Fri 13 December 2019

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What is happening on our patch?

Alert message sent 23/06/2019 17:40:00

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As promised I'll try to keep you updated with what has been happening on the the patch.
Over last two weeks, between Barton, Sharpenhoe, Sundon and Streatley we have had 5 burglaries and 3 thefts from motor vehicles reported. at the end of this e-mail I'll include some simple steps which could make you less vulnerable to burglary or a theft from motor vehicle.

There has also been some speculation on social media with regards to a serious incident on A6 where a school bus was involved. Due to the fact that investigation is in progress I will not be revealing much about it, however please refrain from speculating on social media as I have already seen some really damaging rumours. At the end of day there is a seriously injured person involved and you will never know whether the persons family can read the things you post online.

On the other note I have met many of you on the Barton-Le-Clay Church fete and I have to thank you for making me feeling so welcome in the area I  am looking forward to meeting as many of you as I can.

Going back to burglary:

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 999 if a crime is in progress. You can also give information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Signposting and partner agencies
Bedfordshire Police – call 101 to report crime and 999 in an emergency, visit
Neighbourhood Watch -
Crimestoppers - 0800 555 111 or
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Luton Borough Council:
Central Bedfordshire Council:
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Slav Konopka (Police, PC, Leighton Buzzard & Linslade Community Policing Team)

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