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Our Community Safety Working Group advice to Householders and others.

Breaking in - on 6 May the Police issued an alert: there has been a recent increase in the number of burglaries in the Harpenden area with offenders targeting homes to steal vehicles, valuables and money. All the usual sensible precautions should be taken.

Catching up - Four people who were seen breaking into a house on the Lower Luton Road in January were chased (two on foot, two in a car) and subsequently arrested for burglary.

 Also in January, a dog unit tracked a suspect who had been witnessed by a Harpenden resident in their garden; a male was subsequently arrested for ‘going equipped’ and for being drunk in charge of a vehicle.

 A female (police speak) arrested at Harpenden train station was found to have nearly 300 counterfeit DVDs in her possession. A search of her flat in London revealed cannabis and counterfeit tobacco packaging. She was charged with eight offences and has been bailed to a London court.

Signing on - One of the benefits of being signed into the OWL (Online Watch Link) police/NHW information system is that you can access ‘Fix My Street’. This enables you to notify your council of local problems such as fly tipping, potholes and broken street lamps. You can also avoid rogue traders by accessing ‘Trading standards approved businesses’. To sign up to OWL, go to www.owl.co.uk


Keeping Watch (July 2015)

Helping out - Looking for a new challenge? The Police and Crime Commisioner is looking for volunteers (see how he keeps costs down?) to

check the safety of police custody cells and those held in them. The volunteers check on the welfare of the people held in the cells to ensure that their human rights are being upheld. More information on the PCC’s website www.hertscommissioner.org or email commissioner@herts.pnn.police.uk.

Taking in - No sooner had the last Community Safety report warned of threats from fraudsters in regard of the new freedom to use 'pension pots' than the police issued a formal warning. The precautions to be taken have been mentioned in these reports repeatedly. For further information visit the Government’s new advice service at: www.pensionwise.gov.uk


ISSUES AND OBSERVATIONS (July 2015)