Flamstead villagers vote to pay for Private Security Patrols
A public meeting was held in the village hall on the 6th November on the further use of security patrols. The meeting was well attended by a large number of villagers and a presentation was made by Burton International detailing their service and how they augment the service provided by the Police.
Unfortunately the local Police Constable was unable to attend because she is recovering from an operation but it was obvious that people were extremely disappointed that there was no Police present. This only went to reinforce the feeling that they are severely under staffed and need assistance in deterring crime in rural communities such as Flamstead.
After the presentation by Mr R. Danaher there was a very lively selection of questions to both Mr Danaher and the Parish Councillors present, which ranged from "Why should I pay extra for a service which is already included in my rates bill?" to "How will this look to people outside the village?". All these questions in addition to the expressed cares and concerns of the Parishioners present were well addressed by Mr R. Danaher of Burton International and the Parish Councillors. The meeting finished with a vote to continue with the trial which was run earlier this year.
A year's trial is proposed consisting of a team of 2 Wardens who will be present in the village for 4 hours per week. Their times will vary, and the Parish Council will receive regular reports detailing their activities. Two grants from Dacorum, plus money from reserves from Parish means that each household will be charged through the rate system 5.95 for the year 2003/4.
A vote was held and the proposal was passed by 22 to 9. Several villagers gave their proxy vote to make it 3.3:1 in favour. A contract is being drawn up, to ensure that the villagers are safeguarded and patrols will resume as soon as possible.
Notices will be posted around the village giving a free phone contact number for emergency call out, should the need arise. This will not replace the 999 call but will augment it.
Mr R. Danaher stated that he felt that there was very little evidence of crime within the village and it was recognised by him and the villagers present that the service was seen as a deterrent rather that a cure to a problem.
Update Dec-02
Burton Guard will recommence their patrols from Monday 16th December. They will be providing foot patrols around the village area and will be covering the whole of the Parish with a motorised patrol. Posters advertising the patrols will be put on notice boards and a few larger signs will be placed on entrances to village. During the first week some patrols will be carried out during daylight hours so people see the patrolmen and they get a chance to get to know residents. They will be working closely with Sarah Roberts and the Neighbourhood Watch Team.
It should be remembered that these security patrols are not intended to replace the Police and if you witness a crime or need to report a crime you must still dial 999 or contact Hemel on 01442 271000.
Flamstead Parish Council

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