Quarters 3 and 4 (October 2016 - March 2017)
During quarter three we said goodbye to summer and hello to winter. With colder days and shorter nights, this time of year gives criminals a larger window of opportunity to carry out crime during the night. The Community Safety Partnership (CSP) were busy reminding Hertsmere residents to keep their homes and property safe. PCSO’s were hosting Christmas Safety events and attending Festive Fairs to spread the message, whilst also giving out personal safety freebies such as purse bells, card defenders and secret pockets.
Hertsmere held its Annual Barn Meet during October 2016. A number of landowners, farmers and rural business owners came together at Blackbirds Farm in Aldenham to discuss fly tipping and rural crime in Hertsmere. Officers shared recent successes with the community, including the prosecution of 37 people for fly tipping and associated offences and the seizure of four off-road vehicles.
During October half-term Borehamwood Safer Neighbourhood officers in partnership with 96 Shenley Road, Motivate 4 Events and Hertsmere Borough Council held another Fun in the Park event after their successes in the summer. Children of all ages were able to enjoy some free summer activities including a giant slide, bouncy castle, a pumpkin hunt and a gladiator duel.
In aid of ’16 Days of Action Against Domestic Abuse’, a national campaign to take action against domestic abuse, the Community Safety team were able to collect a vast amount of hygiene products for the St Albans and Hertsmere Domestic Abuse Women’s Refuge. Thanks to the generosity of staff at Hertsmere Borough Council, Affinity Sutton and Hertfordshire Constabulary the team were able to collect products such as shower gel, sanitary towels and hair product, all of which were very useful for the ladies at the refuge over the festive period.
In the run up to Christmas members of the Hertsmere Volunteer Police Cadets visited more than 350 homes and spoke to 250 residents as part of their mission to improve security awareness and promote reassurance. The group of 15 cadets, all aged 13-18, spent four hours visiting homes in Radlett to remind residents to mark their property with a UV pen, test their fire alarm once a week and keep their presents out of sight.
As we welcomed the New Year, PCSO’s continued their hard work and carried out ongoing community engagements across the borough.
In February 2017 our first Safer Streets visit of the New Year was carried out at Park Avenue in Bushey, 108 homes were visited in total. Safer Streets is a multi-agency initiative that involves agencies (such as the police, fire service and council) knocking on residents doors to offer them a range of local services including crime prevention advice, home fire safety advice and a free first aid awareness session.
We hosted Hertsmere’s 10th Annual Youth Conference in March where over 90 young people from schools across the borough gathered in the council chamber for a debate on whether or not the age of criminal responsibility should stay at 10 or be raised to 16. The young people were able to hear from a police officer who was in favour of keeping it at 10 years old and were also told a story of a young boy who was in the wrong place at the wrong time and was sent to prison at a very young age. They were then able to vote in a referendum style poll where the majority of children voted to keep the age of criminal responsibility at 10 years old.
Also in March an Operation Raj, a multi-agency operation to tackle fly-tipping, rogue traders, distraction burglary and unsafe taxis/private hire vehicles, took place in Bushey. A total of 55 vehicles were stopped, two were given prohibition notices, eight were issued with vehicle defect rectification forms and three traffic offence reports were also issued for minor traffic offences. As a result of partnership operations like this, we can help to improve the safety of road users and tackle fly-tipping in the area.
In addition to the above other initiatives and events that have taken place during these quarters include a personal safety talk at Wroxham School in Potters Bar, a Safer Streets visit to the Byway in Potters Bar, a fraud prevention event at Santander in Borehamwood, regular tool marking events and CSP meetings.
If you would like more information on any of the initiatives or events discussed above, or would like to talk to someone from Hertsmere CSP, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0208 207 7801.