A suspected Watford thief was undone as he inadvertently wandered into the midst of a police event last month.
The Watford Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) were busy supporting Safer Business Action Week on Wednesday, October 18, a national campaign which aims to help reduce crime and anti-social behaviour that impacts businesses in the community.
The team congregated at the Watford Atria shopping centre along with the Watford Business Improvement District. Officers met with local businesses, listened to their concerns, discussed possible solutions, and offered crime prevention advice.
A spokesperson for the SNT said: “It was a good opportunity for businesses and residents to meet the town centre policing team, so they can recognise their local PCs and PCSOs who patrol the area daily.
“We also spoke to shoppers about how they can prevent themselves from becoming victims of crimes, such as purse dipping, when out and about.
“It was a positive event and a perfect example of the ongoing partnership work which is helping to improve feelings of safety in the town centre.”
The event proved to be even more of a success than expected when officers spied a recognisable 34-year-old man passing by.
The spokesperson stated: “Even when we’re engaging with the community, we’re always keeping our eyes peeled for anything of interest – and sure enough, we spotted a man who we suspected was responsible for previous bicycle theft in the town centre, and swiftly made an arrest.
“A man from Watford was later charged with two counts of theft of a pedal cycle – on September 23 and October 4 respectively – and has been remanded in custody.
“A good day all round!”
Photo credit: Watford Police