Officers visit East Herts homes to offer crime prevention advice
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Police have been visiting homes in East Herts as part of their ongoing work to drive down burglary offences.
Officers from the Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT), with support from the constabulary’s Crime Prevention Officers, have been knocking on doors in Bishop’s Stortford and Sawbridgeworth over the past month, as part of Op Guardian*.
Advice and crime prevention packs have been given to residents and free security reviews have been offered, to check for any vulnerabilities which might entice opportunist criminals.
Residents have also been signed up to the constabulary’s community messaging system, OWL (opens in a new window), which enables them to receive free email alerts about crime trends, as well as advice and information.
Detective Inspector Chris Ross, who leads the East Herts Local Crime Unit, said: “We understand the devasting impact that burglary has on victims and know that the recent increase in offences will undoubtedly cause concern among the local community.
“We are absolutely committed to doing all we can to prevent offences from occurring and these patrols are just one of the things we are doing to help people keep their homes safer.
“If you have any concerns, or witness any suspicious activity, please report it to police straight away. We’d rather attend to find that everything is all in order than miss an opportunity to catch a potential criminal.”
Residents can make their homes more secure by following some basic crime prevention advice such as:
Lock all doors and windows and ensure any PVCu doors are locked properly by lifting the handle and using the key to double-lock them.
Consider installing a doorbell camera, internal camera and/or monitored burglar alarm.
Install ‘dusk to dawn’ external lighting and use timer switches or wi-fi plugs/systems in your home to control internal lights, radios and a simulated TV.
Keep keys and valuables secure and out of sight.
Ensure boundary fences are secure with side gates locked. Keep tools and ladders in a locked shed.
Secure bins at night and put garden furniture away for the winter as these can be used by burglars as climbing aids to gain access to upper floor windows.
Ensure your vehicle is locked and remove all valuables as burglars often check to see if doors are left unlocked.
Look out for your neighbours especially in they are vulnerable, by reporting any suspicious activity you notice in your area.
An ’OWL crime alerts’ app is also available to download and users will receive pop-up notifications for important messages like high risk missing people or live time emergencies, for example where areas may need to be evacuated.
* Op Guardian is the constabulary’s annual campaign to help prevent burglaries during the autumn/winter months.