With burglary offences traditionally increasing at this time of the year, the Bushey and Radlett Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) is asking residents to get one step ahead of criminals by joining them for crime prevention events in Radlett.
With the clocks going back at the weekend, the afternoons will grow darker. Homes that are left unlit during the dark afternoons act as a signal to burglars that a home is empty, so the team will be sharing vital tips such as leaving a lamp on to give your home the lived-in look.
The SNT have already held one event in Hilfield Lane but will be holding two more events.
One will be at Letchmore Heath, Back Lane, Radlett on Wednesday 28 October between 10am and 3pm and the second will be at Phillimore Recreation Ground, Radlett on Monday 9 November between 10am and 3pm.
This comes as a burglary was reported at a house in Battlers Green Drive in Radlett this week. At 5.30pm on Monday, October 19 three man gained access to the house through an insecure conservatory door. (41/84268/20)
PCSO Milan Boca said: “Whilst we’re expecting fewer burglaries this year due to more people working from home, criminals will still be seeking unoccupied homes which is why it is so vital to do all you can to protect your valuables.
“We see all too often the devastating impact of a burglary, not only is it a loss of valuable items but you feel like your privacy has been invaded. If you give your home a lived-in look by using a timer switch to turn on a light, radio or TV when it gets dark then criminals are more likely to avoid your home. It’s so easy, yet so effective.”
There are several things residents can do to make their homes feel more secure, including locking all doors and windows, installing a doorbell camera, timer switches on lights and keeping valuables out of sight.
You can report suspicious activity in your area or information online at herts.police.uk/report, speak to an operator in their Force Communications Room via their online web chat at herts.police.uk/contact or call the non-emergency number 101.
Alternatively, you can stay 100% anonymous by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their untraceable online form at crimestoppers-uk.org.