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Message from West Midlands Police

Protect 999, go online

Thank you for helping to keep our emergency 999 phone lines free.
More and more of you are using our online services for non-emergencies and this is making a huge difference in making sure that 999 services can respond quickly to those who need them most.
Many of the calls we receive can be resolved online. So for all non-emergencies please try visiting our website first.

If home doesn’t feel like the safest place to be, you can contact us on Live Chat where specially trained officers can provide support and help keep you safe. Remember, in an emergency always call 999.

Debt Support

The National Debtline have created a Coronavirus information Hub where you can find help if you are financially affected by the coronavirus outbreak.
You can find information on what to do if you have been made redundant or are at risk of redundancy. They also cover the help available to anybody with bills or debts that they cannot afford to pay because of the outbreak.


Government guidance

You must stay at home. The single most important action we can all take is to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.
You must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary. More information is available on the government website
This guidance is the law and we will continue to enforce it to keep everyone safe.


Message Sent By
Jessica Redmond (Police, Community Engagement officer, Sandwell, partnerships)

Wolverhampton is Complying!


In a recent briefing I have received its very pleasing to be told that.

“People and businesses in Wolverhampton continue to show a high level of compliance with the Covid-19 regulations, following the latest day of action by the police and council on Tuesday 26th Jan 2021..

The vast majority of people were maintaining social distancing and wearing face coverings, while most shops and businesses were also complying with the measures in place to keep infections down. Although in the main people were following the regulations, police issued eight fixed penalty notices – including fines to the five occupants of one car, all from different households, who were out socialising.

In addition, 83 directions to leave were issued affecting 161 people who did not have a valid reason to be out. It is currently against the law to meet socially with family or friends unless they are part of the same household or support bubble or to leave home for recreational or leisure purposes.”

I think that reading this will be pleasing to the majority. Its great that so many are complying. Please note that a further day of action is planned during this next week.

Fraud – Action Fraud Reports 57 Attempts.



As of 7 January 2021, Action Fraud had received 57 reports from members of the public who have been sent text messages claiming to be from the NHS, offering them the opportunity to sign up for coronavirus vaccinations. The texts ask the recipient to click on a link which takes them to an online form where they are prompted to input personal and financial details. In some cases the online form has looked very similar to the real NHS website.

Pauline Smith, Head of Action Fraud, said:
“Remember, the vaccine is only available on the NHS and is free of charge. The NHS will never ask you for details about your bank account or to pay for the vaccine. If you receive an email, text message or phone call purporting to be from the NHS and you are asked to provide financial details, this is a scam.”


How to protect yourself:

In the UK, coronavirus vaccinations will only be available via the National Health Services of England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland. You can be contacted by the NHS, your employer, a local GP surgery or pharmacy, to receive your vaccination. Remember, the vaccinations are free of charge and you will not be asked for a payment.

The NHS will never:
• ask for your bank account or card details
• ask for your PIN or banking passwords
• arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine
• ask for documentation to prove your identity, such as a passport or utility bills

If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you are suspicious about an email you have received, forward it to report@phishing.gov.uk. Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to the number 7726, which is free of charge.


If you believe you are the victim of a fraud, please report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.


*Please forward this email to any friends, family members, or colleagues that may find this information useful*



Crime Stats for November Balloon Upwards!

Crime in Wednesfield which includes Wednesfield North & South has ballooned upwards in November 2020. The statistics were published by Police UK .

Councillor Phil Bateman Wednesfield North said “A whopping 66 new crimes were reported to Police in November, over the October stats. That equates to an increase of 34.7%

I cant say that these results make happy reading.

The three top crimes that are driving these figures in November are –
Violence and sexual offences 99
Anti-social behaviour 43
Vehicle crime 27

“These are not good results, and it continues to fuel the communities call for more Police Officers for Neighbourhood Policing in Wednesfield. Plus the community I represent continues to call for the retention of Wednesfield North Police Station. These statistics sadly help to provide renewed evidence for our pleas.”

Hail West Midlands Police Specials- for their commitment!


West Midlands Police Specials
@SpecialsWMP

Councillor Phil Bateman Wednesfield North said today ” Please take note of the huge contribution that West Midlands Police Special Constables make to “on the street ” policing here in the West Midlands.

These are huge statistics from a Voluntary force made up of our own individual community members. I think it is a magnificent achievement, I hope that Wednesfield North residents and other Wards in the West Midlands County, will also support their awesome achievements.”

WMP – Over the last 12 months our officers have volunteered over 55,000 hours to
covering over 8500 duties. Amazing achievement during what has been a difficult year.

West Midlands Police- Pickpocket Arrest!

West Midlands Police-
Further to my recent messages around Pickpockets and Theft we have some good news.

Descriptions were given to partner agencies and businesses across Wolverhampton City Centre to try and catch a pickpocket who is responsible for a number of thefts over the previous few weeks.

On Thursday the 17th December 2020 the police had a call about a suspicious male who matched the description and city centre officers attended the area, a male was arrested and subsequently searched. A stolen mobile phone was recovered from the offender which will be returned to its owner and the male has now been charged with three theft from person offences including purses, cash and mobile phones and is being investigated for a fourth.

The male is now remanded in custody for a trial at crown court.

We would like to thank the local businesses for their support and efforts to catch someone who was targeting shoppers across the city.

City Centre officers will continue high visibility patrols and as always try to keep visitors to the city centre safe.

Please make sure all bags are secure and you are not distracted, if you have any concerns whilst in a retail premises please inform security or staff as soon as possible and if a crime is taking place contact the police.

We want everyone to enjoy their Christmas, stay safe and not be a victim.

Police Plan Response Priorities – Covid-19

Wednesfield North residents should know that your Councillors have received a briefing relating to the way Wednesfield and West Midlands Police will be Policing following the legislation, and the Policy that the Government has introduced to be delivered through this Autumn Covid-19 surge.

West Midlands Police are to continue to prioritise the response to COVID-19, maintaining a major incident response in partnership with the Strategic Coordination Group (SCG).

Targeted enforcement will focus on key issues including:
Use of face coverings on public transport
‘Rule of six’
Licenced premises opening hours

All four areas of national intervention (Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Sandwell and Solihull) have some form of partnership enforcement cell which meets regularly to plan for joint enforcement activity.
‘All out’ enforcement days are being arranged to focus on the highest risk infection areas and within sectors where compliance is lowest. This will ensure focused and purposeful interventions.

West Midlands Police will be visiting as many premises as possible, across the force, to advise them about the new regulations that come into force on this day. Subsequent activity using the 4E’s approach will continue with licensed premises to ensure compliance with the new regulations is gained.

The Police inform us that they “will continue to be transparent with the public and seek to change behaviour. They go onto explain that “We will tell the public where we will be, what we will be doing and why. We will then show the public what we have done and share the balance of compliance and breaches that we find.”

Councillor Phil Bateman added “I think that this approach will be seen to be welcome.”

The Police say that they “will ensure our communications reflect our targeted enforcement, ‘all out’ enforcement days and areas of high infection. We will make it clear that we are not here to catch people out but to keep people safe and encourage personal and collective responsibility.”

West Midlands Police also informed us that they are currently seeing around 200 calls a day pertaining to Covid-19 issues, and they expect that number to rise.

Speaking on behalf of Cllr Rita Potter, and Mary Bateman – Phil Bateman added “I hope Wednesfield Residents will find this information interesting, and also useful, in helping to allay fears about what the Police may be doing in our community and neighbourhood.

West Midland Police Inform

Councillor Phil Bateman said today ” West Midlands Police have asked that I inform Wednesfield North Residents that from tonight, pubs and restaurants have to shut at 10pm as part of efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus.”

This is what West Midlands Police have informed “We’ll be out making sure they stick to the rules, and helping and encouraging the public to do their bit.

If you go to a pub or restaurant, you now have to wear a mask when you’re not seated.
The country is at a critical point and we all need to do our bit – people who don’t face fines starting at £200.

So please help us by doing your bit, thank you.”

So do your bit folks, please be aware, stay safe, socially distant, wear the Face covering, and Wash your hands!

Police Warn of Catalytic Converter Crime.

Councillor Phil Bateman warned this morning that ” West Midlands Police are warning motorists in our City of increased crime. Including here in Wednesfield. Please read the Police warnings and take heed of their advice.”

Wolverhampton Police have issued a warning to drivers in the region to be on their guard against catalytic converter thefts, as we have seen an increase of such incidents in Wolverhampton.

In recent days, we have recorded an increase of thefts of catalytic converters from vehicles in various areas including Bilston, Wednesfield, and Blakenhall. Take steps to protect your vehicle, such as parking in well-lit places or in a place where access to the vehicle is restricted.”

Converters are targets for thieves because of the precious metals they contain but drivers could be doubly affected by such thefts because hitting the road without a converter in place could see the car in question break legal pollution limits.

If you notice that your check engine light comes on or if your exhaust sounds a lot louder than usual, getting louder as you accelerate, take your car to your local garage immediately.

How to prevent catalytic converter theft
Wherever possible, motorists should park vehicles in a locked garage as close to their house as they can, or somewhere that’s overlooked by local residents. You may also want to consider installing a Thatcham approved alarm to your vehicle that is activated if the car or van is lifted or tilted.

If you see someone acting suspiciously underneath a vehicle, report it to the police straightaway – and make sure you note down the vehicle registration.

Businesses can help to protect their fleets by employing defensive parking techniques so that the most vulnerable cars or vans are parked somewhere particularly inaccessible. High clearance vehicles could be blocked in by low clearance ones to prevent thieves from gaining access.

Always check your perimeter security on a regular basis, as boundaries can help deter opportunistic thieves from targeting you and your company. Set up monitored CCTV cameras so you can catch people in the act and light up dark areas where intruders may possibly attempt to operate.

You might well think that your vehicle will be safe during the day but it seems that this is not the case, with reports coming in that thieves are now stripping cars of their converters in broad daylight… so do be vigilant no matter what time of day or night it is.

Please report suspicious activity to https://west-midlands.police.uk/contact-us and live chat with an adviser between 08:00 and 00:00 hours or call 101 non emergency or in an emergency call 999.

Cllr Phil Bateman added ” It goes without saying if you know who may be involved with that sort of crime, please tell our local Wednesfield Police.”

Looking Towards Better Crime Statistics

As we approach the end of the month the latest Police UK Crime statistics should be being prepared,
the last statistics we have seen where these for June 2020.

I am hoping that we will have seen a downturn in some of the key crimes that is affecting Wednesfield.

These Police UK statistics include the crimes that have taken place in both Wednesfield North and Wednesfield South.
They also include crimes that take place in Wednesfield High Street and Bentley Bridge Retail AND Leisure Park.
The West Midlands Police manage the two Wards together, and that is why Police UK measure and publish the figures in this way.

As one of your Local City Councillors, I will be looking to see the July crime statistics going down.

Crime levels overview
Jul 2019 197 8.6%
Aug 2019 196 8.5%
Sep 2019 171 7.4%
Oct 2019 182 7.9%
Nov 2019 190 8.3%
Dec 2019 179 7.8%
Jan 2020 184 8%
Feb 2020 231 10%
Mar 2020 220 9.6%
Apr 2020 171 7.4%
May 2020 197 8.6%
Jun 2020 184 8%

Amongst those facts are the individual Crimes that they relate too.
Violence and Sexual offences are consistently standing out for me.along with Anti Social behaviour
which is also a stand-out number. With more than 16% (ASB) of these crimes making up the total.

Anti-social behaviour 30 16.3%
Burglary 11 6%
Criminal damage and arson 9 4.9%
Drugs 4 2.2%
Other theft 6 3.3%
Possession of weapons 1 0.5%
Public order 16 8.7%
Robbery 2 1.1%
Shoplifting 11 6%
Vehicle crime 10 5.4%
Violence and sexual offences 76 41.3%
Other crime 8 4.3%

Burglary is yet another horrible Crime here in Wednesfield North, and that will be a crime that will attract our attention also.