Safety advice issued after a number of burglaries in the county

Police are issuing safety advice and urging family and friends of elderly residents to remain vigilant following a number of burglaries in the last few days.

Community Chief Inspector Sean Quinn said: “We would like to reassure all residents that we are committed to finding those responsible and our Operation Fidelity burglary team are working hard to track them and bring them to justice.

“Burglary is hugely distressing for anyone affected and particularly so for elderly residents who are victimised in their own home. It will not be tolerated and we are working with the residents to support them and look after their welfare. Enquiries are on-going and house to house visits have been conducted in the area for community reassurance.”

Family and friends are asked to visit their relatives and neighbours and help share the safety advice. If you have any concerns around the safety of a property you are asked to get in touch via 101 or contact police on 999 if a crime is on-going.

Police are appealing for anyone with any information, or who witnessed anything suspicious in the vicinity of the below incidents, to come forward.

• At around 7.30pm on Monday (11 January) a group of men forced entry to a property in Manor Place, Upper Caldecote. They forced the owner to stay in the lounge while they searched the house and made off with a jewellery box. The four men are described as eastern European, of muscular build and around 5’10”.

• Between 3.45pm and 7.15pm on Tuesday (12 January) offenders broke into a property in Florence Avenue, Luton, and made off with money and jewellery.

• At around 7.30pm on Tuesday (12 January) three men were distributed in a property in Ripley Road, Luton. They were described as wearing hoodies and made off towards Bradley Road.
Call CI Quinn on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, with information.

Safety advice
Residents are advised to verify callers’ identity before fully opening the door. If you have a chain, keep this fastened when you go to the door.

If in any doubt that the caller is not there for a legitimate purpose, such as a pre-arranged visit, do not open the door or let the person into your home.

Handbags, wallets, cash and house or car keys are obvious targets for criminals, so don’t leave them in a prominent position or in view of windows.

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