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Burglary Wednesfield North – A Male Is Arrested!

As one of your local Councillors – I can vouch that our Ward of Wednesfield North is indeed a low crime Ward. It is consistently shown as being a Ward that has amongst the lowest crime within five miles of the Ward Boundary’s.

However this morning I wrote to the Police following the concerns that residents in the Ward have raised with me about the burglary that has taken place in Wednesfield North. I asked if there had been any increases in Burglary over the last three months?

I went onto explain that there is a real concern in Wednesfield North with regards to this horrendous offence at this moment.

I suggested to Sgt Danher that the most recent attack in Bellamy Lane had a lot of people talking, and I am quite rightly, being questioned about the effectiveness of the Police patrols. I went onto explain to him that one of my residents recently contacted me requesting more Police patrols in the Ward because of the fear that is stalking the community. 

Since I wrote that letter this morning I was informed that another burglary had taken place in Gurnard Close Coppice Farm.  I can inform you that Sgt Danher has responded very quickly and he has what I think is good news to report. 

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Sgt Danher of Wednesfield Police.

Sgt Danher states “Over the past 3 months there have been 8 Burglary Dwellings reported to Police in the Wednesfield North area, overall we are showing a  -35% reduction. I am afraid other neighbourhoods aren’t as low as ours. 

As I type we have successfully arrested and have in custody a male who we believe is responsible for a number of Burglaries on Wednesfield North.  

The team still complete their dedicated Burglary patrols and are proactively targeting streets offering crime prevention advice to houses that appear vulnerable or may be possible targets. I believe you yourself witnessed one of these proactive patrols recently? These have not stopped and we will maintain them on a daily basis. 

Whenever a Burglary is reported we also complete a reassurance visit to the resident and offer a crime prevention walkthrough by one of our experts as well as offering crime prevention tools such as the product “Selecta DNA”, which is a property marking item.  Although frustrated at being burgled, a resident attended the last PACT and praised the work that we had completed with him, making him much less likely to be  a repeat victim. 

In relation to the Bellamy Lane incident, there are live enquires on going, which may expose the identity of potential offenders, CID are investigating the matter and my team are attending the address as I type to seize CCTV and complete the follow up enquires.”

Now I wish to put on public record my thanks for the swift response. It helps me to keep you the residents of Wednesfield North informed of what is taking place. I think everyone of us will be pleased to hear that a suspect has been detained. I do hope that the evidence is also forthcoming that will allow the Courts to deal with him .

What I would also add here is that it is still the community’s role to help the Police. More Neighbourhood co-operation is required. We need to report suspicious behaviour, and we need to keep an eye open for our neighbours and their property.

 

 

Wednesfield North Is A Low Crime Ward- But Could It Be Made Safer?

Wednesfield North is a Low Crime Ward! To emphasise this here is the latest Neighbourhood crime league table

The league table below looks at the total crimes and crime rate for June 2016 that occurred in all neighbourhoods within 5 miles of Wednesfield North and orders them by lowest crime rate first.

Total
Rank Neighbourhood Total Rate
1 Wednesfield North (0.00 miles) 37 3.31
2 Tettenhall Regis (4.34 miles) 45 3.76
3 Pelsall (4.28 miles) 44 3.86
4 Bushbury North (2.31 miles) 50 4.19
5 Cheslyn Hay & Saredon (3.29 miles) 96 5.00
6 Willenhall North (1.31 miles) 67 5.24
7 Spring Vale (4.37 miles) 64 5.35
8 Fallings Park (1.14 miles) 69 5.43
9 Coseley East (4.87 miles) 72 5.65
10 Blakenhall (4.06 miles) 74 6.16
11 Essington & Featherstone (2.09 miles) 68 6.40
12 Bilston North (2.73 miles) 77 6.51
13 Short Heath (1.55 miles) 79 6.97
14 Graiseley (4.17 miles) 90 7.33
15 Bloxwich East (3.18 miles) 91 7.42
16 Oxley (3.40 miles) 96 7.59
17 Princes End (4.94 miles) 97 7.72
18 Bloxwich West (2.15 miles) 102 7.83
19 Darlaston South (3.54 miles) 113 8.07
20 East Park (2.38 miles) 103 8.14
21 Norton Canes (4.83 miles) 62 8.28
22 Bushbury South And Low Hill (2.14 miles) 112 8.47
23 Bentley And Darlaston North (2.88 miles) 121 8.65
24 Wednesbury North (4.19 miles) 108 8.70
25 Blakenall (3.61 miles) 120 8.89
26 Park (3.88 miles) 111 9.37
27 Pleck (3.61 miles) 143 9.45
28 Heath Town (1.92 miles) 154 10.20
29 St. Peters (3.16 miles) 130 10.51
30 Birchills Leamore (2.89 miles) 165 10.88
31 Ettingshall (3.48 miles) 153 11.16
32 Wednesfield South (1.10 miles) 130 11.28
33 Willenhall South (2.06 miles) 179 11.42
34 Bilston East (3.57 miles) 189 13.90
35 St Matthews (4.68 miles) 322 21.77
36 Wolverhampton City Centre (3.14 miles) 221 293.49

 

 

This summer I have changed the way that I am looking at crime in this Ward Of Wednesfield North. Yes it is useful to have the snap shot of crime as it happens. The Police give that information in their local newsletter and the meetings they hold under the PACT arrangements. These are valuable meetings and the information the Police give is also important to residents.

 

But the PACT meetings do not give the whole story.

This is the second time that I have looked at the UK Crime Statistics this summer, which are based over a longer period than the monthly statistics that are presented by Wednesfield Police at the PACT meetings.

Because there is a lag in the statistics from the UK Crime Survey, I tend to think that this is a more accurate way of building up a picture of what is taking place here in our Ward, when it comes to analysing crime. Then trying to understand what is taking place.

Wednesfield North Crime statistics July 2015-June 2016Statistics June 2015 –July 2016 It’s worth noting that over a one year period that the biggest crime taking place in Wednesfield North is not drugs.

That may be a surprise to some people. If I am honest it was a surprise to me. Much more worrying is the bigger statistics based around the following crime sectors.

  • Violent Crime – 123
  • Anti-Social Behaviour – 90
  • Vehicle Crime 60
  • Criminal Damage & Arson – 48
  • Burglary – 38
  • Shop Lifting – 37
  • Other Theft – 23
  • Public Order – 15
  • Drugs – 10
  • Robbery – 8
  • Other Crime – 7
  • Bike -2
  • Theft from Person – 1
  • Possession of Weapon – 0

 

So looking at the PACT Priority that Wednesfield Police are working to we have as the Priority Areas where the public want the Police to concentrate on? On the face of it the answer is of course yes.

The public attending the Police PACT meetings make that decision every meeting. But when I looked closer at the statistics I find that in June 2016. There were 8 crimes took place in or around Higgs Road. Which included – 3 Anti-Social Behaviour, 1 Criminal damage, 3 Shoplifting offences. Plus 1 Violent and Sexual Assault Crime. I also looked at – Wolmer Road & Drummond Close there were five crimes here…..So if the public knew more about the statistics based over a longer period, would they be making the sort of priority choices they are always making? By that would they always want the shopping parade, the Park prioritised? Or would they want to know what was happening elsewhere in the Ward covered?

Here is an example- Looking back at the priorities chosen by PACT in June – these were identified as the following priorities.

  • ASB – Bottom Shops Griffiths Drive
  • Speeding
  • Ashmore Park – The Park for drugs & ASB

Yet the information showing in the UK Crime Statistics for this period does not flag up the Park as a problem area? Only 10 drugs incidents and they were over a wider area than The Park.

My thoughts are that we should be hearing much more about the cause and effect of crime on the Ward.

Violent Crime it’s the biggest single offence taking place over the year. The question we have to ask is – Why is the stats so high with regard to this crime sector? What actions can be taken to reduce the incidents. What role has the public got to help? More in depth analysis is required.

It’s this sort of information that should be able to help us, and guide  residents living in the Ward to play a better more incisive role in policing our localities and our neighbourhoods, and becoming more targeted for choosing the PACT priorities.

Now I am very pleased that we have a Ward that is continually providing low statistics, but I am keen to see the stats fall even lower.

I want Wednesfield North to be an even safer place to live. I know that these issues are not easy to solve.

The police team are doing a great job protecting and serving our community. hence the excellent crime figures. I recognise that. But what I want is to see our residents and constituents here in Wednesfield North playing an even more incisive role in protecting our community. I am happy to receive any comments residents want to make …you can email me on  email@philbateman.com

I shall be raising the issues with our Local Sergeant and with the Inspector responsible for our area – Inspector Perry.

 

Noisy Scooters- Police Respond!

Yesterday following complaints made by local residents from across Wednesfield North – Residents were informing me that they were getting fed up with scooters that are tearing around Wednesfield ,often after their kids have been put to bed, and the scooters with little or no mufflers in place, were disturbing. They informed me that the sound was horrendous, and I was being asked “why the police are not taking action?”. I wrote to the Police last night requesting their advice in relation to this nuisance. Plus having heard the noise myself along side residents asked the following questions.

  1. Is this action against the Law or not?
  2. If it is an offence, what actions are going to be taken?

That information I placed on my web page led to almost three thousand people clicking to read, on my web page and on my other Social media outlets including Face Book. With those sort of numbers it showed how interested the community was in the issue that was being discussed. Many individuals made comments both publicly through my pages, and many more messaged me privately.  I promised to report back on the response from Wednesfield Police through these pages.

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Wednesfield Police Sgt Danher

Today Wednesfield Police responded to the questions I posed and informed me of their continued Polica Actions. Here is what Sgt Danher has had to say.

The Law – Section 59 of the Police Reform Act 2002 provides powers enabling police officers to take positive action in dealing with vehicles being used to cause alarm, distress or annoyance.  For example, vehicles performing screeching ‘handbrake turns’ in a housing estate or supermarket car park, or driving around with car windows open and loud music playing. Or in this case, taking the mufflers off the bike exhausts and causing excessive noise.

  • A constable has the power to seize offending vehicles but only after warning the person.  If, after the warning has been given, the driving continues or is repeated, then the vehicle can be seized.

  • A police officer must witness the offence and cannot act upon information from a third party, even another police officer.

  • If the vehicle has no insurance then we can seize the vehicle,  If an officer witnesses the bikes driving on pavements or any careless driving, then they driver can be reported for driving without due care and attention or utilise their Section 59 powers, whichever the officer deems more appropriate.

  • What the Police have we done so far. As you see from the Law the actions must be witnessed by the individual officer. It is therefore imperative that the community are reporting any of these types of incidents and passing on any important information such as registration numbers etc, as this vital information will enable us to be at the right location at the right time as well as enable us to develop our intelligence. We have visited all of our callers to Police and have created a patrol plan around key locations, identifying key times and dates of when these incidents are occurring. Yesterday we stopped a number of youths who we believe are responsible, unfortunately there were not any offences on this occasion. They were all advised around the impact of ASB on bikes on the local community, the risk to pedestrians safety as well as their own. They were also advised that we have the ability to seize the vehicles and have them crushed.

So the information I requested has been laid out and I feel will be a very useful way for residents to know and understand what constitutes a nuisance and an offence. I will continue to liaise with the Police and inform them of the information that you pass on through me.    Wednesfield North is a great place to live, and I hope we can maintain that.

Noisy Scooters- Are They Breaking The Law?

Residents are informing me that they are getting fed up with scooters that are tearing around Wednesfield often after the kids have been put to bed, with little or no mufflers in place. The sound is horrendous, and I am being asked why the police are not taking action?

I have written to the Police tonight requesting their advice in relation to this nuisance.

The question is – Is this action agains the Law or not?

If it is an offence, what actions are going to be taken?

I will report back on the response from Wednesfield Police through these pages.

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Five SpeedWatch Events Held In Linthouse Lane This Year.

Police and Community Together.

Police and Community Together- Community Speedwatch!

I recently had a letter from a resident in Linthouse Lane, pointing out that there was a lot of speeding vehicles in the Lane. Many were putting their speeds in to the ‘high and dangerous category’ as they approach the Pheasant Island.

I wrote to Wednesfield Police and enclosed my constituents concerns, here is the response I have received….

“We have completed 12 speedwatches over the past 12 months, 5 of which have been on Linthouse Lane, whereby we have caught the minority of drivers speeding, all of which have been formally advised.

Further events will take place on this road during the rest of the year. We are now working with West Midlands Fire Service in order to complete joint partner speedwatch, dates to be confirmed soon.

I am always looking for volunteers to come out with the team and get involved in Community Speedwatch as it enables the community to directly get involved and help reduce speeding in their area.”

So you can see there have been five speedwatch events in Linthouse Lane in 2016, if any resident wants to join the Police and take up their offer of joining with them for a Community Speedwatch event later in the year on Linthouse Lane. Please email me on email@philbateman.com and I will ensure the Police team gets your information.

Wednesfield Police Surgeries- Have You Something to say?!

West Midlands Police are an important service that is there to protect and serve our community. It is therefore in all our best interests that they are aware of the local situations in our neighbourhood, streets and localities.

As part of their work to make them selves available to our community , the local Police Team that work here in Wednesfield North are running a number of ‘Police Surgeries.’ The first of these will take place on Thursday 25th August -9.00am to 11.00am at the Hub on Ashmore Park Griffith Drive.

All your three Councillors would urge you to attend these meetings if you have a concern about the Law or if you have a local Policing concern, and it impinges on you or your family’s safety. Or if you just want to have a chat with the local Beat team, about their coverage of your street for instance.

Take advantage folks…..!

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Wednesfield North PACT – Statistics Point to Concerns

I attended the PACT meeting tonight with Cllr Rita Potter & Councillor Mary Bateman, there was once again a very poor public attendance.  New Wednesfield North Police Sgt Martin Danher attended for the PACT meeting for the first time and he gave the police report. It was an interesting report. But for me the monthly snapshots are giving a false impression on what crime is actually taking place here in the Ward.

chart Crime Wednesfield North  June2015 to June 2016For the Record it is important that I state from the outset that Wednesfield North is a Low Crime Ward. Tonight it stands fifth in the UK Crime Statistics League – June 2015 to May 2016 – table of surrounding Wards within a five mile radius.

The ‘Powers that Be’ must surely though start to consider how these PACT meetings can have new life breathed into them! They are basically dying on their feet. The public are not attending and participating as they once did.  Tonight there was 6 public members, three City Councillors, the Chairman plus the Secretary, and Police Sergeant Danher.

We were given the Police report which in truth was a pretty glowing report  of low crime statistics taking place in July. Good news I think!

But when you look closely at the monthly statistics they mask what is really taking place in the Ward over a longer period. What may surprise people is the lack of crime in Wednesfield North – for instance in these tough categories.

  • No Reports of Possession of a Weapon
  • Just one report of a Theft from the Person
  • Just two Bike Thefts reported
  • Other Crimes – Just six reports
  • Drugs – Surprisingly Just 11 crimes reported
  • Public Order – 16 crimes reported 

 

Crime Breakdown (Dec 2010-May 2016)

 

I personally would like to see PACT meetings looking at these statistics and formulating policy initiatives accordingly. The monthly reports are just a snap shot of what is happening. But if you compared monthly stats with the yearly stats, a whole different board game comes into view. 

The fact is that over a 12 month period you can see what crime is really like in the Ward and that may just widen your eyes a little! What we will hopefully start to work out, is the sort of  strategies that can start to lessen the major crime in the Ward. Just take a look at the situation which informs us that the number one crime over a year is rotating around violence? Why is that the situation? What causes these number of reports?

In a twelve month period the most reported crimes in Wednesfield North are

  1. Violent Crime with 124 reports
  2. Anti Social Behaviour with 88 reports
  3. Vehicle Crime with 73 reports
  4. Criminal Damage & Arson 53 reports
  5. Burglary 47 Reports

Violent Crime is a real nasty crime. and it dominates the reasons why the police are called to action here in Wednesfield North during a year – according to UK Crime Statistics.

My view is that if the PACTs were looking at how they could together with the Police deal with the substantial policy issues above, then a sense of purpose could be the ‘cheerleader’ to improved and better partnership, leading to bigger attendances and participation.

Something needs to be done to shake them up!

 

 

 

Burglary Is A Rotten Crime – What can We Do About It?

Recently there has been a burglary in Ashmore Park that has had a lot of attention on Social Media.

Burglary is a rotten crime, and we need to do as much as we can to tackle this crime and others,We need together do what we can to ensure that we all keep an eye open for neighbours property. It would be really great if we could improve and create more Neighbourhood Watch teams.

I was impressed to day when I was doing some investigations of my own in Perks Road to be challenged by ‘Reg’ who wanted to know what I was doing!

We need more people like Reg – Willing to challenge suspicious looking people.

Now the 2016 statistics  only run from January to May 2016 they get updated every month in arrears.

I looked at the Burglary stats for Wednesfield North, and the current statistics inform me that there have been 19 burglaries in Wednesfield North in the first 5 months of the year 2016.

I compared that statistic with the 2015 and 2014 statistics.

  • First 5 months Jan to May 2016- 19 Burglaries
  • First 5 months Jan – May 2015 – 19 Burglaries
  • First 5 months Jan – May 2014 – 34 Burglaries.

Instantly we can see that 2015 & 2016 stats for the same periods of the year, show the same level of Burglaries, but that was a massive improvement on the 2014 statistics which indicate burglary was running at a 44% higher margin!

Now these statistics are only here to give you an idea of what is taking place in our Ward as far as burglary is concerned. I strongly feel that 19 burglaries are much too high for our community to suffer. But the police by their selves will not make the difference we want. Our community together can help, through Neighbourhood Watch schemes, reporting suspicious activity etc.

If you would like to hear what the currents crime trends in Wednesfield North are (which includes these following areas – Ashmore Park; Springhill; Woodend; Coppice farm; Oaklands; Wyvern Park) then I would urge you to come along to the Local Police & Community Together meeting. So my invitation is –

Why not come along to the Wednesfield North PACT Meeting, and listen to the Police team responsible for crime issues in Wednesfield North.

The meeting will take place on Wednesday 17th August 7.00pm at The Hub on Ashmore Park  Wednesfield. You can then ask questions directly to the Police team. Your Councillors will also be present at the meeting.!cid_image001_png@01D0C3F7 Police

‘Partners and Community Together’

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‘Partners and Community Together’

The Hub at Ashmore Park, Griffiths Drive.

7:00 pm Wednesday 17th August 2016

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 7:00 pm.

 You will also receive information on how crime & Anti social Behaviour are being tackled in this Neighbourhood.

For further information please contact Sergeant Martin Danher on 0845 113 5000 (m.danher@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk) or Abdul Rahim on 01902 556617 (abdul.rahim@wolverhampton.gov.uk)

Welcome to Wednesfield North !

Meet Sgt Danher the new Police Sgt for Wednesfield. Sgt Danher is originally from Wednesfield….and is looking forward to meeting and working with Wednesfield North residents.. Sgt Stanley has moved elsewhere in the Police service. Great Thanks to Sgt Stanley he did well for us. Good Luck to him in his new role.https://www.facebook.com/Councillor-Phil-Bateman-MBE-Wednesfield-North-Labour-Party-300478026631398/videos