Ten car doors were discovered unlocked when police officers carried out a crime crackdown in Panshanger.

Officers from the Welwyn Hatfield Neighbourhood Policing Team conducted an operation tackling vehicle crime in the Panshanger area of Welwyn Garden City.

During the evening of Saturday, March 9, PCs Anne Lopez and Neil Duddy and PCSO Stacey Robinson took to Forresters Drive and the adjoining roads.

They tried car door handles to make sure that they were locked and protected from opportunist thieves.

Unfortunately, 10 cars were found to be unlocked.

Welwyn Hatfield Times: Police trying car doors in the Panshanger area to see whether they are locked.Police trying car doors in the Panshanger area to see whether they are locked. (Image: Hertfordshire Constabulary)

PCSO Stacey Robinson said: “It was worrying to find so many vehicles left unlocked. We tracked down the owners and explained to them the risks of leaving their cars insecure.

"We also gave them advice on how they can keep their vehicles more secure.

“We hope the news of this operation reminds the public to keep their vehicles locked as it is the best way to deter thieves.

“There is lots of advice on our website about protecting your vehicle from crime.

"We recommend all motorists take a look at herts.police.uk/crimeprevention.”

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