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Countywide appeal following thefts and robberies
« on: June 08, 2012, 07:15:23 pm »
Dear Watch Member,

Police are asking residents to be vigilant after a number of incidents in different parts of the county where people have had jewellery taken.

In each incident a car has stopped and someone in the car has asked the victim for directions to a hospital and beckoned the victim over to the car. They have then put jewellery around their wrist or neck; or put rings on their fingers and whilst doing so stole the victim's jewellery.

Recent incidents have included:

    A robbery in Panshanger Drive in Welwyn Garden City on Monday, May 28. A 55 year old man had a gold bracelet taken.
    A theft in High Street Hoddesdon on Wednesday, May 30. A woman in her 80's had a bracelet taken.
    A robbery in Watford Road, Northwood on Wednesday, May 30. On this occasion the victim was pulled by her neck into the vehicle and had her necklace taken.
    A robbery occurred on Carleton Road in Cheshunt on Wednesday, May 30.. A woman in her 80s had items of jewellery taken.
    A theft in Berwick Close in Waltham Cross on Friday, June 1. A woman in her 70s had a watch and an earring taken but she managed to get them back before the offenders drove off.

Detective Inspector Paul Doran from Hertfordshire Constabulary's Crime Reduction Unit said: "A person's natural instinct is to want to help others if they are asking for direction to a hospital and on each occasion the offenders have used this to their advantage.

"We would ask people to be vigilant and if they are asked for directions in these circumstances not to approach the vehicle but to take the registration number and report it to police."

Anyone with information about any of the incidents should contact the Herts Police non-emergency number 101. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers, the independent charity, anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The Crime Reduction Unit can provide further guidance and support on securing your home via Crime Preventions Officers. Please call 101 for further details.

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