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Burglary prevention advice

As the nights get darker, opportunist thieves can sometimes see this as a good time of year to strike.

Our dedicated team tackling burglary, Operation Maze, has secured several results in the last month including two prison sentences, Paul Davis, 44, of no fixed abode, received four years and two months for multiple burglary, theft, fraud and handling stolen goods offences in June and July and Navid Nazir, 38, of Frederick Street, Luton, was sentenced to three years and six months for burglary.

Whilst our officers are working hard to put burglars behind bars, we are also reminding people of our prevention advice which could help deter would be thieves.

This time of year, it’s easier to see if people are at home by whether there are lights on, so if you’re out during the night, put your lights on a timer and consider keeping your radio playing, so it seems like someone is home.

Keep all valuables and keys safely out of sight from windows, both in your home and car, and make sure you do not hide your keys in a ‘safe’ place outside your home.

Secure all house and vehicle doors, make sure your door double locked and make sure your garages and sheds are not left unlocked. Burglars can steal valuable tools, or use them to gain entry to your house.

Have a look at whether it is cost effective to install technology, such as CCTV or a video doorbell device, which helps deter burglars and can also provide opportunity for investigation, should you become a victim of crime.

What happens when a burglary is reported?

  • When a call comes in, our call handlers go through a specially designed series of questions, so they can assess the incident and how it should be actioned in the most efficient and effective way.
  • All victims of burglary will be visited by a scenes of crime officer to thoroughly assess any forensic opportunities.
  • If a burglary occurs in a frequently targeted area, or involves vulnerable victims, or there were witnesses we can follow up with, it will be classed as a priority and an officer may attend to speak to the victim to gather more information.

Watch our video to find out more.

If you spot someone behaving suspiciously, contact the police via 101 immediately. In an emergency or if a crime is in progress always call 999.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Southam


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