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Crime down in Hertsmere Community Safety Partnership at Civic Offices in Borehamwood reveals
Fewer crimes are being committed in Hertsmere, according to figures released by the police.
Hertfordshire Constabulary revealed at a meeting of the Hertsmere Community Safety Partnership last night that overall crime is down 18.9 per cent compared to last year, with 487 fewer offences being committed.
This compares favourably with the average for Hertfordshire, which has seen a reduction of 8.9 per cent, with 2471 fewer crimes being committed.
Speaking during the meeting at the Civic Offices in Elstree Way, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire Chief Inspector Dean Patient said he was very pleased with the figures.
He said: “Hertfordshire is a very safe county low levels of crime and high levels of detection. We’re punching far above our weight, and are in the top quartile of national police forces.
“What I’m very happy about is we’re doing much better than the county average in Hertsmere, with 487 fewer offences, or as I prefer to see it, 48 fewer victims.”
Burglary is down by 29 compared to last year, a reduction of 19 per cent.
But Chief Inspector Patient admitted keeping these figures low for the rest of the year would be a “challenge” especially as the nights begin to get longer.
Victim satisfaction is at 78.3 per cent, which Chief Inspector Patient said he would like to see slightly higher.
However he said he was happy with the overall figures.
He added: “I am particularly pleased Hertsmere is punching above its weight in terms of performance, and as I always advise my officers, these figures are people.”
However, what Chief Inspector Patient was less happy about was the increase in car crime.
While theft of cars was down by four offences, the number of people having items stolen from their cars had increased by 4.4 per cent, which equates to nine offences.
Chief Inspector Patient said the majority of these crimes resulted from people forgetting to lock their car doors.
He added: “My plea is the vast majority of the car crime is insecure cars on people’s driveways.
“There are people out there in the early hours walking down the road trying doors randomly.
“They get results with significant rewards such as iPads and iPhones.
“An awful lot of that is not smashed windows; it is people not locking their cars.”
There has also been a reduction in retail crime with 67 fewer shop lifting offences.
Chief Inspector Patient added: "We’ve made some very good gains in the first part of this year but we are coming up to a very busy period, we always get busy as it becomes darker and events happen such as Halloween that attract crime.
“We need to balance being at events with crime fighting.”
Member of the public John Brown speculated the reasons for the decrease in crime was not that fewer crimes were happening, but that members of the public were not reporting them.
He said: “I’m not speaking for myself, but I have heard people have lost faith in the police.”
However Hertfordshire County Councillor and Police Chaplin Alan Plancey praised police officers for their hard work, adding that when he went into the police station, it was often empty as the officers were all out on the street.
He said: “The work done by the police is superb and that is shown in the crime figures.”
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