Herts Police want your help to protect schools during holidays
SCHOOLS may be out for the summer, but Herts Police is asking local residents to keep a watchful eye on them over the holidays. A number of break-ins have occurred at local schools over the summer holidays in recent years as thieves take advantage of the
SCHOOLS may be out for the summer, but Herts Police is asking local residents to keep a watchful eye on them over the holidays.
A number of break-ins have occurred at local schools over the summer holidays in recent years as thieves take advantage of the empty classrooms and quiet playgrounds.
Police officers will be carrying out extra patrols around schools across the county over the holidays but residents can also help keep criminals at bay by reporting any suspicious behaviour that might be happening around schools to police immediately.
Inspector Richard Beechey, the lead for youth issues, said: "Residents who live near schools or pass by them regularly, really are our eyes and ears and can make a big difference in preventing a crime taking place.
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"Burglaries are a huge cost to schools, not only in terms of the amount of money it takes to replace stolen equipment, but the inconvenience of repairing broken windows and doors, and the irreplaceable damage to cherished items."
Inspector Beechey continued: "If you see anyone acting suspiciously near a school then please report it as soon as you can. Your call and information could really help us in preventing a school break-in or catching the person responsible."
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People are asked to call 999 in an emergency, or the non-emergency number on 0845 33 00 222. Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.
The police work in close co-operation with Herts County Council to help protect schools across the county. County Councillor Richard Thake, executive member for education and skills, added: "We are grateful that the police have drawn attention to this issue. We do give advice to schools about security on their premises but additional help from the public is always welcome.