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New Community Priority

Alert message sent 23/09/2020 13:47:00

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New community policing priority for Bedford – Burglary
 
Following on from our community social media engagement events, we gave you the chance to vote for what you think our policing priority should be for the next three months and it was decided that burglary was a key issue in all areas.
 
Over the ‘lockdown’ period, we experienced a spate of burglaries across Bedford, where sheds and garages were being broken into, but now people are getting out and about more, homes are being targeted.
 
Please remember that if you have any issues in your area or you want to report any suspicious behaviour, you can do so via our online reporting tool. Alternatively, you can use our live web chat service, which will put you in touch with someone directly in our contact centre, or call us on 101.
 
Your input really does help us create an intelligence picture of any issues in your area and feeds into how we tackle these problems.
 
There are steps you can take to reduce your chance of becoming a victim of burglary, particularly this time of the year when the evenings are becoming darker:
  • Use lights at home – use a timer when you are out, so it looks like someone is home.
  • Secure all house and vehicle doors. If you have a UPVC door, make sure it is double locked.
  • Keep all valuables and keys safely out of sight from windows, both in your home and car.
  • Close the curtains when you have a 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.
  • Have a look at whether it is cost effective to install technology, such as CCTV or a video doorbell device, which helps deter burglars and can also provide further opportunity for investigation.
  • Ask a friend to keep an eye on your house when you go away, and do the same for neighbours by remaining alert to suspicious activity in your street.
If you spot someone behaving suspiciously, report it to us either via our online reporting tool or by calling 101
Always call 999 in an emergency.
Find out more about burglary prevention advice on our website

Kind regards,

Bedford Urban Community Policing Team
 
Message sent by
Emily Hurst (Police, PCSO, North Urban Community)

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