Working to reduce the number of residential burglaries and the fear of being burgled in Radlett has been a local priority for the Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT).
Nationally, the winter months often see an increase in dwelling burglaries as the nights draw in earlier.
PC Kris Endersbee from the Radlett SNT said: “We know that burglary is a concern for residents. In response to those concerns, which we have received via echo and when speaking face to face with residents and partners, we made preventing burglary and empowering residents with crime prevention advice, one of our local priorities from November.”
Safer Neighbourhood Teams regularly set local priorities to focus on following feedback from the public on what’s affecting them most.
PC Endersbee added: “We have been sharing crime prevention advice with residents through media articles, engagement events and weekly messages via OWL – the constabulary’s messaging system that lets residents know about offences in their neighbourhood and the latest advice.
“While out on patrol we have also been identifying properties that may be vulnerable to opportunist thieves, for example where windows have been left open or the property has been left in complete darkness while empty. In these cases, we have delivered targeted and bespoke crime prevention advice.
“Hotspot streets where there have been previous burglaries have also been visited, with free crime prevention surveys carried out and residents signed up to OWL.
“As a result, there have been no reported burglaries in those areas since the priority was set.”
He continued: “We’ve also been using intelligence to identify and track suspicious activity and have been sharing information with a private security company operating in Radlett, which is one of our trusted partners.”
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