Thieves used a catflap to attempt a burglary in Kempston.
The attempted break-in followed two incident in Biggleswade and Leighton Buzzard on Sunday in which offenders gained entry, or tried to, through rear UPVC doors by putting their arm through the cat flap and unlocking the key left in the door.
The first incident occurred at around 5am on Sunday in Spruce Walk, Kempston. The victim was woken by the noise of the cat flap banging. Once downstairs they found the back door open and the keys still in the lock, although nothing was stolen.
The other offences happened in Biggleswade and Leighton Buzzard while the homeowners were out. Offenders had reached through the cat flap and opened the back door from the inside using the key that had been left in the lock.
Since proactive burglary patrols began in October, Bedfordshire Police have arrested 85 people for burglary and related offences such as going equipped to steal, but continue to urge the public to help prevent crime happening in the first place.
Leading the fight against burglary Superintendent Rob McCaffray, said: “These burglaries are so easily prevented. We always recommend that people remove keys from doors so this type of crime cannot happen. Of course people need easy access to keys in case of fire or emergency but please put them out of sight. We are also still getting reports of people leaving their homes unlocked, we really need to pull together if we are to fight crime and keep burglars out.”