Police warning after Hertfordshire burglaries

PUBLISHED: 12:02 18 January 2017 | UPDATED: 12:02 18 January 2017

Police warn burglars are active in Hertfordshire.

Police warn burglars are active in Hertfordshire.

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A sudden spate of burglaries has prompted Hertfordshire police to warn people to secure their homes and keep valuable property safe.

Since Monday, intruders have forced their way into four homes in Borehamwood, taking bags, wallets and mobile phones.

Five similar offences occurred between January 6 and January 10.

Inspector Pete Edwards said: “We will continue to work hard to prevent and detect burglaries. We have increased extra high-visibility police patrols and are targeting known offenders, as well as using covert tactics.

“Sadly, some of these burglaries could have been prevented by residents securing their property.

“I’d recommend residents use timer switches to give their homes the ‘lived-in’ look.

“Please also remember to lock side gates and all windows. Where possible, tidy away garden furniture and tools in a locked shed or garage, so they cannot be used to get into your home by opportunist burglars who want to get in and out as quickly as possible.

“Officers have been giving out simple crime prevention advice and signing residents onto Neighbourhood Watch via the Online Watch Link (www.owl.co.uk) so they can receive free emails about crime trends, including burglaries, in their area. Officers have also been reminding residents not to advertise that they are away on social media sites including Facebook.

“Ask a neighbour to park on your drive if you are away for a few days or on holiday and ask them to make sure your post is pushed properly through the letter box so it looks like someone is inside, collecting their post. Try to ensure parcels are not left on your doorstep by arranging for delivery when you are home, or they can be left with a neighbour.

“It’s better for everyone if we can prevent the burglary in the first place. Although I take great pleasure in my teams arresting burglars, I would rather prevent people becoming victims of crime in the first place. The thought of someone in your home can be very upsetting and some personal possessions with sentimental value are irreplaceable. Let’s work together to make burglars unwelcome in the district and please call 999 if you suspect a burglary is in progress.”


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