Police control centre hit by attempted metal theft

Watford Observer: Police control centre hit by attempted metal theft Police control centre hit by attempted metal theft

Hertfordshire Constabulary’s control room was hit by communications disruption after an attempted metal theft last night.

Phone lines and internet access at the centre, in Welwyn Garden City, became affected at around 8pm and officers had to switch to a back-up systems.

The force said it did not believe any 999 calls had been lost and that the service was now running as normal, although online reporting maybe delayed.

Assistant Chief Constable Alison Roome-Gifford is leading the contingency group to ensure service is not affected.

She said: “Our priorities as always are to ensure members of the public, particularly those who are vulnerable, are safe and to enable our staff to work effectively and safely.

"Back-up systems quickly became effective and we don’t believe any 999 calls were lost. I would also like to reassure the public that operationally there have been no adverse effects and policing service levels have been maintained.

“This matter is currently being dealt with as a matter of urgency by BT, with whom we are working very closely. We recognise that in this case as well as the impact on the public and the police, they are victims of crime.

"Our 999 and non-emergency 101 numbers are working however, we are still facing some difficulties in sending and receiving external emails and making and receiving phone calls to some regular land-lines. Our IT experts are working tirelessly to rectify these issues as soon as possible.

“We can confirm that the problems have been caused by the attempted theft of cabling and this is being fully investigated by the dedicated Operation Devon (metal theft) team whose role it is to prevent and detect these crimes.”

Police said the area of the attempted theft could not be revealed for security reasons.

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5:55pm Fri 10 Feb 12

Maverosi says...

such good security when you can find it via google ... shakes head whilst uttering muppets
such good security when you can find it via google ... shakes head whilst uttering muppets Maverosi
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12:11am Sun 12 Feb 12

towngirl says...

thieves have the audacity to target Police Contorl Centre!
thieves have the audacity to target Police Contorl Centre! towngirl
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8:47pm Sun 12 Feb 12

Roy Stockdill says...

>Police said the area of the attempted theft could not be revealed for security reasons.<

So they're not actually interested in discovering whether anyone saw anything that could perhaps assist their investigations or in identifying possible witnesses?

Is is any wonder that the police are widely regarded as being Mickey Mouse Plod?

I cannot help wondering how many criminal thieves the "dedicated" Operation Devon team have actually apprehended? Will they tell us? Probably not.
>Police said the area of the attempted theft could not be revealed for security reasons.< So they're not actually interested in discovering whether anyone saw anything that could perhaps assist their investigations or in identifying possible witnesses? Is is any wonder that the police are widely regarded as being Mickey Mouse Plod? I cannot help wondering how many criminal thieves the "dedicated" Operation Devon team have actually apprehended? Will they tell us? Probably not. Roy Stockdill
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2:05pm Thu 16 Feb 12

radlett_stud says...

Roy Stockdill wrote:
&gt;Police said the area of the attempted theft could not be revealed for security reasons.&lt; So they're not actually interested in discovering whether anyone saw anything that could perhaps assist their investigations or in identifying possible witnesses? Is is any wonder that the police are widely regarded as being Mickey Mouse Plod? I cannot help wondering how many criminal thieves the &quot;dedicated" Operation Devon team have actually apprehended? Will they tell us? Probably not.
Why don't you ask them and stop being a keyboard warrier?

Also, has it occurred to you that other criminal and even terrorists with information on the location could use it to their advantage??
[quote][p][bold]Roy Stockdill[/bold] wrote: >Police said the area of the attempted theft could not be revealed for security reasons.< So they're not actually interested in discovering whether anyone saw anything that could perhaps assist their investigations or in identifying possible witnesses? Is is any wonder that the police are widely regarded as being Mickey Mouse Plod? I cannot help wondering how many criminal thieves the "dedicated" Operation Devon team have actually apprehended? Will they tell us? Probably not.[/p][/quote]Why don't you ask them and stop being a keyboard warrier? Also, has it occurred to you that other criminal and even terrorists with information on the location could use it to their advantage?? radlett_stud
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