Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Concerns over Dorridge vehicle crime

POLICE have stepped up patrols and pledged to tackle concerns about vehicle crime in Dorridge – but say speeding in Knowle is no longer a priority.

West Midlands Police have added reducing vehicle crime to its “community priorities” list.

It says: “Following isolated incidents of vehicle crime in Dorridge, local residents have raised concerns to us about theft from motor vehicles in the area.”

“Since local residents raised theft from motor vehicles in Dorridge as a concern to us, we have been working with our dedicated vehicle crime team and doing leaflet drops in the area to encourage people to protect their vehicles and remove all valuable belongings from inside.

“We have increased our patrols in the area and have been providing reassurance to the local residents and we will review the situation next month.”

Officers said anti-social behaviour was an “ongoing priority” in the village centre, Dorridge Park and behind the Total petrol station.

This occurs mainly on Friday and Saturday nights between 8pm and 3am, it says.

The report says: “We have been liaising with our partner agencies about a long-term strategy to combat ASB in Dorridge and the opportunity for providing youth activities in the area.

“We continue to have a positive relationship with pupils and staff at Arden School and we are providing targeted patrols to the affected areas to help reduce activity.”
It said patrols had been stepped up and a “Canal Watch” scheme established after a “isolated” burglary on the Union Canal.

Speeding in Knowle has dropped off the list. This was reported on Station Road, Longdon Road and Warwick Road, particularly at school drop-off and pick-up times.

The report says: “We have carried out several speed-enforcement operations since September and the issue has now dissipated, and is no longer raised as a concern by the local community.”

The force will hold a community beat surgery tomorrow from 6pm to 8pm at St John's Close, Knowle.