Harlow Town Centre needs a visible ongoing Police presence to tackle increase in crime.
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Councillor Tony Edwards is campaigning for an increased Police presence in Harlow Town Centre after Shopkeepers have reported their trade is affected by small groups who may be dealing illegal substances and committing other crimes including public order and violent offences. This is discouraging shoppers and visitors to our Town from going to the Market Square for fear of intimidation.
Harlow Council Leader, Councillor Mark Ingall stated “Harlow Council will do what it can to ensure that nowhere in Harlow becomes a no-go zone and that shoppers can feel confident to use all the areas of the town safely. We will target Community Safety Officers on the known trouble spots and we are seeking support from the security teams in the Harvey Centre and Water Gardens. However, what is being reported is criminal activity and as such it is the responsibility of the Police to deal with it. Cuts to front line Police Officer numbers of over 600 in Essex means that the thin blue line is over-stretched"
Councillor Chris Vince, Harlow’s representative on the Police and Crime Panel said: “I understand that the Essex Police and Crime Commissioner has plans to recruit 150 new officers, but this fails to address the shortfall caused by the cuts already made, especially as we are hearing only four of these new officers will be stationed in Harlow.”
It is important that residents of Harlow, as well as visitors to our town, feel safe. We also need to support our local businesses who Harlow Town Centre rely on to provide services; by increasing the presence of Police in our town and reducing the number of victims of crime, we will put Harlow back on the map as a welcoming Town Centre for all.
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