Chorleywood Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter | Autumn 2020

This new edition includes several interesting items, including: the Top 10 Covid-19 scams and how to avoid them; how to look after your vehicle’s smart key; up to date Chorleywood crime statistics; information about Chorleywood Residents’ Association newsletter; the latest OWL sign-up statistics; how to form road and street WhatsApp groups and a list of useful contact telephone numbers and email addresses.

Make your home more secure this autumn

Autumn is here and the clocks will be going back at the end of the month. As the afternoons grow darker Hertfordshire Constabulary is reminding residents to keep their homes secure and report suspicious behaviour.

Please see link below for the advice press release.

Make your home more secure this autumn (pdf document, 124 KB)

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2019-20 Edition of Policing Hertfordshire For Everyone is now available online

The Equality Act 2010 requires all public services to publish information showing how they meet their responsibilities under the Act.

To fulfil this duty, Hertfordshire Constabulary produces an annual ‘Policing Hertfordshire for everyone’ booklet.  The newly published 2019-20 edition showcases some of the work undertaken during the 2019-20 policing year to support our diverse communities, tackle discrimination and offer equal opportunities for all.

Owing to current health risks arising from browsing publications in public places, we have printed a limited number this year, and are instead encouraging people to read the electronic version of the booklet, which has been published on the Constabulary’s website, and can be found at

Should you wish to collect a printed copy of the booklet, a limited number will soon be available at police station enquiry desks.

Burglary Crime Prevention

I am writing to request you do a security check of your homes, sheds and outbuildings now that summer has come to an end and the nights are drawing in.

Tips to prevent Burglary:

  • Check all downstairs windows and doors are locked and secure before you leave or go to bed. If you are going out, lock upstairs windows too (if you remove keys, ensure you have a fire escape plan.)
  • Don’t leave car keys, mobile phones, wallets or other valuables on window sills, in hallways or in any other visible place.
  • Double-lock UPVC doors by lifting the handle and locking it to engage the security features.
  • Use timer switches on lamps to give the impression someone is at home. Ensure your driveway/pathway is well lit overnight – we advise using low level LED ‘Dusk to Dawn’ lighting rather than sensor lighting as false activations from animals/trees mean people become passive and don’t react.
  • Secure your rear garden: lock rear gates, securely lock sheds and garages and keep tools and ladders locked away as they could be used to break into your home. Cover items up such as lawnmowers and high value items so that they cannot be easily seen from outside.
  • Consider a sensor activated doorbell camera if this would cover your driveway area. These systems can alert you to your smartphone if there is any movement. For example – a ‘Secured by Design’ Ring doorbell. Hertfordshire residents can currently received a discount on selected Ring products by visiting.

Don’t make it easy for criminals. Please be vigilant and do report any suspicious activity or behaviour in the area via 101.

Further crime prevention advice can be found on our website:

Abigail Watson
Police Community Support Officer
Neighbourhood Watch