Police launch property protection drive

POLICE in Crow Country have launched a campaign to help residents protect their property from burglers.

The number of burglaries tends to rise in the autumn and winter months, so with the nights drawing in Hertfordshire Police will be holding a series of roadshows and home visits across the North Herts district.

Sergeant Guy Westwood, North Herts Safer Neighbourhood sergeant, said: “There are some very simple things residents can do to protect their homes.

“Give your home a lived-in look by installing timer switches to lamps and always remember to lock PVCu doors by turning the key as well as lifting the handle.

“Close all your windows when you go out and make sure tools are secured in sheds and garages to avoid them being used by burglars to gain entry to homes. Use strong locks on sheds and garages to protect your garden equipment, bikes and other valuables.

“It only takes a few moments, but property-marking your valuables and registering them on www.immobilise.com can work as a deterrent to thieves and can increase the chances of your property being recovered if it is stolen.

A multi-agency roadshow will be held in Royston on Wednesday, December 12, from 2pm-8pm. Police officers will be joined by representatives from North Herts District Council, North Hertfordshire Homes, Trading Standards, Herts Fire & Rescue, the North Herts Crime Prevention Panel and Crimestoppers.

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Areas requiring graffiti removal and street cleaning will be targeted, while residents will be able to get advice on everything from security measures, anti-social behaviour, fire safety and rogue traders.”

On Saturday, December 15, a crime prevention roadshow will be held in the town centre, while officers will be going door-to-door on Thursday, December 13, between 2pm-8pm.

For further advice, visit the crime prevention section of the force website, www.herts.police.uk, where you can also fill out a home security self-assessment survey.