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Theft of mobile phones or bicycles
Alert message sent 22/05/2020 14:49:00
Information sent on behalf of West Mids Police
Sadly we've had a few reports of robbery/theft across our constituency. Items taken include bikes/phones. Officers are patrolling + are investigating but pls consider the below safety advice. If you suspect you know an offender (may be with a new phone to sell?) pls let us know:
Crime Prevention - Robbery
There are some general street safety tips you can follow to help you feel safer and reduce your chances of becoming a victim. These include:
Listen to your instincts - if you don't feel safe move to a busier area.
Know your route and avoid badly-lit streets.
Always try and tell someone where you're going and when you'll be back.
If you take a different route home from your friends, let each other know that you've arrived safely. Call or text your friend once you arrive home safely.
Carry your bag securely. Put the strap across your body and make sure the fasteners are facing you.
If you use a cashpoint, try to do so during daylight hours and, wherever possible, use the machines situated inside the building society or bank. If you have to use a cashpoint at night go with a friend and stay alert to other people on the street.
Avoid carrying your wallet or phone in your back pocket and never hold it out on display.
Try looking at Hollieguard.com for an app to download on your phone to help you when out and about.
Keep valuables, especially jewellery, out of sight. Put jewellery chains under clothing
Keep luggage close at hand at all times and in sight if possible. Don't have your name or address visible on any tags
Keep keys separate from anything with your address on it. If you are travelling, someone may assume your house is empty
Wait for the bus, train or tram at a busy place
When on a bus, train or tram, sit as near to the driver as possible
Be discreet on the street – keep your valuables out of sight.
Stay alert – don’t let headphones block out traffic, strangers or potential trouble.
Listen to your instincts – know your route, avoid dark places and if you don’t feel safe, move to a busier area.
Trace lost or stolen electrical items by activating their in-built tracker app or by downloading a reputable one from your app store.
If you feel you're in danger
If you still think you're being followed, try to get away from the situation. If necessary, raise alarm and awareness.
Seek help from someone such as a shopkeeper or hotel receptionist.
If you are worried, frightened or think you may be in danger, call 999.
If you are robbed, try to remember as much detail as you can, for example descriptions of offenders and contact us.
Crime Prevention: Ten ways to help prevent anyone taking your bike
1. Register it
Get your bike security marked and registered at BikeRegister. It’s a highly effective, visible deterrent to bike thieves. They know that if they are caught with a registered bike, the owner can be traced and they will be arrested.
2. Record it
Remember to record details of your bike such as the frame number (normally found underneath the bike between the pedals or where the back wheel slots in), the BikeRegister number plus any other distinguishing features, and take a photo.
3. Double-lock it
It can take thieves as little as few seconds to cut through some locks, so use two good quality locks, at least one of which is a D-lock.
4. Lock the lot
Lock the frame and both wheels to the cycle parking stand.
5. Secure it
Secure your bike as close to the stand as possible to give any thieves little or no room to manoeuvre.
6. Remove the removable bits
Take parts that are easy to remove with you. Or use locking skewers or nuts which can increase security by securing the bike's components to the frame permanently, making it difficult for thieves to steal detachable parts.
7. Park secure
Lock your bike at recognised secure cycle parking. It should be well lit and covered by CCTV.
8. Remember safety begins at home
Take the same care to lock your bike securely at home as you would on the street.
9. Check ownership
Ask for proof of ownership and check the bike frame number on the Bike Checker at BikeRegister.
10. Act fast
If your bike has been stolen, contact us as soon as possible (you can report a crime online). Give us your frame number, BikeRegister number, a photo and any other details and make sure you update the status on BikeRegister. The sooner we know, the sooner we can act, which might stop it being sold on.
What to do if your bike is stolen
There are various courses of action open to you if your bike goes missing. Whichever you take, make sure you do it as soon as possible. Time really is of the essence.
Stolen Bikes in the UK will help to spread the word on the theft of your bike and offer you advice to help get it back.
Find that bike lists adverts for bikes placed on online marketplaces, which you can check frequently to see if yours has been listed for sale.
Adverts are usually placed within 24 hours of the theft but if not, keep looking as they sometimes take a few months to pop up.
Pls remember to let your local police officers know
As always, we do not send this to alarm or upset anyone and robbery is a rare crime in our area, especially during Covid, however, we do like to send crime prevention tips where we can and always looks to make our community safer.
PS 2042 Samantha Bonehill
for Perry Barr Constituency
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Samantha Bonehill (Police , Sergeant, Birmingham West, Perry Barr )