19 vehicle thefts in Houghton Regis, Dunstable and Luton in the last 3 weeks!   Bedfordshire Police… protecting people and fighting crime together!   The Bedfordshire Police have sent out an email explaining that there have been 19 vehicle thefts in Houghton Regis, Dunstable and Luton in the past 3 weeks. The car keys were stolen from the vehicle owner’s property.   Unfortunately, in February 2018 Caddington also experienced 8 burglaries. If you want to find out about what is going on in your area you can go to https://crime- statistics.co.uk/postcode/lu1%204eq and enter your postcode.   Our coverage of the article in the Daily Mail about how easy it is for someone to break into your home was really popular in our Facebook page. It was quite scary to see exactly how easy it is to break into someone’s home. You can read the article here and there is a video demonstrating the break-in. You will also find some good advice and opinions. It’s well worth the read. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4404904/How-break-home-BUTTER- KNIFE.html   We will continue to share valuable and relevant reports and stories about home security. Not only to keep you informed about the safety and security of your home but in the hope that it may help prevent you experiencing an intrusion in what should be your safe place. Our tips and tricks may help deter an unwanted guest in your property.     How easy would it be for an intruder to find your car keys in your home?   Are they hanging on a key hook by the front door? Are they on the hallway table? Are they in your handbag that you leave downstairs when you go to bed? Do you leave your front door unlocked and your windows open? When was the last time you reviewed your home security?   ‘Home’ is one of the loveliest words there is. How many times have you said, ‘I can’t wait to get home.’?   Protect what is yours, keep you and your family safe….   The Bedfordshire Police have issued advice about how you can reduce your chances of becoming a victim of crime.   1. Keep house doors and windows locked at all times, and ensure that when locking doors, they are double locked. 2. Remove all door keys from locks and keep both house keys and car keys in a safe place out of view from windows and letter boxes. 3. Keep hallways clear of valuables like car keys, handbags and electrical equipment where they may be seen.. Bedfordshire Police remains committed to tackling burglary and robbery through Operation Fidelity. Launched in 2015, ‘Op Fidelity’ is their dedicated response to burglary and robbery, made up of officers from various areas of the force working to tackle these issues. Those involved in the year-round operation are continuing to identify long-term hotspots, short-term spikes and key offending patterns, and aim to find and bring to justice those people responsible for burglaries.   To report suspicious activity, call 101 or visit the online reporting centre. In case of an emergency, dial 999.  Alternatively you can give information anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.     Here are some useful links about crime on the Bedfordshire Police website:   Report a crime on line https://www.bedfordshire.police.uk/report/Report-Shared/Report-a- crime Report a concern https://www.bedfordshire.police.uk/report/Report- Shared/Report-a-concern Report a vehicle collision https://www.bedfordshire.police.uk/report/Report-Shared/Report-road- traffic-collision Report anti-social driving https://www.bedfordshire.police.uk/report/Report-Shared/Report-anti- social-driving Report fraud https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud Report hate crime https://www.met.police.uk/true-vision-report-hate- crime/ Report anonymously https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give- information/give-information-online/ Report terrorism https://www.gov.uk/report-terrorism What is happening in your area? https://www.bedfordshire.police.uk/your-area/your-area    Other articles 4 good reasons why you should hire a locksmith instead of doing it yourself! When something goes wrong most people like to find a way to fix it themselves to save money. We all do it, we ‘Google’ it or go on ‘YouTube’ and then feel sufficiently confident to tackle the job ourselves. Read more… How to protect your home when you go away You’ve worked hard for what you have. Sadly, there are people out there that think they have a right to take it away from you.  Protect what you own and don’t give burglars an inch because they will take a mile. Read more… Innovations in home security Times have moved on from ‘Home Alone’ - you don’t need swinging paint cans or shattered baubles on the floor.  We have been checking out some innovations in home security and here are some ideas to help protect your home. Read more…   Most popular social media posts **Most popular post last week!** Wooden doors change shape slightly over time due to temperature and usage. If you have a wooden door that won’t open and shut easily, push the door closed and slide a piece of card from the top of the door downwards (not on the hinge side).  Where the card doesn’t slide well or stops completely, make a light pencil mark. Remove the door from the hinges and sand down the areas you have marked with a pencil. It might not need too much sanding so don’t go sanding mad. Hang the door again and see if that has helped to stop the door sticking. Any problems, give me a call: 07950645409. Regards, George. Follow us on Facebook!   **Tuesday’s tip** I-spy with my little eye! You can stream live footage of your home to your smartphone or tablet wirelessly. Keep track of your home wherever you are.  https://www.johnlewis.com/netgear-arlo-smart-secur…/p2291304 Follow us on Facebook! Stay up to date with all our news.     Come back and visit our blog again, we will be sharing lots of updates and expert advice. Do you have any questions? Give us a call on: 0800 183 0564

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