Potters Bar police urge residents to stay vigilant amid wave of burglaries

PUBLISHED: 15:11 20 December 2017 | UPDATED: 15:17 20 December 2017

Sergeant Noel Buckley out on patrol in Potters Bar. Picture: Herts Police

Sergeant Noel Buckley out on patrol in Potters Bar. Picture: Herts Police

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A police sergeant covering Potters Bar and Shenley is urging people to improve their security after a rise in burglaries.

Sergeant Noel Buckley. Picture: Herts Police. Sergeant Noel Buckley. Picture: Herts Police.

Police figures have shown that burglaries in Potters Bar rose by 55 per cent between October 2016 and October 2017.

Potters Bar and Shenley Sergeant Noel Buckley said: “Burglary remains an ongoing problem in Potters Bar, like the rest of Hertfordshire.

“We have arrested suspects and have increased high-visibility and covert police patrols but we also need the public to help themselves by simply double locking PVCu doors and investing in timer lights and smart web cam CCTV technology inside their homes or on their doorbells.

“We take all crimes seriously and burglaries and serious crime is reviewed daily by the Hertsmere Detective Inspector Graeme Walsingham and Chief Inspector Steve O’Keeffe to make sure we have the right resources in place to catch criminals and help deter crime from happening in the first place.”

A spokesperson for Herts Police said that the Hertsmere, Borehamwood and Bushey Local Crime Unit, which deals with burglaries, works alongside the dedicated Potters Bars and Shenley Safer Neighbourhood Team, which deals with antisocial behaviour and crime.

These teams are supported by county resources including the Operational Support Unit, which tackles organised criminality, as well as major crime and other specialist departments.

Potters Bar residents have been asking both police and Hertsmere MP Oliver Dowden to increase resources for policing.

Mr Dowden will hold a meeting on January 4 with residents to discuss the issue.

An estimated £6.2 million of police funds for Hertfordshire could be in the offing however, thanks to a Home Office announcement on December 19 allowing police to increase the amount of money they raise from council taxes by £12.

Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd said he would be consulting residents about the possible move.

Sergeant Buckley suggested that people might also want to consider joining the Neighbourhood Watch.

He added: “If you have any information about any of these crimes or would like to speak to your neighbourhood officer about anti-social behaviour, please get in touch with us via 101, the new web chat facility to speak to a communications operator or report crimes online via the Herts Police website www.herts.police.uk.”

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