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Protect your home against thieves

Detective Constable Ian Williams from Bedfordshire Police’s dedicated burglary team, Operation Maze, is reminding the public to ensure your home safety is up to date to help deter opportunist thieves.

The team have secured a number of arrests and charges for prolific burglars in the last month and continue to tackle burglary across the county.

DC Williams said: “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, this will ensure the door is locked at multiple points, making it more secure.

“Sheds and garages can 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, DC Williams said that the team look for forensic and CCTV opportunities. He 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 opportunity for investigation.”

For more burglary prevention advice, visit our website.

What happens when a burglary is reported? To find out watch our video.

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.

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