A crime prevention scheme to deter would-be burglars and thieves is being offered to homeowners by police.

People from London Colney can attend the crime prevention open evening from 7pm on May 17 at the Caledon Community Centre in Caledon Road.

The initiative is part of a joint effort by St Albans police and the Hertfordshire Constabulary, and follows upon the success of similar evening run by the St Albans and Harpenden Volunteer Police cadets in Harpenden last month.

People who attend will be given tools to engrave their property, a crime prevention workshop, and one of a limited supply of security light timers.

There will be a chance to meet and chat with the Safer Neighbourhood team, receive advice on the best methods to protect your home and an opportunity to join Neighbourhood Watch.

St Albans chief inspector, Stuart Cheek said: “We are making arrests, targeting suspected offenders and have increased patrols across the St Albans district.

“Residents can do their bit by taking crime prevention advice including giving their homes the ‘lived-in’ look by leaving a light on when it gets dark and investing in more security.

“By having effective security, you can greatly reduce the chance of being a victim of crime and increase the chances of catching offenders.”

Hertfordshire Constabulary recommends house alarms monitored by an alarm company, strong locks, time activated lights and CCTV. They also advise hiding keys, storing high value items in a safe and joining Neighbourhood Watch.

Cadet leader, police sergeant Steve Alison, said: “This is a great opportunity for residents to speak to their local police officers and receive free property engraving kits and pick up crime prevention advice.”

Prior booking is not necessary.