The Hertsmere Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) took to the streets of Radlett, Shenley and Bushey recently in an attempt to keep knife crime at bay.
The team, which also visited the likes of Borehamwood and Potters Bar, came to the areas with knife bins on the week beginning July 13, asking people to anonymously surrender their unwanted knives – while knife related crime remains lower in Hertfordshire than in other parts of the country, the SNT refused to rest on its laurels.
Additionally, the SNT used their time on the streets to speak to people, listen to their concerns and sign them up to the online watch link (OWL) service.
SNT inspector Rachael Robertson said: “We are pleased to be able to support this week of activity in Hertsmere. Taking dangerous and unwanted knives from circulation is essential in the fight against knife related crime. But it also sends an important message that carrying knives is not acceptable and will not keep you safe.
“Officers have also carried out knife sweeps at various parks. This involves searching the area for discarded or hidden knives.
“Throughout the week, a total of 450 knives were surrendered which prevents hundreds of potentially dangerous weapons from getting into the wrong hands.”