The Crime Scene
Ch Insp O’Neill has spoken publicly after residents took to social media to express their concern in a perceived rise in crime.
He said: “With close links to Luton and London, Harpenden is often targeted by criminals since it is seen as a wealthy place.
“In accord with the remainder of the county, among major priorities is preventing and detecting burglaries.
“We’ve thus improved high-visibility along with covert police patrols, also have made many arrests, which have led to convictions.
“Just as in our recent campaigns, I’d constantly encourage visitors to invest in extra security measures such as home alarms, CCTV and on-line safety cameras and doorbells, as well as making their premises as gruesome as possible for burglars, who wish to perpetrate their offenses unseen. ”
Harpenden is insured by 24/7 uniformed intervention teams that respond to 999 and a number of other non-emergency calls, plus committed Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) officers, including PCSOs and Specials, that are based at Harpenden Police Station.
They are encouraged by detectives from the neighborhood Crime Unit, who also investigate a selection of offenses involving burglaries and robberies. These teams are in turn supported by specialist central departments which handle the most severe crimes or where sufferers are especially vulnerable, like in child abuse cases.
Ch Insp O’Neill said: “I encourage that my officers to be very visible in the community on foot, bicycles or vehicles, but there are numerous occasions when they will need to be in plain clothes, therefore members of the public may not bear in mind that officers are on the roads, but please be warned that they are there.
“We regularly do this to help prevent burglaries and other crimes like pickpocketing, which again has resulted in arrests.
“Throughout January, expert plain-clothed officials were about burglary prevention and detection responsibilities across Harpenden. ”
Back in December, after a “& slightrdquo; rise in thefts from motor vehicles, several people were detained over Christmas and these thefts reduced.
“The frustrating thing is that we’re frequently told that the victims of these thefts have not locked their cars, as they would prefer the contents to be stolen than have harm caused to their automobile.
“This can encourage the thefts since these opportunist thieves only want the simplest & mostlsquo;prey’.
“My advice would be to safeguard your automobile and remove valuables. ”
He said: “Shoplifting is an ongoing priority for my own officers, who work closely with store managers to help improve their security and we’re actively working to decrease this offense.
&ldquo ;We obtained’ Don’t hesitate to publicise pictures of people we’d like to speak to that are caught on CCTV cameras.
“Just like any community, Harpenden does occasionally suffer with reduced levels of anti-social behavior (ASB) for example criminal damage, people being drunk in the road, rowdiness or begging.
“The Harpenden SNT has the main responsibility to tackle and reduce ASB and this is reflected within their policing priorities which are agreed with local councillors in Priority Setting Forums fulfilling quarterly.
“My SNT team officers are working together with schools, parents and many local agencies to assist alleviate annoyance. ”
He added: “At the beginning of January, Harpenden residents have noticed that 29 cars were damaged in one evening in the Southdown region.
“This is thought to be one walking home from the railway station slashing tyres and smashing wing mirrors.
“This is a one-off incident and we’re still investigating these offenses.
“ when you have any info regarding this, please contact your local police. ”
He said: &ldquo ;We run neighbourhood surgeries in Harpenden, Redbourn and Wheathampstead where residents can speak to their own local PCSO about offense or anti-social behaviour or select up crime prevention information. They are promoted on the authorities site www.herts.police.uk/saferneighbourhoods – select Harpenden.
He added: “” I want to guarantee you that Harpenden stays a low-crime location.
“After a increase in offense or anti-social behavior happens, it always stands out since it is unusual and we respond quickly.
“However, the police cannot solve crime independently and the public’s assistance is absolutely crucial.
“Should you have any information which can help prevent or detect crime, please contact us. We are always here to assist. ”
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