Police are warning to keep jewellery hidden after recent burglaries.

Around four reported burglaries have taken place between October 29 to October 30 in St Albans, with jewellery being a commonly stolen item.

In Cunningham Hill Road, a large quantity of jewellery was stolen between 3:30pm and 6pm on Tuesday (October 29). (Crime Reference: 41/9794/19).

Another incident on October 29 involved two suspects being caught by the householder at Willowside, London Colney, at 10pm. However, nothing was stolen or damaged. (Crime reference: 41/98300/19)

On October 30, a burglary in Augustus Close between 5:40pm and 7pm also had jewellery being stolen. (Crime reference: 41/98314/19).

This linked to another burglary which was prevented when an alarm went off in Antoine Gate on October 30 around 7pm, with the alarm alerting a neighbour and scaring off the offender. (Crime reference: 41/98314/19).

St Albans Detective Inspector, Alexandra Warwick, said: “We have seen burglaries in St Stephens and the Camp/Fleetville area in particular recently. These are opportunist burglaries with burglars disturbed at one address by an alarm.

“We continue to patrol current hotspots, previous hotspots and speak to offenders with a history of burglaries, as part of an in-depth plan to prevent burglaries from happening in the first place.”

She added: “However, we need residents to do their bit too. It’s a good idea to keep valuable jewellery in a bank, or a safe if it is kept at home, in a place that is not obvious.

“Burglars want to be in and out of an address as quickly as possible and don’t want to get caught. Don’t make it easy for them. Consider investing in an alarm, doorbell camera, timer lights, outside sensor lights or CCTV.”

Anyone with information about any of these burglaries is asked to report to police at herts.police.uk/report, on the online web chat at herts.police.uk/contact, or call the non-emergency number 101, quoting the relevant crime numbers.

Alternatively, stay anonymous by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their untraceable online form at crimestoppers-uk.org.