Police are appealing for information following an attempted burglary in Luton on Sunday (November 1).
A man was disturbed when climbing through a ground floor window at a property on Ashburnam Road at around 8.15pm.
He is described as white, aged between 25 and 35, around 5ft 10ins and of heavy build. He was wearing a grey hooded top, dark bottoms and white trainers.
PC Jenny Buckley, investigating, said: “The offender made off down Lyndhurst Road and made his escape across neighbouring gardens.
“Fortunately nothing was taken as the criminal activity was disrupted, however we urge anyone with information that could assist our enquiries to get in touch.
“We are committed to tackling burglary and have launched a dedicated forcewide plan, under the name Operation Fidelity. We want to remind people to take action to protect your property as the winter months are upon. Call 101 to report an incident, or 999 if a crime is in progress.”
Burglars may take advantage of shorter daylight hours to operate, but there are simple steps you can take to protect your home at night, and during the day when it may be unoccupied, including:
> Use your lights at home – keep them on a timer when you are out so it looks like someone is home
> Make sure all doors on your house and vehicle are securely locked at all times.
> If you have a UPVC door at home, make sure it is double locked
> Keep all valuables and keys safely out of sight from windows, both in your home and car
> Never leave garages or sheds unlocked – not only can valuable tools be appealing to thieves, they can also be used to force entry to your home
> Don’t hide your keys under a doormat or in a flowerpot – it’s the first place a would-be offender will look
> Ask a friend to keep an eye on your house when you go away, and do the same for neighbours by remaining alert to suspicious activity in your street. If you spot someone behaving suspiciously, contact police immediately
> Don’t forget to security mark your property and register it on www.immobilise.com
Anyone with information can also report to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. To join or contact your local Neighbourhood Watch team, visit www.ourwatch.org.