Police officers and councillors recently hit the streets during a Safer Streets Day in the Stanborough Ward in Garston.
The day was organised by the Stanborough Safer Neighbourhoods Police Team – PCSO Nikki Peaty and PC Steve Martin with support from officers across Watford, and local councillors Tim Williams and Simon Feldman.
The purpose of the event was to speak to residents, find out local issues and build the local membership of the Online Watch Link (OWL) to help prevent crime.
Police also asked residents with CCTV and ring doorbells to help when a crime is reported in the area. This will help build a local network to benefit from in case of any incidents.
Local councillor Simon Feldman spoke to GarstonNews and said: “It’s great that we have such a good relationship with the Safer Neighbourhoods Team and that they came out to meet residents. Due to the pandemic over the last year police haven’t been able to get out as much and do the usual level of community engagements, so it’s really good to see them out working with us on the doorsteps speaking to residents.
“Usually, residents only see the police when something bad has happened so it’s a nice surprise that they can meet them for a friendly chat. We’re looking forward to doing more Safer Street Days like this over the year.”
County councillor Tim Williams added: “As councillors we’ve recently carried out a residents’ survey in Stanborough in which we found that crime and anti-social behaviour were top of residents priorities so we’re really pleased to be out doing something about it and to have a good link with our local Safer Neighbourhood Police Team. Speeding also scored high as a priority and likewise we are working with the Police to address this concern.”
Residents are encouraged to join their local OWL group at http://www.owl.co.uk