Vehicle Thefts

Knowle, Dorridge & Blythe Neighbourhood Police Team are asking vehicle owners to remain vigilant and report all suspicious activity following a number of thefts from vehicles in and around the knowle area.

Officers are encouraging motorists to think twice about security as they work to reduce the potential for opportunist vehicle crime.

They advise that if you have a garage please use it, and if you have an alarm please make sure it is activated, and your vehicle is left secured.

They also ask you to remember to remove all valuables from your vehicle. This could include laptops, phones, sat navs, sunglasses, loose change or anything that may catch the attraction of an opportunist thief.

Crime continues to fall across the borough and with thefts from vehicles accounting for around 10 per cent of all offences we can cut this figure even further by taking some simple steps.

If you see anyone or anything suspicious in your local community please call officers on 101.
Always dial 999 if a crime is in progress.

Likewise if you have information on people or properties linked to the handling of stolen property please call officers or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555 111.

Bogus Police Officer Courier Fraud

Fraudsters phoned at least 15 homes – mainly in the Solihull and Northfield areas – in the space of a few hours on the 13th February posing as detectives and trying to panic people into handing over bank cards and security details.

The ruse involves the bogus officer claiming the target’s bank account has been hacked or their card cloned…and that they need to seize the card and PIN number to stop fraudulent transactions.

West Midlands Police launched a widespread awareness campaign this week highlighting the con – and the vast majority of people contacted yesterday followed police advice, hung up and didn’t divulge bank details.

However, the cruel tricksters managed to persuade an 82-year-old Shirley lady into revealing her PIN number and handing her card over to a ‘courier’. It was later used to withdraw £250 cash and make two purchases totalling almost £1,000.

Also a 91-year-old woman from Weoley Castle also phoned police to say she handed over her bank card to a courier on Wednesday (Feb 12) along with £100 cash – her most recent withdrawal – which the cruel con artists claimed they needed as evidence. Another £294 was taken from her account before the card was cancelled.

The callers’ tactics vary: some claim to be from regional police stations, some from London some say they’ve arrested people and recovered cloned bank cards, whilst others suggest money has been taken from accounts.

“Police officers or genuine bank officials would never ask you to divulge PIN numbers over the phone or send couriers round to collect cards. If you receive a call requesting this then hang up and contact police.”

So far this year West Midlands Police has received around 50 calls from residents – whose ages range from 59 to 93 – reporting they’ve been targeted by the “Courier Con” with victims having collectively lost around £10,000.

Many people fall for the scam because they believe the bogus PC’s story has been verified by a follow-up call to their bank – but because the scammers don’t hang up the victim is unwittingly still speaking to them and not a bank official.

PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST COURIER FRAUD:

• Your bank or police will never send a courier to your home to collect bank cards
• Your bank or police will never ask for your PIN number
• If you receive one of these calls end it immediately.

If you’ve been a victim call your bank and cancel your cards immediately – try to call from a different phone if reporting it immediately after being contacted by someone you believe was a scammer – and report it to West Midlands Police on 101

Telephone Disconnection Scam

A scam has been reported whereby a phone call is received from someone claiming to be from BT. The caller advises that they are disconnecting you because of an unpaid bill. They demand payment immediately of the amount that they claim is outstanding and advise that it will be much more of a cost to re-connect at a later date if they have to disconnect your phone. It has been reported that the caller offers to demonstrate that they are from BT and advises you to hang up and try phoning someone and explains that they will disconnect your phone to prevent this, and this is exactly what appears to happen!! Apparently the recipients phone is dead – no engaged tone, nothing – until the caller claiming to be from BT phones back.

The person who reported this issue asked the caller claiming to be from BT how the payment was to be made and was told by credit card. Fortunately the recipient did not provide his credit card details, but instead phoned the police to let them know. Apparently he wasn’t the first! It’s only just started apparently, but it is escalating. Their advice was to let as many people as possible know of this scam. The fact that the phone does go off would probably convince some people its real, so please make as many friends & family aware of this. How is it done? This is good but not that clever. He gave the wrong number – it should have been 0800 800 152 which takes you through to BT Business. The cutting off of the line is very simple, he stays on the line with the mute button on and you can’t dial out – but he can hear you trying. (This is because the person who initiates a call is the one to terminate it). When you stop trying he cuts off and immediately calls back. You could almost be convinced! The sad thing is that it is so simple that it will certainly fool many. This is clearly a scam to get hold of your credit card details.

If you, your family or friends receive such a call please contact Action Fraud details on web link below:
http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud

17th September 2014 BURGLARY DWELLING

At a property on Wood Lane, an unknown offender(s) appear to have gained entry to a secure rear garden by climbing on a flat roof at the rear of the property. Offender(s) smashed a 4ft x 2ft stained glass window to gain entry and once entry was gained conducted an untidy search of main bedroom and stole 2 jewellery boxes. Offender(s) were disturbed by the alarm and made good their escape.

SMBC Position Statement – Developments brought forward for 5 year housing needs

Solihull MBC produced a Position Statement, which was requested by the High Court Judge. Within the Position Statement sites included in the Solihull Local Plan as future phased developments were considered, in order to demonstrate that Solihull could meet its 5 year housing land requirements,

Previously submitted applications which were scheduled as phase 2 and 3 developments (Braggs Farm, Cleobury Lane/Dickens Heath Road and Mount Dairy Farm) had been fought predominately on the phasing argument and the fact that SMBC could demonstrate a 5 year housing land supply, based on the Local Plan. SMBC were no longer in a position to use these factors as reasons to oppose the re-submitted applications for these 3 developments and consequently the development proposals were brought forward and approved

Tidbury Green Parish Council Resident Survey

Tidbury Green Parish Council Resident Survey 2013

Thank you to all those residents who responded to the 2013 Tidbury Green Parishioners Survey Questionnaire. The survey was undertaken to obtain feedback on your views, including those on local issues that cause concern. All responses have been analysed and the findings are included in the attached Tidbury Green Parish Council – Parishioners Survey Report (click here). An Executive Summary has also been produced was delivered to all homes within Tidbury Green, along with the February 2014 Newsletter.

The random prize draw took place during the December 2013 Parish Council Meeting. Congratulations to the winner Paul Wright, who has been awarded his prize money.