Our officers are carrying out additional high visibility patrols as part of work to tackle an increase in robberies around Southend High Street.
Chief Inspector Ian Hughes, District Commander for Southend, said:
“We want people to feel safe when out enjoying our town centre and the High Street.
“We know robberies are frightening incidents and can leave people feeling worried about being in the areas where they happen.
“We are taking proactive action to tackle this issue, including increasing the number of high visibility patrols along the High Street and continuing to work with our partners.
“The CCTV system across the town also plays a crucial role. We work really well with the CCTV operators who do a fantastic job in bringing incidents to our attention and identifying those involved.
“We’re working with British Transport Police to identify and target anyone using the rail network to come into the town intent on causing crime and disorder.
“And we have a dedicated partnership group consisting of the police, Southend Borough Council, and the Business Improvement District dedicated to the night-time economy.
“This includes dealing with issues as they arise and initiating plans to ensure your safety.”
And this work is having an impact.
Earlier this month two teenagers were charged with robbery in connection with an incident where a 13 year-old boy had had his mountain bike stolen.
If you see a robbery taking place please call us on 999.
If you have any information about an incident you have any information you can submit a report online at https://www.essex.police.uk or use the 'Live Chat' button to speak to an online operator between 7am-11pm.
You can also call us on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.