Bedfordshire Police have issued their annual autumnal advice to make your house look and feel occupied at all times.
As the nights draw in burglars find it increasingly easy to target homes and the number of break-ins during the darker months rises by as much a half.
The warning comes after an elderly couple in their 80s thwarted would-be burglars last week at their property in Naylor Avenue Kempston.
Detective Constable Kevin Howes, investigating the Kempston incident, is keen to remind residents to take extra precautions to ensure they keep their property safe. He said: “It’s known burglars will not often target occupied homes - and ensuring your property looks and feels like someone is home can be help keep your belongs safe.
“Simple crime prevention measures really can make all the difference such as leaving the lights on in main rooms and keeping a radio switched on and tuned in to a talk radio station. Thieves are essentially lazy opportunists, and if they have to make a lot of noise, spend a lot of time, or risk being seen, they are unlikely to bother.”
For free crime prevention advice speak to your local policing team on 101 or email the Crime Reduction Team at email@example.com
If you have information relating to the Kempston crime contact DC Howes in confidence on 01234 275356, Bedfordshire Police on 101, or text information to 07786 200011.