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Attempted robbery in Cople

Alert message sent 23/07/2019 17:16:00

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Dear all
We have been informed on an attempted robbery at Cople village hall today. Fortunately those at the Centre challenged this man and he left with nothing.

The police have recently issued safety advice, especially during this hot weather and you should have received this advice via a Neighbourhood Watch Alert. I have repeated their most recent advice here. Please be aware of any vulnerable neighbours you may have and do please pass on the advice to neighbours and family.

  Police are issuing advice to residents to not let their home be an easy target for burglars this summer by looking at how secure their gardens and sheds are.

Detective Sergeant Gemma Pugh from Bedfordshire Police’s Op Maze team, said: “We all remember to lock our doors, check that our windows are shut or that our cars are secured, but back gardens, especially sheds, are often targeted by burglars as they are quite often valuable equipment or property within them.

“Something as minor as a broken fence panel, an unlocked gate or valuable equipment left out in the garden is enough to entice a burglar to take a second look.

We are working hard to prevent criminals, but you can play your part in making sure you are making it as difficult for them as possible.”

Here are some tips and advice for preventing burglary in your home:
Make sure the fences around your garden are in good condition.
Ensure side gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of the property.
Lock all shed and garage windows and if possible keep them covered so intruders aren’t able to see what is inside.
Avoid storing high value items in sheds and if there is nowhere else to store them, think about buying an alarm to give it extra security.
Secure bikes at home by locking them to an immoveable object inside a locked shed or garage.
Keep ladders and tools stored away as they could be used to break into your home.
Ensure side gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of the property.
Trim high hedges at the front of your property - Don’t give burglars an easy place to hide -
You can security mark property and register it at
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 team, visit

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David Snowball (NHWN, Database Administrator, Bedford & District Neighbourhood Watch)

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