Tough on crime, especially today

Did you know today was United Streets of Birmingham Day? I didn’t (kthx for the tip).

It’s a Police initiative to “provide a focus for all community safety activity across the City with a particular focus on burglary, robbery and vehicle crime” and the day includes…

  • high visibility patrols by police and local authority / environmental / youth wardens;
  • speed enforcement checks;
  • robbery vehicle patrols;
  • anti-social behaviour responder vehicle in action;
  • licensing enforcement operations (alcohol and fireworks);
  • arrest days (warrants);
  • lockdowns at transport hubs;
  • active use of stop-and-search powers;

Which is nice, although you might hope that “as many staff as possible take part in local activity” on the other 364 days of the year too.

There are some sensible tips about safety and crime prevention on the website. All in all I’m not quite sure what they’re getting at with this, but I’m glad they’re doing something all the same.

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