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Friday, January 30th, 2015

Rep report – Safer Solihull Board, Jan 2015

Meeting Name:                                Safer Solihull Board

Date of Meeting:             29th Jan 2015

Representative:               Nasheima Sheikh

Key Points of Wider Interest Discussed:

Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson visited the Board

Much of the meeting was taken up with discussions with the PCC.  He said he would be providing the same financial settlement as in the previous year.  There was discussion of the need for more longer financial settlements in order to enable commissioned services to have stability for more than a year – unfortunately the PCC’s own funding is on an annual basis and subject to cuts so such reassurance is not possible.

Solihull Strategic Assessment

Crime in Solihull is falling and has done so over the past few years.  All aspects of crime are falling other than Business crime and domestic violence.

Compared with last year, there were:

  • 284 fewer victims of crime
  • 133 fewer victims burglary dwelling
  • 151 fewer victims of theft from motor vehicles
  • 36 fewer victims of robbery

9 out of 10 people are satisfied with their local area

Solihull has accounted for 25% of the reduction of burglaries across the West Midlands – this is now average of 2 per day (compared with 77 per day in just 2 areas of Birmingham).

Petrol theft had increased and there was some discussion of how supermarkets are not interested in addressing this, as they want people to pay in the shop and purchase other products.  In other countries, you have to pay before purchasing petrol at the pump which decreases this crime considerably.  The recent fall in petrol prices has resulted in some drop in this crime.

Current priorities for Solihull are: making our neighbourhoods safer, better protecting people from harm, supporting stronger communities and bringing offenders to justice and tackling re-offending.

There will be focus of the four priorities within this: domestic abuse, anti social behaviour, acquisitive crime and location based problem solving.  (locations are Chelmsley Wood & Smiths Wood partnership plus areas, Solihull town centre, Shirley town, Elmdon and Lyndon.

Name and Contact No of Rep Completing:  Nasheima Sheikh