Local policing priorities for Watford Central

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Consultation with the community has identified the following priorities in this neighbourhood.

Priority

Drug related issues
Dealing with drug dealing and links to the homeless community in Watford Town Centre, focussing on St Marys Church yard, High Street and Queen Rd in C1A. This will managed via proactive patrols, targeting of offenders and through partnership approaches.

Watford Town centre
Watford

Issued 1 September, 2015

Action taken

14/11/2017
Update for November 2017, tackling the supply of drugs in Watford Town Centre we have executed a number of drugs warrants and carried out targeted operations against offenders across Watford dealing in the High Street which has led to 14 arrests. We have also sought Closure Orders for two properties within the Town Centre and one in the Lower High Street, which have been granted by the courts. One of those properties has seen been repossessed by the Housing Association. As a result, the ASB and criminal activity directly associated those properties has stopped.

Working with the Homeless Community in the High Street and Queens Rd areas, we prosecuting those who commit offences through aggressive begging.
Within the Watford Town Centre there were approximately 16 people frequently begging and sleeping rough in the High Street and areas immediately surrounding it, through a partnership approach with the Council and Charities in the Town Centre we have reduced this number by 8 through re-housing and support to exit the streets. Those who elected not to engaged are being managed through the Anti-Social Behaviour legislation and have issued five Community Protection Notices with two people arrested in October 2017 for breaching these.

In the run up to Christmas and throughout earlier 2018 we will continue to complete proactive patrols to disrupt and deter street level dealings and continue working with partners to manage the Homeless situation.

11/11/2017
In tackling ASB and links to the supply of drugs we have executed a number of drugs warrants and carried out targeted operations against offenders across Watford which has led to 14 arrests. We have also sought Closure Orders for four properties; one in North Watford, two within the Town Centre and one in the Lower High Street, which have been granted by the courts. As a result, the ASB and criminal activity directly associated with those locations has stopped. Our partners who own the properties are now seeking Absolute Possession Orders to completely remove those tenants.

In working with the Homeless Community and those who commit offences through aggressive begging in Watford Town Centre, we have engaged with several homeless people. Through our partners 16 people have been offered support in exiting the streets. In managing the behaviour of some of our offenders we have issued five Community Protection Notices with two people arrested in October 2017 for breaching these. 4 persons have sought assistance from partners and have now exited the streets.

Throughout the school summer and Autumn holidays in 2017, the local Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) carried out high visibility Anti-Social Behaviour Patrols in locations that we have identified as having problems with young people congregating and behaving in an anti-social manner, and at locations with links to criminal damage. This was across Watford. As a result, several young people have been issued with Acceptable Behaviour Agreements; this is the first stage of a process that is designed to help manage a person’s behaviour without criminalising them.

As we approach the Christmas Period there will be an increased visible policing presence in the Town Centre and the Town Centre Team will be focused to tackling youth related issues and those causing ASB on their pedal Cycles.

Total Activity for this Problem/Issue :
337 Additional Problem Report(s)
7 Public Update(s)

Actioned 14 November, 2017

Priority

Road traffic offences
Dealing with road safety concerns in particular poor cycling standards and ASB involving cyclists in Watford Town Centre, The High Street and Queens Road Watford (C1A)

Watford Town Centre
High Street
Watford

Issued 1 September, 2015

Action taken

14/11/2017
The Teams continue to tackle problems with poor cycling standards in the Town Centre and surrounding environs.
In Queens Road and across the central areas of Watford, more than 40 cyclists have been stopped and spoken to since the summer. In consultation with Watford Borough Council we have asked for signage in some areas to be improved.
The Safer Neighbourhood Team continue to engage with young people within the High Street and Town Centre which has shared pedestrian and cyclist spaces with regards to their behaviour and use of cycles. This has resulted in one young person being issued with an Acceptable Behaviour Agreement following him taking a pedal cycle into the Intu Centre.
11/11/2017
The teams have been tackling problems with people cycling on pavements in Queens Road and across the central areas of Watford. More than 40 cyclists have been stopped and spoken to since the summer. In consultation with Watford Borough Council we have asked for signage in some areas to be improved.

Officers have also targeted speeding motorists and motorists using mobile phones whilst driving. Seven people were prosecuted for offences on Hempstead Road and Radlett Road during a day of action. Our colleagues from the Special Constabulary have carried out similar operations in the Town Centre and on St Albans Road.

In October 2017, our PSCOs attend a local school and engaging with older students about the dangers of texting and using phones whilst driving in an effort to educate people before they get behind the steering wheel.

The Town Centre Team will be specifically focusing efforts on tackling poor cycling standards within the Town Centre in the run up to Christmas and throughout early 2018.

The Police Crime Commissioner operates the Community DriveSafe scheme for local residents wanting to assist with Road Safety Operations. Visit www.hertscommissioner.org to find out about setting up a scheme in your area.

Total Activity for this Problem/Issue :
8 Additional Problem Report(s)
6 Public Update(s)

Actioned 14 November, 2017

Priority

Theft
Protecting vulnerable people, including the elderly and keeping people safe.
In particular working with Banks in the High Street Watford and Preventing our vulnerable people from becoming victims of purse dipping offences in the High Street Watford C1A.

Watford Town Centre
High Street
Watford

Issued 1 September, 2015

Action taken

14/11/2017
During the summer our PCSOs have given a talk to adults with learning difficulties in Queens Road on Personal Safety and Keeping themselves safe when out and about.

During October and November 2017 the Town Centre Team have visited banks within the Watford Town Centre and delivered a series of briefing at the banks in the town centre, raising awareness of Fraud and Purse Dipping offences.
In November and December 2017 they are and will be handing out purse bells and the lanyards in the High Street and Intu Centre to help prevent our residents from becoming victims of pick pocket crime as we tend to see a seasonal increase in this type of offence in the run up to Christmas.

11/11/2017
The Town Centre PCSO have commenced a series of briefing at the banks in the town centre, raising awareness of Fraud and Purse Dipping offences. they are also handing out purse bells and the lanyards to help prevent out residents from becoming victims of crime, we tend to see a seasonal increase in this type of offence in the run up to Christmas.

Safer Streets has operated across Watford for the last four years and continues to do so. Safer Neighbourhood Team officers have visited more 20,000 properties during this time, giving crime prevention advice and encouraging residents to join Neighbourhood Watch and the Online Watch Link (OWL) messaging system.
In September we visited West Watford and the Vicarage ward, where 44 people joined Neighbourhood Watch and 26 people asked for the free Fire Safety checks to be completed.
In October we visited the Reeds Estate in Central ward, , where 62 people joined Neighbourhood Watch and 17 people asked for the free Fire Safety checks to be completed.

Novembers Safer Streets event will take place within Nascot ward on 19th November 2017

Total Activity for this Problem/Issue :
1 Additional Problem Report(s)
5 Public Update(s)

Actioned 14 November, 2017