Council and police celebrate drop in anti-social behaviour in Watford

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First published in News Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

A man has been banned from the borough of Watford until 2016 as the council and police celebrate a drop in anti-social behaviour in the town over the past four years.

Since 2010 the number of reported incidents has reduced by 40 per cent.

Elected Mayor Dorothy Thornhill said: "Anti-social behaviour can make life miserable for residents.

"By working together with our partners, and with residents feeling more confident to report incidents, we have bought about major improvements."

Watford Borough Council attribute the success to initiatives such as the introduction of Scan Net technology which enables local bars and clubs to verify customer identification.

Also the town's new CCTV control room, which records footage digitally and can transmit images wirelessly, and an ongoing commitment from the council and police to crackdown on repeat anti-social behaviour offenders.

In one example an amendment was made to an Anti-Social Behaviour Order (ASBO) against an individual which means that they are now banned from entering Watford until 2016. 

Such an amendment is extremely rare, and this is the only amendment of this category ever achieved in Watford.

The amendment to Mr Pemberton’s ASBO was made on August 15 at St Albans Magistrates Court.

Mayor Thornhill continued: "Unfortunately this individual was resistant to all forms of help and as his behaviour descended to appalling extremes we recognised that seeking to ban him from Watford was the safest and fairest response for our residents and visitors.

"I am extremely grateful to PC Mohamed Huzair from Hertfordshire Constabulary for his dedication and hard work in bringing about this result." 

The amendment was sought and financed by Watford Borough Council and was brought about in conjunction with the police following a joint investigation which took more than a year.

Mr Pemberton's original ASBO related to not being drunk and disorderly, or physically or verbally threatening, begging, encamping outside residences and business in the town or enter NHS property without appointment or requiring emergency treatment.

PC Mohamed Huzair of Hertfordshire Constabulary said: "This is a great example of partnership working and I would like to thank those who came forward to assist with the investigation including residents, local businesses and councillors.

"We take incidents of anti-social behaviour very serious as it can have a negative impact on people’s quality of life. Achieving this result for the people of Watford took a great deal of hard work but it will mean they will no longer be impacted by this individual."

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11:16pm Thu 28 Aug 14

LSC says...

Perhaps it is true, but that doesn't say a lot for 2010.
Just look at this very news front page. It depends what you call anti social, I suppose, but I count, on this page alone, the stories reported:
Dangerous dog.
Sexual assault.
Theft.
'Meat cleaver incident'.
Burglary.
Assault.
Murder.
GBH stanley knife attack.
Stolen horse.
Arson.
Assault.

All on one snap-shot WO page with stories dating back TWO DAYS.
The Council and police can pat themselves on the back all they want, but look at that list. In two days. If that is good enough, and cause to be happy, then I really do give up.
Perhaps it is true, but that doesn't say a lot for 2010. Just look at this very news front page. It depends what you call anti social, I suppose, but I count, on this page alone, the stories reported: Dangerous dog. Sexual assault. Theft. 'Meat cleaver incident'. Burglary. Assault. Murder. GBH stanley knife attack. Stolen horse. Arson. Assault. All on one snap-shot WO page with stories dating back TWO DAYS. The Council and police can pat themselves on the back all they want, but look at that list. In two days. If that is good enough, and cause to be happy, then I really do give up. LSC
  • Score: 6

11:56pm Thu 28 Aug 14

drunkenduck says...

Agree with above comment LSC.

Would say the article from the Police and the Council that this is MISLEADING, why. Because you telephone the 101 and rarely get a response from the Police and if they do ever appear, most aren't interested and wont take any further action.

So if the anti-social behaviour happens again & again, knowing the Police wont take any action in the first place, so why bother reporting it. If the Police can't be bother to act upon the crime / issues the first time nor the 2nd or third, then what's the point.
Agree with above comment LSC. Would say the article from the Police and the Council that this is MISLEADING, why. Because you telephone the 101 and rarely get a response from the Police and if they do ever appear, most aren't interested and wont take any further action. So if the anti-social behaviour happens again & again, knowing the Police wont take any action in the first place, so why bother reporting it. If the Police can't be bother to act upon the crime / issues the first time nor the 2nd or third, then what's the point. drunkenduck
  • Score: 5

12:00am Fri 29 Aug 14

bridgewater40 says...

couldn't agree more with the above I'm not interested in stats and crime figures i just want those who break the law locked up so i don't have to worry about things i own being stolen or my property being damaged by some scrote
couldn't agree more with the above I'm not interested in stats and crime figures i just want those who break the law locked up so i don't have to worry about things i own being stolen or my property being damaged by some scrote bridgewater40
  • Score: 2

1:41am Fri 29 Aug 14

Honest Rog says...

Agree with all the above posts. Most people I know would never bother calling Plod after a "low level" crime for the reasons Drunken outlines. Statistics are meaningless in this context.
So, a bloke with problems is banned from Watford till 2016. I'm sure that when the good citizens of Three Rivers or Hertsmere have rehabilitated him he'll return a better person.
As for the P.C. being congratulated; oh perleeze. Plod was doing his job.
How about an article about the incompetent, indifferent Plod who, when finally forced into action, try to dissuade (usually with success) victims of crime from following up their complaint. No complaint=crime figures down. Trebles all round!
If this chap is such a bad guy as Dotty went to lengths to stress then why is he not behind bars?
Agree with all the above posts. Most people I know would never bother calling Plod after a "low level" crime for the reasons Drunken outlines. Statistics are meaningless in this context. So, a bloke with problems is banned from Watford till 2016. I'm sure that when the good citizens of Three Rivers or Hertsmere have rehabilitated him he'll return a better person. As for the P.C. being congratulated; oh perleeze. Plod was doing his job. How about an article about the incompetent, indifferent Plod who, when finally forced into action, try to dissuade (usually with success) victims of crime from following up their complaint. No complaint=crime figures down. Trebles all round! If this chap is such a bad guy as Dotty went to lengths to stress then why is he not behind bars? Honest Rog
  • Score: 2

7:20am Fri 29 Aug 14

ExPat_Butcher says...

So the Murder in West Watford is the norm these days ... good Grief
So the Murder in West Watford is the norm these days ... good Grief ExPat_Butcher
  • Score: 5

7:49am Fri 29 Aug 14

Watford_uk says...

You have got to be joking! I live on Beechen Grove and last night police and fire were all over the place. 2 burnt out cars which were 300 yards apart, burning timber lying in Beechen Grove. We have had car break ins, vagrants sleeping in our stair well (how they get is a worry), cycles being stolen or if they cant get the whole bike the steal all the parts they can. drag racing down Beechen Grove every weekend with speeds reaching in excess of 50-60 m/h and more in some cases.

I think the police and council need to take a look out the window! the only reason it has dropped is people have stop reporting because it doesn't result in any action.....

A speed camera in Beechen Grove would a great start to stop the drag racing before someone gets killed.
You have got to be joking! I live on Beechen Grove and last night police and fire were all over the place. 2 burnt out cars which were 300 yards apart, burning timber lying in Beechen Grove. We have had car break ins, vagrants sleeping in our stair well (how they get is a worry), cycles being stolen or if they cant get the whole bike the steal all the parts they can. drag racing down Beechen Grove every weekend with speeds reaching in excess of 50-60 m/h and more in some cases. I think the police and council need to take a look out the window! the only reason it has dropped is people have stop reporting because it doesn't result in any action..... A speed camera in Beechen Grove would a great start to stop the drag racing before someone gets killed. Watford_uk
  • Score: 4

10:19am Fri 29 Aug 14

Veritas says...

this suspect paper really is a Fib Dem mouth piece!! Many people
have stopped buying it!!!!!!!!!!!!

£4 million on the pond, which looks old and dirty. That is what they
should be reporting.

Never saw anything about Terrace Farm being on BBC One Show?

Watford is the worst its ever been,
you can spin all you like,

This paper should be disputing all these spurious facts and reporting
the truth, but then pigs will fly!!!!!!!!
this suspect paper really is a Fib Dem mouth piece!! Many people have stopped buying it!!!!!!!!!!!! £4 million on the pond, which looks old and dirty. That is what they should be reporting. Never saw anything about Terrace Farm being on BBC One Show? Watford is the worst its ever been, you can spin all you like, This paper should be disputing all these spurious facts and reporting the truth, but then pigs will fly!!!!!!!! Veritas
  • Score: 3

10:22am Fri 29 Aug 14

Veritas says...

What about an increase in the Murder rate!!!!!!!!!!!!
What about an increase in the Murder rate!!!!!!!!!!!! Veritas
  • Score: 3

11:59am Fri 29 Aug 14

LocalBoy1 says...

LSC wrote:
Perhaps it is true, but that doesn't say a lot for 2010.
Just look at this very news front page. It depends what you call anti social, I suppose, but I count, on this page alone, the stories reported:
Dangerous dog.
Sexual assault.
Theft.
'Meat cleaver incident'.
Burglary.
Assault.
Murder.
GBH stanley knife attack.
Stolen horse.
Arson.
Assault.

All on one snap-shot WO page with stories dating back TWO DAYS.
The Council and police can pat themselves on the back all they want, but look at that list. In two days. If that is good enough, and cause to be happy, then I really do give up.
Good comment and a very well made point.
[quote][p][bold]LSC[/bold] wrote: Perhaps it is true, but that doesn't say a lot for 2010. Just look at this very news front page. It depends what you call anti social, I suppose, but I count, on this page alone, the stories reported: Dangerous dog. Sexual assault. Theft. 'Meat cleaver incident'. Burglary. Assault. Murder. GBH stanley knife attack. Stolen horse. Arson. Assault. All on one snap-shot WO page with stories dating back TWO DAYS. The Council and police can pat themselves on the back all they want, but look at that list. In two days. If that is good enough, and cause to be happy, then I really do give up.[/p][/quote]Good comment and a very well made point. LocalBoy1
  • Score: 2

12:39pm Sat 30 Aug 14

G_Whiz says...

Ask any copper and he will tell you off the record - they can't cope with the amount of crime at the moment. And they are frustrated with their bosses massaging the figures trying to be P.C. and covering for lack of government funding.

Try it - ask one?
Ask any copper and he will tell you off the record - they can't cope with the amount of crime at the moment. And they are frustrated with their bosses massaging the figures trying to be P.C. and covering for lack of government funding. Try it - ask one? G_Whiz
  • Score: 4

1:31pm Sat 30 Aug 14

LSC says...

G_Whiz wrote:
Ask any copper and he will tell you off the record - they can't cope with the amount of crime at the moment. And they are frustrated with their bosses massaging the figures trying to be P.C. and covering for lack of government funding.

Try it - ask one?
I have, and you are correct.
Take the man in the article, supposedly a great success. He will no longer menace Watford. Great news for Watford, I'm sure.
Hands up anyone who thinks that he won't either ignore the ASBO completely and continue to menace Watford, or simply move his stamping ground and menace somewhere else.

Perhaps I am wrong, and the ASBO will make him take a long hard look at himself and change his ways. I hear that ASBOs have a tremendous success rate.

"The amendment was sought and financed by Watford Borough Council and was brought about in conjunction with the police following a joint investigation which took more than a year."

A YEAR of investigation by two parties, just to ask the bloke to behave himself or he will get told off again. How much did that cost?
[quote][p][bold]G_Whiz[/bold] wrote: Ask any copper and he will tell you off the record - they can't cope with the amount of crime at the moment. And they are frustrated with their bosses massaging the figures trying to be P.C. and covering for lack of government funding. Try it - ask one?[/p][/quote]I have, and you are correct. Take the man in the article, supposedly a great success. He will no longer menace Watford. Great news for Watford, I'm sure. Hands up anyone who thinks that he won't either ignore the ASBO completely and continue to menace Watford, or simply move his stamping ground and menace somewhere else. Perhaps I am wrong, and the ASBO will make him take a long hard look at himself and change his ways. I hear that ASBOs have a tremendous success rate. "The amendment was sought and financed by Watford Borough Council and was brought about in conjunction with the police following a joint investigation which took more than a year." A YEAR of investigation by two parties, just to ask the bloke to behave himself or he will get told off again. How much did that cost? LSC
  • Score: 2

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