Virtual Barn Meeting to raise rural police and crime concerns
Residents, farmers and business owners concerned about rural crime issues can speak directly to the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire and the Chief Constable.

A Virtual Barn Meeting is being held to give people the opportunity to learn about the latest rural crime priorities and developments across the county.

Attendees can contribute their views and concerns of policing and crime in the countryside, which can then help shape the rural policing policies.

Commissioner David Lloyd and Chief Constable Charlie Hall will be addressing the meeting and answering questions. It is being held from 10.30am to 12pm on Wednesday February 3rd.

Mr Lloyd’s Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan prioritises tackling rural crime throughout the county, from hare coursing and livestock worrying to fly-tipping and theft of agricultural machinery.

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Hertfordshire Constabulary and Nation Farmers Union Hertfordshire are hosting the Countywide Virtual Barn Meeting.

They are are keen to hear from not just farmers and landowners, but also from those who work and live in rural areas or have links to rural communities in Hertfordshire.

The agenda for the meeting:

10:30 Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd – Opening Remarks: Working in Partnership to Address Rural Crime
10:40 Chief Constable Charlie Hall - Rural Crime in Hertfordshire
10:50 Sergeant Ryan Hemmings - Update from the Rural Support Team
11:00 Question & Answer Session led by Rosalind David, NFU Herts
11:55 Closing Remarks

Book your free ticket to the event beforehand by registering your name and email address at http://bit.ly/barnmeet2021.
 
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Have your say on Hertfordshire’s hate crime strategy
It’s time to have your say on the draft five-year strategy for tackling hate crime in Hertfordshire from 2021 to 2026.

Already many key organisations have responded to Hertfordshire’s Hate Crime Strategy Consultation but there’s still time to get your voice heard before the January 29, 2021 deadline.

The online survey should only take around 10 minutes to complete. Individual responses will not be identified or shared.

Amie Birkhamshaw, Director of Strategy at the Office for the Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “This strategy has been informed by our 2020 analysis of hate crimes committed in Hertfordshire, the county’s existing hate crime strategy and the government’s Action Against Hate plan.

“Supported by a yearly delivery plan, the strategy takes a whole system approach, from prevention to enforcement, with a focus on victim support. Hate crime will not be tolerated in Hertfordshire.

"We want to prevent it from happening, raise awareness of the issues and encourage people to report hate crime.”
Hate crimes include assaults, threats or acts of vandalism, or any other crime committed against someone because of their disability, race, religion, transgender identity or sexual orientation.



Amie added: “The impact of a hate crime on someone can be devastating. It can cause them to lose their confidence and be fearful about coming and going from their home, being out and about in public places or just going about their daily lives. Ultimately we want to improve how we prevent hate crime in Hertfordshire and keep people safe.”

Hertfordshire Constabulary’s hate crime lead, Detective Chief Inspector Pete Frost, added: “We want to increase the number of victims reporting offences against them so we can do something about it, so we can better understand the scale of the problem, and so victims can receive support from hate crime officers.

“Hate crimes and incidents can have a severe impact on the victim and on the wider community in which they occur and will not be tolerated in Hertfordshire. Any reported to police will be taken seriously and dealt with sensitively.”

Please, don’t ignore hate, report it. Anyone who has been a victim or witnesses a hate crime can report the matter to the police either by phone, online or to one of the many third party reporting centres around the county.

You can report hate crime online at herts.police.uk/report or online through the True Vision website report-it.org.uk

Speak to an operator in our Force Communications Room via our online web chat at herts.police.uk/contact 

Call the non-emergency number 101. In an emergency dial 999.

For more information about where to report hate crime visit hertsagainsthate.org
 
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£1.1 million recovered for fraud victims by PCC’s specialist team
Fraud victims have recovered more than £1 million thanks to a specialist team set up by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire David Lloyd.

The award-winning Beacon Fraud Hub was created by the Commissioner to contact and support everyone who reports to the police or Action Fraud having been defrauded.

Now, less than two years after its creation, it has got £1.1 million back for many of the thousands of victims it has helped.

The unit, based at the Beacon victim care centre, in Welwyn Garden City, was set up by Mr Lloyd in April 2019.

Mr Lloyd said: “This is a fantastic result for the Beacon Fraud Hub and all the people who have got money back. Fraud is the most prevalent crime across the county, and I am determined to tackle it in every way we can.

“This is a unique scheme we have created for Hertfordshire and it is already paying dividends in less than two years. We invested £198,000, mainly from government funds, and it has returned £1.1m”

“I would like to thank the team for all their extraordinary work and their dedication for working with victims on a one-to-one level to advocate and advise on their behalf.”


   Mr Lloyd at the Herts Beacon Fraud Hub

Chief Constable Charlie Hall said: “I would like to congratulate the team for their efforts over the past two years. £1.1million is a significant sum of money to have been recovered for victims in Hertfordshire. For each and every one of those victims, the work done by the team will I am sure have done much to mitigate the harm they have suffered as a result of being targeted by fraudsters.”

Last month the Fraud Hub, which has four members of staff, won the Outstanding Customer Service Initiative category of national Tackling Economic Crime Awards (TECAs). It was also hailed as the ‘gold standard’ of victim support at a College of Policing fraud conference.

Every month a list of around 650 Hertfordshire fraud victims are sent to the Hub. The list comes from those who have reported a crime to Action Fraud, via City of London police which leads nationally on tackling and investigating the crime.
 
The Fraud Hub develop an action plan for victims which includes, where necessary, liaising with agencies on their behalf; conducting a needs assessment; providing practical support and measures for target hardening.

Though not set-up to investigate the crime or recover lost funds, they have been able to help victims retrieve stolen money through effective advocacy with financial institutions.

The Beacon Fraud Hub is now an integral part of the County Fraud Strategy where substantive links have been made with Citizens Advice and Age UK.

The majority of the £198,000 running costs were paid for by a Ministry of Justice Grant, applied for by the PCC’s office following the idea to create the Fraud Hub.
 
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Follow the COVID restrictions or face a fine says Commissioner
Hertfordshire residents are being urged to stay home and stay safe, or risk a fine as police will enforce the rules against blatant offenders.
Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd has recorded a video message praising the vast majority who are doing their best stop the coronavirus spreading.

He is reminding everyone that all unnecessary contact with another person, puts people and their families at higher risk. It is also a potential link in a transmission chain that could lead to a vulnerable person.

Since March 2020 Hertfordshire Constabulary have issued over 400 fixed penalty notices, which has included those attending parties, and vehicle drivers and passengers who were not on essential journeys.



The government advice is only leave your home if it is essential to do so, and stay local. The limited reasons include to exercise, to shop for groceries, to buy medicine, to go to work if you absolutely cannot work from home, and to escape domestic abuse.

Mr Lloyd said: “We have been warned that we are entering the most dangerous phase of the pandemic. Our county has some of the highest infection rates, we need to protect our fellow citizens and our NHS.

“While we as individuals play our part, I can assure you that our police officers are dedicated to keeping us safe. On behalf of us all I thank them for that.
“In addition to arresting criminals as they did before the virus, they are charged with enforcing the new restriction laws.

“They have a very difficult role in ensuring the treatment of members of the public is balanced and proportionate.

“Enforcing these laws saves lives. Officers have, and will continue to question and fine those who are blatantly ignoring them. Hundreds of fines have been issued in Hertfordshire during lockdown and more will continue to be given out for those who wilfully ignore the guidelines.”

Mr Lloyd added: “Please remember during these difficult times there is hope. This week one of the country’s seven mass vaccination centres has opened in Stevenage, and has already started providing protection for our most vulnerable members of society.

“We are not helpless against the virus, every decision you make either increases or decreases the risks of it spreading and infecting someone else.
My role is to ensure the constabulary are doing their upmost to protect lives, your role is to stay at home. Please play your part for the sake of us all, and protect the NHS.”

For the latest information on the official government guidance visit at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus and health advice is available at the NHS website https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
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Commissioner plans for Hertfordshire’s largest ever police force
Hertfordshire is set for its largest ever police force, funded by a planned a £1.25 a month Council Tax increase.

Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd is aiming to fund extra frontline officers as part of a £14.1m budget increase, on top of the number provided by the government national uplift programme.

The Commissioner’s budget proposal would increase the total number in the ranks to 2,267 in the next financial year, with a total of 167 new officers joining.

The government is funding 90 officers to be in post by April 2022, while the Commissioner’s planned precept rise would pay for another 77 officers.

Mr Lloyd said: “As your Police and Crime Commissioner, setting the budget is one of my most important responsibilities. I must ensure that the Chief Constable has the resources to provide an effective service, whilst ensuring that I use tax payers’ money efficiently.


  Mr Lloyd with new officers (picture taken pre-Covid)

“I recognise that times are difficult for many people, especially those whose jobs have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. However, this pandemic has also shown how incredibly important policing is to protect and reassure our communities. With this in mind, we are making an unprecedented investment in policing.

“This budget will boost officer levels in Hertfordshire to record levels never seen in Hertfordshire before. The majority of these officers will be stationed in local neighbourhoods, providing a more visible police presence on the street.

Mr Lloyd added: “Together with the Constabulary we are investing in a pioneering ‘Prevention First’ agenda – the first police force in the country to do so. This aims to tackle the causes of crime and ensure less offences are committed, meaning everyone in the county will be even safer.”

Over recent years the county has also seen increases in reported cybercrime, child exploitation and other emerging crime types. The proposed increase would also ensure the Constabulary has the right investigative capacity to match this demand. Additional money would also be put into the county’s award-winning victim care service.

Historically the record for officer numbers in Hertfordshire was 2,202 in 2007. The Constabulary have already reached their target of recruiting an extra 91 officers during the current financial year, taking the total over 2,100 officers.

The final tally at the end of the uplift is planned to be even higher with 2,314 officers in post by April 2023.

This year the government has encouraged Police and Crime Commissioners to use their flexibility to increase the policing precept by £15 a year for an average Band D property, which equates to £1.25p a month.



This would generate an additional £6.7m locally and increase the precept for an average (Band D) Hertfordshire resident from £198 to £213, which would still be one of the lowest in the country. The government has increased its Settlement Grant for Hertfordshire police to £7.4m.

Now Mr Lloyd wants to hear the public views on his proposal to raise council tax for the forthcoming financial year to help pay for the record force.

Mr Lloyd added: “Before I take any decisions on the budget, I want to understand from the people of Hertfordshire about what they feel the local priorities should be.”

Full details can be viewed in Mr Lloyd’s open letter to Hertfordshire at www.hertscommissioner.org/public-consultation.

If you would like to give comments, please send them to your.views@herts.pcc.pnn.gov.uk or by completing this short survey bit.ly/Hertsprecept21. You can also send a letter to the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, 15 Vaughan Road, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 4GZ by midnight on Friday 15th January 2021.

Policing in Hertfordshire had a net budget of £217m for the current financial year. The precept raised £91m which equates to 42 per cent, with the remainder mostly coming from government core grants.
 
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Campaign launched to highlight police stations and contacting local officers
A campaign is being launched to inform the public how to report crimes, raise concerns and meet with local police officers.

More than 6,000 people took part in a county-wide survey asking about the use of local police stations and methods of contacting officers.

The Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner and Chief Constable remain committed to the local model of policing, even though other forces have opted for cheaper more county-based systems.

Each of Hertfordshire’s 10 boroughs or districts have at least one police station. Each has a Chief Inspector who runs a dedicated neighbourhood team of officers and PCSOs; emergency response intervention officers, plus a team of detectives.

Following the relocation of several police stations and the closure of much under-used front counter services, the campaign will focus on ensuring the public know how best to access the services on offer.


   The Commissioner and Chief Constable at Hemel Hempstead                                Outside St Albans Police Station (all pictures on this page taken pre-Covid)

Across the county awareness of local police stations by residents and businesses varied; with those in Stevenage having the highest knowledge of where theirs was at 99 per cent, while only 30 per cent in Hertsmere knew. For the rest of the county, when asked if they knew where their local station was the results were: Three Rivers 62 per cent; Welwyn Hatfield 59 per cent; East Herts and Dacorum both 57 per cent; Watford and North Herts both 56 per cent; Broxbourne 54 per cent and St Albans 36 per cent.

Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd said: “My job is to listen to the people of Hertfordshire and provide them with a police service that is effective and efficient.

“My Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan has ensured that Hertfordshire has maintained a local policing neighbourhood model. It is not the cheapest, but it is one that the Chief Constable and I believe is the best, and it is the one which the public have told me they want.

“Society has evolved over the years, and the Constabulary have to reflect those changes. Many people prefer and expect to be able to engage online rather than face-to-face as the find it easier and quicker.

“Channels available for non-emergency communications include calling 101, web chat, reporting online and emailing local officers. If you want to meet an officer at a police station all you need to do is to call ahead to make an appointment – and in Stevenage, Hatfield and Watford stations you can walk in to the front enquiry office without making an appointment.”

 
   Hitchin Police Station with Ch Insp Sally Phillips and PC Robin Banerjee                Mr Lloyd with Ch Insp Simon Mason 

Chief Constable Charlie Hall said: “Police Officers, PCSOs and Special Constable teams are based in every borough and district of the county, constantly patrolling our streets and dealing with incidents.
“Over recent years they have been equipped with mobile devices that allow them to provide services to the public in their homes and on the streets that previously would have involved a trip back to a police station.”

The survey, conducted via local media, social media and the OWL messaging service, revealed that one in five respondents knew how to contact their local Safer Neighbourhood team, and 10 per cent knew how to book an appointment with them.

Hertfordshire currently has 20 police stations which are available for members of the public to meet with an officer.

The online services can be used to report matters such as: a crime, a concern, a vehicle collision, anti-social driving, fraud, certain lost and found property items, complaints and compliments.


Outside Berkhampstead Police Station 

Along with police forces nationally police are no longer taking reports of most reports of lost and found property, they now deal with official documents such as passports, suspected stolen items and illegal objects.

Reports of flytipping, lost or stray dogs, graffiti, noise nuisance and abandoned cars are dealt with by local authorities.

Hertfordshire’s twenty police stations are: Abbotts Langley, Berkhamsted, Bishop’s Stortford, Borehamwood, Buntingford, Cheshunt, Hatfield, Harpenden, Hemel Hempstead, Hertford, Hitchin, Letchworth, South Oxhey, Rickmansworth, Royston, St Albans, Stevenage, Tring, Watford and Welwyn Garden City.

More details here - https://www.herts.police.uk/Information-and-services/About-us/Police-stations
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Beacon Fraud Hub wins outstanding customer service award
A project to support and advise fraud victims in Hertfordshire has won a national award for customer service.

The Beacon Fraud Hub, created and funded by Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire David Lloyd, yesterday (Wednesday) was named the winner in the Outstanding Customer Service Initiative category.

The team based, based at Hertfordshire’s victim care centre Beacon, in Stanborough, Welwyn Garden City, were nominated in the annual Tackling Economic Crime Awards (TECAs).

This year’s virtual awards recognise those in the financial crime sector who have made a significant impact in tackling all areas of economic crime.

Congratulating the team Mr Lloyd said: “This is fantastic news and very well-deserved recognition for this hard-working and dedicated new team.

“The Fraud Hub is unique to Hertfordshire and is offering residents and business one of the best services of its kind in the country.

“Not only do they support and advice those how have fallen victim to fraud, but in some cases, they have exceeded expectations and helped victims to recover stolen funds using the Banking Code.



Head of Beacon Victim Care Service, Emma Jones said: “We are thrilled that the work of our dedicated team has been recognised like this. Setting up this award-winning hub which directly address those affected by fraud has enabled us to have team members with specialist knowledge, who can work with victims one-to-one while empowering them to know their rights.

“Hertfordshire Constabulary, David Lloyd, our Police and Crime Commissioner, and Catch22 have always supported us to better meet the needs of Hertfordshire’s victims of crime by adapting our service as we see fit - ensuring no victim is left behind.”

Detective Chief Inspector for Hertfordshire’s Case Investigation and Victim Support team, Luke Whinnett, said: “Hertfordshire’s innovative Beacon Victim Care team has been working hard to support victims of fraud, and the caring and diligent team has had great leadership from Inspector Victoria Richards.

“Fraud targets the most vulnerable people in our community and the hub ensures they receive excellent support and care when they most need it. This award is very well deserved by each and every member of the team.”

The Beacon Fraud Hub employs four specialists to tackle one of the highest crime types in the county. Since its creation April 2019 the unit has contacted 8,000 fraud victims to offer advice and support, and to prevent repeat offences. In the process they have also helped them recover £500,000.

Residents and businesses who have had money stolen by deception are telephoned and contacted in writing, in the first enhanced scheme of its type for victims in England and Wales.

Beacon includes professionals from Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Victim Service Team and Catch22, the charity running Victim Care on behalf of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

Each month the Fraud Hub are sent a list of every Hertfordshire resident who has reported a loss to Action Fraud, the national Police reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime. Frauds include losing money through a trusted person, dodgy investments, pension theft, romance fraud, internet hacking or bogus telephone calls or letters.
 
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Plan to address Redbourn Road safety concerns
A plan to explore how to reduce deaths and serious injuries on a road between St Albans and Redbourn, has been agreed by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire.

David Lloyd has committed money from his Road Safety Fund to a phased approach to discovering and addressing the issues on the A5183 Redbourn Road.

Early next year the PCC’s new Road Safety Mobile Camera Vans will be deployed at various points along the carriageway to capture speed and volume data.  Notices will also be issued to those caught speeding in excess of the speed limit.

The information captured and other road safety issues will be considered with Hertfordshire County Council to determine whether any new measures are required.

This could lead to feasibility studies and public consultation on such measures as the need for speed cameras. The third stage of the bid is to possibly support specific safety measures to complement Hertfordshire County Council’s longer-term plans for introducing a new cycle lane/footpath as part of their Active Travel Works along the entire road.

Mr Lloyd said: “I am very aware of public safety concerns on this section of the former Watling Street as a main arterial link between communities to the west of St Albans and feel this staged approach will enable some immediate action to be taken.

“Every death or serious injury is one too many and funding from my office will enable options to be explored between all partners to make it safer for the public.”

Road safety concerns are frequently raised by the residents of Hertfordshire to the Commissioner, these include anti-social driving, speeding, using mobile phones plus drug and drink driving.

The Road Safety Fund looks to fund new and innovative ways of improving road safety and changing behaviour.

It uses the surplus generated from motorists who have committed driving offences and been ordered to pay court costs following prosecution, or who have attended speed awareness courses.
 
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Chief Fire Officer moves to Police HQ for closer collaboration
Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s senior leaders, including the Chief Fire Officer, have moved to work in the Police Headquarters in Welwyn Garden City.

The relocation is part of the ongoing drive for closer collaboration, which can exploit key operational and business services between the police and fire and rescue in the county, with the aim of improving public safety.

Hertfordshire’s Emergency Services Collaboration Board (HESCB) is overseeing a programme of collaborative changes, which also includes the sharing of key operational assets such as the fire service’s hi-tech drone unit, which is being routinely deployed to assist frontline police officers in the search for vulnerable missing people.

Looking ahead, the co-location will enable more effective joint strategic planning by taking a ‘prevention first’ approach, which looks to safeguard the most vulnerable in our communities through effective partnership working and information sharing.


(L-R) Chief Constable, PCC, Leader of Herts County Council and Chief Fire Officer. (Picture taken pre-COVID)

Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd said: “We are working ever closer with our colleagues in the Fire and Rescue Service and I welcome their leaders to police headquarters. Closer integration between our emergency services enables us all to offer greater benefits to public safety. New joint working procedures for finding missing people and the shared drone unit have already saved lives.

“Our emergency service collaboration board is working on an ambitious range of objectives including the creation of a joint headquarters and training facilities. This move signals that delivering this programme of change remains a high priority for myself, the Constabulary and our partners in Hertfordshire County Council and Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue.”

Darryl Keen, Chief Fire Officer, said: “We have always worked closely with Constabulary colleagues at emergencies and so it makes obvious sense to work more closely in preparing for, and preventing emergencies. This co-location of our Chief Officer teams is the first step in a longer-term project to create a joint headquarters facility and we are confident that this will help to further improve public safety.”

Leader of Hertfordshire County Council, David Williams, said: “Hertfordshire County Council has long recognised the need for our emergency services to work together over and above the incidents they attend jointly. The creation of a joint headquarters is just one of the ways we are working with the Police and Crime Commissioner to strengthen collaboration between the emergency services in Hertfordshire.”

Charlie Hall, Chief Constable for Hertfordshire added: “Having the fire service senior leadership team working alongside us makes complete sense. It will help make future planning agile and enhance the exploration of further collaboration opportunities that can really make a difference to how we serve the public. I welcome our colleagues aboard and look forward to working more closely together.”

 
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Join our Special Constabulary and build new skills and strengths
Those looking for fulfilling voluntary work are being encouraged to apply to Hertfordshire’s Special Constabulary where successful applicants will be able to build new skills and strengths as they give back to the community.

A Special Constable is a part-time, voluntary police officer with all the same powers as regular police officers.

Specials come from all walks of life and volunteer their spare time for a minimum of 16 hours a month. They are highly trained and play an essential role in preventing, reducing and tackling crime and keeping the communities of Hertfordshire safe.



For many years, Hertfordshire Specials have been deployed in frontline policing teams, including:
Response (being dispatched by the control room to attend 999 calls)
Safer Neighbourhood Teams (fixing short- and long- term neighbourhood issues such as anti-social behaviour)
Road Policing Unit (patrolling the roads of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire responding to traffic offences and collisions)
Operational Support Unit (responsible for an array of capabilities including public order support)
Warrants and Bail (responsible for ensuring outstanding offenders are progressed through our systems and brought to justice effectively and efficiently)

Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd said: “Special Constables play a vital role in helping to tackle local priorities and it is a great way to give something back to your community.

"Our Specials not only support frontline roles but those with specialist skills also increase the Constabulary’s capacity to tackle complex crimes such as cybercrime and domestic abuse.

“Much has been done to ensure the Special Constabulary are integrated within the existing police structure and that they receive the same training, protective uniform and perform the same role.

”Special Superintendent Tim Wade said: “If you’re looking to give back to your community and are eager for new experiences and challenges, then becoming a Special Constable could be just the role for you. Not only will the new skills and strengths boost your CV, but you’ll experience a real sense of fulfilment knowing that your hard work is helping to keep the people of Hertfordshire safe.

“Being a Special really is an experience like no other. As a Special you will work closely with regular police officers and there is opportunity for you to gain experience in specialisms such as rural policing and major crime which includes murder investigations and kidnaps. Just like regular police officers you’ll be able to progress through the ranks to become Special Sergeants, Inspectors and so on. If you like the sound of this, we welcome your application to join us!”

For more information, including how to apply, visit hertspolicespecials.co.uk.
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Fly tip at residents’ garages cleaned up with PCC funding
Residents in Waltham Cross have had fly tipped rubbish cleared-up for free using money confiscated from criminals.

The service road for private garages in Abbey Road was blighted by repeated dumps of tonnes of white goods, household waste, black bags and demolition materials.

The Fly Tipping on Private Land Fund, run by the office of the Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner, covered the £2,500 cost of clearing the site.

To stop the area being targeted again gates paid for by the residents and match funded by Broxbourne Borough Council have now been installed.



Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd said: “This shows how committed all parties are to tackling fly tipping.

“Fly tipping is one of the crimes I hear most from the public. It blights our communities and causes substantial cost to innocent people, poses a danger to road users, livestock and wildlife.

“The fund was set up as I believe it is not right that businesses who are the victim of fly tipping are liable to pick up the considerable costs involved.”



The clean-up operations were paid for by the PCC using a £20,000 fund that was generated by the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA). This is money that has been confiscated from criminals and put back into crime fighting and victim initiatives.

Councillor David Holliday, Broxbourne Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Transformation said “Fly-tipping is a scourge on the environment and is a crime. Broxbourne Council actively pursues fly tippers and anyone caught fly tipping can face a fine of up to £5000 or imprisonment.
“I feel strongly that no-one should have to pay to clear the aftermath of this criminal activity and I welcome use of this fund to help private landowners responsibly dispose of illegal waste dumped on their land”.
 
To be eligible for the funding landowners will have to prove they already have a waste disposal contract in place with an authorised collection firm.



The scheme is part of the county wide multi-agency and multi- channel campaign being run by the Herts Fly Tipping Group - #SCRAPflytipping.

Anyone interested in making a claim or finding out more information can contact the Environmental team at their district or borough council and mention the Police and Crime Commissioner’s private land fly tipping pilot. All contact details are available the PCC website https://www.hertscommissioner.org/fly-tipping.

BACKGROUND:

Over the last two years the PCC has committed over £130,000 through his Local Partnership Fund to help local authorities tackle fly tipping on public land across Hertfordshire.

The Hertfordshire Fly Tipping Group is a multi-agency taskforce including the Borough, District and County councils as well as the Police, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Herts Fire & Rescue, the Environment Agency, the National Farmers Union and Keep Britain Tidy which has come together to improve how Hertfordshire responds to fly tipping.

The on-going work programme is resulting in improvements in enforcement capability across the county as well as the rollout of new technology to assist in identifying and prosecuting fly tippers. 
 
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Almost 200 homes signed up for free extra security measures
Almost 200 homes have now signed up to a free scheme to improve security to reduce burglary and vehicle crime.

Households in two wards in Cheshunt are being encouraged to take part in the Safer Streets project which will help them protect their property from thieves and burglars.

Earlier this year the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire successfully applied for the Home Office funded scheme.

The government has made £618,000 available to spend in wards of Cheshunt South and Theobalds, and Cheshunt East for targeted measures to design out and reduce acquisitive crimes.



Technicians from the Herts Home Security Service are aiming to visit approximately 450 homes to carry out free security assessments and, if required, install new doors and locks, window locks, garden gates and locks, garage defenders and floodlight motion activated surveillance cameras. 

The scheme was given a boost with a two-day community event where representatives from the partner organisations, set up a mobile police station and knocked on residents’ doors.

Those taking part in the event at the end of October, included staff from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC), Hertfordshire Constabulary, Broxbourne Council, B3 Living, Enfield Council and Neighbourhood Watch.

Now 96 homes have had an assessment done and a further 90 are booked in.



Residents who live in the streets covered by the scheme and have received a letter, can book an appointment by contacting the OPCC on your.views@herts.pcc.pnn.gov.uk or by leaving a voice message on01707 806181.

Other wider Safer Street measures will include installing new lockable alleyway gates, redesigned public spaces, upgrading lighting and CCTV plus extending the Neighbourhood Watch scheme.

Each property that has a visit from the security adviser will also be provided with a bespoke Home Security Pack to tackle burglary and vehicle crime.

The pack will include an entry door alarm, window chime alarm, 24-hour segment timer, fence spikes, NHW pack, crime prevention stickers, steering wheel locks, faraday bags, clutch claws, product marking and catalytic converter marking.

The Home Secretary announced the Safer Streets Fund in October 2019, and PCCs were invited to bid for funding in April this year.



Bidders were asked to outline a plan to reduce crime within a local crime hotspot, demonstrating value for money, evidence of community engagement and long-term sustainability.

Acquisitive offences are the crimes that the public are most likely to encounter, and they are cost society billions of pounds every year.

There is strong evidence that these crimes can be prevented by tactics that either remove opportunities to commit crime or act as a deterrent by increasing the chances of an offender being caught.
 
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