Police patrols upped after woman mugged in Potters Bar
PUBLISHED: 14:28 11 October 2017 | UPDATED: 14:41 11 October 2017
Potters Bar residents have voiced fears of rising crime after a woman was mugged in the town.
Police are currently investigating after a man took the victim’s bag in The Walk near Parkfield Medical Centre at around 6.40am last Friday (Octobter 6).
The incident triggered a wave of worry on social media, with dozens claiming the town was increasingly being targeted by criminals.
One resident, who wished to remain unnamed, told the Potters Bar Edition: “I do think it’s becoming a problem, crime has gone up and I feel unsafe there now.
“Dogs being stolen from gardens, cars being stolen, a house robbery last week and street crime.
“It’s making me feel uneasy about walking around alone, and I live with my elderly aunt who is in her late 70s and I worry for her too.”
A Facebook post detailing last week’s robbery sparked dozens of comments expressing fear for the town and sympathy towards the victim.
Several people also claimed that the perceived crime spike warranted an increase in police patrols.
Hertsmere Council’s Conservative representative for Potters Bar Oakmere, Ruth Lyon, said: “Crime is always a worry and if residents are concerned about any increase, or if they feel unsafe, then of course I’m concerned.
“I do not have enough information to know whether there has been an increase over the last few years, but any concern residents have about crime is something one must not ignore and has to be acted on.”
Cllr Lyon added that having spoken to police, she understands there is a “certain element” of crime being committed by people from outside the town, but it was difficult to say whether that had recently increased without statistics to hand.
Detective Inspector Graeme Walsingham told the Potters Bar Edition: “Thankfully this was an isolated incident where nobody got hurt.
“The matter is being investigated by detectives from Borehamwood and there are increased overt and covert policing resources being deployed in the area.
“The Potters Bar Safer Neighbourhood Team are providing high visibility policing as reassurance to the local community but we would ask members of the public to be vigilant, especially during the darker hours of the day.”
Anyone with information about the robbery can contact police via non-emergency number 101.
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