Witnesses Sought To Biggleswade Burglary
September 24, 2012, 10:39 am
Bedfordshire Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman awoke in the early hours of Sunday morning (September 23) to find a burglar in her bedroom.
The incident happened just before 1am at a property in Fairfield Road, Biggleswade when the 64-year-old female victim was asleep in her bedroom. The offender had used a ladder to climb onto a conservatory roof before gaining access to the house through an open window. The offender searched the property – taking a handbag, purse and cash – before moving to the main bedroom. As the offender searched the room, he woke the victim who screamed and the burglar ran down the stairs and out of the front door.
The victim did not see the offenders face, but he was of slim build and wearing a grey hooded top and black trousers.
Detective Constable Mandy Durrant, who is investigating the burglary, said: “We would really like to hear from anyone who was in the Fairfield Road area at the time or anyone else who may have information – however small or insignificant they think it is – that could help us. 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.
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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
- Talk to a Crimestoppers call agent anonymously by calling 0800 555 111.
- Fill out a form online by clicking this link.
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.