Recent CRS Events
CRS Autumn Event, Thursday 7th November 2019 at Edgbaston High School – a presentation by Professor Sir David Eastwood, Vice Chancellor of the University of Birmingham – “The Role of a Global University in the City of Birmingham”
10th October 2019 CRS Safety & Security Forum.
A key policy area for CRS is that of safety and security. We know that our members have become increasingly concerned about rising crime coupled with reduced police resources resulting from the austerity cuts of recent years. We must now accept that the Police can only do so much and that we as citizens have to take some reasonable, sensible measures ourselves to reduce our risk of becoming victims of crime.
To that end CRS organised this Forum in collaboration with the Moor Pool Residents’ Association, who are experiencing exactly the same concerns across in Harborne.
Thank you to all those that attended. We had some very positive feedback and we believe everyone who attended took away some useful advice and information.
To start the presentations, Superintendent Ian Green gave an overview of local crime rates and the resources available to him as the senior officer in charge of neighbourhood policing across our area. He explained how the police in the West Midlands was structured and the best ways to make contact using 999, 101 or Live Chat, depending on the situation. He also gave a frank account of how the current demand was affecting his officers.
The next presentation was by Justin Freeman of the Master Locksmiths’ Association, who explained to the audience what standards to look out for when buying replacement locks and security products. The Sold Secure certification was a reliable indication that security products had been rigorously tested.
PCSO Sean Long is a West Midlands Police expert on cyber-crime and, after a quick quiz to check people’s knowledge, delivered a wake-up call for many in the audience. In an entertaining talk, he offered some very serious advice on how to stay safe online, starting with the simple but highly effective task of changing to stronger passwords. He also warned the audience to be cautious when using public Wi-Fi.
Having looked at how to protect ourselves and our homes, the final strand was to talk about community safety. The audience heard from Neighbourhood Watch representatives about how we can work with each other to create stronger, safer neighbourhoods. Inspector Bel Sixsmith (centre) and Mr Kardaya Rooprai (right) explained how to set up a scheme and shared some personal experience of how once-blighted neighbourhoods had been transformed.
One increasingly popular initiative was Street Watch. PCSO Samantha O’Dell (left) described how just the presence of a small group of residents in hi-vis jackets out and about in their communities could deter criminal activity. Unsurprisingly, she received plenty of interest from people looking for training to carry out their own highly visible local patrols.
The event was also supported by several PCSO’s from the Edgbaston and Harborne neighbourhood policing team. They set up a stand with lots of advice leaflets and useful gadgets to give away, and were on hand to answer people’s questions.
Those who attended may have noticed the team from Red Watch of the West Midlands Fire Service waiting in the background to give a talk on fire safety in the home. Unfortunately, before Watch Commander Dave Clark was able to give his presentation, the team was called out to an emergency. A pity, but it is reassuring to know that the emergency services will drop everything to keep us safe.
29th June 2019
CRS contributed to the success of Martineau Gardens Summer Garden Party by running the bar, collecting and washing glasses and clearing up.
Twenty CRS members volunteered, did a fantastic job and enjoyed themselves.
Special thanks to Jean Pratt who masterminded the washing up in a very hot kitchen on a scorching day.