RETURN OF DARKER NIGHTS
Stay safe and avoid scaring this Halloween
With Halloween fast approaching, it’s important to remember this fun time of year can easily scare vulnerable and elderly members of our community.
Download a ‘no trick or treat’ card below for family, friends or neighbours who may be vulnerable at this time of year. Simply click on the image to download.
The partnership is also asking parents to make sure young people trick or treating with friends, stay safe by staying together in areas they are familiar with and only visit houses of people they know.
It’s also best to advise them to avoid knocking on doors displaying ‘no trick or treat’ signs.
When safety advice is followed, fireworks are fun and exciting but by not adhering to safety guidelines or the law an innocent firework display can be devastating and risk lives.
Lots of people will attend organised displays and this year's Himley Bonfire is going to be out of this world! Taking place on Saturday 2 November at 4.30pm the themed 'to the moon and back' marks 50 years since man first set foot on the moon. Find out more and buy tickets.
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.
For more information on firework safety visit: https://www.wmfs.net/your-safety/at-home/fireworks-and-celebrations/
Most people enjoy fireworks night, to make sure you enjoy them safely read our fireworks leaflet. You can also download our firework safety poster and leaflet below.
Streetwise Darker Nights resources
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.
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
You can also visit the darker nights burglary advice page on the West Midlands Police website for more tips on keeping your home safe.
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
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
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.