Community groups, businesses and people living in St Albans are being asked their views on how police can deter crime.

A public consultation has opened in hopes that people's views will shape a detailed plan for making the district a safer place.

You will be able to give your thoughts on topics such as antisocial behaviour, drug dealing, burglary, knife crime and street drinking by filling out a survey.

District councillor Jacqui Taylor, responsible for housing, inclusion and protection, said: "St Albans district is fortunate to have relatively low crime levels but we cannot take this for granted.

"We need to hear your views on how we can improve and where our priorities should lie."

The consultation will run until February 29.

It will help the St Albans Community Safety Partnership complete its strategy for the year.

The Community Safety Partnership is a group of agencies that work together to reduce crime.

Members include St Albans City and District Council, Hertfordshire Constabulary, the Police and Crime Commissioner, Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue service and other volunteer groups.

It consults with people in the area every year to plan out aims and priorities.

St Albans chief inspector Lynda Coates, of Hertfordshire Constabulary, said: "This survey will give us important feedback. I'd encourage residents to spend a few minutes giving us their views about crime and antisocial behaviour in the district and suggest ways we can effectively tackle those issues."

The five proposed priorities for 2020/21 are:

  1. To establish an effective response to violent crime including knife crime, gangs, drug dealings, robbery and criminal exploitation
  2. Focus on possession crime including burglary, motor vehicle crime, cybercrime, scams and rogue trading
  3. Help landowners, businesses and the community by tackling issues such as flytipping, antisocial behaviour, road safety and wildlife crime
  4. To support victims of domestic abuse by tackling perpetrators, raising awareness and educating people about healthy relationships and personal safety
  5. Promote physical and mental wellbeing by working to prevent hate crime, alcohol and drug misuse, homelessness and street drinking by helping vulnerable people

To fill in the questionnaire, go to To fill out a paper form, contact 01727 819538.