North Bushey resident Gerry McCormick hits out on lack of police presence in Bushey

Watford Observer: Gerry McCormick, of Duncan Way, said the recent concentration of burglaries has left an unnerving feeling in the area Gerry McCormick, of Duncan Way, said the recent concentration of burglaries has left an unnerving feeling in the area

A North Bushey resident said January's spike in burglary crime shows there needs to be more communication between the police and local people.

Gerry McCormick, of Duncan Way, said the recent concentration of burglaries in a relatively short period of time has left an unnerving feeling in the area.

The 67-year-old added that, with the recent cuts, the visibility of police officers in Bushey has been very low.

He said it is difficult to build relationships and, by using the telephone system to contact local police, residents feel they have lost contact and there is a sense of semi-isolation.

He added: "It is to do with resources and making sure that residents know that if they do come forward they are going to be listened to."

The Bushey police station officially closed in June 2011, but the enquiry office closed in the previous summer, so residents have been unable to go into the station for almost three years.

Mr McCormick said residents have a responsibility to help the police in any way they can.

He added: "We can only make this place better by working together."

If residents wish to drop into their local constabulary the main police station is in Borehamwood.

Bushey Neighbourhood Sergeant, Laura Randall said: "Just because we don’t have a physical building there, it doesn’t mean we don’t have a presence."

Ms Randall added: "Neighbourhood Officers and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) continue to spend the majority of their time out on their wards, patrolling and dealing with local issues and crime."

Residents can contact their local Neighbourhood Officers and PCSOs by going to regular police surgeries, which are open at the Bushey Centre, situated in the Bushey Country Club, every Monday 12-1pm and Wednesdays 6.30-7.30pm.

Mr McCormick said local people need more reassurance now more than ever when they do contact the police because there is no longer a Bushey police station.

Ms Randall added: "We are always looking at innovative new ways for residents to meet officers."

PCSOs are available to speak to when they are out on patrol, and can be contacted on their radio, the non-emergency number 101 or via the Safer Neighbourhood pages.

Last weekend PCSOs were in Bushey in an effort to make more face-to-face contact with local residents.

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3:19pm Thu 14 Feb 13

lovestospouge says...

Last time we called the police (I live in Scottswood) it took the police a day and a half to turn up and they were from Barnet?

I say you either reopen the station or we stop paying tax, thats fair, isn't it?
Last time we called the police (I live in Scottswood) it took the police a day and a half to turn up and they were from Barnet? I say you either reopen the station or we stop paying tax, thats fair, isn't it? lovestospouge
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8:35pm Thu 14 Feb 13

smalon says...

lovestospouge wrote:
Last time we called the police (I live in Scottswood) it took the police a day and a half to turn up and they were from Barnet?

I say you either reopen the station or we stop paying tax, thats fair, isn't it?
In all fairness, I wouldn't be in any rush to go to Scottswood either :)
[quote][p][bold]lovestospouge[/bold] wrote: Last time we called the police (I live in Scottswood) it took the police a day and a half to turn up and they were from Barnet? I say you either reopen the station or we stop paying tax, thats fair, isn't it?[/p][/quote]In all fairness, I wouldn't be in any rush to go to Scottswood either :) smalon
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8:54pm Thu 14 Feb 13

LSC says...

"Residents can contact their local Neighbourhood Officers and PCSOs by going to regular police surgeries, which are open at the Bushey Centre, situated in the Bushey Country Club, every Monday 12-1pm and Wednesdays 6.30-7.30pm."

So that's 2 hours a week then.

"Last weekend PCSOs were in Bushey in an effort to make more face-to-face contact with local residents."

Oh, and a weekend too! We are being spoiled.

TRY WALKING THE STREETS ONCE IN A WHILE. You cannot buy local knowledge. I remember a local copper (back when they actually were) being sad when The Harbour Light pub closed. He said something along the lines of: "That pub was a great asset, whenever there was a crime in Bushey we knew where to find the person who did it".

He was joking to an extent, of course, but only to an extent. He knew the locale, and he knew the locals.
That's what we need, and that's what we want.
"Residents can contact their local Neighbourhood Officers and PCSOs by going to regular police surgeries, which are open at the Bushey Centre, situated in the Bushey Country Club, every Monday 12-1pm and Wednesdays 6.30-7.30pm." So that's 2 hours a week then. "Last weekend PCSOs were in Bushey in an effort to make more face-to-face contact with local residents." Oh, and a weekend too! We are being spoiled. TRY WALKING THE STREETS ONCE IN A WHILE. You cannot buy local knowledge. I remember a local copper (back when they actually were) being sad when The Harbour Light pub closed. He said something along the lines of: "That pub was a great asset, whenever there was a crime in Bushey we knew where to find the person who did it". He was joking to an extent, of course, but only to an extent. He knew the locale, and he knew the locals. That's what we need, and that's what we want. LSC
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7:00am Fri 15 Feb 13

lovestospouge says...

Has anyone noticed that these burglarys have only stsrted since they turned all the lights off at night, I wounder if the police can work it out?

If I get broken into, ill sue the council for puting my family at risk.
Has anyone noticed that these burglarys have only stsrted since they turned all the lights off at night, I wounder if the police can work it out? If I get broken into, ill sue the council for puting my family at risk. lovestospouge
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7:40am Fri 15 Feb 13

OAC Bailiff says...

im sure theyre doing all they can blame the government not the coppers they do a great job when they can and the pcso s
im sure theyre doing all they can blame the government not the coppers they do a great job when they can and the pcso s OAC Bailiff
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9:31am Fri 15 Feb 13

MarsLander says...

Catch them, lock them up. Keep them locked up. Keep us safe from them by keeping them locked up for as long as is necessary.

We should find a much cheaper jailing solution for criminals, and we should not be scared of the cost of keeping criminals in jail.

Sentences these days are a bit of a joke, assuming the criminal is even sent to jail which happens far less that it should.

Too many bleeding heart liberals involved in making our laws and exercising them and the criminal justice system are making this country less safe than it should be.
Catch them, lock them up. Keep them locked up. Keep us safe from them by keeping them locked up for as long as is necessary. We should find a much cheaper jailing solution for criminals, and we should not be scared of the cost of keeping criminals in jail. Sentences these days are a bit of a joke, assuming the criminal is even sent to jail which happens far less that it should. Too many bleeding heart liberals involved in making our laws and exercising them and the criminal justice system are making this country less safe than it should be. MarsLander
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9:59am Fri 15 Feb 13

Paul Gadd says...

Sorry Gerry, but Police aren't interested unless someone is dead, and anyway they are too busy trying their best not to record any event as a crime as it messes up their glossy leaflets telling us crime keeps going down in Herts.

Of course, Tories cuts to Public service means less bobbies on the beat, but the MPs have private security- so, who cares?
Sorry Gerry, but Police aren't interested unless someone is dead, and anyway they are too busy trying their best not to record any event as a crime as it messes up their glossy leaflets telling us crime keeps going down in Herts. Of course, Tories cuts to Public service means less bobbies on the beat, but the MPs have private security- so, who cares? Paul Gadd
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11:11am Fri 15 Feb 13

Mohandas says...

Sorry to hear of your difficulties and when you are a victim of crime it can be so distressful.
However the news from the Police Crime Commissioner is to cut police to reduce crime. In the brave new world, self help and community initiatives are recommended eg Neighbourhood Watch, the OWL system, CCTV, leave sensor lights & TV on 24 /7, install alarms /grills - not barb wire for fearing of hurting the thief. As a last resort you could try a citizen's arrest.
Sorry to hear of your difficulties and when you are a victim of crime it can be so distressful. However the news from the Police Crime Commissioner is to cut police to reduce crime. In the brave new world, self help and community initiatives are recommended eg Neighbourhood Watch, the OWL system, CCTV, leave sensor lights & TV on 24 /7, install alarms /grills - not barb wire for fearing of hurting the thief. As a last resort you could try a citizen's arrest. Mohandas
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12:15pm Fri 15 Feb 13

LSC says...

lovestospouge wrote:
Has anyone noticed that these burglarys have only stsrted since they turned all the lights off at night, I wounder if the police can work it out?

If I get broken into, ill sue the council for puting my family at risk.
Actually the huge majority of any crime, including burglary, happens during the day. Very few thieves carry night vision goggles, and they need to see their way about as much as anyone. Using a torch is too much of a giveaway.

I believe the reason for the spike in crime is that the criminals have realised that the police in Bushey have to catch the bus from Borehamwood to do a foot patrol, so all you need is a timetable and you can tell where they are. The few ones you see in cars are too busy to notice someone lurking about.
[quote][p][bold]lovestospouge[/bold] wrote: Has anyone noticed that these burglarys have only stsrted since they turned all the lights off at night, I wounder if the police can work it out? If I get broken into, ill sue the council for puting my family at risk.[/p][/quote]Actually the huge majority of any crime, including burglary, happens during the day. Very few thieves carry night vision goggles, and they need to see their way about as much as anyone. Using a torch is too much of a giveaway. I believe the reason for the spike in crime is that the criminals have realised that the police in Bushey have to catch the bus from Borehamwood to do a foot patrol, so all you need is a timetable and you can tell where they are. The few ones you see in cars are too busy to notice someone lurking about. LSC
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