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The first meeting for 2017 will be on
Friday 17th February at 6.30pm
at the Hollymoor Centre, Manor Park Grove, Northfield, Birmingham, B31 5ER
Happy New Year
Welcome to 2017 and we also welcome a new sergeant to Longbridge,
Sgt Lee Howard.
A big thank you to Sergeant Raf Khan for all his hard work over the last two years
Discussion is going on to give a date for the Police Tasking and Neighbourhood Watch meetings for 2017.
Last Year we wondered about combining the meeting with the local ward meetings. There are some advantages as there would be less meetings to attend but disadvantages in that the neighbourhood watch side could become lost in the amount of work to get through.
Watch this space!
Safety Advice and Tips for Halloween
Spooky Truths Regarding Halloween Safety On and Off the Road
Children love the magic of Halloween: Trick-or-treating, classroom parties and trips to a neighbourhood haunted house.
But for Mums and Dads there is often a fine line between Halloween Fun and Safety concerns, especially when it comes to road and pedestrian safety.
In 2014, about 6,300 pedestrian deaths and 145,000 medically consulted injuries occurred among pedestrians in motor vehicle incidents, according to Injury Facts 2016, the statistical report on unintentional injuries created by the National Safety Council.
NSC research reveales the reasons for pedestrian deaths and injuries varies by age. Darting or running into the road accounts for about 70% of pedestrian deaths or injuries for those age 5 to 9 and about 47% of incidents for those 10 to 14.
Follow These Ghoulishly Good Best Practices
To help ensure adults and children have a safe holiday, here’s some do’s and don’ts on the trick-or-treat trail:
A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on the neighbourhood rounds
If your older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you.
Agree on a specific time when children should return home
Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat
Children and adults are reminded to put electronic devices down, keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street. NSC offers the following safety tips for parents – and anyone who plans to be on the road during trick-or-treat hours:
Safety Tips for Motorists
Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs
Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully
At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing
Instruct your children to travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and avoid trick-or-treating alone
Tell your children not to eat any treats until they return home
Teach your children to never enter a stranger’s home
All costumes, wigs and accessories should be fire-resistant
If children are allowed out after dark, fasten reflective tape to their costumes and bags to make sure they are visible
When buying Halloween makeup, make sure it is nontoxic and always test it in a small area first
Remove all makeup before children go to bed to prevent skin and eye irritation
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West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner calls on Active Citizens
To tie in with National Volunteers’ Week, West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson is urging people to become Active Citizens.
Active Citizens is the new funding stream run by the PCC that combines Proceeds of Crime Act, Police Property Act and Community Initiatives Fund cash. It can be used to fund local projects that make a real difference to people’s lives.
It ties in with the ethos of National Volunteers’ Week, which runs until June 12 and celebrates the contributions millions of volunteers make across the UK.
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said: “Community-spirited people who want to make real changes to the neighbourhoods in which they live and work should be celebrated.
“Active Citizens is a great opportunity to fund projects that makes people’s lives better and community’s safer and I would urge people to get involved, especially voluntary groups that work so tirelessly for the common good.”
The decision on which projects are funded falls to West Midlands Police’s Local Policing Unit commanders.
Chief Superintendent Sally Bourner said: “West Midlands Police has a long and proud tradition of supporting local good causes. Not just by working closely with organisers, but by providing cash lifelines to groups from money generated through the sale of assets our officers and the courts have seized from criminals.
“It is only right and proper that as part of their punishment, the ill-gotten gains of those who have targeted local people are ploughed back into local good causes.
“I’d encourage as many groups as possible to find out more about how the Active Citizens fund could change lives in their community.”
For more information on schemes for your area, email:
Alternatively, call the PCC’s office on 0121 626 6060.
There has been a steady increase in the availability of DIY intruder alarms, personal attack alarms and CCTV systems, many of which have the ability to activate alarms and automatically send signals/messages to people’s landline and mobile telephones and computers.
The police will not attend the venue unless:
There is some additional indication from a person at the scene that a criminal offence is in progress, which indicates that a police response is required.
Any additional electronic confirmation of the alarm activation will not achieve police response.
Should your neighbours hear your alarm activate they should pass on the information using the 101 or 999 as appropriate. The police will only attend if they are satisfied that a criminal offence is in progress.