Police officers visited businesses across Welwyn Hatfield as part of Safer Business Week 2023.

The Welwyn Hatfield Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) took part in the week of action from Monday, October 16 to Sunday, October 22.

Led by the National Business Crime Centre, the aim of the week was to support local businesses and their staff, and highlight the important role they play in supporting local communities.

It also provided an opportunity for the police to better understand the issues that local businesses face and to work in collaboration to develop long-term solutions.

Across the week, police officers carried out plain clothes patrols in Welwyn Garden City and Hatfield town centres.

Welwyn Hatfield Safer Neighbourhood Teams

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Meanwhile PCSOs conducted high visibility reassurance patrols.

During one such patrol in Welwyn Garden City, a 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of theft, obstructing police, possession of a Class B drug and public order offences.

On the Saturday and Sunday, the team were on hand at the police engagement hub in the Galleria in Hatfield to speak to the retail centre’s staff and issue advice.

SNT Inspector Amy Sheldon said: “My team visited a number of businesses across the week including large supermarkets and smaller local businesses.

“Whilst we work to tackle business crime all year round, the week of action gave us an opportunity to renew that pledge and reassure local businesses.

"We were able to provide them with advice around protecting their businesses from crime and it was useful to hear about the issues concerning them at the moment.

"We will continue working hard to target those issues raised.”