Welcome to the Harlow district webpage.
District Commander update
Above: Chief Insp Justin Smith
Harlow continues to be a safe place to live and work. I will
continue to work hard to ensure that we build upon this and make
Harlow an even safer place to live, work and socialise.
We have a good relationship with our partner agencies and together
we have achieved a good level of crime reduction over the past
year. Crime prevention continues to be my main priority and so far
there has been a 7 per cent reduction in crime against the
same period last year. This means 269 less victims of crime.
There has also been a significant reduction in some of the key
crime areas in Harlow including burglary of homes and other
properties such as sheds and garages. In particular this type
of burglary has reduced by almost 25 per cent over the last
accounting year. Harlow continues to have the highest overall
solved rate in Essex when offences are committed.
This represents the hard work that goes into ensuring
offenders are brought to justice.
However we are clear that behind each statistic there is a person
who has suffered the impact of a crime and behind them family and
friends who feel the impact too. We are therefore keen to ensure
that those who commit crime are caught and convicted. This is not
the only answer, we will continue to deter and prevent crime.
We are also aware that the fear of crime can impact on you. Essex
and Harlow are low crime areas but we will work to find ways of
directing resources at those measures which not only reduce crime
but make you feel safer too.
My focus will be centered around drawing together a closely-knit
community spirit to ensure criminals are brought to justice and the
priorities of the residents are reflected in all that we do.
The way in which we deliver our policing service is through our
neighbourhood policing teams. The teams are dedicated to:
- Improving our visibility and reducing the fear of crime
- Gaining the trust and confidence of the local community
- Tackling the causes and effects of crime and anti-social
- Being identifiable and known within the local community
- Tackling crime through targeting repeat offenders
- Building on successful local partnerships within the community
to solve problem.