingly quite residential road for a few hours after they have been stolen to allow them to ‘cool down’ and see if the vehicles are being tracked. If you believe a vehicle is suspicious please do not hesitate to contact us.
Below is a host of information and steps to consider to reduce the chance of becoming a victim of burglary.
Kind Regards
Wednesfield Neighbourhood Police TeamKeeping your home safe

There are simple steps that you can take to make your home safer. Burglars look for homes that appear to be empty or have easy access to the back of the building.
They can also choose homes where there are no visible signs of protection such as alarms or security lighting, and where trees and high bushes provide good cover. in addition, something as simple as locking doors and shutting windows in unoccupied rooms can make a big difference.
Try placing yourself in the burglar’s mind-set and look at your home to see if there are areas where the security could be improved.
Below are some tips that will help improve the security of your home.

Your doors
• Front doors should have a viewer and door chain where possible.
• Letter boxes should be positioned so that people cannot reach through and release the lock
• Wooden back doors should ideally be fitted with a five lever mortice deadlock and two bolts
• UPVC doors or doors with Euro Cylinders should have DHF TS007 3 Star or Sold Secure Diamond Standard Anti-Bump replacement cylinders fitted. Always consult a Master Locksmiths Association accredited locksmith if you are unsure. Badly fitted Euro Cylinders can compromise your security.
• When fitting security products always remember to use strong bolts and long screws. Follow the manufacturers guidelines or consult a specialist using the guide from the Master Locksmiths Association
• Laminated glass should be used in all glazed areas. Wooden beading should be glued and fixed securely. In the case of UPVC beading should be internal, externally beaded older UPVC windows can have the beading sealed into place

Your patio doors
• Most modern patio doors will incorporate a multi-point locking system. On older units, or those without multi-point locking, you should fit approved patio door locks to the top and bottom of the sliding door.
• Also ensure that an “anti-lift” device is used. This will prevent the sliding door being levered off its runners.
• Patio door Euro Cylinders should be DHF TS007 3 Star or have Sold Secure Diamond Standard Anti-Bump replacement cylinders fitted. Always consult a Master Locksmiths Association accredited locksmith if you are unsure. Badly fitted Euro Cylinders can compromise your security.

Your windows
• All ground floor windows and those which open onto accessible areas such as balconies or roofs should be fitted with window locks, unless designated as a means of escape.

French Windows
• These generally open outwards and have exposed hinges. These doors are can be vulnerable to being levered open by screwdrivers or garden tools.
• Security on timber and metal frame French windows can be improved by fitting mortise or surface-mounted security bolts on the inside top and bottom, together with hinge bolts and frame reinforcement.

Replacing your doors and windows
• If you decide or need to replace your doors and windows, please look for products that are tested to the PAS 24 standard from 2012 onwards and carry the Secured by Design logo.

Lock snapping
We are aware that some people may try and snap your locks to gain entry into your home. This is not a new concept and has been around for some time.
On most UPVC doors the type of locks fitted will be a Euro profile cylinder, these are the types of locks which can be snapped. There are locks on the market which can combat this method of entry and branded as Anti-Snap locks, they will be tested to meet a certain standard.
If you are changing locks make sure the lock is tested to TS007 and achieve 3 Star standard. There are two ways to attain the TS007 3 Star standard:
• Replace your existing cylinder with a TS007 3 Star Kitemarked cylinder.
• The cylinder will clearly show the 3 Star Kitemark logo. It gives the highest level of security available with several layers of protection built in. You don’t need to replace your existing handles.
• Or replace your existing cylinder with a TS007 1 Star Kitemarked cylinder, and replace your door handles with TS007 2 Star Kitemarked handles. By combining a 1 Star Cylinder with 2 Star handles, you get the same 3 star rating.
For further information on home security visit Secured by Design or the Master Locksmiths Association.

Glass
• Vulnerable areas include French windows and glazed external doors, as well as windows next to any door. For those windows you should fit laminated safety glass. Please beware of toughened safety glass. It shatters into thousands of small pieces with no sharp edges, leaving a gaping hole to climb or reach through. Toughened safety glass can be regarded as ‘burglar friendly’. Do not confuse it with laminated safety glass. If you are in any doubt, check with a glazing professional.
• In double glazed units, laminated glass on both the inner and outer surfaces will offer the ultimate protection. However, one pane of laminated glass should be enough to prevent entry. It is generally recommended that the laminated pane is fitted on the inside surface, thereby offering protection from the burglar and reduced risk of accidental injury to the occupants.

Going on holiday
No one wants to return from holiday to find out your home has been broken into. Before going away next think about the following safety advice:
• Lock all doors and windows
• Lock your garage and secure tools
• Cancel the milk and papers
• Get a friend or neighbour to collect your post, draw your curtains and make your home look lived in
• Property mark your valuables
• Cut the lawns
• Set timer switches on lights and a radio
• Avoid displaying your name and address on your luggage. Put your address inside the case to help identification if the luggage is lost
• Hide financial documents and keys. If possible please use a safe.
• Don’t mention on social media or your answering machine that you will be away from home for a few days

Keeping your jewellery safe at home
• If you have jewellery please consider keeping items in a safety deposit box. Your bank or insurance company will be able to provide suitable advice.
• If you prefer to keep your jewellery at home, please purchase a suitable safe that is installed to manufacturer’s instructions. Your insurance company will provide advice on which type and grade of safe best suits your needs. They will also advise whether your home insurance provides sufficient cover for high-value jewellery.
• It is important that you keep an inventory of your jewellery. This can be done in a paper version or online at Immobilise. Include identifying marks, images, value and the purchase date.

Sheds, garages and greenhouses
Gone are the days when a garden shed or garage were full of items such as half-empty paint tins and plant pots. They are now home to expensive electrical items, top of the range bikes and a whole host of other items on the wish list of opportunist criminals.
It is important that you see your shed or garage as an extension to your house and afford it the same levels of crime prevention.
• Put away all tools and equipment. Ensure sheds are locked when not in use using solid and secure locks.
• Install outside security lighting which comes on automatically at dusk
• If you have a burglar alarm, consult with your installer to see if you can extend it to cover outbuildings, garage and sheds
• Register your valuables for free on the national property database www.immobilise.com
Useful Links
• Secured by Design is a group of national police projects that focus on trying to ‘design out crime’ reducing the risk of crimes taking place at any given location.
• If you want to read more advice about how to prevent yourself being a victim of burglary, visit the national police website.
• There are lots of Neighbourhood Watch schemes set up in the West Midlands, which aim to bring the people of the area together to make communities safer. To learn more, and to find your local scheme, visit their website.
• Victim Support is an independent charity that help people affected by crime and traumatic events. They are not part of the police or any other criminal justice agency. Visit their website to see how they can help you, or call 0808 168 9111.

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Action Fraud Warns About Fake Netflix Emails!

Plain Text version:

Watch out for these fake Netflix emails.

We’ve seen an increase in reports about fake Netflix emails claiming that there’s an issue with your account, or that your account has been suspended. The email states that you need to “update” your account details in order to resolve the problem. The link in the emails leads to genuine-looking Netflix phishing websites designed to steal your username and password, as well as payment details.

Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information in case it’s a scam. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.

For more information on how to stay secure online, visit www.cyberaware.gov.uk 

Message Sent By
Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)
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Police Meet Residents at The Hub at Ashmore Park!

Wednesfield PACT Meeting 6th September 2018

The Hub at Ashmore Park.

 

Well there was 15 members of the public turned up for the Wednesfield PACT meeting

The Crime stats as they effect Wednesfield North were given here, this covered a two month period.

  • Business Crime – 4 This includes Shop Lifting
  • Burglary – 4
  • Robbery – 0
  • Criminal Damage Motor vehicles -3
  • Motor vehicle Theft -2
  • Cycle Theft – 0

The Priority areas for Policing were agreed as Junction of Bayliss Ave and Kitchen Lane. The Ashmore Park Shopping Parade and a request was made for Sandy Crescent.

Wednesfield Police told how during this period they arrested two persons on Ashmore Park for criminal acts, and had their car seized. They also reported that a mini motorbike had also been seized, for having no Insurance.

Parking around Griffith Drive and on the footpaths at the junctions with Phillips Ave & Barnard Road was discussed. Residents felt that the parking across footpaths in this area was unacceptable.

Social Media questions asked of the Police during the session were

  • Question – What are they doing to combat speeding on PRESTWOOD Road West, Amos Lane and Linthouse Lane! Answer –  Police Sgt keen to see Community taking part in a speed watch….any names and addresses in box me and I will pass it on!
  • Question – Could we see walking police on estates ? –Answer We will do our best!

 

At the end of the meeting residents spoke to the Police individually about issues they had and wanted discussing.IMG_5189sgt dalton

Blue Light

Independent Advisory Group ?

Councillor Phil Bateman said today ” I have received this note from West Midlands Police it may be of interest to residents of Wednesfield North. If so perhaps you could follow the instructions and contact Sgt Alicoon.”West Midlands Police is in the process of establishing an Independent Advisory Group (IAG), therefore we are looking for expressions of interest from residents and organisations across the West Midlands who may want to take part in this important piece of work. The purpose of the group will primarily be to: Provide a two-way dialogue between members of Faith / Belief within the community and the police service.

Mobilise and enable active citizens to work in partnership with the police and other agencies to tackle the issues that concern members of the community around Religion. 

Provide transparency around cases of Hate Crime towards a person(s) targeted by Religion (where appropriate and sanitised) either to identify learning or sharing best practice/good news stories. 

At this time we are simply seeking expressions of interest, so please do not feel that an early reply is committing you to anything at this stage.

This is a voluntary role and it is envisaged that meetings will take place quarterly, where possible at various locations around the West Midlands.

Could you please send expressions of interest to Sgt Simon Alicoon 0263 by emailing: s.alicoon@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk directly, please feel free to also email Sgt Alicoon with any questions you may have.

Please ensure replies are received by 1st September 2018 where possible.

Thank you

Sgt Simon Alicoon
West Midlands Police
Force Operational/Tactical Crime Lead – Religion

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Big Turnout for Wednesfield Police Meeting Today!

Today (Friday 17 August) Mary and I along with Councillor Greg Brackenridge attended the Police and Community Together Meeting in the Wednesfield Library.

It was a very well attended meeting and the new Wednesfield Sgt Rob Dalton, was also in attendance.

There was a lot of discussion about the situation in the High Street, The  traders spoke of the damage to their shops, the vandalism, and the constant fight against Anti Social Behaviour . h the begging and the homeless issues. Local traders who were present were explaining how difficult it is for customers when some of those that were begging were aggressive with it.

The Police informed that many of those that were regularly seen in the High Street, were neither homeless or destitute. That in fact they are begging to fuel their own drug addiction. Warning notices issued by the Police have been served to some of these individuals.

Sgt Dalton impressed upon the meeting that the best approach to this problem is for people to stop giving them money. Also to report the incidents of aggressive begging to the Police either via the telephone, and the Police 101 system or CrimeStoppers 0800 555111, or via the West Midlands Police email reporting system.

Traders warned that there was also an alarming number of elderly people who were having their purses lifted after visiting High Street Banks and Post Office. The police appeared to be unaware of this, possibly due to the fact that the thefts were not being reported after it had happened. The 101 telephone calling system was lambasted as being hopeless and in effectual. Almost everyone who spoke reported that the system did not work for them.

The Police have a tiger by the tail on this. There systems which they want the taxpayers to use doesn’t work! The Police stations they are closing, is leaving a massive hole. The Police are growing further apart from the public….and the frustration of this well attended meeting is plain for all to see!

 

The Meeting was very vocal about the intentions to close Wednesfield Police Station. It has a closure date of Autumn 2019. The three Labour Councillors present informed the meeting that we were still campaigning to get this decision reversed. The Meeting left it very clear that the Police Station should stay open. Many spoke about it being required now, and in its current ‘Zombie’ stage it is frustrating for residents who want to use it to report crime and seek West Midlands Police Advice!

There was a very strong call made from those attending to have a direct link with the Police via a Police Surgery if the Police Station and its Police commanders continue to ignore the publics call, one that could be held in one place at a regular time and be well publicised.

Wednesfield North Issues

Mary and I raised the issue of motor bikes and the nuisance they are being faced with, of the bikes being raced around the shops, the Park , and estate roads. We raised the need for the Police to treat as a priority The Ashmore Park Shopping Parade – Motorbikes, Fly Tipping and now criminal damage in the shape of crude graffiti. Speed issues on Peacock Ave, Broad Lane North, Kitchen Lane, and Woodend Road and Linthouse Lane. I also spoke with the Sgt about Drug related issues.

 

Finally I also raised with the Police the good work they do with the Annual Fishing contest they organise, sponsored by Fatties Bait and Tackle Shop on Ashmore Park. I asked that the Police continue to work in this way with the young people in Wednesfield North and Wednesfield. It was a good thing to do and didn’t go by unnoticed. I was very pleased to see Fatties being so supportive.

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Police and Community Together Meeting – Ashmore Park

 

Police and Community Together!

There is an extra Police and Community Together Meeting today Friday at 17th August 2018 at the new Library in Well Lane Wednesfield. The meeting will start at 10.00 am. It is likely to attract a lot of interest.

The next ordinary Police and Community Together Meeting will take place on Thursday 6th September 2018, and this meeting  will beheld  on Ashmore Park at The Hub at 6.30pm.

These meetings are organised by the Police so that you can tell them what your problems are!

Chief Superintendent Andy Beards

New Police Chief for Wolverhampton!

We have a new Chief Superintendent. He is Andy Beards and he started his career in Wednesfield as a PC some 24 years ago. He is I am informed ‘excited’ about taking up his new position here in the City of Wolverhampton.

He has a long established career in the West Midlands and knows the City well.

Hopefully Chief Superintendent Beards will be able to get on top of the crime in Wolverhampton, and do something for our City in tackling  the crime ring that relates to drugs and gangs.

I for my part, and on behalf of the Wednesfield North Councillors  welcome him to the City, and I do hope that we will see him from time to time in Wednesfield North.

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Wednesfield North – Not a Hot Spot of Violent Crime!

Knife crime is making all the news. I wanted to find out the latest information as it affects Wednesfield North.

I wrote to Chief Inspector Beth Bridges. I have yet to receive the full details I requested, but I do think that this interim response gives an indication that Wednesfield North is not a ” hotspot area for knife and violent crime.” Here is what Chief Inspector Bridges states to me in correspondence.

Councillor Bateman,

I have forwarded your email to Sgt Dalton who will be able to provide the data that you require with some context supporting it. However, you have hopefully seen via media outlets that Wolverhampton, along with the rest of West Midlands Police, have been focussing on knife crime for a sustained period of time.

I share your concerns regarding the incidents that we are currently seeing and we have responded by amending our patrols, increasing resources in key areas and working with schools and other partners to raise awareness of the dangers of carrying knives.

This area remains a priority for us and we will continue this work with partners, families and the wider community to work to make Wolverhampton a safe place to live and work.

Again, Sgt Dalton can discuss the specifics within your Neighbourhood but you are not one of our hotspot areas for knife and violent crime. Chief Inspector Wolverhampton Neighbourhood Policing Unit.

Councillor Phil Bateman added “When I have the full information from Sgt Dalton I will of course publish it, for residents to see.

 

 

 

 

 

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Another Day! Yet Another Scam!- Beware….