The police are celebrating after signing up their 1000th resident to a neighbourhood watch scheme.

Paula Gilbey, of Grange Road, became Elstree’s milestone OWL member on January 20 after receiving a visit from PCSO John Hainsworth.

OWL (online watch link) is a free online messaging service which sends neighbourhood watch emails and alerts about crimes in the area as well as the latest crime prevention advice.

PCSO Hainsworth often patrols Elstree.

He said: “When I started working in Elstree Ward in April 2018, there were 670 addresses signed up for OWL. Now we have hit 1,000, this means we have signed up a further 330 addresses in nine months, so we are now up to 56 per cent coverage for OWL.

“My next target is to achieve 100 per cent coverage by the end of the year.

“People who sign up don’t need to do anything other than read the messages, act on any crime prevention advice and be neighbourly.”

If you would like to find out more about OWL, or how to sign up, visit