New neighbourhood schemes set up as partnership patrols hit the streets

Two new neighbourhood schemes are being set up in Handsworth and Lozells after we helped residents get involved in keeping their communities safe.

Neighbourhood officers hit the streets during a Soho Partnership Day, talking to business owners, community leaders and the people who live in the area to find out what they wanted to see improved.

Patrols are briefed

Teams from Soho and Lozells and East Handsworth joined forces with members of the Soho BID (Business Improvement District) to patrol the area, getting feedback on any concerns.

As well as two new Neighbourhood Watch schemes being set up there was lots of interest in the local WMNow messaging service, which helps residents stay in touch with whatever’s going on in their area.

Talking to residents

These patrols are set to be repeated as the teams continue to work closely on tackling issues in the area.

City councillors were also there, along with waste enforcement teams who visited fly-tipping hotspots and gave advice on how to dispose of rubbish properly.

Teams working together

PC Nilufar Ali of the Birmingham West Neighbourhood team, said: "This was a really successful day with so many teams working together to help improve our communities.

"We are delighted that as a result two new Neighbourhood Watch Schemes are being launched which help us in keeping people safe and criminals away."

Information handed out

To find out more about getting involved in Neighbourhood Watch Schemes or the WMNow alerts, visit our website at

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