An African spotted eagle owl swooped in to help celebrate after the 170,000th Hertfordshire household signed up to the community messaging scheme OWL (Online Watch Link).
Scally, from Paradise Wildlife Park, caught up with PC Kirsty Smith, who works in the Broxbourne Safer Neighbourhood Team and is a former employee of the park: “I was really pleased to see Scally but saddened to hear that veteran Eurasian eagle owl Stella had sadly passed away last week,” she said.
PC Smith regularly sends messages out on OWL to keep her local community up-to-date with the work that her team are doing to help reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.
She said: “OWL is one of the most impactive services that we have available to us to “speak” directly to members of the public and keep them up to date with crimes that are happening in their area, what we’re doing to prevent crime, as well as asking them to help us solve crimes. We always get a great response from the public.”
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).
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 areas may need to be evacuated.
Penny Brown from the Police Community Safety Unit said: “We are very grateful that Scally took some time to support our crime messaging service OWL as it has reached this milestone. There’s never been a better time to sign up as the clocks will be going back soon and we tend to see an increase in burglaries. 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. We also send local messages out about missing people and appeals following burglaries or robberies.”