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Police replace OWL with Herts Connected as Neighbourhood Watch link for residents

Bishop’s Stortford and Sawbridgeworth residents are being urged to sign up for a new crime prevention community messaging system.

Herts Connected replaced OWL (Online Watch Link) at the start of April as a way for householders to connect with the county’s constabulary and Neighbourhood Watch.

It is a version of the Neighbourhood Alerts already used by around 30 other police forces. Residents must sign up as there is no automatic transfer from the OWL system. See https://hertsconnected.co.uk/.

Herts Connected replaces OWL
Herts Connected replaces OWL

Chief Superintendent Dean Patient said: “We know that being part of a community messaging system helps prevent crime in local neighbourhoods and we continue this important work.

“This is an exciting new chapter for us as we embrace new digital technology to help us send more local, targeted and relevant messages. We continue to work closely with Herts Watch, who run Neighbourhood Watch.

“Our neighbourhood policing teams and colleagues have successfully helped sign up 180,000 Herts residents to OWL. We hope the majority of these will sign up to our new system – they will simply have to click on a link as, under GDPR, we are unable to automatically transfer them across.”

Community Safety Inspector Nicki Dean said: “We will continue to update you about local crime, what your local officers are doing and how you can help shape your local neighbourhood priorities.”

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