Police believe that in some instances home owners did not fully secure their UPVC doors before going to bed and some motorists didn't lock their vehicles.
Mobile telephones, iPads, laptops, wallets, clothing and jewellery are just some of the small but valuable things the burglars and thieves have targeted.
Police want to nip this problem in the bud and are urging residents in the area to take extra precautions to help keep their homes and property safe.
Police Sergeant Andy Rivers said: “Burglars will take advantage of any lapse in security so I would remind residents to check their home security and before leaving home or going to bed make sure all your windows and doors are locked properly. This also applies to your vehicles – remove all items from view include cradles for satellite navigation systems and other devices.”
He continued: “Local Policing Teams will be out and about in these areas giving crime reduction advice to residents and to also deter offenders. However, we are also reminding residents to follow our advice to help keep their property safe, especially as the nights are getting darker and winter is approaching.”
Here’s some simple but effective advice to help residents keep their homes, vehicles and property safe:
- Double lock UPVC doors by lifting the handle before you turn the key
- Make sure alarms are fitted, serviced and security lighting is in good working order
- Bolt side entrances and check boundary fences are secure and make sure your gates are kept locked
- If you must leave a downstairs fanlight open, fit window limiters
- If you are out in your garden make sure your doors and windows remain locked
- If you are going out during the evening or at night leave a light on and a radio tuned in to a talk radio station
- If you are going out during the day and planning to come home after it is dark also leave a light on and a radio tuned into a talk radio station
- Security mark your property with products like Smartwater
- Find out about Neighbourhood Watch and what it can do for you
- NEVER leave money in your home – always put in the bank
- Also consider keeping your most precious jewellery in the bank
- Never leave your vehicle unlocked
- Always remove any items from your vehicle when you leave it
- If you vehicle is fitted with an alarm, please use it
If you have information relating these crimes you can contact PS Rivers in confidence, on 01582 473492, or Bedfordshire Police on 101 or text information to 07786 200011.
Alternatively contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.