Locals leave open invitation to burglars
Open windows and unlocked doors allow thieves easy access in up to half of all local household burglaries.
According to Hertfordshire police, more and more people are removing the need for burglars to break in, and police fear an increase in such incidents as the warmer weather approaches.
Police say that even in those domestic burglaries where the windows were closed and the doors locked, the houses are often inadequately secured against intruders.
A new appeal is being made, in print, on the air and online, to alert people to the importance of locking their homes properly.
Local Neighbourhood Watch organisers are also being alerted.
Superintendent Steve Hughes is head of crime reduction for Hertfordshire Constabularly. He says the force is determined to see a reduction in the number of burglaries suffered by residents in towns and villages.
"Burglars are often opportunistic, looking for an insecure building to get into to steal property and ignoring the places where they might have to force their way in. If your home, garage, shed or outbuilding is properly secure, the risk of it being burgled is greatly reduced. There is always a much easier target," he said.
Police have issued a five-point home security checklist ...
The police have also set up an online facility for reporting non-emergency minor crime.
You can discuss crime issues in this site's forum.
3 April 2003
Gun amnesty extends to replicas - 31 March 2003
Police urged to deal with aggressive gangs - 25 March 2003
Report minor crime online - 17 March 2003
Village meeting on local crime - 13 March 2003
Herts set for more speed cameras - 12 February 2003
Neighbourhood Watch 20 years on - 1 February 2003
Local parents told to control teenagers - 30 January 2003
Action on youth crime and nuisance - 29 January 2003
Bogus social workers in the area - police - 28 January 2003
Bogus workmen warning - 11 January 2003
Positive drink drive tests increase - 7 January 2003
Police issue motorised scooter alert - 2 January 2003
Distraction burglary warning - 18 January 2003