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Witnesses Sought To Arlesey Burglary

September 26, 2012, 9:15 am

Bedfordshire Police are appealing for witnesses after thousands of pounds worth of electrical equipment and jewellery were stolen while a family slept during a burglary at a house in Arlesey on Saturday (September 22).

The incident happened sometime between midnight and 8.30am at a property in Stotfold Road, Arlesey. The offenders gained access to the property via a rear window and were able to search the kitchen and lounge area without disturbing the family and escaped with a number of items including:

  • Three iPads

  • Two iPhones

  • A white gold wedding band

  • A solitaire engagement ring

  • A diamond eternity ring

  • Various other necklaces and pendants

  • Several other rings

Detective Constable Mandy Durrant, who is investigating the burglary, said: ”The family have been left devastated by this burglary and really do feel violated in their own home by the actions of the offenders.

We would really like to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time of the burglary or anyone else who may have information – however small or insignificant they think it is – that could help us. Please dont dismiss your information as unimportant – even tiny details which dont seem relevant now might become useful later on in the investigation.”

If you have information relating to this incident, contact DC Durrant, in confidence, on 01234 275035, the non-emergency number 101, or text information to 07786 200011.

Alternatively contact independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111,or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.

Residents are being urged to register with the UK National Property Register at www.immobilise.com where they can log any items such as mobile phones, computers, bicycles, appliances and jewellery. Immobilise will record serial numbers and also allows the user to upload pictures and a brief description of the item.

The Immobilise database is linked directly to a number of police systems across the UK which makes it easier for officers to trace the owners of any recovered items as well as identifying items that have been found on suspected criminals.

Another measure that residents can consider is security marking their property with Ultra-Violet (UV) pens or chemical DNA marking solutions which can also be used on jewellery.

Bedfordshire Police and Crime Reduction co-ordinators continue to actively target the problem at the moment but anything that can be done to prevent the problem in the first place is invaluable.

Other measures that residents can take to reduce the threat of burglary include:

  • Keep vehicle keys out of sight at night

  • If you have a garage, use it

  • Ensure security lights are working and your car is locked and alarmed

  • Ensure all doors and windows are locked

  • If you see someone acting suspiciously, telephone the police

  • Join a Neighbourhood Watch or Street Watch scheme

Contact Crimestoppers anonymously with information about crime

101 – The police non-emergency number

101 is the number to call when you want to contact your local police in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland – when it’s less urgent than a 999 call.
Find out more information about 101 by following this link.

 
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