Operation Guardian battles burglaries in Hertfordshire

HERTS Police has launched a new campaign to prevent and reduce burglary across the county over the coming months. The campaign, called Operation Guardian, will include activity including road shows to help people register and mark their property, a new r

HERTS Police has launched a new campaign to prevent and reduce burglary across the county over the coming months.

The campaign, called Operation Guardian, will include activity including road shows to help people register and mark their property, a new range of advice leaflets and increased enforcement across Hertfordshire.

And with this new initiative, said a force spokesman, the county is primed to take on burglars and help deal with any increases in burglary levels, should they occur, over the autumn and winter months.

Assistant Chief Constable Alison Roome-Gifford is leading the campaign. She said: "Whilst we have seen successes with tacking burglary in Hertfordshire so far this year, nationally there tends to be an increase over the coming months and we want to make sure we're well prepared to buck the national trend - one victim is one victim too many in what can be not only an incredibly inconvenient crime but also a distressing one.


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"We are looking to educate residents about the few simple ways they can help keep their possessions secure and, perhaps more importantly, help motivate people to take just a few moments out of their daily routine to follow these steps."

The chairman of Hertfordshire Police Authority, Stuart Nagler, said: "Hertfordshire is a low crime county but we must all remain vigilant to keep it that way. All too often, burglary affects the more vulnerable people in our communities, such as the elderly. Not only do we need to take the basic steps to keep our own property safe, we also need to help our more vulnerable relatives, neighbours and friends to keep safe."

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For more advice, visit www.herts.police.uk and click on Crime Prevention.

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