Public meeting on policing and crime priorities in St Albans District
Residents of St Albans and District are invited to discuss the crimes that most affect them.

Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd along with Chief Inspector Lynda Coates and council leaders will be examining a year-long review into crime and policing in the district.

Members of the public and business owners in the city and areas including Harpenden, Wheathampstead, London Colney and Redbourn are welcome to attend and contribute to a discussion on the topics raised.

The Policing and Crime Review meeting will be held in St Albans this Wednesday January 8th at the Civic Centre, in St Peter’s Street. No tickets are required and it will start at 6pm and finish at 6.45pm.

Mr Lloyd with Ch Insp Lynda Coates

Mr Lloyd said: “I wanted a review of each of the ten districts in Hertfordshire to understand what matters most to the public and where the policing pressures are locally. This enables the police and partners to target resources to best prevent people becoming victims of crime.

“St Albans City and District is one of the safest places to live in the county, which itself has a very low crime rate, but there is always more we can do.”
Facts from the report show that in the year 2018/19 there were an average of 26 crimes a day recorded in St Albans District.

Residential burglaries remain low with just 599 residential burglaries in the year and 100 non-dwelling such as sheds and garages, an average of 1.6 per day.
Serious Sexual Offences (such as Rape and Assault) concerned only 2% of crime with thefts from Persons (such as Pickpocketing) concerned 1% of all recorded crime.

Domestic Abuse related offences (mostly assaults and damage) concerned 11% of all recorded crime.

The report also outlines the challenge that the district faces over the coming years with estimated 1,600 extra homes over the next six years to 62,000, and a population increase from 147,400 in 2018 to 152,000 by 2021 and how this will impact on policing.

The report pulls together a series of recommendations that will drive forward the police and partner activity over the coming year to help address some of the priorities. This includes measures in addition to the dedicated Scorpion teams patrolling hot spot burglary areas and trialling a pilot for web enabled doorbell cameras that photograph callers.