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Police commissioner launches survey on rural crime in Herts

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Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd with a rural volunteer (8811176)
Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd with a rural volunteer (8811176)

Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd has launched his first rural crime Survey for Hertfordshire.

He is asking residents and business owners how the countryside is being policed and where they want priorities to be focused.

The results of the consultation will be used to formulate his updated Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan later this year.

Mr Lloyd said: “Rural communities are a really important part of the county for both residents and business. My job is to ensure that policing funds are spent efficiently and effectively to keep

crime as low as possible.”

“I have provided funding for extra officers plus other initiatives including covert cameras, dash cams and to clean-up fly-tipping.

“I will continue to listen to ensure those issues which the public consistently tell me are of concern are listened to, and where appropriate, action is taken.

“This survey is the public’s opportunity to help me make a real difference in how we reduce crime and the fear of crime in the more remote parts of the county.”

This year’s average £2 a month Herts Constabulary Council Tax precept increase will be used to pay for 75 extra officers and the commissioner has backed a scheme for specials and volunteers who work just in rural areas.

His office has also funded 30 dash cameras for farmers to put in their vehicles, including tractors and all-terrain vehicles. They enable the drivers to report anything suspicious they see with video footage, and it also allows officers investigating crimes to see if anything was caught on camera around the time of the offence.

The consultation can be completed online at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/92LMX95 in 20 minutes.

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