POLICE are warning householders to be on the look out after a spate of burglaries in Tring.
The crooks broke into a back garden shed in Friars Walk between 5pm on Saturday and 10am on Sunday and took a pair of shears.
Then they got into the back garden of the next-door home and used the shears to try and break open its ground floor UPVC window.
But they made off without gaining entry, leaving behind a broken strip of wood in the fence of the first property.
Thieves have also stolen cash and a laptop from a Goldfield Road home after breaking in via a service yard on Western Road.
They broke in through its fence panels and forced a ground floor window at the back of the property between 12midday on Thursday and 5pm on Sunday.
Criminals also cut the padlocks of storage buildings in High Street and then stole copper piping and plumbing equipment between 6pm on Friday and 8am on Saturday.
Police spokesman Olivia Finucane said: ““Burglary is an extremely distressing crime for its victims and is one of the policing priorities for Hertfordshire Constabulary.
“We work closely with communities, charities and partner agencies to help prevent burglaries in Hertfordshire.”
If you have any information on the crimes, phone police on 0845 33 00 222 on independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Police offer the following tips to help prevent burglary:
Make a habit of checking that ground floor windows and doors are closed and locked when you leave the house or go to bed. Upstairs windows should be locked when the house is unoccupied. PVCu doors must be locked by lifting the handle and using the key to ensure all the security features are in place.
Car and house keys should be kept out of sight in a safe place. Don’t leave them on display on window sills, in porches, hallways or kitchens.
Secure your rear garden by shutting and locking any gates. Burglars can use garden tools to break in, so make sure you securely lock away any tools after use.
Why not be a good neighbour - if they are out, help deter burglars and give their home the lived-in look by putting away their emptied rubbish bins. You can also help by keeping a look out for unusual callers in your neighbourhood, and call the police if you see anyone acting suspiciously. Keep a pen and some paper handy. The car number you jot down may be just what the police need to catch a burglar.
Why not sign up to Neighbourhood Watch? The image of curtain-twitching is gone and you can now join online. Visit www.owl.co.uk, or call the police non-emergency number on 0845 33 00 222.