Police claim success fighting crime in Harlow Town Centre

AN operation to tackle anti-social behaviour and drug related crime in Harlow town centre has proved successful with 45 arrests in just six months.

An Essex Police spokesperson said: “During our operation, which ran from July to December 2018, we also used stop and search powers 170 times, seized a variety of weapons and drugs as well as executing four drugs warrants at addresses in the town centre.

We issued three Community Protection Warnings, one Community Protection Notice and have applied to the Magistrates Court for two Criminal Behaviour Orders restricting access to the town centre for those committing offences or responsible for anti-social behaviour.

“In response to community concerns, Harlow town centre has a dedicated police officer and PCSO along with three community support officers from Harlow Council.

“Over the six months we increased foot patrols by both uniformed and plain clothes officers, with the support of the council CCTV coverage has been improved, and there has been a knife arch operation at Harlow College”.

“We continue to hold regular partnership meetings with Harlow Council and representatives from the Water Gardens and Harvey Centre”.

Inspector Tony Walker, Harlow’s Community Policing Team, said: “We remain committed to tackling anti-social behaviour and drug related crime in our town centre.

“We have listened to the community’s concerns and we have acted, with a fall in crime in the town centre especially with theft offences.

“There has been dramatic drop in shoplifting offences in January this year compared to last year with 124 fewer incidents.

“We want to continue to build on the success of this operation and we plan to continue with our visible patrols while targeting specific individuals who commit crime and anti-social behaviour.”

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2 Responses to "Police claim success fighting crime in Harlow Town Centre"

  1. MickyB77   February 27, 2019 at 10:43 am

    Wouldn’t it be a good idea for the police to issue exclusion orders to all known offenders ?
    The amount of arrests, and, stop and search would appear to justify these
    Power to their elbow.

  2. tony edwards   February 28, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    As a Harlow District Labour Councillor for Toddbrook, who with others launched a public petition in the Spring of 2018 because of the concerns of shoppers and businesses about the level of crime and anti social behaviour in the Town Centre – I very much welcome this report.

    The petition was subsequently presented to Harlow District Council, cross party representations were made to Roger Hirst the Essex Police and Crime Commissioner and the level of Police activity in the Town Centre was enhanced.

    However, as according to Police UK figures in December 2018 (the latest publicly available figures), there were 173 reported crimes in the Town Centre of which there were 84 Antisocial behaviour, 49 Violent offences, 26 Shoplifting, 22 theft, 18 Public Order offences, 11 Criminal Damage and Arson, 4 Drugs, 2 Possession of weapons, 2 Robbery; much still remains to be done to reduce further the level of criminal activity.

    So given the recently announced 7.6% rise in the Essex Police Precept I very much hope that Harlow gets a significant increase in the number Essex Police Officers so that they can tackle crime in a visible, sustainable and proactive way.

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