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Burglary Theft advice

Alert message sent 04/01/2018 11:56:00

Information sent on behalf of Bedfordshire Police

Good morning,

Following an increase in burglaries recently, I would like to share the below crime prevention advice with you all in the hope that you may find this useful in safeguarding yourselves against such incidents.

Burglary prevention advice

Make your house look lived-in

  • Burglars won’t be tempted by a full house. If you’re out during the night, keep your lights on a timer and consider keeping your radio playing so it seems like someone is home.

Lock up when you leave

  • Make sure all and windows on your house, vehicle and garages or sheds are securely locked at all times. Not only can valuable tools be appealing to burglars, they can also be used to force entry to a home.

Keep valuables out of sight

  • Keys, wallets, mobile phones and laptops left in view can entice opportunist thieves. Try to keep them hidden in a safe place or store them out of view of windows.

Don’t give crooks an easy entry

  • Never leave keys under a doormat or in a flowerpot – it’s the first place a would-be offender would look.

Look out for neighbours

  • Ask a friend to keep an eye on your house if you go away, and do the same for neighbours. Stay alert to suspicious activity on your street. Consider joining a watch scheme – to join or contact your local Neighbourhood Watch team, visit

Security mark your property

  • Security mark high-value belongings such as laptops, tablets, smartphone and games consoles using UV pens, and make sure you register them on This can help police to return any items that are stolen to their rightful owners.

Report incidents

  • Call 101 to report an incident or anything suspicious, or 999 if a crime is in progress. You can also give information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Kind Regards
Laura Hoggard
PCSO 8951
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Laura Hoggard (Police, PCSO, North)

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