The results are in for the Safer 6 campaign's fourth week, which had a special focus on Oldbury. Firefighters with council neighbourhood services officers carried out 109 home safety checks in Oldbury during the week as well as general safety visits across the town’s four wards – Bristnall, Langley, Old Warley and Oldbury. Oldbury Fire Station hosted a vehicle safety event, where firefighters checked 57 cars, highlighting and dealing with common faults including defective tyres and lights, wrongly fitting child seats, cracked windscreens and low fluid levels.
A high-profile information roadshow was held in Oldbury Civic Square, with the fire service, police, council services and many others giving advice on safety, crime prevention, recycling and healthy living. The cannabis information tent provided information on the dangers of drugs and how to spot a cannabis factory.
Also at this event, volunteers from Sandwell Crime Prevention Panel and Neighbourhood Watch spoke to 182 people and handed out 125 home safety packs and 96 purse bells.
Police and council trading standards officers seized alcohol from a shop in Tividale that was selling it without a licence. This followed a test purchase at the shop, which now faces further action.
Council wardens confiscated alcohol seven times and issued two dog mess fines during the week and also gave out dog mess bags to dog walkers. They also got fly-tipping in Heron Road cleaned-up.
Wardens also lifted seven untaxed vehicles from roads in Oldbury and reported three vehicles to the DVLA which were being driven while untaxed. Wardens also got four abandoned vehicles removed and put warning notices on another 18 vehicles.
Councillors, police, council neighbourhood services officers and local schoolchildren joined the Friends of Tividale Park to plant 1,000 bulbs at the park.
Trading standards and neighbourhood services officers visited older and vulnerable residents across Oldbury’s four wards, to raise awareness of doorstep crime.
Neighbourhood services officers and Neighbourhood Watch issued SmartWater property marking packs to residents.
And together with police, neighbourhood officers carried out speed checks across all four wards, checking 600 cars. Six were found to be speeding and have been sent warnings about the risks of speeding.
Neighbourhood officers also worked with the Happy Project and Murray Hall Community Trust to look at ways to support residents aged over 55.
Council private sector housing property intervention officers inspected 46 private empty properties in Oldbury, to check they were secure as they look to get them back into use.
Supervised offenders doing Community Payback carried out a clean-up at a rear access track and open space at Pound Road. They removed more than a ton of rubbish.
Councillor Steve Trow, Oldbury town lead member, said: "As the days get shorter, it's especially important to step up our efforts to keep our neighbourhoods safe and clean.
"Oldbury Safer 6 week has again been a great success, thanks to council workers, our partners and the many local residents and community groups who all came together to get stuck in!"
The Safer 6 campaign ran from 28 September to 8 November, with each of Sandwell's six towns having a special focus week.
Safer 6 is all about organisations targeting their efforts and providing extra reassurance during the darker nights, fireworks and bonfire season – a time when crime and anti-social behaviour can often rise.
Results for the final two weeks of the campaign will follow soon.