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Luton, Dunstable, Houghton Regis and Caddington – how to deter burglars

After the Christmas and New Year period, Beds Police wanted to issue some advice that can help make your home safer and more secure all year round.

**Make your house look lived-in**

Burglars won’t be tempted by a busy house. If you’re out during the night, keep some lights on a timer and a radio playing so it appears like someone is home. 

**Lock up when you leave**

Make sure all and windows on your house, vehicle and garages or sheds are well and truly locked at all times.

Keep tools out of sight so intruders can’t use them to enter your property.

**Keep valuables out of sight**

Hide your keys, wallets, mobile phones and laptops, it they are left in view, it can entice opportunist thieves. Try to keep them well hidden in a safe place or store them out of view of windows.

**Don’t give crooks an easy entry**

Don’t ever put keys under a doormat or in a flowerpot – it’s the first place a would-be offender would look. 

**Look out for neighbours**

Ask a neighbour to keep an eye on your house if you go away, and do the same for neighbours. Make sure you help others and they will help you. Stay alert to suspicious activity on your street. Consider joining a watch scheme – to join or contact your local Neighbourhood Watch Scheme.

**Security mark your property**

Mark high-value belongings such as laptops, tablets, smartphone and games consoles using UV pens, and make sure you register them on . It can help police to return any items that are stolen to their rightful owners. 

**Report incidents**

Call 101 to report an incident, or 999 if a crime is in progress. In addition to that you can give information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

**Complete the home seurity checklist**

Take a some time to review the security in your home. Walk around your property and look for things that could help an intruder get into your home.

Do you have any questions? Please call 07950645409.

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