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Police burglary pledge

Posted on April 30 2018 at 10:31:04

Village burglary victims will still be visited by a police officer, despite other policing areas cutting back.

The pledge was made by PC Simon Albutt, Safer Neighbourhood Officer, at Alvechurch Annual Parish Meeting.

“West Mercia Police are very much victim-led,” he said. “If you get burgled you want to see a police officer. Our take on that is that we will visit every victim of burglary.”

PC Albutt told the meeting there had been 62 burglaries in Alvechurch parish over the past year, compared with 47 in the previous year.

“Crime, especially burglary, is going up nationally, not just in Alvechurch,” he added.

Among other figures reported by PC Albutt, theft of motor vehicles was down from 17 to 14, while theft from motor vehicles was around the same at 33. Drugs offences were the same, at four, with three of those being vehicles stopped in transit through the area.

There were no robberies, but assaults were up from 28 to 41. PC Albutt welcomed this rise as it showed the message to report domestic violence was getting through.

Meanwhile, Lickey & Blackwell Parish Council is considering starting up PACT (Partners And Communities Together) meetings again, and is asking residents interested in attending to register their interest with parish clerk Lisa Winterbourn by emailing:
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The latest crime statistics for that parish show that there were three burglaries and one theft from a vehicle during March.

However, Barnt Green has gone three months without a burglary of any kind, according to crime statistics for the first three months of 2018 – there were 13 burglaries in the same period last year.

There was a slight rise in reported crime compared with 2017, up from 18 to 22 over all. This includes four instances of criminal damage, two violent crimes and ten theft or handling offences.

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