The owner of Fancy Bakery on Roff Avenue has told Bedford Independent that they are still waiting for Bedfordshire Police to gather evidence after they were burgled over a week ago.
Police were notified of the crime on 22 September but, despite taking details and issuing a crime reference number over the phone, have not yet visited the property.
The owner also says that she still hasn’t been told if CCTV from a business opposite her shop has been collected or reviewed. The owner, who did not want to be named, said this was indicative of the lack of resources that police forces are struggling with across the UK, with Bedfordshire’s Force clearly overstretched and understaffed.
They added that they were concerned people may stop reporting burglaries if police aren’t able to collect evidence quickly or give timely feedback to victims.
A Bedfordshire Police spokesperson said: “We were called at around 08.20 on Saturday, September 22 to reports of a burglary from a business premises in Roff Avenue, Bedford. Officers were due to carry out forensic searches on the same day but it was assessed that unfortunately the forensic opportunities had been lost.
“CCTV enquiries have taken place and our investigation is ongoing. We are working as hard as we can to meet the demand we are currently facing and are continuing to prioritise those incidents which have the highest risk of harm to the public.”
Bedfordshire Police ask anyone who may have information about the burglary, or who may have seen anything suspicious, to contact them on 101, quoting reference 100 of September 22.