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Appeal for information and witnesses following a burglary series in Tring

4 Jun 2021
  • Detectives investigating a series of four burglaries in Tring are appealing for information and witnesses, and urging residents to be vigilant.

  • The first three offences happened in Hunters Close, while the fourth happened in nearby Grove Gardens, between 27 May and 31 May

  • Anyone with information or doorbell camera/CCTV footage should contact police as soon as possible

Detectives investigating a series of four burglaries in Tring are appealing for information and witnesses, and urging residents to be vigilant.

The first two offences happened in Hunters Close, sometime overnight between 8.45pm on Thursday 27 May and 7.30am on Friday 28 May.

In the first offence, it is believed offenders gained entry to a property and stole the keys to a red Mercedes GLA, which they then drove away. The crime reference is 41/39621/21.

The second offence, offenders gained entry to a property where they stole medical equipment, the victim’s wallet and keys to a silver Volkswagen Golf, which they then drove away. The crime reference is 41/39625/21.

The third offence also happened in Hunters Close, this time between 4am and 4.30am on Monday 31 May. The victim was woken to the sound of their dog barking, before they heard the front door of their property close. They found that a set of keys had been taken, but their vehicle had not been stolen. The crime reference is 41/40436/21.

The fourth offence happened in nearby Grove Gardens, between 1.30am and 5am on Monday 31 May. Offenders gained access to a property before taking keys to the victim’s silver Mercedes and driving it away. The crime reference is 41/40440/21.

Detective Constable Carina Ng, from the Dacorum Local Crime Unit, said: “Firstly, we would like to reassure residents of Tring that we are stepping up our proactive patrols in response to these offences.

“We have been carrying out extensive investigations, including house to house enquiries and reviews of CCTV footage, since these reports were made to us, and we are treating the offences as linked. One of the stolen vehicles has subsequently been recovered in north London and seized as part of the investigation.

“We know many people now have doorbell cameras or CCTV systems fitted to their properties, so if you live near to Hunters Close or Grove Gardens we would be grateful if you could review your footage in the relevant time frames. If you think you have captured anything suspicious, please contact us straight away.

“If you have recently witnessed any unusual activity in the vicinity of Hunters Close or Grove Gardens and have not yet spoken to police, please get in touch.

“In addition, if you witness any suspicious activity or you think a crime may be in progress, always dial 999. Though it is not open to the public, Tring police station is a base for officers from our intervention team (those who respond to urgent calls from the public) as well as our Safer Neighbourhood Team, so a 999 call gives us the very best opportunity to reach that location as quickly as possible, and detain anyone who may be committing offences.”

You can report information online at herts.police.uk/report, use online web chat at herts.police.uk/contact, or call our non-emergency number 101 quoting the relevant crime reference.

Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit their website www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

You can use our community voice platform ‘echo’ to let us know what you think we should be prioritising in your area. Your feedback will help towards shaping our local policing priorities, initiatives and campaigns. Visit bit.ly/police-dacorum and tell us what you think.

Hertfordshire Constabulary offers the following advice to motorists looking to protect their vehicle:

  • It might sound obvious, but make sure you lock the doors and shut the windows and sunroof whenever you leave your vehicle unattended.
  • Always take the keys out of the ignition even if you’re just stopping to buy something, paying for fuel, or popping back into your home to get something.
  • Be aware of your keys. Don’t leave them lying around, visible or in pockets in changing rooms where they could be taken.  Don’t leave them visible on a window sill in your home or near to the front door, where they could be “hooked” through the letterbox.
  • Never leave any valuables in your vehicle - not even in the glove-box or boot - and keep all other possessions out of sight. Even if you know that there is nothing valuable in your coat pocket or bag left on the back seat, a thief may try their luck.
  • Remove your sat nav and its holder, and wipe away any suction marks as these could suggest to a potential thief that a sat nav is stored in your vehicle.
  • Never leave vehicle documents in your car - don’t make it easy for a thief to sell your car or provide a cover story if stopped by the police.
  • Use an approved steering lock or gear clamp, and remember to set your immobiliser and alarm if you have them.
  • Consider buying locking screws kits to secure number plates which are targeted by criminals.
  • Register your stereo, laptop, sat nav and any other property on the free online property database www.immobilise.com. It only takes a few minutes and could help police trace your property if it’s lost or stolen.
  • If you advertise your vehicle for sale on an online website, ensure that its number plates are covered over when photographed to avoid cloning of its identity.

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