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Stockland Green Neighbourhood Newsletter Letting you know some of the work being carried out in the area by your local police and our partners

Gating scheme holds the key to crime reduction A crime reduction initiative between residents and their local policing team is shutting out the potential for crime. Six months into an initiative which aims to reduce burglary in the area police have seen a year on year drop in theft from homes and gardens. The gating initiative, combined with patrols by neighbourhood officers has led to an annual drop of 15 burglaries. The project was launched by PCSO Sam Woollaston after he secured funding to rejuvenate a gating system in the area. Existing gates on Slade Road and George Road restricted access to the rear of properties but residents were not always locking the gates and in some cases locks had become damaged. So for the last six months PCSO Woollaston has set about working with residents to ensure all the gates have working locks and that residents remember take a few moments to lock out opportunist crime. The hard work has clearly paid off as between May and October 2010 there were 27 reports of burglary and thefts from gardens in the area. Over the same time period this year there have only been 12. PCSO Sam Woollaston is keen to highlight the impact that such a simple initiative has have on reducing the potential for crime: “The early results for the gating initiative have been really encouraging. It’s a reward for all the hard work by everyone involved, but it is just a start. “The reduction in burglaries in the area just goes to show how following the simplest of advice can have a dramatic impact on reducing crime.”

Park is top of the pops thanks to local cops

An American rock band took time out of their UK tour for a personal gig at an Erdington park last weekend. New York based Wheatus, best know for their 2000 smash hit 'Teenage Dirtbag,' joined local bands as part of a music event in Brookvale Park. Hours before playing at Birmingham's O2 Academy the US band were performing with local band Nerve Centre as part of an event organised by Sergeant Simon Hensley from Birmingham North local policing unit. The latest event, a music event showcasing local talent, was organised with local band Nerve Centre, whose lead singer Ronan Fitzgerald lives within a stones throw of the park. Six bands were invited to the community event and joined dog walkers, cyclists, canoeists and the local community on an unusually sunny October's morning. After discovering Wheatus were playing locally Sergeant Hensley asked them to visit the event and to his delight front man Brendan Brown agreed, and even joined Nerve Centre for a once in a lifetime opportunity to perform of their infamous smash hit. Commenting on the event Sergeant Hensley said: "As a local officer and a fan of music it was great to see Wheatus playing with Nerve Centre, two different bands at different stages of their musical career both united by music in an Erdington park." "Today's gig was not only a chance to celebrate what we have achieved in the area to date, but also just a taste of things to come from the ongoing improvements planned.”

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Don’t advertise your home to thieves Residents are being reminded "don't advertise your home to thieves" as West Midlands Police steps up its blitz on burglars as the darker nights draw in. Residents are being encouraged to play their part by switching on to some simple crime prevention tactics. Almost one-in-five of all break-ins are as a result of properties being left insecure so checking all windows and doors are locked before leaving the house is crucial.

The team leaders for the Stockland Green neighbourhood policing team are Sergeant Jim Reid and Acting Sergeant Dan Cooper.

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Stockland Green Police Newsletter October 2011  
Stockland Green Police Newsletter October 2011  

Every month West Midlands Police send out a newsletter to show that sometimes things that aren't robbing or stabbing happen in Stockland Gre...