Crimestoppers is today urging members of the public to speak up if they have information on individuals involved with stealing gold or selling stolen gold in the county.
In the past five years the price of the precious metal has increased sevenfold, making it more attractive to thieves looking for a quick and easy way to make large sums of cash.
Households with large numbers of gold items are most likely to be targeted and, in most cases, stolen items have been passed down the generations and have huge sentimental value to the victims.
Anyone with information about those committing the crimes can give information anonymously to Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111 or filling in our Anonymous Online Form.
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Antonia Litten, Eastern Regional Manager for Crimestoppers, said: “Many people may be reluctant to go to the police, even though they know who is stealing gold and selling it on, but they should feel they can give vital information to someone.
“We never ask for your name and no personal details are taken, calls are not recorded. Calls and information given online cannot be traced and you will not have to go to court or give a statement to the police”.
The number of gold thefts can spike during religious holidays, festivals and weddings. The public is advised to be vigilant around these times and consider keeping valuable jewellery hidden or discreet when wearing it in public. Valuables can be made secure by taking simple steps in the home, including securing gates and fully locking doors. Good quality safes, which are secured to the wall or the floor, can also make it more difficult for thieves to steal precious belongings.
Chief Inspector Richard Hann, from Hertfordshire Police, said: “Many of the stolen items have been passed down the generations and have sentimental value to the victims. It is extremely important that those people who are committing these crimes are brought to justice to ensure that they cannot strike again.”
David Lloyd, Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, added: “We want the residents of Hertfordshire to feel empowered to stand up to thieves and speak out if they have information or concerns about gold theft. This can help to make our communities an even safer place to live”.
Further crime prevention tips can be found on the Hertfordshire Constabulary website www.herts.police.uk/advice/crime_prevention-1.aspx
If you have any information, please contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through the Anonymous Online Form at crimestoppers-uk.org/give-info