Police in Leighton Buzzard are warning residents to check their home security after two burglaries were reported on the same day.
Both happened in Orion Way on November 29 and involved a person trying to gain access to the rear of the neighbouring properties.
In one case the burglar failed to get in to the house but at a second home the intruder managed to gain entry through a rear door and took an Apple iMac Air Book, a Rubbermaid hammer, a pair of designer Maui Jim sunglasses, a Raymond Weil watch with a silver link strap and a Tissot watch with a gold and silver link strap.
Det Con Surfraz Hussain, investigating, is keen to trace anyone who may have been offered similar items for sale recently and would like to remind residents to check their home security.
He said: “This week the force is running a countywide burglary prevention week to encourage residents to take the necessary precautions to protect their homes. The public can also help us by contacting the police if they have any information about burglary, or the sale of property which they believe could be stolen.”
Anyone with information relating to this investigation can contact Det Con Hussain, in confidence, at Luton Police Station, on 01582 394435, Bedfordshire Police on 101, or text information to 07786 200011.
Alternatively, contact the independent crime fighting charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
Anyone wishing to attend a burglary reduction road show in their area this week can find details at www.bedfordshire.police.uk
Resident can also follow these few easy steps to help protect their homes:
If you have a UPVC door, double lock it by lifting the handle, turning the key and removing it. Ensure doors and windows, including fanlights, are properly locked.
Block side passages with a strong, locked, high gate, check fences for weak spots and fit locks to the top and bottom of patio doors
Secure sheds and garages with good quality locks and don’t leave tools lying around
Install a visible burglar alarm and use security lights
Never leave car keys, or other easy to move items, in view
Leave lights and the radio on when you go out
Do not hide keys under mats or flowerpots - it is the first place burglars look
Security mark your property
Find out about Neighbourhood Watch
Report strangers acting suspiciously
Discourage distraction burglars. Remind elderly relatives of the importance of using spy holes, door chains and insisting on ID, if in doubt, they should call 999.