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Spring security for homes and gardens

Hertfordshire Constabulary is launching its annual spring crime prevention campaign, Operation Gnome, to provide advice to help residents make their homes, gardens and outbuildings more secure this spring.

As lockdown restrictions ease, many people will be returning to work or spending more time outdoors, which will give criminals opportunities to target homes.

At this time of year when the weather is starting to improve, people tend to spend more time in their gardens using gardening and leisure equipment. Burglars are also on the look-out for valuable equipment and tools left out or stored in sheds and outbuildings that often have little or no security.

Inspector Nicola Dean from Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Crime Reduction Team, said: “During the lockdowns burglaries have remained very low as homes have been mostly occupied. However, as more people venture out the risk increases and we often see an increase in thefts from gardens, sheds and garages, during the spring. We are recommending that everyone takes some basic security measures to make sure their gardens and outbuildings are secure. Leaving tools and gardening equipment lying around in your garden can attract thieves, as they are valuable.

“Make sure any tools that could assist a burglar, like ladders, trowels, hammers etc, are locked away and make sure outbuildings are as secure as possible, with strong locks or even an alarmed padlock. Dusk till dawn security lights and planting defensive plants like roses along your borders and keeping fences in good condition will make your home even safer"

Our crime prevention officers will answering your questions on home, garden and property security this week (22-26 March) on our @HertsPolice Twitter channel. Tweet your questions to them using the #OpGnome tag.

Visit our crime prevention pages at: www.herts.police.uk/crimeprevention for advice on keeping your home, garden and outbuildings secure.

If you need to reply regarding this message, tap on this email address: wlo@herts.pnn.police.uk

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