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As the nights draw in – protect your home



As the nights draw in, residents in North Herts can get free advice on how to protect their property through a series of roadshows and home visits.


As the nights draw in, residents in North Herts can get free advice on how to protect their property through a series of roadshows and home visits.In the Autumn and Winter months, burglaries tend to increase even though levels of burglary have been driven down across Hertfordshire in recent years.

This could be because earlier nightfall means it’s more obvious to burglars that no-one is at home.


North Herts Safer Neighbourhoods Sergeant Guy Westwood 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 can work as a deterrent to thieves and can increase the chances of your property being recovered if it is stolen.


“There is further advice and a home security self-assessment survey available at our website  under the heading of ‘Crime Prevention’.”


To help publicise the prevention message we will be running a road show on October 13th in the Market Square, Hitchin, from 11am.


Officers from the Safer Neighbourhood Team and the North Herts Crime Prevention Panel will be giving advice on home security, property marking and general crime prevention.


We will also be running a series of Multi Agency Action Days where police and representatives from North Herts District Council, North Hertfordshire Homes, Trading Standards, Herts Fire & Rescue, the North Herts Crime Prevention Panel and Crimestoppers.


Representatives from the agencies will be targeting areas with graffiti removal, street cleaning and offering advice on everything from security measures, anti-social behaviour, fire safety and rogue traders.


Multi Agency Action Days will take place at:


• Highbury, Hitchin on Wednesday, October 17 between 2pm and 8pm

• Purwell, Hitchin on Wednesday, November 7 between 2pm and 8pm

• Knebworth, on Wednesday, November 14, between 2pm and 8pm

• Royston, on Wednesday, December 12, between 2pm and 8pm

• Letchworth, on Wednesday, January 9 2013, between 2pm and 8pm


On the following dates, the North Herts Crime Prevention Panel and officers from the North Herts Safer Neighbourhoods Team will be out and about offering crime prevention advice, property marking and will have timer switches available.


• Ninesprings Shops, Hitchin on Saturday, October 20, between 11am and 2pm

• John Barker Place, Letchworth, on Saturday, October 27, between 11am and 2pm

• Grange Shops, Letchworth, on Saturday, November 3, between 11am and 2pm

• Cambridge Road Shops, Hitchin, on Saturday, November 10, between 11am and 2pm

• St Martin’s Church, Knebworth, on Saturday, November 17, between 11am and 2pm

• Tesco’s Baldock, on Saturday, December 1, between 11am and 2pm

• Car Park, Walsworth Road, Hitchin, on Saturday, December 8, between 11am and 2pm

• Royston Town Centre on Saturday, December 15 between 11am and 2pm

• Ivel Court Shops, Letchworth, on Saturday, January 5, between 11am and 2pm

• Letchworth Town Centre, on Saturday, January 12, between 11am and 2pm


Officers will also be going door to door in areas to offer crime prevention information and advice on the following dates – all events are between 2pm and 8pm.


• Highbury, Hitchin, on Thursday, October 18

• Westmill, Hitchin, on Wednesday, October 24 and Thursday, October 25
• Grange Estate, Letchworth on Wednesday, October 31 and Thursday, November 1
• Purwell, Hitchin, on Thursday, November 8

• Knebworth, on Thursday, November 15

• Priory, Hitchin, on Wednesday, November 21 and Thursday, November 22

• Baldock on Wednesday, November 28 and Thursday, November 29

• Walsworth, Hitchin on Wednesday, November 5 and Thursday, November 6

• Royston, on Thursday, December 13

• Clothall Estate, Baldock, on Wednesday, November 19 and Thursday, November 20

• Jackmans Estate, Letchworth, on Wednesday, January 2 and Thursday, January 3

• Letchworth, Thursday, January 10


The times for the above may vary slightly due to staffing.


If you are unable to make any of the above dates in your area, you can also get crime prevention advice or find out who your Safer Neighbourhood Team are by visiting and clicking on ‘Safer Neighbourhoods’.

You can also ring the police non-emergency number ‘101’ to get information or to report any issues or concerns.