18th Oct, 2017

Shock figures show dramatic rise in car crime in Rubery

Lorna Morris 13th Oct, 2017

THE NUMBER of thefts from vehicles in the past three months in Rubery has risen by 220 per cent compared to last year, according to new figures.

PC Tim Burling, part of the Hagley and Rubery Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT), presented the statistics at a PACT meeting on Monday.

The figures, which encompass Waseley, Beacon and the village centre, showed there were five reports of theft from a vehicle from July to September in 2016.

This was compared to the 16 reports during the same period this year.

Thefts from shops also more than doubled with nine reported from July to September 2016, compared to 22 during the same time this year.

Despite this drug offences decreased by 18 per cent, with 11 reports in the three-month period last year, compared to nine this year.

Speaking about the figures, PC Burling warned residents to mark their property with SmartWater.

Another issue PC Burling addressed at the meeting was cold callers knocking on doors and selling items.

“There was someone knocking on a door on Maple Road selling a chainsaw and generator.

“People legally have to give a quote and two weeks cooling off period. You can say no and call the police or not even open the door. It’s all about protecting vulnerable people.”

Anyone with info on any criminal activity in Rubery should call 101.

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