Issued: March 14, 2018
Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing welcomes additional police numbers
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(left to right) Chief Superintendent Andy Mariner, Chigwell county councillor Gagan Mohindra, Chigwell councillor Darshan Sunger, Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing, Deputy Essex Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Jane Gardner and District Commander Chief Inspector Lewis Basford
Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing has welcomed the announcement that 38 additional police officers are set to be coming to the Epping Forest district in the coming months.
The announcement was made at a public meeting chaired by Mrs Laing, and organised by Chigwell Parish Council, following concerns over an increase in burglaries in the area.
Figures given at the meeting revealed an increase of 20 burglaries in Chigwell Village and Chigwell Row wards from February 2016 to February 2017 when compared with February 2017 to February this year.
Mrs Laing said: "I share the concerns of the residents of Chigwell who are very worried about the rise in crime levels and particularly burglaries.”
The meeting, attended by some 250 people, heard from District Commander Chief Inspector Lewis Basford who said he planned to increase door-to-door visits by officers giving home security advice.
Mrs Laing said: "The meeting was lively and lasted for more than two hours. I was delighted there was such a great turnout on such a cold and wet Friday evening - because our greatest enemy is apathy."
She added: "I am in constant touch with the local police and with local councillors and I welcome the measures being taken to deal with the rise in burglaries.
"I especially welcome the news that our district is to soon see more officers available to police our streets. These 38 officers are in addition to the three officers which are to be funded by Epping Forest District Council."
Mrs Laing added: "I have every confidence in our District Commander (Chief Inspector Lewis Basford) who is truly committed to our district.
"I welcome the initiatives that he has put in place and his planning for the future, to ensure that our district is a safe place to live and work."