Firefighters will be looking out for criminals as well as fire

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Street wardens and fire officers have been asked to keep an extra eye open in crime trouble spots.

This month Hertfordshire police launched Operation Guardian where community services work together to reduce crime.

The Fire and Rescue Service has been asked to pass by areas, such as Leverstock Green and Bennetts End in Hemel Hempstead where home burglaries have increased by a small number compared to this time last year.

The idea is the presence of a fire engine or street warden would prevent criminals from breaking the law.

Neighbourhood inspector George Holland said: “The increase in burglaries was down to a total of four individuals who have been arrested and charged and since then the numbers have reduced.”