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Thousands of crimes unsolved in Watford in 2015

 Published on: 1st September 2015   |   By: The Newsdesk   |   Category:

A Freedom of Information (FOI) request submitted to Hertfordshire Constabulary has shown almost 4,000 crimes have gone unsolved since the beginning of 2015, My News can exclusively reveal. Between January 1 and July 31, 3,729 had gone undetected in Watford borough. However, a spokesperson for Hertfordshire Constabulary said that the town meets the national average in terms of crimes being solved. They said: “Watford currently has a detection rate which is the same as the national average of 28 per cent. This is variable and changes on a daily basis. “Hertfordshire Constabulary is dedicated to investigating every crime report we receive and making sure victims of crime are taken seriously. There are many reasons why some crimes go unsolved, including the nature of the crime itself.  The Constabulary will also revisit and investigate unsolved crimes if further evidence comes to light. “In Watford there are teams of officers and detectives who are all dedicated to apprehending those responsible for committing crimes in the borough, with the ultimate aim of keeping the town’s crime rates low. “But we want to prevent crime from happening in the first place, hence the strong emphasis in Watford around protecting those who are most vulnerable to crime. An example of this is the Safer Streets campaign where we visit a different area of the town each month to knock on doors and identify people who need extra support and crime prevention measures. “We also work closely with partners in Watford Borough Council and other agencies who form part of the Safer Watford Community Safety Partnership. This strong partnership working further bolsters our ability to react to crime trends and protect our communities. “Hertfordshire Constabulary also maintains some of the lowest crime rates in the country and has the highest levels of satisfaction in the country.”

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