A multi-agency team knocked on more than 100 doors in Borehamwood this week to give safety advice to residents following a spate of bin fires.
Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) from Hertfordshire Police were joined by officers from Hertsmere Borough Council, Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue and Trading Standards on the visits to homes in Farriers Way, Dales Road and Saddlers Close on Monday (12 June). The visits, organised through Hertsmere Community Safety Partnership’s Safer Streets project, were prompted after more than 30 arson attacks occurred in the area over nine months, most involving household and commercial bins.
Residents were given advice on how to keep their bins safe and offered free security checks and fire risk assessments, including installation of smoke alarms. In addition, they were asked if they wanted to receive advice on healthy living or local voluntary services.
PCSO Andrew Christian, who organised the visits, said: “While there have been no further incidents of this nature since the end of May, we want to remind residents how they can help prevent their bins from being targeted by arsonists.
"During Monday's visits, we also wanted to remind residents to stay vigilant, report any suspicious behaviour and feel reassured that action has been taken.
“In addition, these visits were an opportunity to listen to any other concerns residents had about their neighbourhood and help them access services including Neighbourhood Watch, where they will receive emails about crimes in their neighbourhood via our Online Watch Link (OWL).”
Valerie Kane, Hertsmere’s Community Safety Manager, said: “Safer Streets visits are all about making people feel even safer and more connected.
“They are conducted across the borough and often we will prioritise areas where more vulnerable members of the community may be living.
“For all the agencies involved, Safer Streets visits are also an important opportunity to give residents information and talk to them about local services that can benefit them and others.
“These latest incidents in the Farriers Way part of town have been deeply concerning, but on the whole this area is a safe place to live.”
Safety advice leaflets, produced by Hertsmere CSP, were delivered to more than 300 homes as part of waste collection rounds last month.
An individual has been arrested in connection with these incidents, but as yet no-one has been charged and investigations are still continuing.
Any witnesses or anyone with information to contact the police non-emergency number 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. If a crime is in progress or there is a threat to life, call 999.
Posted on Thursday 15th June 2017