The Solihull News has joined forces with Safer Solihull to spread the word that our borough really is a safe place to live, work and visit.
This campaign will give residents some information about crime in the borough and promote the work Safer Solihull is doing to tackle it.
Who is Safer Solihull? It’s a partnership made up of Solihull Council, West Midlands Police, West Midlands Police Authority, West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service and Solihull NHS Care Trust. Working with other partners such as our elected councillors, the probation service, youth offending service, Solihull Community Housing, Connexions, magistrates and others, our aim is to reduce crime and disorder in Solihull and make the borough a safer place.
Solihull has the lowest crime figures for seven years and crime has gone down by over 13 per cent in the last year alone – that’s 1,126 fewer victims of crime.
But despite these low crime rates some people still say they don't feel as safe.
Chief Superintendent Carl Foulkes said: “The perception of local crime and disorder does not reflect reality. It is often influenced by the myth that young people hanging around in groups are always ‘up to something’.”
Every week the Solihull News will highlight an area of Safer Solihull’s work where we are making a difference – from tackling drugs on our streets to helping people to steer clear of crime.
We will be offering advice on how we can all play a role in making our borough safer. We will give tips on how to keep your home and personal belongings safe, details of how to report and seek support for crimes including domestic abuse and anti-social behavior, and we will show how by working together and with the help of our communities we can make Solihull even safer.
A pioneering website launched by Safer Solihull will give residents a real say in how to improve the safety of their streets.
The Safer Solihull Partnership has been chosen to pilot the Home Office’s ‘Safer Streets’ website, www.direct.gov.uk/saferstreets
Residents can use the interactive website to identify streets where they do and don’t feel safe by using virtual ‘pins’. They can then give their reasons and upload any photos to support their views. There’s also a facility for people to make suggestions on how to tackle any problems. The Safer Solihull Partnership will then be able to act upon this information, responding to specific areas of concern for local communities.
The website also enables Safer Solihull to upload local safety information, such as police station locations and community safety initiatives taking place across the borough.
Councillor Mrs Diana Holl-Allen, Cabinet Member for Safer Communities, added: “This is a fantastic example of how we can work with communities to tackle issues that really matter to them. We hope it will also strengthen confidence in crime fighting agencies like Safer Solihull and show they’re there to serve and respond to the needs of everyone in the community.”
For more information about Safer Solihull go to www.solihull.gov.uk/safersolihull