Burglars strike as Dunstable house is empty for New Year
Burglars stole various valuable items from a house in Houghton Regis while the occupants were out celebrating the arrival of the New Year.
Beds Police are appealing for witnesses after the incident in Conway Close between the hours of 7am on Monday December 31, 2012, and 3am on Tuesday, January 1, 2013.
The offenders climbed over a garden wall before forcing open the patio doors and searching the house.
The burglars stole items including a computer games console and jewellery before leaving through the rear garden.
Det Con Surfraz Hussain, investigating, wants to hear from anyone who was in Conway Close during the periods mentioned.
He would also like to hear from anyone who may have been in the nearby green and may have seen anything suspicious.
Beds Police have also given advice to residents to avoid becoming a victim of burglary while they are out of their house.
A spokesman said: “It is known that burglars are less likely to target homes that are occupied so making sure your property looks and feels like someone is home can be all that is needed to keep your belongs safe.
As part of the force’s winter Stay Safe initiative Beds Police would like to remind residents that simple crime prevention measures really can make all the difference, such as leaving the lights on in main living areas and rooms and keeping a radio switched on and tuned in to a talk radio station.
“Thieves are essentially lazy opportunists, and if they have to make a lot of noise, spend a lot of time, or risk being seen, they are unlikely to bother.”
If you have information relating to the incident in Houghton Regis, contact DC Hussain, in confidence, on 01582 394435, the non-emergency number 101, or text information to 07786 200011.
Alternatively contact independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
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