December is often referred to as the most wonderful time of the year, and we want to do everything we can to ensure our communities are able to enjoy it to the fullest.
We tend to see an increase in residential burglaries around this time. Opportunistic criminals take advantage of the darker evenings to break into properties unnoticed, enticed by the valuable gifts that may be found in homes during the festive season.
By remaining vigilant and taking a few simple precautions, you can help to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of burglary.
Keeping your home secure
Here are some tips to help keep your home and belongings safe:
There is lots more advice about keeping your home safe from burglars on our website.
Let's work together
Residential burglaries are continuing to fall in Bedfordshire.
We have a dedicated burglary team, Operation Maze, focused on pursuing thieves and criminal networks that make a living through burglary crime, as well as an offender management unit that manages and supports the rehabilitation of some of the county's highest-risk offenders.
But we will have the biggest impact on criminal activity if we work together with our communities.
If you do notice any suspicious activity in your neighbourhood, please report it to us online or call 101. This can help us build intelligence and prevent future incidents.
Always call 999 in an emergency or if a crime is in progress.
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