Please see below for the official meeting minutes that we have just received from Sargent Fran Gianesi.
Present; Sgt Fran Gianesi, Harry LeCarpentier (Hertford Hub), Ausra Bitinaite (Hertford Town Centre Manager) PC Mark Turner, PC Claire Hagger, PC Matt Farquhar, Cllr Sally Newton (Bengeo), Cllr Sue Barber (Kingsmead), Cllr John Lynch (Sele) & Karen Johns (Kingsmead Residents Association)
Apologies; Pete Webb (Molewood Residents Association), Dave Elder (Street Pastors), Cllr Jan Goodeve (Hertford Castle), Kate Belinis (CDA Herts), Martin Berry (Hertford Hub)
Crime figures were compared from the last three months (Aug/Sep/Oct) and the preceding three months (May/Jun/Jul). Burglary residential dwelling was about the same, a decrease in burglary residential non dwelling, increases in both of these are expected in the next quarter due to the darker afternoons, this is a County and national trend. Work is being done locally and on social media to prevent burglaries. Theft from motor vehicle was well down (-18), this is likely to several of our serial offenders being in jail at the moment. Theft of motor vehicle slightly up. ABH and GBH remained about the same. Damage to motor vehicle significantly reduced (-21) with no insight why. Damage dwelling remained similar, a slight increase of 4 robberies, lots of work being done to prevent these but we expect to see a reduction through winter.
Echo-this is the latest way for residents and visitors of Hertfordshire to share their opinions and views about policing here. It can be completed online or by text and only takes a few moments (there is a link on my signature at the end of this e-mail). Work is being done at railway stations, in town and on social media to encourage people to share their comments. A document was shared and discussed with some of the recent submissions. These included;
Drugs-use and dealing around the railway stations (there has been good feedback from the Nursery next to Hertford East who had been having terrible troubles, much better lately, and PC Turner has been working with the railways to improve fencing to avoid people jumping over and away into Mead Lane), Castle Gardens (recently installed CCTV here which we hope will act as a deterrent) Norwood Road (PC Claire Hagger has been working with partners to move a vulnerable resident who had been befriended by drug users).
Crime-theft from vehicles in Bengeo-crime types down in recent months, regular patrolling, fear of muggings around Hartham and knife related disorder (none recently) dog attacks Ware Road (not aware of any series of these) Theft from M&S (shoplifting way down at the moment, several of our frequent offenders also in jail)
Night time-late night opening 2/3am, disorderly conduct around Bluecoats, (Chief Inspector Orton has grand plans to tackle this and we recently took part in a joint operation with Councillors, licensing, fire brigade and others to canvas people out in Hertford what it is really like). Door staff at the White Hart have been using drugs wipes where appropriate.
Council-20mph zones, littering Parliament Square linked to night time economy (this is being addressed by us and partners) late night noise from various premises (as above)
ASB-youths in Watermill Lane Park ( I could find no recent calls to service for this), Hartham Common (as discussed), Litter in Folly Island, Speeding on Sele Farm, Windsor Drive, various parts of town(PC Hagger and PC Turner have ideas for some operations into the new year about this, but the speed bumps help)
Visibility-police present along the warren, Friday and Saturday nights in the town (we do our best with what we have, but demand everywhere is significant at these times), railway stations (these are policed by the British Transport Police but we are there regularly, as discussed earlier).
The priorities for the last quarter were Hartham Common and County Lines;
Hartham-increased patrols have had a significant impact on ASB here. PCs and PCSOs are to be found there regularly at all hours on foot, bicycle and in vehicles. Haloween passed almost without notice, save to calls to firework being let off on the common. Only four spent fireworks were found when we attended. Bonfire night resulted in a single fireworks call to service, and that was in ware. There is now a CCTV camera on the Mead Lane end of the common which captured the bridge, road and footpath. This has been an area where drug dealing takes place, we hope this will greatly assist in tackling this problem.
County Lines- Plain clothes pro-active Op Scorpion Team continue working hard processing intelligence to catch dealers and identify young people being exploited to deal drugs. Warrants are executed and there has been some success. PC Mark Turner has run several Op Viking operations at Hertford East and Ware railway stations, with interesting results, and has planned for more into the next quarter and new year.
Cllr Newton commented that there had not been much media coverage of the drugs operations in the last year. I will be seeking to increase social media activity when appropriate.
Ausra suggested some youth engagement activity, a table tennis tournament for example, we will consider this perhaps in better weather!
Cllr Lynch mentioned some problems with people accessing the Cromwell Road allotments causing a nuisance by drinking, smoking drugs and leaving paraphernalia. Damage to crops and property had previously been caused. PCSOs will be requested to add this to their patrol plans and should be seen up there more regularly. There will be a allotment holders form on 17th November, Cllr Lynch will feedback anything relevant.
We have not seen much of the Community Drive Safe volunteers lately, Fran has sent an e-mail checking in with them.
Ausra mentioned that Giambrone’s was subject of a damaged window again at the weekend, and that on weekend evenings there is a lot of unpleasant behaviour in the street beside it. Reassured that officers are aware that this is a hotspot for undesirable activity, a reminder has been sent out to Hertford PCs requesting renewed attention.
Cllr Barber mentioned that last year’s issues at Watermill Lane Woods were much better and has had sufficient attention, thanks will be passed to the team.
The priorities for the next quarter were agreed to be Hertford night time economy and county lines. The date of the next meeting was not yet set, but will be arranged in the new year to align with other parts of East Herts CSP.