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CRIME PREVENTION: Police urge residents to take care in winter months

 Published on: 27th October 2023   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

A man has pleaded guilty to burgling the home of an elderly couple in Chorleywood as detectives issue crime prevention advice ahead of the clock change.

Tomas Asmenskas, aged 24, of Geere Road in Stratford, London, has pleaded guilty to breaking into a property on Blacketts Wood Drive in March last year, where he stole alcohol, cash and silverware. He is due to be sentenced at St Albans Crown Court on Friday 17 November.

Ahead of the clock change on Sunday, police in Three Rivers are urging residents to review their home security as the darker nights draw in.

Detective Sergeant Darren Machin, from the Three Rivers Local Crime Unit, said: “During the autumn and winter months, we do tend to see an increase in burglary reports due to many empty homes being left in darkness as night falls, alerting criminals to the fact that no one is in the property.

“News of Asmenskas’ guilty plea is positive, and we want to build on that by reassuring residents that tackling and preventing burglary is a priority for us. We will always attend your home and provide you with support if you have been the victim of a burglary, and we will conduct a thorough investigation with the assistance of forensic specialists.

“Taking steps to ensure your home appears occupied will deter burglars, and one of the easiest ways to do this is by using a timer switch on lamps. We also advise residents to consider further security devices, like doorbell cameras and wi-fi plugs. These kinds of devices are easy to install and are becoming more affordable.”

Over the next few months, the Three Rivers Safer Neighbourhood Team will be holding crime prevention events across the district, offering free security devices, as well as tips on keeping homes and valuables safe. Keep an eye on the Three Rivers Police social media pages for event details.

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