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Policing priorities for Hitchin Town set for next three months

21 Jul 2021
  • The Safer Neighbourhood Team in Hitchin have now set their new policing priorities.

  • Local residents provided feedback on what issues they wanted their local officers to focus on.

  • The new priorities will stay in place until the  end of the year.

The Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) in Hitchin Town have now set their new policing priorities for the next three months.

The SNT is responsible for dealing with short and long-term neighbourhood issues, such as anti-social behaviour (ASB) and criminal damage, and they work with local partners, including North Herts District Council, to ensure that Hitchin is a safe place to live and work.

Feedback from local residents, which has been submitted via ‘echo’ and OWL, has been analysed by local officers and the following priorities have been set. The dedicated Hitchin Town team of PCs and PCSOs will now be working to address them:

  1. Speeding – particularly in Cambridge Road, Bedford Road, Old Hale Way and Stotfold Road.
  2. Vehicle ASB – lorries using Grove Road and Fishponds Road being uncovered and ignoring the local weight restrictions in the area.
  3. ASB in Hitchin Market, Market Square, Churchgate and Windmill Hill.

Safer Neighbourhood Sergeant Jenny Wild said: “These are the issues that matter most to local residents and I would like to thank them for taking the time in sharing their concerns with us. It’s really useful to understand what issues are really affecting their lives, so we can tailor our patrol plans to tackle these as priorities.

“These priorities will be reviewed again in December, but in the meantime, you can still provide us with feedback using echo. Simply go to Hitchin urban eco (opens in a new window) and have your say. 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 North Herts District Council so that they are aware and can look to tackle them.”

To receive police messages about a range of topics including burglaries, scams and missing people in your local area, sign up to OWL (opens in a new window).

You can also follow @NthHertsPolice on Twitter and ‘North Herts Police’ on Facebook for regular updates from your Safer Neighbourhood Teams.

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