A number of cars have been targeted and parts removed by thieves.

Homes have also been burgled and bikes stolen during a spate of crimes in Borehamwood over the last few days.

On October 26, a motorbike, which was left parked and secured, was stolen from St Pauls Close although it is unknown how.

On the same day, thieves stole an exhaust from a car which was parked in Tesco car park and a catalytic converted was taken from another vehicle in the same car park.

The following day, the catalytic converter was stolen from a car which was parked in Morrisons.

Also on October 27, burglars smashed a patio window at a home in Whitehouse Avenue. The suspects had managed to get in via an alleyway to the side of the home before climbing over a fence and opening a gate.

Once inside, the house alarm went off and the burglars fled. Nothing was taken from the property.

A van was stolen from a driveway in Melrose Avenue on October 28 while cash and a mobile phone was stolen from a car which was parked in Furzehill Road on October 29.

New Hertsmere detective inspector Michael Macbeth has urged homeowners to do all they can to protect their homes from burglars. He has offered the following advice including timed lights, keeping valuables and keys out of sight, ensuring gates are locked, making sure doors and windows are locked, and installing alarms and door-bell cameras.