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Hertsmere Safer Neighbourhood Teams support knife amnesty

25 Nov 2021

The Hertsmere Safer Neighbourhood Teams have been supporting the county-wide knife amnesty that took place last week.

Launched on Monday 15 November, Operation Sceptre, aims to reduce knife related crime by asking people to hand in unwanted knives anonymously at Hatfield, Stevenage and Watford police stations, as well as at temporary knife bins at local events across the county.

The Hertsmere Safer Neighbourhood Team were out during the week with knife bins at 18 locations including Watling Street in Radlett, Leeming Road in Borehamwood and Darkes Lane in Potters Bar.

Safer Neighbourhood Team Inspector Rachael Robertson said: “We are pleased to be able to support this national week of activity in Hertsmere.

“Throughout the week, a total of 408 knives were collected, including general kitchen knives.

“Officers, who have been out and about with knife bins across the borough, have been getting to know residents and sharing crime prevention advice with them.

“We also work with charity shops who are unable to resell knives that are handed into them so that we can safely dispose of them.

“Recorded knife crime in Hertsmere is very low and proactive work like this, while also engaging with the communities we serve, helps to ensure that Hertsmere remains a safe place to live and work.”

If you are concerned or have information about someone carrying knives or are aware of anyone involved in knife crime you can report this by calling the Hertfordshire Constabulary non-emergency number 101.

You can also report information online or speak to an operator in our Force Communications Room via our online web chat.

Alternatively, you can stay 100% anonymous by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their untraceable online form

If you would like further information on support services relating to knife crime contact Fearless.org.

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