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The group’s remit is to regularly monitor and review the status of all aspects of community safety in Harpenden and wherever possible to ensure that the Society’s activities enhance the effectiveness of the various organisations concerned with the maintenance and improvement of community safety, particularly those working towards the reduction of crime and anti-social behaviour and the enhancement of  measures to protect consumer interests.

The principal activities of the Group are:

To help ensure that members of the community are aware of current threat levels with regard to public safety

To help prevent individuals from becoming victims of crime or anti-social behaviour by ensuring that, through the activities of the Society, community awareness of advice (which may be based on that given by the emergency services and others such as local council authorities, Neighbourhood Watch, The Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Trading Standards, voluntary groups and social services) is enhanced. The main areas of concern are:

In order to achieve this every two months the Group collates information from divers sources and summarises it in the form of a report to the Committee; others are then asked to ensure that relevant content from these reports finds its way to the Society’s members via the HSN, the website, the Chairman’s Newsletter and the Society’s meetings

To provide the community with news of the activities of the local police, the Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service and other emergency services; to liaise with these services and with Herfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner as appropriate

To promote information regarding safety in the home with particular concern for the needs of the elderly and other vulnerable members of the community

To monitor crime in the town from limited independent sources in order to compare police statistics with public perceptions (the Crime Survey for England and Wales does likewise at the national level); this addresses concern at the national level, expressed with increasing frequency, that some crimes may be seriously underreported.