Bedfordshire experiences dramatic drop in burglaries

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Bedfordshire’s burglary rates have dramatically dropped with almost 100 fewer burglaries in hotspot areas.

There were 93 fewer residential burglaries throughout October and November compared to the same months last year.

In 2021 there were roughly 34 fewer residential burglaries every month across Bedfordshire compared to 2020.

Detective Superintendent William Hodgkinson said: “We are determined to tackle burglary from every angle.

“We are investing in our fantastic Operation Maze burglary squad and want to double the number of detectives working in that unit next year.

“But we are also being creative in how we get the word out to our communities to make themselves a hostile target for opportunistic thieves.”

Bedfordshire Police recently wrote to 40,00 households in higher risk areas. This coincided with the clocks going back as burglaries often increase when the nights get darker.

Police have driven down burglary rates across the UK. In November, the force doubled it’s solved rate compared to the average so far this year.

This month alone, three people have been charged in connection to 14 burglaries across the country.

Protect your home:

  • Make your house look lived-in. Keep lights on a timer at night. Consider keeping your radio playing so it seems like someone is home.
  • Make sure all doors and windows on your house, vehicle, garages or sheds are securely locked at all times. Valuable tools are appealing to burglars and can be used to force entry to your home.
  • If you have a PVC-U or multilock door, ensure you lift up the handle and turn and remove the key.
  • 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 they’ll look.
  • Ask a friend to keep an eye on your house if you go away.  Do the same for neighbours.
  • Stay alert to suspicious activity. Consider joining a Neighbourhood Watch scheme.
  • Security mark your property (e.g. laptops, tablets, smartphones and games consoles) with UV pens. This helps police return stolen items. To request a UV pen for personal use, email doco@beds.police.uk or call us on 101.
  • Report incidents – visit here or call 101. Phone 999 if a crime is in progress. You can also give information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
  • Review your home security. Most domestic security issues can be improved quickly and cheaply. A checklist is available to view, download and complete via the burglary section on the Bedfordshire Police website.

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