Police tackle seven Welwyn Hatfield burglaries in one day
PUBLISHED: 15:32 23 January 2019 | UPDATED: 15:53 23 January 2019
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Police have released CCTV images of people they would like to speak to after seven properties were burgled across Welwyn Hatfield yesterday.
Officers believe that the people pictured in the CCTV images were in the area at the time of a burglary in Parkway.
Shortly before 5.30pm yesterday, offender(s) gained access to the house in Parkway after smashing the glass in a patio door.
Police believe the people pictured could have vital information that will help officers.
This is being connected to six others that took place across Welwyn Garden City and Welwyn in the space of just over 12 hours.
• In Stapleford, Welwyn Garden City, between 10.30am and 7.50pm, offender(s) broke into the property after smashing rear doors. An untidy search was carried out (reference 41/7179/19).
• On Parkfields, Welwyn Garden City, offender(s) entered the property between 2.45pm and 5pm (reference 41/7119/19).
• On Woodside Road, Welwyn, between 8am and 8.20pm, offender(s) damaged a window, broke in and carried out an untidy search (reference 41/7204).
• On Heathbrow Road, Welwyn, offender(s) entered the house and carried out an untidy search between 12pm and 8.30pm (reference 41/7203/19).
• In Raymonds Plain, Welwyn Garden City, offender(s) gained access and carried out an untidy search between 1pm and 6.45pm (reference ISR 637 of 22/01).
• In Parkway, Welwyn Garden City, offender(s) gained access and conducted an untidy search 9am and 8.17pm (reference ISR 714 of 22/01).
Detective sergeant Dave Walker, from the Welwyn Hatfield Local Crime Unit, said: “If you recognise those pictured, or you witnessed any of these burglaries, please in touch.
“I would like to reassure residents that we are conducting extensive enquiries to ensure that we trace those responsible and we have increased both uniformed and plain clothes patrols in the area.
“If you can help, please call 101 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, quoting the relevant reference. Any information you have could be vital for the investigations.
“I would also like to remind residents that there are steps you can take to help ensure your home looks ‘lived in’ during these darker, winter months.
“For example, you can use timer switches on a lamp, radio or TV set so that they turn on as it gets dark.
“More crime prevention advice can be found on our website at www.herts.police.uk.”
You can also report information online at www.herts.police.uk/Report.
Alternatively, you can stay 100 per cent anonymous by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their untraceable online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. In over 30 years, Crimestoppers charity has always kept its promise of anonymity to everyone who contacts them.