Fifteen homes have been targeted by burglars stealing jewellery and electrical items.

This month, Hertfordshire Constabulary has increased its high-visibility and covert police patrols after 15 burglaries or attempted burglaries took place across Potters Bar this month.

The police are now calling on people to keep their valuables safe by keeping them well hidden, keeping passwords protected and signing up to Neighbourhood Watch emails to know what's happening in the community.

Detective Inspector Graeme Walsingham, head of the Hertsmere Local Crime Unit, said: "We have robust plans in place in catch burglars. We believe this burglary series is being committed by people from outside of Potters Bar.

"If you see anyone acting suspiciously or vehicles out of place, please let us know. We’d rather be called to a false alarm than miss an opportunity to catch a burglar in the act."

The majority of offences have occurred in the late afternoon into the evening, as it gets dark.

He added: "Some of these burglaries could have been prevented by residents using a door bell camera, internal camera or monitored burglar alarm or installing ‘dusk to dawn’ external lighting and timer switches.

"These security devices can be bought at many DIY stores – look for products that have the Secured by Design standards."

A new crime prevention leaflet on ‘top devices to keep your home secure’ and new ‘top tips to keep your home safe’ is available.

Contact if you would like a copy.