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Police reach out to community at Metro bank in The Boulevard in Borehamwood
A bank resounded with the jingle of purse bells as police met members of the public to tell them how to stay safe.
PCSO Chris Messetter and Hertsmere Borough Neighbourhood Watch chairman Richard Jarvis dropped in on Metro bank in The Boulevard on Friday.
As well as offering jam tarts and chocolate brownies, PCSO Messetter gave out bells used to deter pickpockets and keyrings and pencils telling people about the new non-emergency number 101.
He said: “We are out here to engage with the community, and give people the opportunity to meet us and find out more about what we do.
“We chose the bank because it’s a central place and a lot of people pass near here.
“We’ve had people coming to us wanting to talk face to face and report problems they’ve had.
“Even after two years a lot of people don’t know about the new 101 number. It’s the best way of reporting anything that isn’t an emergency, and it’s manned by the same fully trained operators as 999.”
He said he had been talking to people who feel less safe since the closure of the front desk of the police station.
PCSO Messetter added: “Borehamwood is a very safe area but the perception of crime is that it is much worse than it is.
“We’re here to put people’s minds at rest.”
Mr Jarvis was giving out information about distraction burglaries, in which people use excuses to enter into someone’s house and steal their valuables, as well as selling home security devices.
He said: “We’ve had a lot of interest from people who want to see what’s available, things like cameras, security lights and locks for letterboxes.
“We’re the only neighbourhood watch in the county that sells equipment like this – it provides reassurance to people, especially since the streetlights have been turned off at night.”
Labina Jusufi of Metro bank said the event was part of the bank’s ethos of engaging with the community and its clients by inviting in a different group each week.
She said: “As we’re a bank we want to have a special emphasis on security, we want people to feel safe, having the police and neighbourhood watch here achieves that.”
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