Burglaries spike triggers police prevention advice

PUBLISHED: 10:52 16 May 2017 | UPDATED: 10:52 16 May 2017

Welwyn Hatfield residents have been given burglary prevention advice by police

Welwyn Hatfield residents have been given burglary prevention advice by police

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Welwyn Hatfield residents have been issued burglary prevention advice following a spate of break-ins county-wide in recent weeks.

High-value jewellery and thousands of pounds have been snatched in a number of raids, and police have reminded residents to ensure their homes are secure.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, David Lloyd, said: “Burglary and acquisitive crime is a priority for Hertfordshire Constabulary, and we have been concentrating lots of resources on driving down this kind of crime.

“Residents can help to deter crime by following home security advice and making it more difficult for criminals to operate.

“Joining a neighbourhood watch scheme and passing on information about any suspicious activity you see in your area, either to the police or anonymously to Crimestoppers, can make your neighbourhood even safer.”

Inspector Paul Lawrence from the Crime Reduction Unit added: “Many people who own high valuable jewellery usually keep it in a safe deposit box, only taking it out for special occasions like weddings etc.

“This is the best way to keep your valuables safe.

“However, if this isn’t possible and you are keeping your jewellery at home, even for short periods, ensuring that your home is secure is vital.”

For more advice visit the force’s website.

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