Two locations in Rickmansworth are amongst multiple in the county that have been identified to Herts police as hotspots for ‘dogging’.
Officers have received 17 reports of the lewd activity over the last five years, with one of the most recent sightings, spotted in October last year, being in White Hill, Rickmansworth.
Five years ago, another location in Rickmansworth, Woodcock Hall, was reported as an area frequented by participants of the voyeuristic activity.
Dogging is not considered an official illegal offence as no single law prohibits it. However, partakers could be prosecuted for other misdemeanours such as indecent exposure.
A spokesperson for Hertfordshire Constabulary said: “Although the practice of ‘dogging’ is not explicitly banned by one particular law, there are a multitude of offences anyone caught doing the act in public could be charged with.
“These include things such as indecent exposure, public lewdness and gross indecency.
“The Constabulary would always seek a proportionate response according to the particular circumstances.
“However, ultimately people caught dogging could be prosecuted under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 or under the common law offence of outraging public decency.”