Community Safety Projects in Watford
2nd June 2011
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Two projects, one run by Partnership Protected Areas (PPA) and the other by the Night-Time Economy Group have been recognised for their excellent work by Hertfordshire Constabulary, by being placed first and second in the Mick Fogarty Awards.

PPA's work has; cut burglaries in the Stanborough ward by nearly 50% since 2009; seen nearly 800 Holywell ward residents given healthy living advice; and seen over 400 homes given safety checks by Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service.

The Night-Time Economy Group's work has reduced alcohol-related violent crime in the town centre by 13.5% - or 105 fewer victims of crime - between March 2010 and March 2011. They have done this by introducing a number of initiatives including:

  • Operation Carbine - anyone who turns up in the town centre in the early evening already drunk is refused entry to bars and clubs and sent home.
  • Safe Havens for taxi drivers to go to if they feel they have potentially dangerous passengers on board.
  • A media campaign including posters and A Tale of Two Evenings, a specially filmed DVD which has been shown in clubs and local cinemas.

If you would like to get involved with either of these groups and help to make your town a better and safer place to live, then contact Watford Borough Council's Community Safety manager Jane Taylor on Tel: 01923 226400 or email:


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