West Midlands Police is distributing Christmas cards to repeat offenders encouraging them to stay away from crime over the festive period.
Prolific priority offenders (PPOs) are people who are known to commit large volumes of crime across the force area. Local offender manager teams closely supervise PPOs in the community on a day to day basis and it is these teams who will be personally hand delivering the Christmas cards over the next week.
This year’s card draws a contrast between Christmas in the cells and Christmas at home surrounded by family and friends.
The back of the card asks offenders not to miss out on Christmas and urges them to ask for help to move away from crime if they need it. The overall message is to move away from crime and get help to start a fresh.
Superintendent Manjit Thandi from Birmingham North said: “Christmas is a time when crime traditionally rises because people have often bought new high value items and are probably not thinking about crime prevention, whether it be while out shopping or in the home.
“Prolific offenders can be tempted to seize on this opportunity, so these cards are a reminder to them that we are here to support them in their efforts to move away from crime, whether that is by helping them find housing or get help with a drug addiction.
“If they do not seek to change their ways and take the help offered to them they could face Christmas in custody.”