A well-attended meeting with Jill Dockley, Watch Liaison Officer, Hertford, and our local police was held at The White Hart, Puckeridge on 25th March, 2007 with a view to starting Neighbourhood Watch schemes in Puckeridge.
Neighbourhood Watch is a group of concerned neighbours who combine together with the aim of reducing crime and the fear of crime in their immediate areas, and to keep an eye on the vulnerable, elderly and disabled.
Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinators are registered with the Ringmaster System for East Hertfordshire. Ringmaster is a personal computer based alerting system to provide communities with timely warning of local crime. It is invaluable when a distraction burglary takes place or a bogus caller is reported in the neighbourhood to warn residents of recent serious crimes in the locality or if a suspicious car is seen outside a school.
Also joining the Neighbourhood Watch Scheme is free and most Insurance companies offer reductions on house insurance if you are a member.
Below is the list of roads who have a Neighbourhood Watch:
Batchelors, Buntingford Road, Cambridge Road, Chapmans End, High Street, Larkens Close, Lunardi Court, Northfield, Park Lane, Perowne Way, Roman Way, Station Road, Tollsworth Way
Churchfields, Grafton Place, High Street, Kents Lane, Mill End, Saffron Meadow, Southfields, Stanelow Crescent, Station Road, Town Farm Crescent, Vicarage Close
To join the Neighbourhood Watch Scheme or for more information contact:
Watch Liaison Officer
Telephone: 01992 533651
Click here to visit the Hertfordshire Constabulary website where you can find press releases and more information which may be of interest.
Posted 8 May 2010
Recently there have been a number of thefts and suspicious incidents at the allotments in Puckeridge.
Offender(s) have broken into sheds and taken various items as well as taking metal and tools left around plot boundaries. Furthermore, persons and a vehicle have been seen in the allotments asking for scrap metal.
It is advisable that shed doors are secured with two substantial hasps and staples and two closed shackle padlocks on the outside, one towards the top and one towards the bottom.
Tools and garden implements should also be visibly property marked with the postcode and house name or number, to deter theft and assist police with identifying the rightful owner.
I will be making a greater number of visits to the allotments, but please can I encourage all to contact us immediately on 0845 33 00 222 if you have seen or see any suspicious people or vehicles in the area at any time.
Remember in an emergency always dial 999
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Posted 8 May 2010
Between 1230hrs on 5/5/10 and 0520hrs on 6/5/10 offenders have forced the exit doors to the Fire Station but have not gained entry – any information please contact your local officer Pc Nicola Hunt tel 01992 533160 or email Nicola.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted 21 Apr 2009
A Red Honda 125 off road bike has been stolen from Barwick. The machine has had some welding work done to the engine casing behind the front sprocket and it also had the number 338 on a plate at the front of the bike.
Posted 2nd Apr 2009
Between midnight on 1st April and 0800 hours on the 2nd April, a vehicle left secure and parked by the side of the road in High Street, PUCKERIDGE, was damaged.
Posted 26 Feb 2009
Between the hours of 1900 Wednesday 25th and 0815 today, a garage in Puckeridge was broken into. Offenders caused significant damage to the door however, nothing was taken on this occasion. Police are advising people to be extra vigilant and secure all garages and outbuildings
Posted 9th Jan 2009
During the hours of 2330 8/1 and 0755 9/1, offenders have drilled through the driver’s door lock of a parked and secure vehicle in Stanelow Crescent, STANDON. They have then interfered with the wiring before making off, leaving the vehicle in situ.
Posted 7 January 2009
A Burglary has taken place to a stable yard in Albury between the 3rd and 7th January. No suspects were seen although a suspicious white van with two males inside was seen in the area.
Posted 4 January 2009
Red Range Rover index R721WOO stolen from Buntingford between Jan 1st and Jan 3rd. Any sightings please call Hertfordshire Police. 08453300222
Posted 22 December
A burglary occurred in Wellpond Road, Standon at 2320 hours on Thursday 18th December. A 4×4 vehicle, possibly a Mitsubishi Shogun rammed the front gates and drove up to the house. Three offenders got out of the vehicle and walked round the house. They then got back in the car and drove off. Electric front gates were also rammed in Wellpond Green and Allens Green. The vehicle used may have been a stolen Blue Mitsubishi Shogun index M445UNM.
Posted on 9 December
During the afternoon of 8th December 2008, two suspicious males called at a property in Wyddial. The first incident involved a very big built, bald, 6ft tall male selling fish in an unmarked van. The second involved a male 5ft 5 tall, round face, balding hair, stubble on chin saying he was collecting a parcel. He arrived in an unmarked, white van.
Posted on 3 December
A distraction burglary occurred in Standon at approx 1415 hours today Wednesday 3rd December involving two men who knocked at an elderly resident’s door asking to inspect her plumbing as they had a water problem. They were allowed entry and stole the occupant’s purse and contents.
Posted on 14 November
Between the hours of 0815 and 1630 on 13th November 2008, a burglary occurred in Hay Street. Offenders have forced entry, conducted an untidy search and left with property.
Posted on 14 October
Between 3rd and 10th October 2008, offenders tried to gain entry to out buildings in Braughing Friars. No entry was gained and no property was stolen. Between 13th and 14th October 2008, offenders have entered a farm in Anstey and tried to steal a vehicle. An alarm was activated and offenders left the property.
Posted on 10 October
Salesmen have been calling at houses in a No Cold Calling Zone in Puckeridge. The No Cold Calling Zone was put in place to protect residents from this.
Posted on 10 October
Please be aware that several distraction burglaries have occurred this morning in Enfield. Offenders purported to be from the Water Board. Although this is not Hertfordshire it is only down the A10.
Posted on 3 October
Young Tree Felling – Information has been received from a concerned community member of young trees being felled on a piece of land to the rear of the White Hart Public House, Puckeridge which runs along the old A10.
Posted on 11th September
Theft of Romany caravan. On the 2nd September a Romany caravan was stolen from Frogmore Hill near Hertford. If you see this caravan or have any information as to its whereabouts please ring the police.
Posted on 8th Aug 2008
A silver transit van has been seen in the Braughing area. Two males within the van are asking if people would like to buy garden furniture.
Posted on 13th Aug 2008
Good news for East Herts residents. Following an investigation by officers from Operation Manhunt and the East Herts Burglary Team, an offender was identified in respect of Distraction Burglaries in the area. Following arrest and interview he was charged with four offences with six to be “taken into account”.
Posted on 27th Jun 2008
Public Warning re Industrial Vacuum Cleaners. Police are warning members of the public not to go near two stolen industrial vacuum cleaners which have been contaminated with asbestos.
Posted on 20th Jun 2008
An attempted theft from motor vehicle occurred in Buntingford Road, Puckeridge at 2340 hours on Wednesday 18th June. Offenders walked onto the drive and looked underneath the vehicle, possible looking for the catalytic convertor, when security lighting came on and disturbed them.
Posted on 15th May 2008
A summerhouse was broken into in Gravelly Dell, Braughing between 1815 and 1900 hours on Friday 9th May. Offenders gained access to the rear garden by means unknown and forced entry to the summerhouse but nothing was stolen.
Posted on 8th Apr 2008
A burglary occurred in High Street, Buntingford between 1430 hours on Saturday and 0615 hours Monday 7th April. Offenders have gained access to shop premises via the front door and removed items.
Posted 13 March 2008
A theft of motor vehicle occurred in Town Lane, Benington overnight Tuesday/Wednesday. Whilst vehicle was parked in the street offenders have removed same by means unknown.
And a garage break occurred in Sunny Hill, Buntingford between the 10th and 12th March. Offenders have gained access for forcing the door lock and removed property.
Posted 12 March 2008
A message for the Buntingford Rural Neighbourhood Watch
A burglary occurred at Aspenden between 1300 and 1415 hours on Tuesday 11th March. Offenders have removed padlock from a barn containing mowers and gardening equipment.
And a theft from motor vehicle occurred in Three Stiles, Benington overnight Tuesday/Wednesday 12th March. Offenders have forced the fuel cap and removed petrol.
Posted 11 March 2008
A burglary occurred in Sunny Hill, Buntingford between the 3rd and 10th March. Offenders have broken the padlock to the garage and removed property from within.
And a theft from motor vehicle occurred in Cherry Tree Rise, Walkern overnight Friday/Saturday 8th March. Offenders have damaged petrol cap and stolen petrol from tank.
Posted 5 March 2008
An Operation Tarantula message for the Puckeridge Neighbourhood Watch
A theft from motor vehicle occurred in Roundhaye between Friday 29th February and Tuesday 4th March. Whilst vehicle was left parked and secure offenders have removed both number plates.
Posted 28 February 2008
An attempted burglary occurred in Cottered between 13th and 27th February. Offenders have wrenched bolts and padlocks from the outside of a garage door and caused damage. No entry was gained.
And a theft from motor vehicle occurred in Wyddial overnight Wednesday/Thursday 28th February where a Range Rover was stolen. No further details.
A message for the Rural Neighbourhood Watch
A theft of motor vehicle occurred in Walkern Road, Watton at Stone between the 14th and 28th February. Whilst a grey ford transit van was stored in open on gated farm land it has been removed by means unknown.
Posted 27 February 2008
A theft from motor vehicle occurred in Ermine Street at 2300 hours on Monday 25th February. Whilst vehicle was left locked and unattended offenders have smashed the window and stolen stereo equipment from inside.
Posted 12 February 2008
A motor vehicle was stolen from the car park in Bowling Green Lane, Buntingford between the 21st January and 10th February.
Posted 11 February 2008
A burglary occurred in Hamels Lane, Westmill between 0830 and 1615 hours on Friday 8th February. Offenders have entered grounds and forced entry to a shed and attempted to gain entry to a detached garage in the grounds.
Posted 15 January 2008
A burglary occurred in Ermine Street (the A10), Thundridge at 1730 hours on Monday 14 January. Offender gained entry to the garage and removed items but was seen by the victim and made off.
Suspect is a white male, slim build, 30-35 years old, brown receding hair wearing a blue zip up tracksuit top and made off in a Silver Peugeot 306 index similar to M153SWB.
Posted 8 January 2008
A burglary occurred in Wyddial between 1355 and 1430 hours on Monday 7th January. Offenders have forced the patio door lock, gained entry and removed property.
Posted 7 January 2008
An attempted burglary occurred in Moorfield, Hare Street at 0800 hours on Saturday 5th January. Offender one approached the front door and placed his hand through the letterbox, Offender two fiddled with the outside light and offender three was trying the driver’s door of the victim’s vehicle at the rear of the property. No damage was caused and the suspects, three white males approx 25 years old made off.
Posted 4 January 2008
On Monday 7th January Herts Police are launching Operation Tarantula. This is a vehicle crime initiative being run in the Eastern Area but led by East Herts. Operation Tarantula will be dealing with theft of and theft from motor vehicles.
Would you please remind everyone not to leave anything in their vehicle when it is left unattended and not to leave keys lying around on view in their homes, because this is a preventable crime.
Posted 11 December
A theft occurred in Baldock Road, Buntingford between 1600 hours on 6th and 0800 hours 7th December. Offenders have entered back garden via side gate and removed scaffolding.
A burglary occurred in High Street, Buntingford between 1200 hours on 6th and 1400 hours on 8th December. Offenders have gone into the private quarters of the public house and removed key for the safe and then stolen cash from the safe.
A further burglary occurred in Silkmead Farm Industrial Estate, Hare Street between 1345 hours on 8th and 0810 hours on Monday 10th December. Offenders have broken the padlock of the rear gate, chiseled the deadlock and removed tools from within.
And finally, a burglary occurred at Pavilion Meads Recreation Ground, Hare Street between 1330 hours on the 8th and 1520 hours on Monday 10th December. Offender has thrown a metal pole through the front window to gain entry and removed property.
Posted 27 November
A theft from motor vehicle occurred in Baldock Road, Buntingford between 1800 hours on Saturday and 0800 hours Sunday. Whilst vehicle was parked and locked on the street offenders have smashed the front passenger and drivers side windows and removed the CD player.
Posted 26 November
A burglary occurred in Standon Mill, Standon at 2200 hours on Friday 23rd November. Offender entered the premises by forcing the patio doors and disturbed a dog which alerted the witness to his presence. The offender was confronted by the witness and made off.
Suspect was a white male, 6′ tall, skinny build, 18-20 years old, short brown hair, wearing a navy hooded top.
Posted 14 November
A distraction burglary occurred in Moors Ley, Walkern at 1300 hours on Tuesday 13th November.
Offender knocked on the side window and the male occupant went to the door. Offender had the word “Anglia” on his top and said he had come to fix the leak. Male spoke to female and asked if she knew anything about a leak and the offender entered the property. Female said there was no leak the offender left.
Suspect was a white male 30-45 yrs old, medium to slim build, shoulder length brown tight permed hair, gold hooped earring in left ear, english accent, looked like a gypsy, green long sleeved sweatshirt with word “Anglia” written on the front.
Posted 19 October
A theft occurred at a farm in Hare Street Road, Buntingford overnight Tuesday/Wednesday 17th October. Offenders have gained entry to a barn and removed property.
A burglary occurred in Cottered overnight Sunday/Monday 15th. Offender has kicked the front door causing damage and gained entry. A laptop was stolen.
Please remind everyone to be vigilant and if they see or hear anything suspicious to ring the police immediately on 0845 33 00 222.
Posted 10 October
A burglary occurred in Buckland between 0730 and 1650 hours on Monday 8th October. Offenders have gained entry by cutting through the hasp and staple lock and removed power tools. Another burglary occurred in Froghall Lane, Walkern between 1300 and 1530 hours on Monday. Offenders have entered the garden via a side gate and broken into the garage and removed a tool box. Also in Froghall Lane on Monday a theft of motor vehicle occurred. Offenders have forced open the garage door and stolen a Suzuki motorbike. Please remind everyone to be vigilant and if they see or hear anything suspicious to ring the police immediately.
Posted 2 October
A burglary occurred in Fishers Mead, Puckeridge between 1100 hours on Saturday and 1300 hours Sunday 30th September. Offenders forced open the garage at the side of the property and removed power tools. Another burglary occurred in Town Lane, Benington between 1200 and 1700 hours on Monday 1st October. Offenders entered the house via a rear window by smashing the double glazed panel and removed a television, hi fi and cash.
Posted 14 September
An attempted burglary occurred in Tollsworth Way, Puckeridge at 0330 hours today Friday 14th September. Offender attempted to break into the attached garage of the property by tampering with the lock but entry was not gained. A burglary occurred in Lunardi Court, Puckeridge last night. Entry was via the patio door and exit via the front door. Property was stolen.
Posted 14 September
A message for East Herts Neighbourhood Watch and Horse Watch Members. Would you please look out for the following vehicle and if seen please contact PCSO Karen Broad on 01992 533013. White Transit Tipper index similar to S332OCU We would like to know where it is and what it is up to.
Posted 23rd August
A burglary occurred in Hare Street Road between 0040 and 0050 hours on Wednesday 22nd August. Offenders have lifted off the main gates to the property forced open the door to the office and then broken the lock on another outbuilding and removed copper wire.
A theft from motor vehicle occurred in Froghall Lane, Walkern overnight Wednesday/Thursday 23rd August. Offenders have gone underneath the vehicle, a Vauxhall Zafira and removed the spare wheel.
A Sat Nav was stolen from the glove box of a vehicle in Hill View, Buntingford.
Posted 15th August
A burglary occurred in Rose Cottages, Meesden between the 6th and 13th August. Offenders have gained access to the garage and removed items.
Please remind everyone that if they see or hear anything suspicious to ring the police immediately.
Posted 14th August
A burglary occurred at a stables in Anstey between 1930 hours on Saturday and 0730 hours Sunday 12th August. Offenders entered the stable block via an unlocked door and rummaged around the equipment and emptied several bins of horse seed. Also let several horses out of their stables. Nothing was stolen.
Posted 6th August
A theft of motor vehicle occurred in Roman Way, Puckeridge between 1900 hours on Tuesday 31st July and 1030 hours Thursday 2nd August. Whilst vehicle was parked and locked on the driveway, offenders have cut off the chain then taken the motorcycle which was a Y registration Husqvarna.
There was also a theft from motor vehicle in Hare Street Road, Buntingford between 2130 and 2155 hours on Friday 3rd August. Offenders have removed a laptop computer.
Posted 2nd August
A theft from motor vehicle occurred in Whempstead Road, Benington between 1800
hours on Tuesday and 0700 hours Wednesday 1st August. Whilst vehicle was parked
on the drive, offenders have smashed the drivers window and removed the stereo
system from the dashboard.
Also, a burglary occurred in Baldock Road, Buntingford between 0800 hours on
Monday and 0800 hours Wednesday 1st August. Offenders have entered the garage
integral to the property and removed two copper hot water cylinders.
Posted 30th July
A burglary occurred in Paget Cottages, Munden Road, Dane End between 1400 and
2150 hours on Friday 27th July. Offenders entered through two unlocked rear
doors into the kitchen area and removed a purse and cash.
A robbery occurred in Longmans, Braughing at 0845 hours on Sunday 29th July.
Offenders entered through a bedroom window and took cash from two purses.
Suspect is a white male, early 30s, 5’8″ tall, local accent, wearing dark
coloured waterproof anorak and woollen hat.
Please remind everyone to be particularly vigilant and ensure that all doors and
windows are securely closed and locked. And if anyone has any information
relating to either of these incidents would they please ring the police on
0845 33 00 222.
Posted 26th July
A burglary occurred in Blacksmiths Hill, Benington between 2330 hours on Sunday
and 1700 hours Tuesday 24th July. Offenders have forced a ground floor window
and climbed in. Made an untidy search and removed a laptop computer.
Posted 24th July
A theft from motor vehicle occurred at the Village Hall, Cottered between 0430
and midnight on Thursday 19th July. Offenders smashed the rear offside window,
unlocked the car and gained entry. A number of items were stolen including a
stereo from the dashboard, CD player, CDs, cash and keys.
Posted 18th July, 2007
There has been a burglary at Brent Pelham between 1600hrs on 14th July and
0730hrs on 15th July. Offender has approached the victim’s garage and with an
unknown implement has broken the metal padlock and has gained entry. Offender has
then removed four wheels from a parked vehicle within the garage and has stolen
wheels and property from within. Offender has then made off in an unknown
Posted 3rd July, 2007
A burglary occurred in Station Road, Puckeridge at 0420 hours on Saturday 30th
June. Offender has put something through the letterbox and hooked out a set of
keys which were under the window ledge. A silver BMW was stolen from the
Another burglary occurred in Aspenden between 1900 on Saturday and 1250 hours
Sunday 1st July. Offenders have forced entry and stolen equipment.
Lastly, a burglary in Town Lane, Benington overnight Saturday/Sunday 1st July.
Offenders have forced the garage door and removed chain saw and hedge trimmer.
Please remind everyone to be particularly vigilant and if anyone sees or hears
anything suspicious to ring the police immediately.
Posted 22nd June, 2007
A burglary occurred in Whempstead Road, Benington between 1015 and 1545 hours on
Thursday 21st June. Offenders have gained entry to the garage and removed a
Another burglary occurred in Brent Pelham. Offenders have driven on to fields
at the rear of the property, pulled down the fence, forced open the garage door
and removed a ride on tractor lawnmower.
In Royston Road, Buntingford between 1000 and 2208 hours on Thursday offenders
have attempted to force open the UPVC front and rear doors but were
And finally in Royston Road, Buntingford between 0800 and 2345 hours on Thursday
offenders have forced open a front window and gained entry.
Please remind everyone to be particularly vigilant and if they see or hear
anything suspicious to ring the police immediately.
Posted 20th June, 2007
A burglary occurred in Old School Green, Benington between 1100 hours and 1430 hours Wednesday 13th June. Offenders have forced entry to the garage and stolen several items. Please remind everyone to be particularly vigilant and if they see or hear anything suspicious to ring the police immediately.
Posted 11 th June, 2007
A distraction burglary occurred in Aspenden between 1500 and 1520 hours on Friday
8th June. Offender knocked on the front door asking if he could collect a ball
from the back garden. Occupier refused saying he would look for it, closed the
inner door and went to the back garden and was approached by the offender who
came round the side of the house. During this time a second offender entered
Suspect was a white male, approx 20 years, short dark hair. One witness saw two
males sitting outside the property in a silver Ford Focus.
A burglary occurred in Westmill between 1600 hours on 3rd and 1730 hours on 4th
June. Offenders have broken into the garage and removed a ride on lawnmower.
Posted 5th June, 2007
A burglary occurred in South Road, Puckeridge between 1000 and 1600 hours on
Friday 1st June. Offenders have entered the rear garden via a side gate and
attempted to force open the patio doors. They have then forced open a rear
wooden panelled window, gained entry and stolen items.
Posted 30th May, 2007
There has been a burglary at High Street, Buntingford between 6pm and 6.30pm on
between 20th and 21st May. Offender has gained access through a locked front door by popping a single yale lock with an unknown implement. A tidy search has been made in one of the
upstairs bedrooms and cash has been removed from a drawer. Property was also
taken. Offenders have then exited through the back door using a key that was in
the door and made off.
Posted 1st May, 2007
With regard to recent distraction burglaries across Eastern Area, using usual
techniques of pretending to be from the waterboard, gas, etc. suspects may be
using a black Audi and a blue Audi. Registration numbers similar to RJ55— and
AO55— but may be using other false plates.
Any sightings of Audi motor cars where occupants are acting suspiciously should
be reported immediately to the police on 0845 33 00 222. Please include any
descriptions of persons, the vehicle registration number, what they are doing
and direction last seen travelling in.
Posted 18th April, 2007
A burglary occurred in Church Fields, Standon between 1600 hours on Sunday and 12 noon on Monday 16th April. Offenders have gained entry to a vehicle parked on the driveway and used the electronic garage opener. Tools were stolen from the garage.
Posted 4th April, 2007
A theft occurred in Brent Pelham between 29th March and 1st April. Offenders have approached the farm and removed a piece of machinery. They must have used a tractor to pull the machine off the premises so if anyone saw or heard anything suspicious would they please ring the police on 0845 33 00 222.
Posted 3rd April, 2007
A burglary occurred in Burns Green, Benington between midnight on Sunday and 0700 hours Monday 2nd April. Offenders have entered through an unlocked patio door at the rear of the property, located car keys and stolen the vehicle, a Vauxhall Astra.
Please remind everyone to be particularly vigilant. To ensure that all doors and windows are securely closed and locked and that nothing is left lying around on view.
Posted 2nd April, 2007
An information message – Just to let you know we have received a letter from “Images of England” advising us of the English Heritage ongoing photographic survey of England’s listed buildings.
All photographs are being taken by volunteers, the majority of whom are local members of the Royal Photographic Society, who are taking a single image of each listed building in the area. Each photographer has a signed identification card with their photograph and they will also be carrying leaflets specifically designed for occupiers of listed buildings giving more details about the survey.