THE Neighbourhood Police team in Dorridge have been handing out attack alarms after a woman commuter endured a horrifying ordeal.
The initiative follows the attack on the 23 year-old Dorridge woman on Wednesday November 4 at around 5.50pm.
The woman was commuting home from work to Dorridge train station and was followed and attacked in Earlswood Road.
Police believe the activation of the personal attack alarm she was carrying may have prevented her from sustaining more serious injuries.
The alarms, supplied by Solihull Community Housing, were handed out by local neighbourhood police officers at around the same time as the attack took place on Wednesday. The alarms are small portable devices which can be clipped onto key rings or bags and when activated produce a piercing sound. They are designed to increase personal safety and provide a deterrent effect to any would-be attacker.
Sergeant Ann Strachan from the Knowle, Dorridge and Blythe neighbourhood team said: “We are hoping that the handing out of these alarms will provide some security and confidence especially to people who are walking alone.”
Sergeant Strachan is also hoping the presence of uniformed officers in the area can jog someone’s memory and help provide the police with information about the attack. She added: “If anyone has any information, even if they think it is insignificant, I would urge them to contact us.”
Anyone with information should contact Solihull CID on 0845 113 5000 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.