Police are hunting criminals targeting Selly Oak and urging local people to help them in their bid to rid the area of crime.
As part of the blitz on crime, officers have arrested five teenagers.
One – aged 18 and from Selly Oak – has been charged with one count of robbery and will appear before Birmingham Magistrates Court in July. The other lads remain on police while enquiries continue. All have strict conditions attached to their bail including night time curfews.
Over the past six weeks officers have investigated 26 robberies with most crimes taking place between 1:00am-5:00am on Wednesday evenings and Friday and Saturday nights.
Patrols have been stepped up, forensic evidence is being examined, CCTV scrutinised and a new student safety website has been launched by West Midlands Police with the backing of the region’s universities.
Mailers have been delivered to 1,500 homes in the area advising residents of the steps they can take to protect their belongings and themselves.
Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinators have also been alerted to be on the look-out for suspicious behaviour. People attending regular police meetings held in the neighbourhood have also been updated with the crime figures and the police response.
Sergeant Simon Williams, responsible for policing in the area, said: “To be on the receiving end of this type of crime is extremely frightening.
“While one crime is one crime too many we are dealing with less than one offence per day. We acknowledge that this is unacceptable and we’re working hard to drive this down even further.
“To do this we really need local people to help us by reporting suspicious behaviour to police and if the worst happens, people need to dial 999 immediately so that we can flood the area with officers.”
Between April 2013 and February 2014, 63 robberies have been investigated by police in the Selly Oak neighbourhood compared to 46 over the same period the year before.
Despite the recent rise in robbery total recorded crime in the neighbourhood is down by 43 offences or 3.4%.
For student specific safety advice visit our Safer Students website.
Suspicious behaviour can be reported to police on 101. If a crime is in progress or offenders are nearby dial 999.
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