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Crime vanishes as police take notice

by admin on October 19th, 2018

Police crime figures for June, July and August tell a remarkable story: early in the year Baldwins Hill was plagued with a series of car break-ins. In mid-summer the unmistakeable signs of drug dealing and petty (and not so petty) crime that went with it. Complaints to police went unheeded until a meeting was called at the Foresters Arms in mid-August to form a Neighbourhood Watch group for that area. Police moved in and Bingo! – no crime reported in Baldwins Hill (see illustrations right) which show six, five and zero crimes reported. Councillor Stephen Pewsey commented: “I’ve noticed static police vehicles on Baldwins Hill, just deterring drug dealing, drug abuse and drug driving. It is good news that, stretched as they are, police are taking the problem seriously”. Can this last? Probably not: as reported on HillsWatch on 27 September by Jane “Our neighbour had their Range Rover stolen off their driveway last night in Baldwins Hill !!! He told me…(he) has CCTV to look at. He is not in the (HillsWatch) group so thought I’d post warning…Vermin. Be aware.”

Loughton Community Police Team commented: “We encourage reporting of incidents to inform decision and officer/staff deployment but also to give Essex police a more accurate picture of demand. The tale of Baldwins Hill shows persistence CAN pay off.

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