Its not just shopping centres that use undercover police, a new scheme ‘can you see me, because i can see you’ has been launched targeting public transport users specifically on busses and trains across the West Midlands. The work of Safer Travel Partnership has helped to cut crime on public transport by 49% in the last 5 years, and campaign awareness are hoping that this figure will continue to shrink once the scheme has been launched. The ‘can you see me because i can see you’ campaign isn’t designed to bring in more undercover officers, its the idea of raising awareness of the officers that are out, so users will think twice before committing a crime. Safer Travel Police team have spoken out about the operation saying ‘deploying officers in plain clothes is a great way of seeing the behaviours of people we normally miss in uniform.’ He goes on to say ‘the tactic is a really good way of targeting crime and anti-social behaviour on the public transport network and when we need to act or intervene it always has a positive reaction from other passengers on board. It is one of those tactics that does help to make people feel safer.’ Its not just the undercover police campaign the STP team are trying to draw peoples attention to, there also promoting the ‘see something say something’ service’ which encourages people to speak up if they see a crime, as so many crimes go unaware to the police- due to people not wanting to say what exactly they’ve seen. They idea is to make the spectators aware that this is an anonymous service- meaning that the criminals will never know who saw them commit the crime. I was able to interview an undercover security guard who is currently working for a well regarded supermarket chain, and what it’s like working undercover in comparison to a uniformed guard. Name and location must remain anonymous.
Be Careful This Christmas
It’s christmas time again and that means the Frankfurt christmas market is in town! The Frankfurt market also known as the german market has become a massive favourite with residents of Birmingham and brings in people from around the UK. Unfortunately with over 3 million visitors per year to the market there is bound to be crime. The German market is very crowded and the prime location for pickpocketing and thievery. Fortunately there is now a lot of security in place to try and prevent this. Plain clothes police officers backed up by highly visible police patrols and CCTV in operation around the area. Last year, While final visitor figures are yet to be confirmed, over 3 million people are thought to have visited the German market. There were only 20 crimes reported to police. Of these 3 were stall thefts and 17 were pickpocket related crimes. Some tips from the west midlands police on how to reduce your chances of being the victim to one of these crimes. Keep your bag closed and close to you. Don’t overload yourself with bags and coats. Avoid carrying your wallet in your back pocket. Don’t be flash with your cash and mobile phone, Be discreet and put them away after use. When you are out and about keep your valuable jewellery concealed and under clothing. Have a safe, crime free christmas this year.
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