Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Police warning as Spring brings out garden thieves

GARDEN security measures could prevent a spate of break-ins which traditionally result from the onset of warmer weather.Police are urging householders to consider home security measures in their garden following an increase in the theft of expensive lawnmowers and other garden equipment and tools from back gardens, sheds and garages across St Albans, Hertsmere and Welwyn Hatfield.They cited an incident last Friday when power tools were stolen from an address in Hardwicke Place, London Colney. Two 15-year-old boys were arrested on suspicion of theft and are currently on police bail.Neighbourhood Inspector Paul Hart said: "In a large proportion of burglaries, the burglar first gains access to the rear garden of someone's home and from there break into the back or side of the house."The reason for this is that the burglar thinks it is less likely they will be seen so the most important thing people can do is keep gates that allow access to the rear of your property locked securely at all times."There are many things that can be done to make your garden less attractive for burglars and many of them are inexpensive.

(Reproduced from the Hertforshire Advertiser, March 24th 2009)

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