Druids Heath has a total of 15 multi storey blocks which house a variety of individuals including families with young children, single adults and elderly and disabled residents. During the last several weeks the neighbourhood caretakers have reported an increase in incidents of criminal damage within the blocks. Issues such as broken lights, glass windows, communal door entry systems, fires, graffiti have all been reported.
These incidents not only cause an unsightly mess but more importantly, cause a serious health and safety issue for the residents who occupy these properties.
Birmingham City Council is determined to reduce criminal damage and in order to combat this issue and identify the individuals responsible for the damage mobile security officers will be located in and around the Druids Heath area for the next few weeks.
Local Housing Manager for Brandwood stated “This is a mindless act of vandalism that is not only affecting the lives of residents within the blocks but is costing Birmingham City Council thousands of pounds each month. The night time security is a short term solution but I am confident that a presence on the estate will deter these individuals”.
Officers from West Midlands Police and the Housing Department are continuing to work in partnership to identify the individuals, but would ask local residents if they witness or know who the individuals who are involved in this criminal activity, that they contact a member of the housing team on 464 4700 or West Midlands Police on 101.
All calls will be treated in the strictest of confidence.