Vulnerable Houghton Regis Woman Burgled While She Pretended to Be Asleep

  • A vulnerable woman was burgled while she was in her bed. The incident happened in the early hours of Monday morning, 2 November. Police have issued general advice.

At around 4am, the victim was in bed when she was awoken by someone in her room. After remaining still and pretending to be asleep, she waited for the intruder to leave before contacting police.

The offender made off with cash and bank cards from a handbag beside her bed and keys from drawers in the lounge.

PC Craig Cullum, from Operation Maze, said, “This was obviously a terrifying ordeal for the victim, who has understandably been left shaken by the event. I’d urged anyone in the Blackthorn Road area of Houghton Regis who may have seen someone acting suspiciously around the time to contact us right away.

“Opportunist thieves will look for insecurities in a home in an attempt to gain access. Whilst most people are working from home and staying indoors during this time, it is still important to double lock your front doors. If you have a PVC-U and multipoint locking door, ensure you lift the handle and turn and remove the key, as this will ensure the door is locked at multiple points, making it more secure.

“Sheds and garages can also be a target, so remember to keep them secure and locked. Not only can they be an easy access, any tools stolen could then be used to gain access into your home.”

When investigating a burglary, the Operation Maze team look for forensic and CCTV opportunities. PC Cullum added, “CCTV is helpful when it comes to identifying burglars and securing convictions. We appreciate it can be expensive, but we would encourage people to look at whether it is cost-effective to install technology, such as CCTV or a video doorbell device. These can a useful deterrent but they can also provide an opportunity for investigation.”

For more burglary prevention advice, visit the police website.

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Anyone with information about the incident in Houghton Regis is asked to contact the police on 101, or visit the online reporting centre, quoting 40/59512/20.

Alternatively you can contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111.