You could help keep your community safer by joining Hertfordshire Constabulary’s CCTV Watch scheme.
‘We know that CCTV, doorbell cameras and other security devices not only act as a deterrent to burglars and other criminals, but they are also invaluable in helping us to catch criminals in the act and provide indisputable evidence,’ said Detective Chief Inspector Pete Frost.
There are over 5,000 residents already signed up to the CCTV Watch scheme.
It runs alongside Neighbourhood Watch, which uses the award-winning OWL (Online Watch Link) system which has over 170,000 Hertfordshire residents signed up.
He explained: ‘It works as part of our hugely successful OWL scheme where residents receive local messages about policing and other community safety matters. Those signed up to CCTV Watch will only receive contact from police if a crime has happened in the vicinity, for example a neighbouring burglary. We are taking a prevention first approach by being able to contact those with CCTV and doorbell cameras rather than just doing door to door enquiries, when we know the majority of residents may not be at home. This way, we can quickly and efficiently contact residents and, if needed, arrange to meet when it is convenient for them.’
You can join the scheme at www.owl.co.uk/herts and select CCTV Watch from the menu of other Watches available or you can send contact details to email@example.com. Residents are also encouraged to sign up to the OWL (Online Watch Link) where you will receive emails about crime and local news at OWL or you can download the OWL app under ‘OWL crime alerts.’ You can also follow on Facebook and Twitter @HertsPolice. You can report information or intelligence online at herts.police.uk/report or by speaking to an operator in the Force Communications Room via online web chat at herts.police.uk/contact. You can also call the non-emergency number 101.