Return of Darker Nights

With Halloween just around the corner, it’s important to remember that innocent actions can easily scare. Always remember to think about others while you’re out trick or treating to avoid scaring or distressing the elderly and vulnerable.

It’s also important to remember to stay safe. Follow the top tips from our trick or treat leaflet below to have a safe and fun Halloween.  You can also download our 'No Trick or Treat' postcards to display in the windows of people who are elderly or vulnerable.

Remember, remember the fifth of November

Bonfire night can be a spectacular occasion but it’s important to stay safe especially when using fireworks at home.

Lots of people attend organised displays and this year, Himley Hall's bonfire and fireworks display titled 'Girl Power' is on Saturday 4 November, but many mark the occasion by lighting fireworks at home.

When safety advice is followed, the occasion is fun and exciting but by not adhering to safety guidelines or the law an innocent firework display can be devastating and risk lives.

If you’re organising a display at home, follow the safety advice provided by safe & sound, Dudley’s community safety partnership, environmental health and West Midlands Fire Service.

 

 

Most people enjoy bonfire night, to make sure you enjoy it safely read our fireworks leaflet. You can also download our firework safety poster.

Credit cards

If your cards are stolen, call your bank or credit card company as soon as possible. Most banks put the number to call if your cards are stolen on your statement. They are also often shown on cash machines.

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Robbery

Street robbery is generally known as mugging or bag snatching. Pick pocketing is different, as victims aren’t aware that the offence is taking place.

 

  • Robbery is more likely to take place in quiet or dark areas and pick pocketing where it is busy, e.g. on a busy train in rush hour
  • Young men are most likely to be the victims of robbery and are typically attacked by other young men
  • If someone tries to take something from you by force, it may be best to give it to them. This will help you avoid getting injured

 

You can take actions to reduce the effects of a theft if it does happen to you:

 

Register your personal items on the Immobilise database

If your phone, bike, computer or any other registered item is lost or stolen, use Immobilise to instantly tell police, insurers and the second-hand trade. These actions help greatly in the recovery of your property and capture of thieves.

 

Benefits of registration:

  • Immobilise helps police identify the owner of lost & stolen property thousands of times each day
  • Loss & theft updates you make are immediately available to the police nationally
  • Simplify insurance claims and police reports with certificates of ownership
  • Great member offers from Immobilise’s numerous supporters, often helping support provision of Immobilise
  • These features are unique to the FREE Immobilise service

 

To register your property visit www.immobilise.com

Mobile phones

If your phone is stolen, tell your mobile phone network and the police. The handset can be barred and will be useless to all thieves

 

  • Register your phone with your network operator
  • Record your registration number (IMEI) and your phone number. Keep these in a safe place separate from your phone. You can get your IMEI number (15-digit serial number) by keying *#06# into your phone or by looking behind your phone battery
  • Stay alert. When you are out, be aware of your surroundings and don’t use your phone in crowded areas or where you might feel unsafe

The darker nights are well and truly here and safe & sound worked with the youth service and young people themselves to develop some safety advice for youngsters in the borough.

 

All of the topics covered were decided by the young people based on what they perceived to be issues facing them and their peers, this includes information on personal safety, snowballing, safer travel, internet safety and much more.

 

Also included is a free resource and interactive quiz for those who work with children and young people, it aims to encourage them to think about how their behaviour may impact on other members of the community and how to keep themselves safe and prevent them from becoming victims of crime during the ‘darker nights’ period.

 

Streetwise Darker Nights resources

Vehicle crime – freeze out car thieves on frosty mornings

Every winter, cars are stolen from driveways across the West Midlands because owners leave them unattended with keys in the ignition while they warm up and the windscreens defrost.

 

Some victims nip inside for just a few seconds to collect a bag or finish the last mouthful of coffee but that’s all the time and opportunist thief needs.

 

Insurance companies may not pay out for cars stolen in this way and if your house keys are taken as well, you’re making your home vulnerable. It’s advised that you:

 

  • Clear windscreens with de-icer and a scraper
  • Sit in your vehicle while the heater de-mists the windscreen

 

If you see anyone acting suspiciously, call the Police on their non-emergency number 101. If you see a crime committed call 999.

 

Home security

Darker nights are here and it’s a good time to make sure your home is secure. You can do this by:

 

  • Using a timer switch for lights. These are inexpensive, meaning homes are not left in darkness to alert burglars to an empty property
  • Using door and window locks, even when someone is home
  • Keeping your shed and garage locked – your tools could be used to break in to your house

 

To find out more about securing your home against burglaries, read our think safe – be safe leaflet.

 

You can also visit the darker nights burglary advice page on the West Midlands Police website for more tips on keeping your home safe.

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Community Safety

Dudley Council

Brierley Hill Police Station

Bank Street, Brierley Hill

(Please note no personal callers)

 

email: community.safety@dudley.gov.uk