WEST Midlands Police have launched a brand new campaign to remind members of the public about crime prevention during the lighter warmer months of the year.
This latest initiative features bright and colourful bus, train and poster advertising; promoting simple advice to prevent burglary, personal robbery, vehicle crime and anti-social behaviour (ASB).
As the clocks go forward, the longer daylight hours and improvement in weather conditions often mean a change in crime trends, this is due to alterations to peopleâ€™s daily routines. More people tend to stay out for longer and leave their gates and windows open at home. These factors can create the perfect environment for opportunist burglars.
The force also tends to see an increase in vehicle related crime and ASB. Car owners are being reminded not to leave valuables on display in their vehicles and letters are being sent to schools to ask young people to stay respectful and considerate in their neighbourhoods.
Elderly members of the community are being advised to report any instances of ASB, but to also recognise young peopleâ€™s right to play and enjoy where they live. Officers are hoping to promote mutual respect and understanding within communities.
School children have been reminded not to leave valuables such as expensive mobile phones and MP3 players on display when out and about. ASB and personal robbery posters have been sent to schools to promote these messages.
To help reduce your chances of becoming a victim of burglary, ASB or vehicle crime this spring, officers are issuing the following advice:
Home and garden security:
To keep your car safe:
If you are experiencing ASB:
Chief Inspector Kerry Blakeman, from Coventry Police, said: â€œAt this time of year we traditionally see a change in crime trends â€“ people tend to stay out longer to enjoy the lighter nights and warmer weather. This can have a knock-on effect when it comes to burglary and ASB.
â€œWe donâ€™t want to spoil anyoneâ€™s fun but taking a few minutes to check on the security of your home or vehicle could be all it takes to stop criminals ruining your summer.â€
To support the spring campaign, the force has also launched a major proactive initiative, Serve and Protect, which will see officers targeting criminals and working to significantly drive down crime for the next three months.
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