RETURN OF DARKER NIGHTS

HALLOWEEN

 

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 (right) 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, as well as asking them not to knock on doors displaying ‘no trick or treat’ signs’.

Whilst we’re having fun at Halloween, it’s important to remember Covid’s not over – be considerate, be kind, be safe.

FIREWORKS
During the darker nights there are several occasions in the calendar that fireworks play a part in, for example, Bonfire night, Diwali and New Year's Eve.
Fireworks can be a spectacular addition to any occasion but it's important to stay safe, especially when using fireworks at home. It's also important to be considerate of our neighbours and be aware that it's an offence to use fireworks between the hours of 11pm and 7am. On Bonfire Night this extends to midnight, and to 1am for Diwali.
 
We recommend attending organised displays, for example this year's Himley Bonfire is going to be the greatest show! Taking place on Saturday 6 November at 4.30pm the theme is the circus. So roll up, roll up... Find out more and buy tickets.

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.

Most people enjoy fireworks night, to make sure you enjoy them safely read our fireworks leaflet.

 

You can also download our firework safety leaflet below.

For more information on firework safety visit West Midlands Fire Service.

You can also download resources and posters from the Government website.

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

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

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

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.