Police are warning people in Bushey not to leave their car keys by the front door after a burglary in the town on Monday, April 9.
Intruders smashed rear patio doors of a house in Nightingale Road in the town between 9.30am and 3.30pm and stole car keys and jewellery.
Similar incidents have also been reported in Potters Bar.
Hertsmere Detective Inspector Graeme Walsingham said: “The best thing is to try and prevent burglaries happening in the first place. Don’t leave your car keys by your front door – burglars will look to see if they can break into your home quickly and take your car. If they don’t see any keys in your property, they will find a home where keys are more openly on display in the front porch.
“I’d also urge residents to keep their jewellery hidden away and make sure you take photographs of any distinctive items. Please also make sure you securely lock all windows and doors, including double locking PVCu doors and invest in timer lights and smart web cam CCTV technology inside your home or on your doorbells and give your home the lived-in look.”
DI Walsingham added: “Please report anyone acting suspiciously or any vehicle out of place. We’d rather get called to a false alarm than miss the opportunity to catch a burglar. Residents may also want to consider joining Neighbourhood Watch via the Online Watch Link where you can receive free emails about crime in your local area. Together, we can help keep Hertsmere an even safer place to live.”