While the closure of a police station might not immediately cause local people to panic, it is worth considering how this can have an impact in the long run.
For instance, people living close to Hampstead Police Station saw the facility shut in June last year after it was axed by the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime, reports Ham & High. It closed with immediate effect and the nearby streets likely suffered from a lower police presence and increased response times.
Now, less than a year since it was shut down, the latest figures show there has been a three-fold rise in the number of burglaries taking place in the road in which the police station was located.
Rosslyn Hill was previously home to the police base, and between April 2013 and March 2014 there were a total of nine burglaries in this street. However, this is up from just three in the same period a year earlier.
Four of the nine burglaries to take place in the last year were said to have been in residential properties, while the other five targeted business premises. Such figures show that owners and users of any type of building must be wary of the threat posed by thieves in their area.
Hampstead Police Station previously stood in Rosslyn Hill for 100 years, and its Grade II-listed status made it an important focal point of the community.
Anyone who is concerned about their property being targeted by burglars in the future should invest their time, effort and resources in some of the many security features that can be implemented within a home.
For instance, acquiring a home alarm system is a particularly shrewd move - especially if it is connected to a 24-hour Alarm Response Centre, meaning someone will soon be on hand if the alarm begins to ring.
Otherwise, it is a good idea to ensure doors and windows are secure and locked at all times.