Hot Weather Warning As Intruders Are About !

An attempted burglary in Elm Park Close, Houghton Regis, has prompted local councillor, Alan Winter to urge residents on Parkside to be on their guard during hot weather. 

On this occasion, Friday the 11th of July, during the morning, a householder was able to disturb the intruder after they attempted to gain entry via the rear garden, and trying to force open a patio door. If you have any information about this incident, quote crime reference, J D / 2 6 7 7 5 / 2014. 

Cllr Winter said, "The crime reduction advice is to make your boundaries difficult or impossible to climb over. At the simplest level this means don't leave things like wheelie bins in places that could help an intruder to climb over. Planting up prickly bushes near the boundary is not a quick measure, but something to be considered, longer term. And I'd say, don't leave accessible open windows and doors unattended, even for a moment."

Other Crime reduction advice from Bedfordshire Police includes:

  • Keep doors and windows locked at all times.
  • Remove all keys from the locks and keep them in a safe place out of view.
  • Keep hallways clear of valuables like keys, handbags and laptop where they may be seen.
  • Check that side gates are locked.
  • Keep bins, ladders and garden furniture locked away.
  • Fit Window Restrictors to fan light windows.

If you have information about any crime or suspicious activity please call the Control Room on 1 0 1

Text your message to 07786 200011

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at
No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.