Police have urged residents to remain vigilant following a series of burglaries and attempted burglaries over the past month, during which Asian gold and high-value jewellery has been targeted.
Herts Police have issued a series of tips which will help to beat the burglars.
Residents are being reminded to:
· Make sure you double-lock any UPVC doors;
· Check all doors are locked and all windows, including those upstairs, are secure before you go out or go to bed;
· Make your home looks lived in by using timer switches;
· Consider installing alarms and ‘dusk to dawn’ security lighting;
· Secure your rear garden - lock your shed, shut and lock any gates and keep fences maintained. Don’t leave ladders and tools outside - they could be used by a burglar;
· Consider installing a CCTV camera outside your property ;
· Check with your insurance companies that all your jewellery/valuables are covered;
· At home, or if wearing valuable items out in public, try to keep them out of sight if possible;
· Make sure safes are of a good quality, comply with official insurance rating standards, and are secured to a wall or floor;
· Post code mark your valuables with a UV pen and register them on a free property database like www.immobilise.com
Anyone with information about similar crimes, or who has been offered Asian or high-value gold, should call the Herts Police non- emergency number 101.