Anti-burglary advice given to commuters

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Commuters were given leaflets and advice at Hemel Hempstead and Berkhamsted’s train stations on beating burglars.

PCSO from the Herts Police safer neighbourhood teams and Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinators were there on Wednesday between 4pm and 7pm.

A total of 300 people were spoken to as part of the force’s drive to give householders simple tips on deterring thieves such as leaving a light on a timer.

Dacorum Chief Inspector Glen Channer said: “Although crime has reduced across Dacorum significantly since April and burglary has reduced by 21 per cent during the same period, we tend to experience higher levels of burglary during the autumn and winter months. That’s partly due to the darker afternoons, making it easier for a burglar to tell whether the house is unoccupied.

“These events are a great way to reach people whose houses are left unoccupied all day and into the early evening.”

Police will be at Apsley station on Tuesday, December 3, from 4pm to 7pm.