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A message from Watford Chief Inspector Matt Phillips…
We are aware that there is currently a some concern among the local community following a robbery in Oxhey Ward on New Year’s Eve.
I understand that incidents such as this are frightening and may raise a fear of crime. However, I would like to reassure people that this is being treated as an isolated incident at this time and there have been no further reports of a similar nature in the area.
We have been carrying out extensive enquiries, including reviewing CCTV and doorbell camera footage, completing house to house visits and speaking with local residents. These investigations are ongoing. We are aware of posts circulating on social media which are inaccurate, causing increased fear in the community. We would encourage people not to forward these on for this very reason. Police patrols have been increased and we have secured funding for extra patrols, both overt and covert, to prevent and detect offences and, importantly, reassure local people.
Watford remains a safe place to live, work and visit and your local policing team is committed to keeping it that way.
Over recent months, we have made several key arrests in connection with robbery offences across the town and will continue to work alongside our partners to gather intelligence, identify suspects and tackle the problem at the source.
If you have any concerns please do not hesitate to contact your local policing team. Officers will be in attendance at the local community meeting in Oxhey ward on Wednesday evening (15 January).
If you have any information about people who may be involved in criminal activity, please report it as your call could make all the difference.
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