Feedback from Welcome to Selly Oak Day – 3rd October

On Wednesday 3rd October staff and officers from West Midlands Police, West Midlands Fire Service, University of Birmingham, Guild of Students and Birmingham City Council again took to the streets of Selly Oak to meet and greet students.

Starting outside the Main Library on campus agencies were able to issue advice and answer questions about housing, crime, fire safety, as well as issue a number of practical safety items and sign people up to Immobilise and Selly Watch.

In the evening the day’s events moved onto Luton, Rookery, St Edwards, Alton, Harrow, Teignmouth, Croydon and Selly Hill Roads.  This is part of a wider effort to speak to every household in Selly Oak over the course of October to help welcome new and returning students back to the area.

Yesterday there were Community Wardens from the Guild of Students, officers from Birmingham City Council, West Midlands Fire Service and West Midlands Police visiting homes to answer questions on the doorstep and pick up any items of concern.

As a result hundreds of households were spoken to and a number of referrals identified to help resolve issues in the home and on the street.  These referrals have now gone to the Guild of Students, Police, Fire Service, Council, Bournbrook Community Safety Project and local letting agents to resolve and cover everything from home security to fire safety.

The multi-agency team will be back out in the area on Thursday 11th October, more details to follow.

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Welcome to/Welcome Back to Selly Oak Day – Wednesday 3rd October

On Wednesday 3rd October staff from West Midlands Police, West Midlands Fire Service, University of Birmingham, Guild of Students and Birmingham City Council will be back on campus and in Selly Oak greeting students new to and returning to Selly Oak to help people settle in for the new year.  This is the second day of three, following the first and very popular event last Tuesday, 25th September.

There will  be a stand outside the main Library on campus from 11am-3pm where students can pick up advice and literature about anything from burglaries to fire safety, housing rights and advice to refuse and recycling collections.  There will also be a number of free and practical items to take away such as timer switches, property marking kits and safe-cans for instance to help protect your home, as well as the opportunity to sign up to Selly Watch and register your phone and/or laptop onto the national property database (Immobilise)

From 4-8pm officers and staff will then be out and about in Selly Oak door-knocking and speaking to students at home to provide advice, particularly where issues are picked up on the doorstep.

If you miss out this time round though, we will be back again on Thursday 11th October.

Feedback from Welcome to Selly Oak Day – top issues, queries and answers

Great day yesterday in Selly Oak welcoming students new to and returning to the area.  Thanks to all those people who stopped by at Grange Road to chat to staff and officers from the Police, Fire Service, University, Guild and Birmingham City Council.  And great also to see the Guild Exec and Councillor Karen McCarthy stopping by to help out.

At Grange Road, in windy conditions and under a slightly dubious gazebo there was lots of interest in Selly Watch and Immobilise, with several hundred students signed up to/registered on each.  If you couldn’t make it down yesterday though, we will be back next Wednesday from 11am-3pm outside the main libary on campus and then back to Grange Road the same on Thursday 11th.  If you want to get your phone or laptop onto the national property database, sign up to Selly Watch or simply want find out more about these, just click on the links.

Community Wardens and Police Officers registering phones onto Immobilise – the National Property Database

All of our freebie items for the day also quickly went, with everything from Heinz safe cans, timer switches, pens, energy saving plugs, key-rings, sticker sheets and all sorts of literature about housing, fire safety and crime all finding themselves, hopefully, good homes.  We will be stocking back up though for next Wednesday, if you missed out yesterday.

Then it was onto Tiverton and Dawlish Road, where every door was knocked by a small army of Police Officers, Guild Community Wardens, Fireman and City Council Officers.  Thanks to all those students who opened their doors, despite the pouring rain.  Lots of issues identified and hopefully lots of questions answered.  We will be back in the area next week so get in touch if you would like a visit or have any questions.  The top issues identified on the doorsteps and some of the answers to the frequently asked questions:

Top issues and your questions, answered:

Refuse and recycling collection days and boxes – For most of Bournbrook (apart from Bournbrook Road (Tuesday) and Grange, North and Dale Roads (Thursday)), refuse collection day is every Wednesday.  Put your black bags out the night before.  Recycling collections start from next week and are then every fortnight.  Click on the link to check what day your street’s collection is on Refuse & Recycling Collection Days in Selly Oak.  If you have just moved in and need to request blue and green recycling boxes, click here to make your order – there is no charge for this.

Front gardens – lots of rubbish in the front gardens already.  It’s important to keep on top of this for four reasons – 1) it reduces the amount of food available for the already significant rat population in the area and reduces the chances of an infestation near or at your house, 2) it keeps the opportunities for arson down and 3) if there are burglars active in the area, an untidy front garde is often a sign of lack of care for the house and potential careless security so can make you a target and 4) it just makes the area look a bit nicer.

Smoke alarms – If you haven’t done so yet check your smoke alarm and make sure you don’t overload your electrical sockets.  For more information head onto the West Midlands Fire Service website section on private renting.

Keep your windows, doors and gates closed and locked – we saw lots of first floor rear windows open and too many open doors and ground floor windows.  People living in the ground floor bedrooms and first floor rear bedrooms (with flat/sloped roof access) need to take extra care and responsibility not just for their rooms and their stuff but for the whole house.  And keep your side gates locked, to protect not just your house but your neighbours too.

Reporting crime, anti-social behaviour and noise nuisance – there were some concerns about neighbours or people generally in the area.  In an emergency, or if you feel threatened or are witnessing a crime always call 999.  For queries and to report anti-social behaviour phone the Police via 101.  If you have concerns about noise go to the anti-social behaviour and noise section to find out how to report it and the help available.

Don’t forget to put your rubbish out for this Wednesday

Wednesday is rubbish collection day for Bournbrook, don’t forget to put your black bags out the night before.  Simply place to the front of your property in secure black bags.  The above is a photo from Selly Oak taken last week where residents failed to do this simple task.  If you live on the fringes of Bournbrook (e.g. Bournbrook Road, Raddlebarn Road, Wardward Lane etc.) or Dale, Grange or North Roads your bin days are differ but are in this map – Refuse & Recycling Collection Days_SellyOakMap_2012

Selly Oak Tweetathon, Burglary Update and Multi-agency day today

Congratulations to the Selly Oak Police Neighbourhood Team for their 15 hour tweetathon until 11pm last night, lots of people following locally, which is good to see.  And further good news – no burglaries overnight, so keep locking those windows, doors and gates.

Also, quick reminder that students and local residents can speak to staff from West Midlands Police, West Midlands Fire Service, Birmingham City Council, Guild of Students and University of Birmingham at Grange Road today from 10am-3pm.  There will be experts on hand to provide advice about a range of issues from crime to fire safety, housing rights and responsibilities to campus security, rubbish, recyclcing and rats.

“Welcome/welcome back to Selly Oak Day” on 25th September

On Tuesday 25th September staff from West Midlands Police, West Midlands Fire Service, University of Birmingham, Guild of Students and Birmingham City Council will be greeting students new to and returning to Selly Oak to help people settle in for the new year.

There will  be a stand at the Grange Road entrance from 10am-3pm where students can pick up advice and literature about anything from burglaries to fire safety, housing rights and advice to refuse and recycling collections.  There will also be a number of free and practical items to take away such as timer switches, property marking kits and safe-cans for instance to help protect your home.

From 4-8pm officers and staff will then be out and about in Selly Oak door-knocking and speaking to students at home to provide advice, particularly where issues are picked up on the doorstep.

Further dates are planned for 3rd October and 11th October.