The Watford Community Safety Partnership (CSP)* is inviting residents to share their views on safety in the town by completing a new survey which has just launched.
While crime figures in Watford have fallen considerably over the last year, the community’s concerns are something the CSP is keen to better understand and help them work to address any worries.
The CSP is asking residents and visitors to engage in the six-question ‘Feelings of Safety’ survey which will help identify matters of concern, so that they can understand what is important to residents, businesses and visitors in making them feel safe whilst out and about in the town.
The feedback, which can be submitted online, will be used to help shape local safety improvement plans.
You can give feedback about your local area via the following links:
Safer Neighbourhood Inspector Pete Edwards said: “Community safety is, and always has been, a high priority for the CSP and we know how much it affects the quality of life for both individuals and their communities.
“The new ‘Feelings of Safety’ campaign will provide us and our colleagues with vital information to help the partnership develop further improvement strategies and put them into practice, to make our neighbourhoods even safer.
“In addition to the survey, we will also be holding a community engagement event in Watford High Street between 10am and 2pm on Saturday 26 February. Officers and staff will be on hand to discuss any concerns residents may have, as well as encouraging them to complete the survey.
“This engagement event is the first of many, and we will be regularly reviewing the survey results to help shape our upcoming community safety plans.
“Some may already be familiar with the town’s ‘safe zone’, which was set up at the tail end of last year to provide a space for people seek help and support if they feel unwell or unsafe at any point during their evening.
“While it was primarily been launched as part of our action plan to tackle violence against women, the safe zone is available to everyone – whatever their gender.”
The zone has been operational every weekend since its launch, which has enabled police and partners to be there for those who need help; be it with reporting a crime or incident, a medical episode, or simply getting home safely.
Peter Taylor, Elected Mayor of Watford said: “Our Community Safety Partnership works hard to make sure Watford remains a welcoming and safe town and is quick to act where issues or concerns arise.
“This survey is a great way for people to let the police, council and other partners know what helps make them feel safe in Watford so that our future plans can focus on what is important to them. I hope as many people as possible take this opportunity to have their say.”
* The Watford CSP consists of local organisations including Watford Borough Council, police, fire, education providers and justice services, who work to keep the area a safe place to live, work and visit.
If you want to tell us about a crime or incident, you can report information online, use online web chat, or call our non-emergency number 101. Always dial 999 if there is an immediate threat or danger.