Crowbar-wielding burglars attack Potters Bar residents

PUBLISHED: 10:29 06 February 2018 | UPDATED: 10:59 06 February 2018

Chace Avenue. Picture: Nina Morgan

Chace Avenue. Picture: Nina Morgan

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A violent gang of burglars attacked residents in two Potters Bar homes, wielding a knife, crowbar and metal pole.

Park Avenue in Potters Bar.
Picture: Google Street ViewPark Avenue in Potters Bar. Picture: Google Street View

The burglars struck at homes in adjoining roads, Chace Avenue and Park Avenue, on Friday night (February 2).

They forced their way in through a wooden door at the back of the Chace Avenue house, leading to the kitchen, between 8.25pm and 8.30pm.

They ransacked the home before going into the living room where they confronted the occupants of the house.

Burglars then threatened the victims with a knife and cleaning product, believed to be bleach, taken from the kitchen of the property.

Chace Avenue. Picture: Nina MorganChace Avenue. Picture: Nina Morgan

One of the residents was struck with a crowbar and suffered a cut to his hand.

The burglars stole a wedding ring and cash.

All of the offenders in this break-in are described as male, wearing dark clothes with hoods up and their faces covered.

Between 9.40pm and 9.57pm, six balaclava-clad burglars got into a house in Park Avenue through a ground floor bedroom window.

The residents heard a noise and disturbed them.

Residents were then kicked and punched.

One of the victim’s had a knife held to him.

Police also confirmed that a victim was struck with a metal pole and hit in the head.

Keys to two vehicles, house keys and cash were taken, although police say no car was stolen.

It is believed that the burglars used a black Audi as their getaway vehicle.

Police have declined to go into any more detail about the two aggravated burglaries, but have confirmed that they are linking them.

A police spokeswoman said: “Neither the dog unit, nor the police helicopter were deployed.

“Officers attended the scenes immediately and enquiries are continuing, including forensic investigation.”

Residents took to social media to express their shock and horror at the terrifying ordeals, urging each other to protect their homes as best they can in a bid to deter potential intruders.

Anyone with information should contact Hertfordshire Constabulary on the non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference J3/18/182 for the Chace Avenue burglary and J3/18/183 for Park Avenue.

The spokeswoman added: “Hertfordshire Constabulary reminds residents that they can make their homes even safer by installing some security devices.

“There is now a variety of inexpensive security cameras and lights, which can be installed along with existing alarm systems. “Intruder alarms can be an excellent deterrent against burglary, as burglars don’t want to be seen or heard - time and noise are their enemies.”

Hertsmere Chief Inspector Steve O’Keeffe said: “My team of detectives are doing everything we can to find those responsible and provide support to those affected.

“I would like to remind residents that burglaries of this type are unusual and there are a number of measures you can take to help make your home more secure.

“As well as installing security devices, there are many ways in which you can secure your doors and windows.

“Door frames can be reinforced with metal strips called ‘London’ and ‘Birmingham’ bars and hinge bolts should be fitted to outward opening doors.

“Window locks which are visible from the outside may deter thieves because the lock forces the thief to break the glass and risk attracting attention.

“More advice on how you can protect your home to help prevent burglary can be found on our website at www.herts.police.uk.

“If you see anyone behaving suspiciously around your street, please report it to police via the non-emergency number 101 straight away.

“If however, you feel could be witnessing a burglary or any other crime in action, please dial 999 immediately.”

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