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Chorleywood Parish Council ramp up security after a series of break-ins

 Published on: 17th April 2019   |   By: Charlie Reynolds   |   Category: Uncategorized

Chorleywood Parish Council (CPC) have been left feeling frustrated after an RTV was stolen and another damaged from their grounds earlier in the month. 

The RTV which was locked away in a shed was stolen by thieves on April 4 around 8.15pm.

Alongside the stolen RTV, another RTV belonging to CPC was damaged along with several locks broken in the process of the burglary.

However this was the third time in two months where the parish council has been targeted by criminals says Yvonne Merritt, clerk to the council.

She said: “The parish council had increased the security following the theft of all the electronic hand tools in February when £8,000 worth of machinery was stolen. 

“The second break-in just caused damage to the roof and the third they took the RTV. It is very frustrating and time consuming dealing with the police and local agencies – not to mention the cost involved – which ultimately comes out of the public purse.”

After a Facebook appeal to find the stolen vehicle, the RTV was located and recovered in Buckinghamshire thanks to the vehicles tracking device. 

Both the stolen RTV, which has since been returned back to CPC, and the damaged RTV, had broken ignitions which was caused by the thieves.

Yvonne revealed that the parish have increased security to prevent this from happening again.

She added: “Further security has been added to the tractor sheds and all the parish council vehicles have trackers.”

Neighbourhood Watch is appealing for anyone on Rickmansworth Road with CCTV to come forward to help with the investigation. 

In an appeal, they said: “Have you got CCTV around the area of Rickmansworth Road? Did you see, or hear anything suspicious on this date? Do you have dash cam footage on your vehicle while driving past?

“Offenders left in an unknown location in a white Transit van. Due to the time of day this has happened, and the height restrictions, the van would have been parked outside the parish council gates.

“If you do have any information you can provide us, please call 101 quoting crime reference number 41/30949/19 or you can give information anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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