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.
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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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.
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:
To register your property visit www.immobilise.com
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
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.
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:
If you see anyone acting suspiciously, call the Police on their non-emergency number 101. If you see a crime committed call 999.
Darker nights are here and it’s a good time to make sure your home is secure. You can do this by:
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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