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Homes under renovation targeted by burglars in St Albans

18 May 2021
  • Properties under renovation continue to be targeted in St Albans.

  • Consider installing CCTV or doorbell cameras and leave timer lights on.

  • Always call 999 if you see people or vans out of place or acting suspiciously.

Copper piping, a copper tank and tools have been stolen recently from homes under renovation after they were targeted by burglars in the St Albans district.

Last week, there was an attempted burglary at an address under renovation in Mayflower Road in the How Wood area between 8am on Tuesday 11 May and 8am on Wednesday 12 May.

A shed at a property under renovation was broken into and offender(s) then went into the Midway Road property between 10 May and 11 May.

Between 1.30am and 2am on Tuesday 11 May, a doorbell camera captured two men climbing a ladder into a property in Watford Road. Again, the property was having work done on it but nothing was stolen.

“Nothing was stolen in the properties last week but properties under renovation are specifically being targeted in the How Wood/Park Street and St Julians areas of St Albans,” said St Albans Detective Inspector Ady Lysak. “One of the properties captured two men on their doorbell camera. It is a good idea to consider installing CCTV or doorbell cameras and leave timer lights on, if you are having work done on your property, especially if you are not living there.

“I’d also encourage you to ask your neighbours to be aware of these burglaries. Always call 999 if you see people or vans out of place or acting suspiciously. We would rather be called to a false alarm with good intention than miss the opportunity to catch a burglar in the act.”

He said: “Where possible, try and make sure scaffolding is not accessible and encourage builders to take their tools off the premises. Make sure you keep your valuables, including cash and jewellery, out of sight and preferably not in your home if you are not living there during building work.”

He added: “Please also let us know if you have been offered building tools for sale.”

You can also report information online, speak to an operator in our Force Communications Room via our online web chat or call the non-emergency number 101.

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