Ten fly-tips were dealt with and 100 properties visited when police and partner agencies hosted a successful community event in Hatfield as part of the Safer Streets project.

The venture is a multi-agency initiative aiming to reduce reports of vehicle crime, county line drug dealing, criminal damage and associated antisocial behaviour.

It focuses on hotspot areas in Hatfield and measures include upgraded CCTV along with regular patrols as part of Operation Oarlock.

Last Tuesday's community event took place in Goldings Crescent and officers from the Welwyn Hatfield Neighbourhood Policing Team were joined by representatives from Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner of Hertfordshire, the fire and rescue service, and Paradigm housing association.

The main aim of day was to speak to residents to let them know more about the project, gather their feedback, and provide crime prevention advice.

The Safer Streets community event in HatfieldThe Safer Streets community event in Hatfield (Image: Hertfordshire Constabulary)

Welwyn Hatfield Chief Inspector Pete Frost said: “We have been working hard on this project and I am pleased the event was such a success.

"We are committed to making sure the local area is safe and it was great to be met with such enthusiasm from the public at our event.

“I would like to remind residents to get in touch with any concerns about local crime or antisocial behaviour so that we can take action.

"You can also speak anonymously to Crimestoppers who will pass the information to us whilst making sure you cannot be identified.”

A stall and gazebo were set up where residents could pop along for a chat and the teams also knocked on doors to speak to residents.

Those living in the area were encouraged to sign up to Herts Connected, the constabulary’s new messaging system.

They were also invited to take part in a survey which will help steer the project and ensure officers are focusing on the issues that matter most to residents.

The event ran from 12.30pm to 4.30pm on June 4 and resulted in the following:

  • 100 properties visited
  • 10 Safe and Well referrals, including one carried out on the day
  • One property fitted with a smoke detector
  • 10 fly-tips dealt with, with evidence taken away for further investigation
  • 15 new residents signed up to Herts Connected
  • 30 surveys submitted


A flytip in HatfieldA fly-tip in Hatfield (Image: Hertfordshire Constabulary)

The Safer Streets project in Hatfield focuses on Goldings House, Goldings Crescent, Link Close, Wood Close, Wood Vale, Deerswood Avenue, Northdown Road, Garden Avenue, Roe Green Lane, and St Albans Road West.