Two arrests after Mini and handbag were stolen in burglary

Police swooped to make two arrests
Police swooped to make two arrests

Two men have been arrested in connection with a burglary which took place in Hemel Hempstead last week.

The incident occurred in Chaulden Lane between Saturday March 7 and Saturday March 21. The offenders are alleged to have forced entry to the rear of the property by jemmying open a patio door. It is alleged that, after searching the property, they made off with a handbag and keys to a Mini which was also stolen.

A 49 year old man from Rickmansworth and a 25 year old man from Watford were arrested yesterday in Stanmore on suspicion of burglary. They remain in police custody.

Residents are asked to take note of the following security advice:

– Make sure you double-lock any UPVC doors by lifting the handle and locking it (to engage the security features) before you go to bed or leave your home (if you remove the key make sure you have a fire escape plan).

– Check all doors are locked and all windows, including those upstairs, are secure before you go out

– 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

– Use timer switches on lamps to give the impression somebody is at home

– At home, keep all loose valuables out of sight of any would-be thieves.

– Don’t leave any boxes which advertise to thieves what’s available in your home outside by the dustbin. Where possible, keep your wheelie bin a good distance behind the gate or fence to prevent them being used to get into the garden.

– Post code marking your valuables with a UV pen and registering them on a free property database like www.immobilise.com can work as a deterrent to thieves and can increase the chances of your property being recovered if it is stolen.