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Royston Rural watch Newsletter April

PC 396 Tom Wollard & PCSO 6048 Hannah Moss PCSO 6522 Chris Brabrook


Sgt Lisa Perks 0186

Our Non - Emergency Number 101

Keeping your home secure when the sun is shining


As the weather turns milder and a few patches of sunshine appear, we want to remind residents to keep their homes, gardens and outbuildings secure.


Many residents are busy in their gardens at this time of year, or just throwing open a few windows to enjoy the warmer air. This is great news for burglars who are already taking advantage of the brighter days.


Whilst home burglaries are down compared to the same period last year, thefts from gardens, sheds and garages have increased by over 40 per cent. Burglars are particularly interested in any expensive equipment stored in outbuildings like power tools, bicycles or exercise equipment, so make sure your outbuildings are secure.


More than 50 shed and outbuilding burglaries have occurred around the county during April, with Dacorum (13), East Herts (seven), Hertsmere (seven) and Watford (seven) having the highest number of offences.


Nicola Chamberlain, Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Crime Prevention lead, said: “As the weather gets better, outbuildings and homes are often left unsecure, due to people spending more time outside or opening windows and doors to keep cool. This gives criminals opportunities to access homes and gardens to steal any valuable items left around. It’s important to remember to lock outbuildings and windows and doors, even if you are at home, thieves can still access insecure areas when you are upstairs or in another part of your home.


“Make sure any tools that could assist a burglar, like ladders, trowels, hammers etc, are locked away and ensure outbuildings are secured with strong locks or even an alarmed padlock. Consider installing dusk till dawn security lights and planting defensive plants like roses along your borders, and make sure fences are in good condition, which will help keep your home safe.”


Twelve tips to make your garden and outbuildings more secure:


Always lock doors, windows and outbuildings if leaving your home or even when you go upstairs or to another part of your home.


Always lock your shed, preferably with two 'hasp and staple' locks (one near the top and one near the bottom of the door) or use or an alarmed padlock.


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).


Make access to the rear of your property difficult, keep rear/side gates closed and locked and ensure boundary walls/fences are in good repair.


Keep wheelie bins secured so they cannot be moved or used as climbing aids.


Plant defensive spiky plants under windows such as berberis, roses and pyracantha.

Most bicycles are stolen from home so ensure they are kept in secure sheds, outbuildings and garages. Consider installing ground anchors if you have a concrete floor. If not, look for security rated products specifically for wooden and metal sheds.


Take extra security precautions for storing expensive bikes, it is recommended that they are security marked and registered at Bike Register

For more detailed security advice, please visit our crime prevention pages.


Witness appeal following interference with a motor vehicle in Royston


Police are appealing for witnesses following two incidents of vehicle interference in Royston.


The incidents occurred on Lambert Way, once on Monday 4 March and once on Monday 11 March, with both happening at around 1.30am.


The suspect reportedly entered the victim’s van on both occasions and conducted an untidy search before leaving. Nothing was reported as stolen.


The suspect is described as a white male, aged in his twenties and wearing a dark jacket with black gloves and black shoes.


PCSO Rebecca Fannon-Hall, from the Royston Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “I’d like to hear from anyone who witnessed this incident, was in the area at the time or has any information that may help the investigation.


“Did you see what happened, or have any further information? Additionally, if you have any dash cam or footage from doorbell cameras, please check it and email me at, as it may help us progress our investigation.”


You can report information online at, speak to an operator in our Force Communications Room via our online web chat at or call the non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference 41/20486/24.


Alternatively, you can stay 100% anonymous by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their untraceable online form at

Local Crime

G4E - Ashwell, Hinxworth, Bygrave, Newnham and Caldecote

Theft from Motor vehicle, Back Street, Ashwell – Over night on 13th March a vehicle was approached in Back Street, Ashwell. Both the front and rear number plates were stolen. 


Business Burglary, New Inn Road, Hinxworth – Overnight on the 4th March a building site was entered in New Inn Road.  The offenders forced containers and found power tools that were stored on site.  The offenders have removed property and made off.


Theft of Motor Vehicle, The Rick Yard, Ashwell – At 4.33am on 13th March a Black Ford Focus ST was stolen from the Rick Yard, Ashwell. The victim woke up to see the vehicle speeding away towards Baldock. The owner had both sets of keys in his possession, the offenders used a device to open and start the vehicle. 


Business Burglary, Station Road, Ashwell Road – Overnight on 13th March a building site in Station Road, Ashwell  was targeted by thieves. The offenders got onto site and broke into various lock ups and containers. The offenders stole a large quantity of power tools. 



G4D – Barley, Barkway, Reed, Therfield, Kelshall and Nuthampstead


Theft, Church Lane, Reed – On 14th March the offenders entered a garden in Church Lane, Reed. The offenders stole garden furniture and made made off.


Burglary, Therfield – Overnight on 17th March a Audi S3 was stolen from an address in Therfield. The offender entered via the back door of the property and stole the car keys. The offender has driven the vehicle away from the address.



G3C - Sandon, Wallington, Rushden, Clothall and Weston


Shed Burglary, Payne End, Sandon – On 16th March an unknown male was captured on CCTV footage entering a garden in Payne End, Sandon. The male approached the shed opened the door and entered. Nothing removed and the male made off.


Business Burglary, Halls Green – At 2.15am on 21st March offenders have forced a window to a café situated on a business park.  The offenders searched the café and removed cash and food items before making off. 


Theft, Sandon Bury, Sandon - Between 15th and 22nd March a wildlife camera that was being used to film a fence, securing a farm perimeter was stolen. After the camera was stolen a hole was cut into the fence for the offender to gain access onto the land. 



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