Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Operation Serve and Protect II

Robbery is a terrifying crime which leaves victims with lasting fears. 

That is why the public tell us time and time again that we should do all that we can to reduce this type of crime. Your local officers have been targeting known offenders every day ensuring that they know we are looking at them. As a result, robbery in Solihull is at a really low level of reporting; we have been increasing our patrols in parks and at transport hubs to ensure maximum visibility and feelings of reassurance.

In order to sustain this downward trend operation Serve & Protect II will add even more focus on those small number of offenders who are causing harm to the communituy. We discuss who we should visit every morning at our morning meeting and staff from our 24/7 response, Offender Management team or the local Neighbourhood Team will visit them.

Over the past seven days, there have been 6 offences of robbery recorded in Solihull which is a reduction on this time last year

Help for victims can be found at VictimSupport

You can keep up to date with Serve and Protect’s progress by keeping an eye out for the operation’s #serveprotectwmp hashtag on Twitter and also by taking the occasional peak at the Serve and Protect blog.

Finally it is you the public we rely on to give us information about who is committing these crimes or where the property is being sold on to. If you have any information you can contact us on 0345 113 5000 or ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

It is your neighbourhood, don't let them get away with it.

Monday, 11 July 2011

Burglary Arrests in Balsall Common

In the early hours of Saturday 9th July three burglars were disturbed by the occupier breaking into a house in Balsall Common. The three tried to steal the owners car but left empty handed in a VW Golf. Police attended the location at managed to pick up the Golf on the Kenilworth Road; the vehicle drove off at high speed before crashing into a house in Hampton-in-Arden.

The Golf caused substantial damage to the house but thankfully the occupants were fine and police quickly surrounded the area and commenced a search with a police dog and using th police helicopter. All three burglars were arrested, two had sustained serious injuries as a result of the crash.

The property from the burglary in Balsall Common was recovered and the Golf turned out to be stolen from Stratford upon Avon and was on false plates.

Good police work by the team led to these arrests

Rumours of Abduction

There have been some messages circulating recently concerning alleged “attempted abductions” of children near schools in Dorridge.

Firstly, can I reassure you that no children have been abducted, injured, grabbed by any member of the public, or forced into vehicles.

We are aware of three suspicious incidents over the last fortnight – the latest being in
Station Road
on Wednesday June 29 – where a man in a car has attempted to engage schoolchildren in conversation.

Thanks to the swift action of a parent, who noted down the car’s registration number, Solihull Police have now traced a man in connection with the incident and are speaking to him about his conduct.
We are currently establishing whether a criminal offence has occurred; if we believe that to be the case he will be arrested and interviewed.

As always, parents are encouraged to ask their children to remain vigilant and to reinforce the age-old message of never talking to strangers.

Any suspicious behaviour by individuals, especially around school premises, should be reported to the school and/or the police. Solihull Police can be contacted on 0345 113 5000 or 999 in an emergency.

Police officers will continue to maintain a visible presence in the area to reassure schoolchildren.