Rural village homes near Hitchin targeted in burglary spate

Police are investigating a series of burglaries in villages around Hitchin.

Police are investigating a series of burglaries in villages around Hitchin. - Credit: Archant

There has been a spate of burglaries in villages around Hitchin, prompting police to urge the community to secure their homes.

In total, 13 burglaries have happened since the beginning of January.

The most recent incidents took place in Ickleford where two homes were targeted in Arlesey Road and Snailswell Lane between January 22 and 23. Damage was caused to one of the properties when offenders broke in and the other house had jewellery stolen.

In St Ippolyts, a burglary took place in Waterdell Lane between January 11 and 14.

Four burglaries happened between January 12 and 23 in Pirton’s Docklands, Walnut Tree Road, Bury End and Crabtree Lane. These properties suffered damage and had jewellery and cash stolen from them.

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In Offley, jewellery was stolen from a property in Salusbury Lane on January 12.

In Preston, two properties were broken into between January 11 and 24 – and one of the houses had jewellery stolen.

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And two burglaries happened between January 4 and 9 in Codicote’s Bentick Way and Poynders Meadow and cash was stolen from both houses.

North Herts Chf Insp Julie Wheatley said: “This recent rise in burglaries in the area is not out of the ordinary and similar amounts are being experienced across the county.

“However, just one burglary is one too many as far as I am concerned and we are doing everything we can to find those responsible including stepping up our high visibility patrols and handing out crime prevention advice in affected areas.

“Members of the public can help us in our fight against burglary by remaining vigilant and reporting any suspicious behaviour to us, but also by ensuring they have properly secured their homes.

“Offences can happen during the daytime and evenings when occupants are not at home. Criminals will always prefer to target unoccupied homes. If you give your home a lived in look, by using a timer switch to turn on a light, radio or TV, when it gets dark then criminals are more likely to avoid your home.”

If you have any information on these incidents, or see anyone behaving suspiciously around your street, 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, dial 999 immediately.

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