People concerned about crime and anti-social behaviour came together for a public meeting.

More than 50 residents from Potters Bar met at the neighbourhood watch meeting to discuss anti-social behaviour and crime in the area.

Council representatives as well as members of the police including Hertsmere Chief Inspector Steve O'Keeffe, Potters Bar and Shenley Safer Neighbourhood Sergeant Noel Buckley, PC Paul Francis and PCSO Graham Tippett.

CI O'Keeffe addressed the meeting by quoting local crime figures and discussed issues such as burglaries.

He said: "It was a great opportunity to speak to residents directly and reassure them about what we are doing to tackle crime.

"We were able to address some issues, including how residents should report crime and we were able to address misconceptions directly with residents.

"In relation to burglary, we have police officers dealing with burglaries as well as officers who carry out high-visibility and covert police patrols, but the best thing is for residents to make sure they use simple crime prevention deterrents like web cam door bells or timer switches and always make sure you double lock PVCu doors."

A Potters Bar Neighbourhood Watch spokesperson said: "The meeting was very successful and the police officers who attended were knowledgeable and reassuring to our residents. Thank you to them for their attendance and support."

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