Policing priorities for Hertsmere set for next three months
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Tackling anti-social behaviour (ASB), theft from motor vehicles and burglary are the issues the public have said they would like police to prioritise in Hertsmere.
Thanks to feedback from the public, the Safer Neighbourhood Teams (SNT) in Hertsmere have set their policing priorities, which they will now focus on aover 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 the areas of Cardinal Avenue, Whitehouse Avenue and the surrounding streets – Whilst reports of incidents are low, residents have raised concerns about anti-social behaviour in these areas to us and local councillors so we will be working with resident to understand their concerns and provide a reassuring presence in the area.
Anti-Social Behaviour atMilby Court in Leeming Road and Lamberton Court, Gateshead Road, Borehamwood – This remains a priority from the previous period. Much work has been done to date and officers will be continuing their efforts to tackle vandalism, graffiti, drug taking and fly tipping in these areas. To date, we have:
increased uniformed patrols to act as a deterrent and identify the young people involved.
worked with Clarion Housing, Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service and Hertsmere Borough Council to visit the area to carry out visual audits and make recommendations to prevent anti-social behaviour and reduce the fire risk in the buildings. Clarion Housing has since started a programme of works including removing bins sheds, repairing a broken fence on Aycliffe Road and installing extra lighting.
increased membership to Neighbourhood Watch and held a Safer Streets event to bring residents together to create more of a community spirit and encourage residents to report incidents to police.
Bushey and Radlett
Reduce theft from motor vehicles and interference with motor vehicles in Bushey North and St James wards - There has been an increase in thefts from motor vehicles and interference with motor vehicles in these areas. Vehicles are regularly being left unlocked by owners with items of value left within. Small value thefts are taking place with little or no damage being caused. Community engagements with residents have also highlighted their concerns around vehicle crime.
Prevent residential burglary - As the night draw in, statistically there is an increase in residential burglary offences. The fear of being a victim of burglary is also high amongst our residents so the team will be working proactively to prevent it.
Potters Bar and Shenley
Tackle anti-social behaviour in Willow Way- Members of the public have reported issues of young people congregating, suspected drug use and drug dealing and use of off-road bikes.
Tackle anti-social behaviour in Cranborne Parade – Members of the public have reported drunken and rowdy behaviour, sexual activity in public, fly-tipping, drug use and drug dealing in this area.
Safer Neighbourhood Inspector Rachael Robertson said: “The Safer Neighbourhood Team is committed to addressing these issues that matter to the community.
“I’d thank people for taking the time to let us know what issues they would like us to focus on. If we know about it, we can work to tackle it.
“Whilst these are reviewed every three months, you can let us know at any time if there’s an emerging issue in your area.
“It’s important to note that some comments we receive are about things that aren’t police matters, such as most parking-related issues 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 and ‘Hertsmere Police’ on Facebook for regular updates from your Safer Neighbourhood Teams.
You can report information online at herts.police.uk/report, speak to an operator in our Force Communications Room via online web chat or call our non-emergency number 101. If a crime is in progress or someone’s life is in danger, call 999 immediately.
*The Online Watch Link (OWL) is a free messaging system where residents can sign-up via www.owl.co.uk/herts (Opens in a new window) 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.