County is one of the safest places

PUBLISHED: 19:26 31 March 2008 | UPDATED: 22:18 26 October 2009

County's top police figures at today's launch

County's top police figures at today's launch

KEEPING the county one of the safest places to live was the stated aim from top brass at Herts Police Authority as they announced their new policing plan. Recorded crime levels in the county for 2007/8 was down 12.2 per cent from the previous year, highli

KEEPING the county one of the safest places to live was the stated aim from top brass at Herts Police Authority as they announced their new policing plan.

Recorded crime levels in the county for 2007/8 was down 12.2 per cent from the previous year, highlighting the work police have done to make Herts one of the UK's safest counties.

The plan was launched this morning (Monday) at the Fielder Centre in Hatfield on Monday.

David Lloyd, a county councillor and chairman of the policing plan working group, said: "The 12.2 per cent crime reduction is one of the largest decreases ever seen by our force.

"When we say Hertfordshire is a safe place to live I think that is a justified statement.

"But we must not rest on our laurels, we must all seek to improve and maintain our good standards."

The new plan for 2008 to 2011 highlighted the need for reducing serious violent crime, particularly to the vulnerable and victims of sex offences, and to give residents of Hertfordshire an increased feeling of safety.

Cllr Lloyd said: "We want to make ourselves more visible in public and continue to get the confidence of our local communities."

He also insisted officers must continue to penalise drivers who use their mobile phones.

The authority issued around 5,000 fines before new laws were introduced to add penalty points to phone-using drivers. But despite the threat of points, police still issued over 4,000 this year.

Cllr Lloyd added: "We must continue to clamp down on drivers who use their mobile phones while driving, as well as drink drivers and drivers who have no insurance.

"But generally crime in our area continues to go down and our force performs well and delivers good results.

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