Following reports of burglaries this week in the Leighton Buzzard area, we are reminding all residents to be vigilant and to make their homes less attractive to burglars.
Opportunist burglars will target homes with no lights on, or sounds from inside, to show that the home is occupied, as there is a reduced chance they will be caught in the act.
Our Operation Maze team is a standalone unit, dedicated to tackling burglary. Officers will 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.
Detective Inspector Janine Graham, said: “The impact of burglary crime goes far beyond the material items that are taken; victims are often left with longstanding feelings of being unsafe in their own homes. It’s therefore important for all of us to take whatever steps we can to reduce the chances of being burgled.
“We are committed to driving down those offences in Bedfordshire.
“We have found homes that don’t look ‘lived in’ are a prime target and I would encourage householders to invest in simple, low cost methods, such as timer switches for lights. If you are going out, make it look like there is someone in.
“We are committed to apprehending offenders known to be committing burglaries and we have seen a number of individuals being sentenced to significant jail time this year.
“But any tactics we can use to stop crime from happening in the first place will be hugely beneficial.”
There are simple steps you can take to protect your home when it may be unoccupied:
- Make use of lights – keep them on a timer when you are out so it looks like someone is home
- Make sure all doors to your home and vehicle are securely locked at all times. If you have a UPVC door, make sure it is double locked
- During warmer days and nights, remember to close and lock windows
- Keep all valuables and keys safely out of sight from windows, both in your home and car
- Close curtains when you have the 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 or neighbour to keep an eye on your house when you go away
- Remain alert to suspicious activity in your street
- If you spot someone behaving suspiciously, contact police immediately
- Security mark your property and register it at www.immobilise.com
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.