Police warn residents to be alert after distraction burglaries are reported

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Bedfordshire Police issued a security reminder and appealed for witnesses following a distraction burglary in Bedford on Wednesday 17 April.

The incident took place in Orwell Close, Bedford and a similar burglary happened on Easter Monday afternoon in Ashburnham Road, Luton.

At around 3pm on 17 April a woman knocked at the victim’s door and asked for a carrier bag. While the victim was getting the bag for her, the woman stole car keys from the hall way and used them to steal the victim’s car.

The stolen vehicle is a sliver Ford Fiesta with registration number EJ65 KLL.

The offender in both incidents is described as a white, skinny woman in her 30s.

Detective Sergeant Chris Hutton said: “In both cases, the offender took advantage of another person’s kindness. If you have any information about either incident, please get in touch with us.

“Although we are not formally linking the two incidents, we would like to encourage residents to stay vigilant. If you have an elderly family member, friend or neighbour please speak to them about securing their home and being wary of any strangers who call at their home.”

Distraction burglary advice:
  • If you have an unexpected knock on the door, never open it to strangers, consider installing a door chain and always keep it on
  • If unsure of the visitor’s identity always ask for their ID first and telephone the company they are purporting to be from, and use the telephone numbers listed in your local directory or provided independently by your service provider
  • Discuss any work you feel needs carrying out on your property with a relative or friend who can help you find a reputable trader
  • Check whether traders are members of the Consumer Codes Approval Scheme or the Government Trust Mark scheme
  • Don’t agree to any work or sign anything on the spot. Do not be pressured into having any work carried out

Anyone with information is asked to call DS Hutton on 101 or by visiting www.bedfordshire.police.uk/report. Quote reference number 40/21942/19 for the Bedford incident and 40/22930/19 for the Luton incident.

Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.