Team keeping Potters Bar's streets safe

PUBLISHED: 12:18 18 July 2013

From left to right are Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service watch commander Matt Merrison with three firefighters, Pcso Cheryll Lavell, Pc Ruth Cash, Pcso Graham Tippett, Hertsmere Neighbourhood Watch Association representative Ian Smith, and Victor Wavingana of Affinity Sutton Housing Association

From left to right are Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service watch commander Matt Merrison with three firefighters, Pcso Cheryll Lavell, Pc Ruth Cash, Pcso Graham Tippett, Hertsmere Neighbourhood Watch Association representative Ian Smith, and Victor Wavingana of Affinity Sutton Housing Association

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STAYING safe in Potters Bar was the subject of a specially arranged team visit to residents.

More than 70 homes were visited in Potters Bar by the Safer Streets team in a bid to help residents feel more secure.

Hertsmere borough councillor Peter Knell, who represents Potters Bar’s Furzefield ward, joined the council’s community safety officer, police officers, firefighters, and representatives of Hertsmere Neighbourhood Watch and Affinity Sutton Housing Association, on their tour of homes.

The team knocked on 76 doors in Coningsby Drive and Honeywood Close, and gave out advice and support to around 30 residents.

Through the Safer Streets project – run by Hertsmere Community Safety Partnership (CSP) – residents are offered free security checks, crime prevention advice, fire safety checks, advice on giving up smoking and healthy living.

They can also get a free smoke detector fitted.

Cllr Knell, who also represents Potters Bar East as a Hertfordshire county councillor, said: “I was delighted I was able to join the Safer Streets team during their visits, and see their work in action.

“Safer Streets is a multi-agency project which aims to bring advice, information and support to your door.

“It targets the most vulnerable people in the community, and is especially useful for the elderly, who perhaps do not have access to the internet.

“When someone knocks on their door it saves them the trouble of having to go out and find out about things.

“But even if we didn’t visit you, anyone can benefit from the project, just get in touch with Hertsmere Borough Council.”

* For more information about Safer Streets visit www.hertsmere.gov.uk

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