Keeping you safe in Walsall

With the night’s drawing in and schools about to break up we’re working hard in Walsall to make sure we help keep everyone feeling safe.
 
We often see an increase in calls about antisocial behaviour at this time – while we understand many youngsters want to have some fun around Halloween and Bonfire Night – we also recognise how scary this can be for some people in our communities.
 
We’re keen to remind everyone that respect and consideration are important at this time. So while we want to ensure young people have fun with friends and family we’re keen to make sure this doesn’t affect older and vulnerable members of the community.
 
We’re now doing the following:
 
•         visiting people who have previously been in trouble for persistent antisocial behaviour
•         carrying our environmental scanning to ensure removal of rubbish which could be used to start fires  
•         visiting local petrol stations to advise against selling petrol to young people
•         visiting licensed premises and retailers selling fireworks to reinforce legislation
•         contacting local schools to share safety messages and raise awareness which will be delivered in assemblies 
•         sharing literature and posters to highlight issues such as illegal use or sales of fireworks, sales of eggs and flour and trick or treat
•         patrolling areas affected by antisocial behaviour
•         contacting venues which are hosting events to offer support and share guidance
•         sharing information and ideas with a range of partner agencies 
•         sharing intelligence around problem areas or individuals
 
Sergeant Phil Upton from Walsall police said: “We traditionally see an increase in reports of antisocial behaviour at this time of year and ultimately this impacts people’s feeling of safety.
 
“It’s getting dark earlier now and with the clocks set to change soon that will be even earlier, we understand this makes some people feel more unsafe.
 
“Often most young people are just out enjoying time with friends - especially during half-term - and after a difficult 18 months or so. We recognise it’s the small minority who cause trouble and intend to intimidate others, but we need to be more considerate of how such behaviour can be perceived.
 
“We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable time and that’s why we’re putting these measures in place.”
 
If you’re concerned about antisocial behaviour visit our website for information and advice here: https://west-midlands.police.uk/your-options/rowdy-and-inconsiderate-be…
 

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