The public are warned to be vigilant after a series of recent burglaries in Berkhamsted.
Cash, jewellery and a computer were stolen from a house in Greenway between Saturday, August 23, and Monday, August 25.
An iPad was taken from a property in the same Berkhamsted road between Friday, August 22, and Monday, August 25.
Jewellery was stolen from Dudswell Lane in nearby Northchurch between Monday, August 18, and Thursday, August 21.
Jewellery, silverware and a laptop were stolen from a property in Cross Oak Road, Berkhamsted, on Wednesday, August 20.
Det Insp Justine Jenkins from the Local Crime Unit at Hemel Hempstead said: “We have seen an increase in burglaries in Berkhamsted in recent weeks.
“We’d ask people to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to police.
“We’d also ask people to take additional security precautions. Make sure you double lock your uPVC doors and ensure all doors and windows are locked when you leave your house.
“We have also had some incidents where heating fuel has been stolen so I would ask anyone who uses oil for their heating systems to monitor their levels prior to using it, to check for theft.
“If you believe you have had oil stolen please contact us.”
Police are issuing the following crime prevention advice:
– Make sure you double-lock any UPVC doors by lifting the handle and locking it to engage the security features before you go to bed or leave your home. If you remove the key make sure you have a fire escape plan.
– Consider installing alarms and ‘dusk to dawn’ security lighting.
– Secure your rear garden: lock your shed, shut and lock any gates and keep fences maintained. Don’t leave ladders and tools outside – they could be used by a burglar.
– Use timer switches on lamps to give the impression somebody is at home.
– At home, keep all loose valuables out of sight of any would-be thieves.
– Don’t leave any boxes which advertise to thieves what’s available in your home outside by the dustbin. Where possible, keep your wheelie bin a good distance behind the gate or fence to prevent them being used to get into the garden.
– Post code marking your valuables with a UV pen and registering them on a free property database like www.immobilise.com can work as a deterrent to thieves and can increase the chances of your property being recovered if it is stolen.