This gives a total of 60 offences for the first six months of the year. There have been some worrying crimes over the last three months. Many of you may be aware of the girls who were robbed of their mobile phones. This appears to be part of a pattern over a much wider area.
Please be aware that over other surrounding areas there has been an increase in thefts from out buildings and garages. Garden equipment, garden ornaments and furniture is also being targeted.
House burglaries, alarms still are the best deterrent. If you have it make sure that you can zone it downstairs when you go to bed. Consider an extra sensor in the garage linked into the system.
The vast majority of you within Brookmans Park and Little Heath are very conscientious about the security of your homes and other property. It is because of what you have done that you enjoy such low levels of crime, Neighbourhood Watch does work.
Parking in the village has been much improved. As I have said before unfortunate that it took enforcement for the message about consideration of others to get through.
Speeding traffic in certain areas still remains high on the list of concerns. To remind you again that if people stick to the speed limits less injury will be caused if you hit somebody. Remember it could be your child or grand child. Slow down.
The Hertfordshire Constabulary is reorganizing. From the Divisions we have we are moving to three areas. Welwyn/Hatfield, of which Brookmans Park and Little Heath are a part, will be part of the central area together with Hertsmere (Borehamwood and Potters Bar) and St Albans (including Harpenden and London Colney).
The new area commander will be Chief Supt Alison Roome-Gifford. Andy Wright moves on to become area commander of the Eastern Area.
I know that Alisons commitment to the people of Hertfordshire in trying to provide the best quality of service, as Andy before her, will be second to none.
I can foresee that there will be many problems. Our greatest problem at the moment is trying to employ enough people to become police officers. How quickly we will be able to resolve this is unclear.
Like many public services we have suffered constant attacks by the media and by under investment. I believe that the vast majority of the public still value us and are beginning to see through the spin that has been directed at the people providing the services. The vast majority of police officers are working hard to provide the service we can for you. We may not always be able to meet your expectations of us, but please dont blame the police officer who turns up an hour later when you were expecting them to be there within 10 minutes. We are trying our best.
There are some cynics in the Hertfordshire Constabulary who have compared what is being done to rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.
I hope this is not the case.
I hope we are able to maintain and try to improve the quality of service we give to you. I live in hope.
August 13, 2001
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