A great idea formulated to address a spike in burglaries in January by the safer Solihull Partnership is #haveyougotyourtimer ? This is a theme for social media, using the hashtag to help promote the concept.
Burglaries have seen a 40% rise in Solihull for the year-on-year to January and although police operations have brought about arrests and a substantial reduction in recent reports, it is important for us to take action to make our homes safer.
Most burglaries appear to be taking place in the late afternoon and early evenings (when it is dark). Here, the use of a timer to switch on lamps in the home can only be of benefit. The campaign has certainly got my attention and I have dusted off the timers in my house and also my mothers. Just like a smoke detector, timers are useless if not used for their purpose.
I have acquired 50 timers and intend to distribute them in Blythe ward. I have already received permission to locate some at Monkspath Surgery and Pharmacy and will be in Dickens Heath tomorrow to see if they can go in the Coffee Cloud and/or pharmacy. Similarly, I will ask Cheswick Green pharmacy to have some. These will be FREE to anyone who feels they can use them.
If you can use one, or know an elderly relative or vulnerable person who may benefit from a timer please visit one of these locations.