Burglars targeting windows and roofs in Potters Bar during hot weather, police warn
PUBLISHED: 12:54 13 July 2018 | UPDATED: 12:54 13 July 2018
Police have issued crime prevention advice after opportunistic burglars targeted windows and flat roofs in Potters Bar during the hot weather.
Officers have warned that there could be more victims across Hertsmere if residents fail to take preventative measures.
Hertsmere Detective Inspector Graeme Walsingham said: “Whilst residents are being more careful to properly secure downstairs windows and doors, we are finding some burglars are going through first floor windows that have been left insecure.
“Burglars also use flat roofs to gain access to upstairs windows and can be quite nimble, getting to windows that people may think are inaccessible.
“We anticipate burglaries increasing during the summer holidays, as historically this tends to happen across the county.
“However, whilst we increase police patrols – both hi-visibility and covert, we can beat the burglar by closing all windows and doors, setting alarms on both floors of homes, investing in web cam CCTV security and by being a good neighbour.”
He continued: “Please call us if you know your neighbour is on holiday and you see anyone acting suspiciously in your street. We would rather be called with good intention than miss the opportunity to catch a burglar.
“The burglaries are happening during the day and evenings. Also, make sure you remove wheelies bins from beside your home so they are not used to gain access to the second floor.”
Between June 25 and July 8, there were eight burglaries in Hertsmere – five in Borehamwood, one in Bushey and two in Potters Bar.
In Potters Bar, two offenders have tried to use an implement to force open a front window in Park Avenue between 2.40pm and 3pm on June 28.
They set off an alarm and ran back to a car, with a third man inside, and drove towards Southgate Road.
In another incident, a man entered an address in Forbes Avenue on July 5 via a shed roof. A man known to the occupant has been bailed pending further enquiries.
DI Walsingham added: “It’s also worth considering joining Neighbourhood Watch via the Online Watch Link (OWL) where you will receive emails about crime in your local area.”
Please call us on 999 if you suspect a burglary or theft is in progress. If reporting retrospectively, please call police on 101.”
He also issued the following advice: “Keep windows and doors shut and locked when you are out, especially when you go on holiday, and at night.
“Don’t leave your car keys by your front door – burglars will look to see if they can break into your home quickly and take your car keys and may be able to activate keyless fobs from outside your property if within a close enough range.
“I’d also urge residents to keep their jewellery hidden away and make sure you take photographs of any distinctive items.
“Please also make sure you securely lock all windows and doors, including double locking PVCu doors and invest in timer lights to give your home the lived-in look.
“You can also purchase smart web cam CCTV technology for inside your home or on your doorbells. Watch out for your neighbours’ properties.”