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Police: Time to show your Shed some Love!

Written by RSS Poster Policing in Dudley

How time flies! I have been very busy for the last couple of weeks and despite all my good intentions I just never got to sit down and think about the Blog. I blame some of it on the great weather we had because for one of those rare occasions my Annual Leave coincided with what might turn out to be our best weather of the year! So much to be done around the house and each and every job just got bigger and bigger.

Garden shed security

While taking a break from all of that work I was sitting in the sun looking at the garden shed (a bit of a sad life I guess!) and started to think about a blog I wrote earlier in the year about ‘Seasonal Crime’. While on that occasion I was talking about frosts and stolen cars we are now fortunately into a new season – Spring (although with todays snow I’m not too sure where we are!). While the glorious start to Spring ment that I could sit in the garden it also though brings more challenges for us – thefts from sheds, thefts of hanging baskets, etc.

Garden equipment and plants become valuable...

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Police: Has it really been a Year?

Written by RSS Poster Policing in Dudley

Well, this Blog is now a year old; a year of posting! I’m not too sure if that is something very profound but I guess it’s time to sit back and reflect on what it has all been about, what it has achieved (if that’s not too pretentious), how things have changed in the Blog and I suppose to take stock of where we are now with it all and where we go from here for the next year, yes, I will be continuing.

I guess it was never going to change the world but I hope that it has shed a little bit of light on what we do, why we do it and given a better understanding of whats happening across Dudley and the surrounding areas.

Reflecting back on the past year two things in particular stand out; I have learnt that it’s not even worth thinking about trying to write anything after I have been working Nights and secondly that it is certainly a lot easier to write on a sunny summer morning sitting on the patio than a cold dark/damp winter evening! I guess that that is all about motivation and inspiration as there is always something to write about but...

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Police: The Sky is no limit to Policing Dudley

Written by RSS Poster Policing in Dudley

Last week was a bit of a difficult week at work for me and I wasnt even at work! After finishing Nights we go on to our Rest Days, a bit like everyone elses weekends, just in the middle of the week! So during these ‘Rest Days’ I was flicking through some Twitter posts and I picked up on one from the @wmpolice account featuring the Photo of the Day. A great idea, really interesting, but this day they posted a ‘historical’ photo from 60/70s. Not an old photo or anything else but one clearly described as ‘historical’ by my colleagues in the Press Office. Well, I stuck my head back under the covers and pretended that I didn’t know anything about the 1970s (or couldn’t remember the 60s but that was age). Then the following day @wmp_helicopter posted a photo of the first police helicopter in West Midlands Police. The sad and difficult point for me was that I actually remember the predecessor when we briefly used an airplane. Clearly I am now of ‘historical’ vintage! Particularly stuck in my memory for some reason was a day spent on...

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Police: Is it all too Good to be True in Dudley

Written by RSS Poster Policing in Dudley

Every week in the Dudley Police Control Room we get a range of calls from local residents who in one way or another have become victims of fraud. Fraud is not new. Offences committed by fraud have been around for a long time but we seem to be getting an increase in the calls and also the type. Many of them are related in one way or another to the Internet, either responding to an e-mail or purchasing goods. Generally the caller has received an offer of something or seen an item that they may want.

For many of the cases when you sit back and look at the ‘offer’ it immediately strikes you that this is just ‘too good to be true’. Many of the victims also recognise this as well, frequently commenting ‘yes, I thought it didn’t seem quite right but then I thought maybe it is.’ I’m not talking here about the fake e-mail from your bank requesting details, etc but that item on some selling sites that is such a ‘great bargain’. Often when we speak with the caller you realise that they have already spent significant amounts of their...

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