Police are warning residents in the Putnoe area of Bedford to be vigilant after a spate of burglaries.
Eight break-ins have been reported between January 22 and February 16 in Putnoe Street, Little Headlands, Heronscroft, Tunstall Walk, Putnoe Lane, Queens Crescent and Dover Crescent.
Detective Inspector Dani Fitzharris said: “It is unusual to have so many burglaries in such a short space of time in such a small area so we are alerting the public to take extra precautions.
“There are a number of common features to the burglaries - cash and jewellery are the preferred items stolen and doors and windows are being forced to gain entry.
“Residents should ensure their cash, jewellery and other valuables like laptops and game consoles are locked up securely when the house is empty and at night. They should also ensure that all doors and windows are securely locked and, if you have one, your house alarm is switched on.”
DI Fitzharris added: “We know offenders like to burgle similar properties and will often return to a burgled property within a fortnight of the original offence once stolen property has been replaced. If that property is now secure, they could target a neighbouring property instead. So if your neighbour has been burgled there is a possibility that you might be a victim yourself.
“I would urge people to call us if they have they seen anyone unusual hanging around the Putnoe area or any unusual vehicles.
“People do not have to give us their name when they call us on our 101 number, or they can call Crimestoppers anonymously and give their information to them.”
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