A man has been jailed for three-and-a-half years in relation to a string of Luton burglaries.
Kane Lee, 19, of Wheatfield Close, Leighton Buzzard, pleaded guilty to four counts of burglary and was sentenced at Luton Crown Court yesterday (Wednesday).
Lee in particular targeted properties which he believed could be in possession of high-value Asian jewellery and, at one property, stole more than £13,000 worth of jewellery, along with car keys.
Detective Constable Jason Wheeler, who investigated the case, said: “Lee was a prolific burglar who caused misery to his victims during his crime spree.
“He committed these burglaries during the day, whilst the occupants were out working. I’m pleased that Lee has now been taken off the streets for a number of years and I hope during his time in jail that he reflects on his actions.
“At Bedfordshire Police we are committed to reducing burglary and this sentencing shows that this is a crime that both us and the courts take very seriously.”
Top tips to help reduce the risk of burglary
- Make your house look lived-in - burglars won’t be as tempted if they think someone is home. If you’re heading out for a Christmas party of a festive gathering, 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.
- 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're going away for the holiday season, and do the same for neighbours. Stay alert to suspicious activity on your street.
- Use a secure car park - if you're out doing Christmas shopping or having a night out in the town centre, use a secure, well lit car park.
- Don't leave valuables on display - if you have to leave Christmas presents in your car while you're Christmas shopping, keep them covered up and locked in the boot.
- Property mark your new gifts - by property marking any valuable gifts you receive, you are more likely to get them returned to you in the unfortunate event that they are stolen.