More police on the beat in Halesowen

First published in Local

MORE bobbies are pounding the beat in Halesowen town centre - despite an overall cut in the number of police officers.

Inspector Dez Lambert said by an improved use of resources gave officers more time to patrol the centre - which is a crime hotspot, even on their way to catch the bus to cover Quarry Bank, when there are no cars available.

Neighbourhood teams covering Quarry Bank and Dudley Wood, Cradley and Wollescote have moved from Stourbridge to Halesowen Police Station, both similar distances from their patches.

But the move means they can share responsibilities and patrol where most needed.

A police stand is also to be opened in the Cornbow Centre, near the Asda entrance, in a couple of weeks, which will manned on Saturdays, with officers offering help, advice and crime prevention information.

PC Rob Brookes reported to the Halesowen Chamber of Trade there had been 19 thefts in two months in the town centre, 10 of which were shoplifting offences committed at Asda.

Insp Lambert said high security at the supermarket meant a large number of offenders were caught.

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3:32pm Fri 19 Apr 13

Ed Winchester says...

Wouldn't it make more sense for Neighbourhood teams to be based at a police station nearest their patch, like Old Hill, Brierley Hill etc?
No wonder we never see any of them if they have to cycle or catch the bus from Stourbridge, or Halesowen as is the case now. I don't blame the teams themselves, but its no wonder there is an increase in Antisocial behaviour in these areas. At least we can shop in Asda safely!
Wouldn't it make more sense for Neighbourhood teams to be based at a police station nearest their patch, like Old Hill, Brierley Hill etc? No wonder we never see any of them if they have to cycle or catch the bus from Stourbridge, or Halesowen as is the case now. I don't blame the teams themselves, but its no wonder there is an increase in Antisocial behaviour in these areas. At least we can shop in Asda safely! Ed Winchester
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