Security is a shared responsibility between residents, the Company and the police.
Residents are advised to follow police advice on securing their premises and vehicles. There is a Neighbourhood Watch scheme, started in 1983, one of the earliest in the UK. It is organised through the Residents’ Association and is based on people reporting suspicious circumstances.
The Company engages security staff who perform three major functions. These are:
A camera system is used at all entrances to the Estate to check on vehicles entering and leaving Moor Park and to provide a feed to allow monitoring of suspicious activities. The cameras use number plate recognition capability and average speed monitoring which enables Company security staff to identify vehicles that do not appear to have legitimate business on the Estate or are breaking the speed limit. The security cameras are remotely monitored for 24 hours a day.
The Company works closely with the local police force operating within the Safer Neighbourhood Scheme and regular meetings are held with the officers who supervise security across Moor Park and Eastbury. The police encourage people to use the non-emergency contact number of 101 if they see anyone acting suspiciously. In case of emergency, phone 999.
Historically, crime levels have been low on the Estate, both in relation to Hertfordshire and nearby neighbourhoods. The police believe that the camera system, the Estate entrance signs and foot and vehicle patrols by the police and security staff all help to deter potential criminal activity. The police have direct access to both the number plate recognition system and cctv cameras. Data from these systems is used to catch the perpetrators of crimes that occasionally occur on the Estate.
The security cameras are monitored 24 hours a day by the security company.