Residents in two roads in Leavesden and South Oxhey can breathe a sigh of relief as closure orders obtained by Three Rivers District Council (TRDC) should see a reduction in crime and antisocial behaviour around their homes.
Three Rivers worked in partnership with Hertfordshire Police, Origin Housing, and Thrive Homes to gather evidence in support of the separate Closure Orders.
Numerous complaints had been received from members of the public reporting loud arguments, suspected drug use, drug dealing and noise disturbance at the addresses.
The Closure Order extension that was granted at Luton Magistrates’ Court, on Friday, May 1 for a property at Malden House, South Oxhey means that no-one, including the named, tenant is allowed to enter the property for the next three months.
The second Closure Order granted, for a property in Cheshire Drive, Leavesden, excludes all persons except the tenant for three months. Anyone who breaks a Closure Order will face arrest.
Councillor Sara Bedford, leader of the council said: “I want to reassure residents there has not been an increase in drug dealing. However, as there are fewer people out and about, crime and antisocial behaviour has become more noticeable and there has been an increase in reports from residents.
“The police have been able to intervene and take action against more drug dealers. I would like to thank those residents who have come forward to give us vital information, enabling us to continue tackling crime and anti-social behaviour.”
councillor Roger Seabourne, lead Member for Community Safety and Partnerships, added: “Anti-social behaviour has a detrimental effect on the community. We want to help people affected by anti-social behaviour and offer support to those who have been targeted, most often due to a variety of vulnerabilities.
“Please continue to report anything of concern via the non-emergency number 101, or, if a crime or ASB is in progress to dial 999.”