The village now boasts 65 per cent of households receiving local police messages as well as targeted crime prevention messages.
PCSO Peduto said: “This is a simple way for us to communicate directly with residents quickly about any issues affecting them from burglaries to missing people to scams. By informing residents about incidents happening on their doorstep, they can take steps to help prevent further incidents and can be our eyes and ears if they see anything suspicious or even a crime in progress. We also like to update residents on the work we are doing to tackle neighbourhood priorities and we get a great response from the public.”
An ’OWL crime alerts’ app is also available to download and users will receive pop-up notifications for important messages like high risk missing people or live time emergencies, for example where people may need to be evacuated due to smoke inhalation.
Alex who works in the Harpenden Safer Neighbourhood Team was given a Certificate of Appreciation by Malcolm Wickens on behalf of Redbourn Neighbourhood Watch.
More than 170,000 households across Hertfordshire – well over a third of the county - are now receiving police and partner messages, usually on email, from OWL (Online Watch Link) at www.owl.co.uk/herts (Opens in a new window).
Penny Brown from the Police Community Safety Unit added: “We are very grateful that Alex has supported our crime messaging service OWL. There’s never been a better time to sign up as we tend to see an increase in burglaries at this time of year. Remember to use timer switches and consider investing in doorbell cameras or CCTV. Like a lot of crime, this is preventable by following simple advice included in our police messages.”
She added: “It’s so quick and simple to sign up and you just need to read the messages and act on any crime prevention advice.”