Staying in touch during the pandemic
I lead a team of PCs and PCSOs called the Safer Neighbourhood Team.
We work to prevent crime and anti-social behaviour in this area.
We are based at Borehamwood Police Station but we also conduct regular patrols and hold socially-distanced surgeries or other events so that residents can continue to raise issues or concerns.
Read on to find out about more ways to stay in touch.
Sergeant Matt Cann
How we are working to keep your neighbourhood safe
Throughout the year, your Safer Neighbourhood Team sets priorities for policing in this area.
These priorities are based on reports or feedback from the public. We then work with our partners, including the local council, to tackle these issues. These priorities are discussed and updated throughout the year at priority-setting events. We advertise these events regularly on social media and OWL.
Speeding and vehicles being driven in an anti-social manner in and around Horizon Place and Studio Way, Borehamwood.
We asked those people living in the area affected to report incidents when they happen so we can
respond and gain a better understanding of when they are happening. We have conducted a series
of operations in the evenings which resulted in a number of drivers stopped and issued with warning notices. If those drivers are caught driving illegally or anti-socially again within the next 12 months, their vehicles can be seized.
Please continue to report incidents to us so we can respond. You can also report incidents online, with video evidence.
Theft from motor vehicles in Borehamwood and Elstree.
A number of thefts from vehicles have been reported to police over recent months and we’ve been working alongside other proactive policing teams to tackle this.
We have been knocking on the doors of homes where we have found cars left unlocked. We have also held a number of community engagement events to share crime prevention advice and have put up crime prevention posters in the most affected areas.
In November, two men were arrested on suspicion of theft from motor vehicles in Borehamwood Retail Park. Please continue to ensure your vehicle is left locked and secure and remove all valuables.
echo - what matters most
You can use our community voice platform ‘echo’ to let us know what you think we should be prioritising in your area.
Your feedback will help towards shaping our local policing priorities, plans and campaigns.
OWL - Online Watch Link
Sign up to OWL to receive email updates from local police and Neighbourhood Watch officers about crime and anti-social behaviour in your area.
The updates are free and include relevant crime prevention advice.
A message from Chief Inspector Mark Bilsdon
We have adapted the way we police during the pandemic to keep people safe and protect the NHS.
My officers have remained on patrol, dealing with crime and anti-social behaviour, but also wearing masks and social distancing as much as possible. We remain committed to engaging, explaining and encouraging the public regarding the restrictions, and only enforcing breaches where we have no other option.
I am pleased to say that burglaries in the district remain very low. But we are seeing a rise in car crime, especially thefts of catalytic converters and of property left in unlocked cars. Please remember to remove all items from unattended vehicles and lock them. I urge you to contact us if you need police assistance, especially if you feel unsafe in your own home.
Bike marking event in Borehamwood
Cyclists took up the opportunity to get their bike security marked for free at a recent event in Borehamwood.
PCSOs Barry Lovegrove, Daniel Lewis and Natalie Lancaster also gave new bike owners essential crime prevention advice about how to keep their bicycles secure.
After the event held in Halfords, PCSO Barry Lovegrove said: “The aim was to offer anyone purchasing a bike, as well as other local residents, the opportunity to have their bike permanently and visibly marked with a unique ID code. This code proves ownership and allows police to identify the owner of the bike if it was ever stolen and recovered.”
Marking bikes can also help police bring criminals to justice as they can link a recovered bike to a crime report.
Bike owners are urged to invest in good quality security for their bikes. You can find advice on securing bicycles and other valuables online.
You can also register your bike on The Bike Register (opens in a new window), a free online property database which police use to check stolen property. That way, if your bike does get stolen, you have more chance of it being returned to you.
Your police force working for you
As well as your Safer Neighbourhood Team, there are many more policing teams working in this area, and across the county, to keep you safe.
Our “Intervention” teams respond to emergencies and reports of crime, missing people or other urgent incidents. There is also a detective team who investigate crimes including burglaries. Volunteer police officers from the Special Constabulary also provide support.
There is also a wide range of countywide specialist teams that work to investigate complex crimes, protect people and pursue offenders.
Collaborated teams such as the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Road Policing Unit and Major Crime Unit work to keep our motorways safe and investigate the most serious crimes. We also work with partners including other police forces and law enforcement agencies to tackle cross-border crimes such as county drug lines and organised crime.
Protecting people from domestic abuse
The pandemic and associated restrictions have brought many challenges to individuals and families.
For people living with domestic abuse, it has been particularly difficult. Many were left feeling more isolated and vulnerable due to the measures. Early reports in lockdown also suggested that perpetrators may be using the restrictions to wield more control over their partners.
As a result we as a force stepped up our response to domestic abuse. Working with partner agencies, we jointly-launched a social media and advertising campaign to let people know that help and support were available despite the restrictions on daily life.
As well as investigating crimes, our specialist Domestic Abuse Investigation and Safeguarding Unit has helped many people get into safe accommodation or apply for injunctions that will protect them and their families.
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse, call 0300 790 6772* for advice and support.
Remember - domestic abuse isn’t just about violence. It can be psychological, sexual or financially controlling behaviour. There’s no need to suffer in silence.
* This number operates 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Calls outside of these hours may be diverted to a national helpdesk.
How to contact us
For general enquiries or to report a crime after the event:
- Report online.
- Use our webchat service by clicking on the green button on this website.
- Call us on 101. (101 calls cost 15p per call but you can call 01707 354000 instead if your call plan includes free calls to 01 numbers).
In an emergency, always dial 999. An emergency is when:
- A crime is in progress or a suspect is nearby.
- Someone is injured, threatened or in immediate danger.
- There is a risk of injury or serious damage.
- You need immediate police assistance.
Your Safer Neighbourhood Team
Your Safer Neighbourhood Team is based at:
Borehamwood Police Station
To contact the team or to make an appointment to speak with them, please email them or call 101.
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Other useful local contacts
Protect your money
Fraudsters continue to target Hertfordshire residents and are becoming increasingly more sophisticated.
Find out how to spot a scam and protect yourself online and offline. If you think you have been the victim of fraud, report via Action Fraud (opens in a new window) or call 0300 123 2040.
We’re recruiting now
If you or someone you know would like to become a police officer, we’re now offering a new educational route into policing, called Policing Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF).
We’re also recruiting police community support officers (PCSOs) and voluntary roles including part-time special constables. Find out about all of our current vacancies.
PCC plans largest force in history of Hertfordshire
We all know that 2020 was different, difficult and challenging but the plan to build Hertfordshire’s largest ever police force remains on track.
Officer numbers in the county are already higher than a decade ago and are on course to increase to 2,314, the highest number ever, by early 2023. At the start of 2020 an overwhelming majority of residents told me they were happy to pay an average of £10-a-year more council tax to support the increase. I hope you are reassured that even after this increase, you continue to pay one of the lowest precept contributions for policing in England and Wales.
Due to the running of an effective and efficient constabulary, I have ensured that Hertfordshire is one of the few counties to maintain a dedicated local policing model. Each of our 10 districts has at least one fully-operational police station, complete with neighbourhood officers and emergency response teams. Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) has rated policing in Hertfordshire as ‘good’ across all areas including keeping people safe and reducing crime.
Wider work with partner agencies to reduce offending and to deliver on the public’s priorities has been conducted thanks to funding from my Criminal Justice Innovation Fund, Action Fund and Road Safety Fund.
My Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan called “Everybody’s Business” is at the heart of what the constabulary and I do to maintain Hertfordshire as one of the safest counties in the country. I would encourage you all to read it on the PCC website (opens in a new window).
New officers coming to Hertsmere
New frontline officers are joining their colleagues at Borehamwood police station which serves the borough of Hertsmere.
The fully operational station includes local neighbourhood officers, detectives and emergency response teams so they are close to the communities they serve.
I have ensured that members of the public can contact local officers by email to report a concern or a crime – contact details are in this newsletter. Or if you prefer you can visit them at the police station – just call 101 and make an appointment.
Local priorities which we will tackle include anti-social behaviour in public spaces, shoplifting and road safety.
Recently my Road Safety Fund awarded grants for two sites in Shenley to reduce speeding. Shortly I will take delivery of two new speed-camera enabled road safety vans, which will be deployed to
those areas where the community raise concerns about speeding.
Fly tipping has increased during the pandemic, but I am pleased that Hertsmere Borough Council is signed up to my scheme, which has enabled those who have rubbish dumped on their land, to have it removed for free.
David Lloyd - Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire
Dedicated service for every victim in Hertfordshire
In the unlikely event of becoming a victim of crime, it is important to know that you are entitled to support and services.
I am keen to ensure people are aware of their rights and entitlements, while remaining informed on each step of the journey in the aftermath of a crime.
For the past five years Hertfordshire’s Beacon victim care centre has been providing free and confidential advice to support adults and children who have been a victim of crime. They can provide practical and emotional support; advice and information; advocacy and restorative justice (the opportunity to communicate with the perpetrator if appropriate).
Two new specialist units have been created to assist victims of domestic abuse and those suffering from anti-social behaviour. Beacon already has the UK’s first dedicated Fraud Hub who contact every person in the county who has fallen victim to the crime.
Beacon’s services are available to all victims, including those who have chosen not to report the crime to the police.
The Beacon Helpline is open from Monday to Friday from 8am to 8pm and Saturday from 9am to 5pm.
Hertfordshire is a safe place to live and work, but should you ever become a victim of crime then the Beacon team is available to help you.
Contact the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire
To contact the Commissioner or find out more about his work and his new Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan, visit his website (opens in a new window) or email.
The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner
Harpenden Police Station
15 Vaughan Road
Or call 01707 806100.
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