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Operation Gnome: Hertfordshire police spring seasonal crime prevention campaign on residents

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Hertfordshire police have launched their latest crime prevention campaign, Operation Gnome, to help residents keep their homes, gardens and outbuildings secure this spring.

With lockdown restrictions easing and many people returning to work or spending more time outside, criminals will have more opportunities to target homes and valuable gardening tools or leisure equipment that may be left outside.

Inspector Nicola Dean, from Hertfordshire Constabulary’s crime reduction team, said: “During the lockdowns, burglaries have remained very low as homes have been mostly occupied. However, as more people venture out, the risk increases, and we often see an increase in thefts from gardens, sheds and garages during the spring.

"We're recommending that everyone takes some basic security measures to make sure their gardens and outbuildings are secure. Leaving tools and gardening equipment lying around in your garden can attract thieves as they are valuable and could also be used to break into your home."

Crime prevention officers are answering questions on home, garden and property security this week (March 22-26) on the @HertsPolice Twitter channel. Tweet your questions to them using the #OpGnome tag.

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