Once again hello from the Selly Oak Police Team and thanks for taking the time to read our blog, the past few weeks have been action packed with a real focus around the priorities set by local residents at our last community meeting.
The issues around anti-social behaviour (ASB) we have been seeing at an address on Oak Tree Lane resulted in two males being arrested for Public Order last week, this has provided rest bite for those most affected and added new evidence that we can use in conjunction with the council to target the address and offenders associated to it. We have dedicated our patrols to the area during key times and have support from our neighbouring ward teams when we are on rest days. We will publish a separate article here the wrap up the robbery issues we saw in February and March in the next few weeks to give you a flavour of the outcomes we achieved.
With the World Cup fast approaching we are working with our pubs and bars to understand what our demand could look like during England games, this is part of our response to the Force push on Public Place Violence offences and as you can imagine a busy area with so many licenced premises like Selly Oak has its fair share of offences linked directly to alcohol which end in violence and injury. The team are dedicated to patrolling the area to reduce the risk of this type of offence occurring and will be working with night time businesses to improve the way we work together to tackle this issue.
In relation to April and early May crime the figures in comparison to this time last year are looking very healthy. We are seeing a 50% reduction in Burglary for April into May, just three Robbery offences across the whole ward and vehicle crime down by 37.5%. Total recorded crime which covers all categories is showing a 12.5% reduction which is good news for everyone!
The really important thing to say before signing off is a plea to come along and support the family fun day at the Elim Church, Exeter Road, Selly Oak on Saturday 17th May between 12 and 4pm, there will be fun for everyone including; Aston Villa FC’s football cage, Raffle, Tombola, Bouncy Castle, BBQ, Police Cars old and new, face painting and many more traditional, fun stalls alongside some live entertainment. The aim of the day is to raise as much money as possible for your local charity charged with maintaining the communal gating scheme that keeps the rear of Bournbrook properties secure and safe from potential burglars; The Bournbrook Community Safety Partnership – Come along, have fun and help us raise much needed funds to keep the area safer!
For more information you can visit any of the following:
- Selly Oak Police on Twitter
- Official Selly Oak Policing webpage (with team photos, contact details, information about current policing priorities)
- Official crime stats and information for Selly Oak (last updated in March) on police.uk