Advice to cut North Herts crime

A SERIES of events are being held detailing how residents can protect their property against criminals, just as the nights begin to draw in.

Burglaries tend to increase in North Herts over the autumn and winter months – probably because earlier nightfalls make it more obvious to burglars that no-one is home.

In a bid to cut crime and make a stand against criminals, police officers will be running a series of events and multi-agency action days for residents.

The first was held in Hitchin Market Place on Saturday, and more will be held in Hitchin, Knebworth and Letchworth GC next month, along with North Herts District Council, North Hertfordshire Homes, Herts Fire & Rescue, and others.

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

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“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. And 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 can work as a deterrent to thieves and can increase the chances of your property being recovered if it is stolen.”

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There will also be information on graffiti removal, street cleaning, security measures, anti-social behaviour, fire safety and rogue traders.

And officers will be patrolling other areas in North Herts over the next three months, knocking on doors to offer advice.

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