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Policing priorities for Hertsmere set for next three months

7 Jul 2021
  • Hertsmere policing priorities set in consultation with residents and partners

  • Find out what they will be focusing on in your area

The Safer Neighbourhood Teams (SNT) in Hertsmere have set the policing priorities to focus on over the next three months.

The SNT is responsible for fixing short and long-term neighbourhood issues such as anti-social behaviour and they work with local partners, including the council, to ensure that the borough is a safe place to live and work.

The following priorities have been set and a dedicated team of PCs and PCSOs will be working to address them:

Borehamwood and Elstree

  • Anti-social behaviour in Leeming Road, in and around the shops – following the recent announcement of the Government’s Safer Streets Fund awarded to Borehamwood, we will be working closely with Hertsmere Borough Council to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour in and around Leeming Road
  • To encourage the community to report suspected criminal activity across Borehamwood so that we can effectively tackle it – we have had feedback from residents who have witnessed criminal activity, such as drug dealing, but felt too scared to report it. We will look to promote the independent charity Crimestoppers as a way that people can anonymously report crime.

Bushey and Radlett

  • Preventing crime and anti-social behaviour in the parks and open spaces in Bushey through engagement events – at this time of the year we see an increase in calls to the parks in Bushey so we will look to prevent incidents of ASB, reassure residents and offer advice through increasing our visible patrols and holding engagement events.
  • Anti-social behaviour in and around Battlers Green ‘Drive’, Phillimore Court and Scrubbitts Square in Radlett – we have been working on this priority for the past three months and have had some positive results through issuing Community Protection Notices and taking offenders to court, which has helped to reduce ASB and calls. We want to further build on this work to ensure the problem is effectively tackled.

Potters Bar and Shenley – these priorities remain from the last priority setting period

  • Unlawful use of e-scooters across Potters Bar - we have issued a number of riders with section 59 warnings so if they are found driving illegally again we can seize their scooter, and issued advice to the public about what is and isn’t legal. We will continue our work in this area.
  • Speeding in Shenley, including Porters Park Drive, Black Lion Hill, London Road and Green Street – we will continue our speed operations with support from the speed awareness van.
  • Graffiti and vandalism around Potters Bar – work has been done to tackle this and this is still on-going. PC Paul Francis is leading a project which aims to provide young people with an open space in the town to allow them to come and show case their artistic abilities in a controlled manner, which we hope will deter the sporadic graffiti in other areas.

Safer Neighbourhood Inspector Rachael Robertson said: “These priorities have been set following responses from residents using our public feedback service echo and I thank them for taking the time in sharing what matters most to them. It’s really useful to understand what you would like to see from us.

“Some of the priorities remain unchanged from the last three months and this is because we still have on-going work to make sure we effectively tackle them.

“We will review these again in three months, but in the meantime you can still provide us with feedback using echo. It’s important to note that some comments we receive are about things that aren’t police matters, such as parking and litter, however we do pass these comments to our partner agencies, such as Hertsmere Borough Council so that they are aware and can look to tackle them.”

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, initiatives and campaigns. Visit one of the following links and tell us your thoughts:

You can follow @Hertsmerepolice on Twitter (opens in a new window) and ‘Hertsmere Police’ on Facebook (opens in a new window) for regular updates from your Safer Neighbourhood Teams.

You can report information online, speak to an operator in our Force Communications Room via online web chat at or call our non-emergency number 101. If a crime is in progress or someone’s life is in danger, call 999 immediately.

Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report information online (opens in a new window).

*The Online Watch Link (OWL) is a free messaging system where residents can sign-up via to receive local news about what is happening in their neighbourhood as well as limited relevant Force-wide news.

People who sign up don’t need to do anything other than read the messages and act on any crime prevention advice. Typically, messages would be alerting members to burglaries with relevant crime prevention advice, local missing people and car thefts.

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