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19 March 2013, 06:00
Bedfordshire Police have released pictures of medals which were stolen in a burglary at a house in Dunstable.
The haul included nine medals along with various gent’s watches some designed by Rotary, Ted Baker and Paul Smith, a white gold necklace and matching earrings, a pearl necklace and other gold jewellery together with a laptop, a Samsung flat screen TV and a Samsung mobile telephone.
The burglary happened between 5.30pm and 9.36pm on Wednesday 13th March when the offenders forced a door to the property to gain access to the house.
The officer in charge of the investigation, DC Surfraz Hussain, is keen to trace anyone who may have been offered any jewellery or medals recently and has circulated pictures of some of the medals taken.
DC Hussain said: “These medals are of significant sentimental value to the owner and can never be replaced. It will be difficult for someone to sell these medals and I would urge anyone who may have been offered this type of item to contact the police as soon as possible.”
Residents are advised to take time out to make sure their homes are protected and to be extra vigilant, reporting any suspicious people they see in their area to the police, immediately.
The reduction of burglary is still a priority for Bedfordshire Police and residents can help keep their homes and property safe by following this simple advice:
¨ If you are going out during the evening or at night leave a light on and a radio tuned in to a talk radio station
¨ If you are going out during the day and planning to come home after it is dark also leave a light on and a radio tuned into a talk radio station
¨ Security mark your property with products like Smartwater
¨ Find out about Neighbourhood Watch and what it can do for you
¨ NEVER leave money in your home – always put in the bank
¨ Also consider keeping your most precious jewellery in the bank
¨ Double lock UPVC doors by lifting the handle before you turn the key
¨ Make sure alarms are fitted, serviced and security lighting is in good working order
¨ Bolt side entrances and check boundary fences are secure and make sure your gates are kept locked
¨ If you must leave a downstairs fanlight open, fit window limiters
¨ If you are out in your garden make sure your doors and windows remain locked