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BREAK-INS: Police officer safety advice after several vehicles targeted in Hemel Hempstead

 Published on: 16th June 2022   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

Police are investigating a number of incidents in the Adeyfield area in which vehicles have been targeted. 

At around 4am on Sunday 12 June, two offenders gained access to blue Renault Clio which was parked on a driveway in Sawyers Way. A messy search was carried out of the vehicle. Nothing was taken. 

Between 10.30pm on Saturday 11 June and 10.30am on Sunday 12 June, an offender(s) stole a wallet containing cash and cards from a black Toyota Yaris which was parked on a driveway in Lamsey Road. The cards were then used in a shop. 

Between 5pm on Saturday 11 June and 11.50am on Sunday 12 June, an offender (s) stole perfume and coins from a blue Volkswagen Golf which was parked on a driveway in Newfield Lane. 

Between 7pm on Saturday 11 June and 10pm on Sunday 12 June, an offender(s) stole perfume from a silver Vauxhall Corsa which was parked in Newfield Lane. 

Safer Neighbourhood Team Inspector Jeff Scott said: “I know this news will be a worry to vehicle owners in the area but please be reassured that we have arrested someone in connection and they have been given a Community Protection Notice banning them from Dacorum whilst we continue our extensive enquiries. Sadly, this is a common crime for a small number of our local criminals therefore if you have any information, please get in touch by calling the non-emergency number 101. Please be vigilant and if you spot suspicious activity, please call 999 at the time it is occurring.

“I’d like to remind vehicle owners of the steps they can take to help protect their vehicle. Firstly, always remember to lock it – even if you’re just popping back into your home to get something. 

“Unlocked cars are the main target and if you have automatic folding mirrors, check and see that they have folded indicating that your car is locked. Make sure your windows and sunroof are also closed. Often, electric cars have an app that will indicate whether the car is locked and allow you to lock it remotely. One popular electric car manufacturer has a built in sentry mode which can video anyone attacking the car. Look in the menus and ensure it is turned on and the USB stick or drive is present in the designated slot. Whilst criminals are not always deterred by CCTV, if you have your own driveway and are able to park your vehicle under your personal CCTV, this can help police understand who is targeting cars.

“Never leave valuables in your vehicle – the cost of replacing a window is often much more than that of what’s stolen. Leaving sat nav mounts, suction cup marks on windows or cables on view gives it away that you have left a Sat Nav, smartphone or other device in your car. Even if a thief can’t see it they might still break in to see if it’s stored in the car, out of sight. 

“Finally, offenders are often wearing face coverings to hide their identity whether that be more commonly a COVID mask or a more full face covering. Does that seem reasonable for the location where they are, their behaviour and the weather? If it seems suspicious, contact us straight away.

“For more advice, please go to our website at www.herts.police.uk/crimeprevention.” 

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