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Thousands safer in their homes thanks to Watford Safer Streets Scheme

 Published on: 2nd October 2014   |   By: The Newsdesk   |   Category:

Watford Safer Streets SchemeThousands of people are safer in their homes thanks to a scheme which has been running in Watford for the past year. The Safer Streets scheme, which is run by the Watford Safer Neighbourhood Team, was launched in September 2013. It involves local officers visiting a different area of the borough on a monthly basis to knock on residents doors and give them an opportunity to speak with their local team about issues affecting their area, obtain crime prevention advice and information, and sign up to Neighbourhood Watch. Since the scheme launched: 2556 residents have been spoken to and given advice and information 1700 residents have signed up to Neighbourhood Watch, a scheme which has proved effective in helping to reduce crime. 540 have requested a follow up visit from Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service for a free home fire safety check. 140 residents have been identified as being vulnerable and requiring additional help and support. On Sunday, (September 28) officers and PCSOs, together with Police Cadets, officers from Hertfordshire’s Special Constabulary and police volunteers, visited residents in the Meriden estate. The Meriden estate was chosen because of recent reports of anti-social behaviour. During the summer PCSO Linda Davey received calls from residents about young people congregating in the flats, being rowdy and taking drugs. Liaising closely with the local housing association and residents association, PCSO Davey immediately worked on the issues and was able to identify the young people involved and take action against them. As a result ASB reports have greatly reduced in the area. During the Safer Streets event this weekend officers were able to let people know that the issue had been dealt with positively and ensure residents were aware of the action that had been taken. Chief Inspector for Watford, Dave Wheatley launched the scheme after joining the area last year. He said: “That’s the benefit of Safer Streets. Officers are able to let people know what they are doing in their area to keep them safe and improve their quality of life. It is also a great opportunity to find out from residents what concerns they have about crime and anti-social behaviour so they can work to tackle it.” “The Safer Streets campaign also gives officers the opportunity to speak to people who may be particularly vulnerable through age or disability, who may not ordinarily come into contact with their local officers or care agencies. As part of the scheme over 100 people have been identified as being vulnerable and they are now being given extra help and support, even if it is a regular knock on their door from the local PCSO.

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