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Two break-ins spark police appeal

12 Oct 2021

Bedfordshire Police’s dedicated burglary team, Operation Maze, is investigating two incidents which happened on 5 October (Tuesday) in Luton and Biggleswade.

The first incident happened at approximately 7.45pm in Malthouse Green, Luton when a person returned to their home to see three intruders inside their property.

The offenders were wearing dark clothing and face coverings.

The second incident happened on the same day (5 October) in Potton Road, Biggleswade at approximately 9.10pm.

Three offenders climbed over the property’s rear gate and then attempted to force entry to the house by breaking the rear door glass.

They were disturbed by the occupant and ran off from the scene.

Detective Constable Kevin Howes, who is investigating both incidents, said: “With days becoming shorter and nights approaching earlier, we usually see an increase of break-ins across the county around this time of year.

“Opportunistic criminals take advantage of the longer dark hours to burgle properties and we would like to remind residents of our advice on how to protect your home and property from burglars.

“We would like to ask anyone who may have witnessed anything suspicious in the areas the offences took place to get in touch as any information may assist us in identifying and apprehending the perpetrators.”

Advice on how to protect your homes from opportunist burglars:

  • Use your lights at home – keep them on a timer when you are out so it looks like someone is home
  • Make sure all doors on your house and vehicle are securely locked at all times. If you have a UPVC door at home, make sure it is double locked
  • Keep all valuables and keys safely out of sight from windows, both in your home and car. Close curtains with a light on indoors
  • Never leave garages or sheds unlocked – not only can valuable tools be appealing to thieves, they can also be used to force entry to your home
  • Don’t hide your keys under a doormat or in a flowerpot – it’s the first place a would-be offender will look
  • Ask a friend to keep an eye on your house when you go away, and do the same for neighbours by remaining alert to suspicious activity in your street
  • If you spot someone behaving suspiciously, contact police immediately

If you have information about these incidents please get in touch with DC Howes on 01234 842059, visit the police online reporting centre, or call 101, quoting reference 40/53030/21 for Luton and 40/53057/21 for the Biggleswade incident.

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

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