Officers meet Galleria businesses for crime prevention advice
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The Welwyn Hatfield Safer Neighbourhood Team have hosted a successful event at The Galleria to help the businesses protect themselves from crime.
PC Marianne Broughton and PC Josh Jenkins held an event in the constabulary’s Prevention First unit on Tuesday (27 June).
Local businesses from The Galleria were invited along, and members of the public were also welcome. There were even some tasty treats for those who attended!
The event was organised as an opportunity for the businesses to network, in particular finding ways to support one another in relation to issues commonly found in busy shopping centres such as anti-social behaviour, shoplifting and fraud.
The officers also used the event to educate The Galleria community around GoodSAM, including how and why to use it. GoodSAM is a vital resource which provides the ability for emergency responders and members of the public to instantly share their location and a live video feed from a mobile device.
Steve Watkins, Security Manager and Amanda Heath, Operations Manager, from The Galleria, also joined the event and discussed ideas around improving the Prevention First unit to host more engagement events in the future.
PC Marianne Broughton said: “This was a really useful event, with business owners being given lots of crime prevention advice. The Galleria is a popular local hub and empowering the local businesses with crime prevention advice will help ensure it stays a safe and enjoyable place to visit.
“We were pleased to be able to demonstrate how GoodSAM works and I encourage all residents to check out the website at goodsamapp (opens in a new window) as you never know when you might find yourself needing to call 999.
“I’d like to thank everybody who came along, including the members of the public who also dropped by for a chat and advice.”
Amanda Heath, Operations Manager, said: “The team at The Galleria are delighted to have supported this successful crime prevention event and look forward to further collaborations with the Safer Neighbourhood Team.”
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