Double lock alert after thieves strike

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HOME owners made light work for burglars by not double locking doors.

Police are urging residents to secure UPVC doors following break-ins over the festive season.

Thieves gained access to a home in Gwynn Close, Tring, overnight on December 10 and 11 and a house in Rosebury Way, Tring, on December 21 after doors were not properly locked.

Sergeant for the town Adele Hopkin said: “At any time of the year being the victim of burglary is particularly distressing, but at Christmas time the impact can be felt even more so.

“I would like to ask residents of Tring to please consider some simple safety advice which could prevent them becoming a victim of crime.

“UPVC doors can be very secure when they are locked properly by lifting the handle and turning the key or dial to engage the security features - potential burglars can easily tell if they aren’t.”

There was also a burglary in Chiltern Way on December 15 when offenders put a hook through the letterbox of a home to retrieve car keys but made off empty handed.

Police have issued the following advice;

- Use timer switches to turn on lamps to give your home a ‘lived in’ look even when you are out.

- Do not leave boxes and packaging out by your bin which could advertise to passing opportunist thieves what they may find inside your home.

- Try to keep valuables out of site from anybody looking in through windows.

- Consider installing alarms and ‘dusk to dawn’ security lighting.

- Secure your rear garden by locking sheds and gates.

-To prevent car key burglaries, use a letter cage on your letterbox, lock and shut all windows when going out, if you have a garage use it and if possible get a tracking device fitted to your vehicle.