Two women and a man have been arrested following garage break-ins around the Hemel Hempstead area.
A 42 year old woman from Dunstable was arrested in connection with a garage burglary in Wootton Drive at 8.30pm on Thursday, February 5.
A man, aged 24, and a woman, aged 20, also both from Dunstable have been arrested in connection with a break-in on Friday, February 6 in Allandale. Camping equipment and ornaments were stolen.
The trio were arrested on Saturday, February 7 and have been released on police bail while investigations continue.
Officers are urging householders to ensure their garages and outbuildings are secure and have issued the following advice:
>Always lock your shed or garage, preferably with two ‘hasp and staple’ locks (one near the top and one near the bottom of the door).
>Secure your rear garden by locking entry gates with a padlock
>Burglars can use garden tools to break in, so make sure you securely lock away any tools after use.
>Ensure boundary fences are secure and in good condition. Spiky plants along garden boundaries are good additional deterrents.
>Tools and gardening equipment should be visibly marked with your postcode and house number - this can deter thieves and help police identify the rightful owner.
>Remember to lock your garage door securely. Metal ‘up and over’ doors can be secured with extra locks fitted either side and/or a floor-mounted locking ‘T’ bar with a closed shackle padlock. Wooden garage doors can be secured with two substantial hasps and staple locks and closed shackle padlocks (your local DIY store can advise on the most secure options).
>If you see anyone acting suspiciously in your neighbourhood call the non-emergency 101 immediately.
>Register your valuable items on the free database www.immobilise.com - it is quick and easy to do and can help police return them to you if they are lost or stolen. It also helps police to prove that property found in a suspect’s possession is stolen. For more security advice visit www.herts.police.uk or call the non-emergency number 101.