Bedfordshire Police is issuing winter crime prevention advice to residents in the Bury Park and High Town areas.
During the winter months, offences against properties which are perceived to be empty tend to increase. This is either because the occupants are out of the house as the evening draws in, or because there are no lights or sounds to indicate that the property is occupied.
Burglars may take advantage of shorter daylight hours to operate, but there are simple steps you can take to protect your home at night, and during the day when it may be unoccupied.
- Use your lights at home – keep them on a timer when you are out so it looks like someone is home
- Make sure all doors on your house and vehicle are securely locked at all times. If you have a UPVC door at home, make sure it is double locked
- Keep all valuables and keys safely out of sight from windows, both in your home and car. Close curtains with a light on indoors.
- Never leave garages or sheds unlocked – not only can valuable tools be appealing to thieves, they can also be used to force entry to your home
- Don’t hide your keys under a doormat or in a flowerpot – it’s the first place a would-be offender will look
- Ask a friend to keep an eye on your house when you go away, and do the same for neighbours by remaining alert to suspicious activity in your street
- If you spot someone behaving suspiciously, contact police immediately
- Don’t forget to security mark your property and register it on www.immobilise.com
The force’s dedicated response to burglary, Operation Fidelity, sees officers from across the force working together to tackle burglary. Officers continue to work to identify long-term crime hotspots, short-term spikes and key offending patterns, as well as investigating offences and carrying out disruptive tactics against known burglars.
Burglary is a priority for Bedfordshire Police, and officers remain utterly committed to clamping down on burglary offenders, and making Bedfordshire a safer place for everyone.
Bedfordshire Police takes all reports of crime seriously. Call 101 to report an incident, or 999 if a crime is in progress.
You can also give information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. To join or contact your local Neighbourhood Watch group, visit www.ourwatch.org.uk.