Back in December 2021 the Royston Safer Neighbourhood Team asked local residents living in and around Royston for their opinions on what issues they wanted their local Safer Neighbourhood officers to focus on as policing priorities in their communities.
This is what they said and what we are doing to tackle the issues raised:
You said:Tackle thefts from vehicles – particularly cars and vans – in residential areas of Royston.
We did: This has been an ongoing issue and the Safer Neighbourhood Team has been carrying out both high visibility and plain clothed operations in ‘hot spot’ areas to deter criminals. Officers have also been encouraging residents to sign up to OWL to receive regular updates on crime patterns and advice to help keep property safe.
Many vehicles targeted by criminals have been left unlocked and with possessions on display or tools left inside. Officers have been regularly checking streets for vehicles that have been left insecure and giving owners appropriate advice. Two crime prevention events have been held at local builders’ merchants to encourage better security of vans and tools.
You said:Tackle speeding in both the urban and rural areas around Royston.
We did: Officers have been carrying out hi-visibility patrols, speed enforcement operations and educational work to reduce the incidence of speeding and ensure the roads in the area are safe for all users. We have also been using the Police and Crime Commissioner’s road safety van at numerous town and rural locations.
You said:Address youth related anti-social behaviour and youth provision throughout the town.
We did: To address this issue of anti-social behaviour and the lack of youth provision in the town, officers will be working closely with partner agencies on local initiatives to provide diversionary activities as a pathway away from unwanted behaviour. The team is working with local councillors along with Hertfordshire County Council to identify a suitable property to become a permanent youth hub (see page
Don’t forget you can still 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: bit.ly/police-roystonrural or bit.ly/police-nherts and tell us your thoughts.