Bedfordshire Police appeal after three burglaries in Marston Moretaine Image By Brian Jackson AdobeStock_75638936

Three burglaries reported this week

Bedfordshire Police is appealing for witnesses after a series of burglaries in Marston Moretaine on 29 May.

The three burglaries reported were:

  • Longcroft Lane, Marston Moretaine. Reported at 02:17 hrs 29/05/19
  • Pembroke Close, Marston Moretaine. Between 00:00 – 06:00 hours 29/05/19
  • Denbigh Close, Marston Moretaine 29/05/19

Operation Maze is a dedicated unit dealing with burglary offences. If anyone has any information or witnessed anything in this area, Beds Police would urge them to call 101 and ask for Operation Maze.

Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Report suspicious activity – including door handles being tried

Bedfordshire Police is advising residents to be vigilant and take note of crime prevention tips. Officers are conducting visits to the area and reminding residents of some helpful advice which can help deter would-be burglars.

We would advise anyone with information about suspicious activity, including door handles being tried, to report it to police on 101.

Police advice includes:

  • Make your house look lived-in – burglars won’t be tempted by a full house. If you’re out during the night, keep your lights on a timer and consider keeping your radio playing so it seems like someone is home
  • Lock up when you leave – make sure all and windows on your house, vehicle and garages or sheds are securely locked at all times. Not only can valuable tools be appealing to burglars, they can also be used to force entry to a home
  • Keep valuables out of sight – keys, wallets, mobile phones and laptops left in view can entice opportunist thieves. Try to keep them hidden in a safe place or store them out of view of windows
  • Don’t give crooks an easy entry – never leave keys under a doormat or in a flowerpot – it’s the first place a would-be offender would look
  • Look out for neighbours – ask a friend to keep an eye on your house if you go away, and do the same for neighbours. Stay alert to suspicious activity on your street. Consider joining a Neighbourhood Watch scheme
  • Security mark your property – New window security mark high-value belongings such as laptops, tablets, smartphone and games consoles using UV pens, and make sure you register them on . This can help police to return any items that are stolen to their rightful owners
  • Report incidents – call 101 to report an incident, or 999 if a crime is in progress. You can also give information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or use the Beds Police online reporting form
  • Complete the home security checklist – take a few minutes to review the security in your home. Most domestic security issues can be improved quickly and cheaply, and will put your mind at rest. An example checklist is available on the Beds Police website