If you want to make sure that your community is as safe as possible, one of the best things to do is to get involved.
The Safer Solihull Partnership has a number of ways in which residents can help make the borough a safer, cleaner and greener place.
One is to join your local Neighbourhood Watch scheme. There are over 444 Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinators in the borough, each of whom is the point of contact for their own scheme. The schemes provide the opportunity to meet regularly to discuss crime concerns in the area and exchange views on how to make the neighbourhood safer.
Celia Davies, Community Partnership Officer from Solihull Police said: “Although each scheme is run by residents, the police work closely with them to provide support and advice. Building relationships with the community also helps the police be even more effective in fighting crime.
“Recently an arrest was made with the help of Neighbourhood Watch - we sent a photo of a suspect to a number of schemes near to where a burglary had occurred and were subsequently contacted by a member with a correct sighting.”
In addition to Neighbourhood Watch, the Council’s Neighbourhood Management teams work closely with the Police and Solihull Community Housing Anti-Social Behaviour Team to tackle issues such as noisy neighbours, anti-social behaviour and vandalism.
Solihull also has Environmental Champions who work on improving the environment in the borough.
There are 183 individuals and 32 affiliated groups who currently dedicate their time on projects including litter picking, clearing graffiti and removing rubbish left through fly tipping.
It is hoped that enhancing how the borough looks, will increase respect for public places and reduce people’s tolerance of environmental crime.
* For more information on Neighbourhood Watch call 0121 704 8577, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
* For information on Environmental Champions call 0121 704 6534 or e-mail email@example.com.
* For information on the Neighbourhood Management Teams call 0121 704 6547.