Teams of criminals targeting Berkhamsted have caused burglaries in the town to more than double in the six months to September compared with the same period last year.
There were 45 burglaries in the area between April 1 and September 29 - up from just 22 reported to police between those dates in 2012.
In a new report, Dacorum Community Safety Partnership co-ordinator Dave Moore says: “This part of the borough was targeted by several teams of criminals.”
There was a 250 per cent year-on-year increase in the number of burglaries in Berkhamsted West and Ashridge between those dates, rising from two to seven in both wards.
The figure rose from six to 14 in the Berkhamsted Castle ward and from five to 12 in Berkhamsted East. Northchurch was the only ward in the Berkhamsted area where it fell – from seven to five.
In his report, Mr Moore writes that a ‘problem-solving approach’ by the safety partnership led to several arrests and a fall in the number of burglaries in Berkhamsted.
It is unclear how many of the arrests led to charges and convictions.
Career burglar Dennis Skiller, 32, from Leighton Buzzard, was jailed for 40 months in August for more than 50 offences that spanned Berkhamsted, Tring, Harpenden and parts of Bucks. He was arrested on Thursday, May 9.
The latest crime statistics show that year-on-year burglaries fell by 17.1 per cent across Dacorum as a whole in the April 1 to September 29 period.
The number of burglaries fell by 33 per cent from 153 to 101 in Hemel Hempstead. But it rose by 122 per cent from 22 to 45 in Berkhamsted and by 38.8 per cent from 18 to 25 in Tring.
Overall crime in Dacorum fell by 10.4 per cent year-on-year in that period. The overall fall was by 12.4 per cent in Hemel Hempstead and 8.9 per cent in Tring, but crime rose by 7.2 per cent in Berkhamsted.
Mr Moore said: “We want to stress how safe Dacorum and Herts is – particularly Dacorum.”
He said the police have daily meetings about how to reduce crime.
The community safety partnership is made up of a range of organisations which work together to reduce crime.
> Mr Moore’s report will be considered by Berkhamsted Town Council’s transport and environment committee during a meeting at 7.30pm tonight.
Lewis Bentley, 21, of Upper Icknield Way, Aston Clinton, was arrested and charged for burglary, shoplifting and assault offences in Berkhamsted on Wednesday, September 4. He is now going through the court system.
Police today said that although other people have been arrested, there was insufficient evidence to charge them.
Inspector George Holland said: “Unfortunately criminals do cross borders into Berkhamsted to commit crime however, we take a proactive approach to tackling offenders using every tool available to us.
“This includes high visibility and plain clothed patrols and the use of ANPR.
“Our proactive approach, working with other forces and partners, has led to arrests and charges and a reduction in the number of offences. We will continue this work to make the area even safer.”